1. 20:19 2nd Oct 2013

    Notes: 14938

    Reblogged from marxisforbros

    Tags: politics

    Laughing to keep from crying.

    Laughing to keep from crying.

    (Source: rocktor-doctopus)

  2. 17:09

    Notes: 26

    Reblogged from squashed

    Tags: politicsrepublicansgovernment shutdown

    Republicans and Ritual Destruction


    Tibetan Buddhist monks will spend weeks creating a sand mandala only to ritually destroy it. There’s a lesson about labor, beauty, ephemerality, and futility in it.

    In that context, the Republicans actions lately have a certain logic. Spend two hundred odd years building a functional society and system of government and then do everything you can to bring it all crashing down. Why? Because you’re mad. Because you’re scared. Because the future looks different than the past and the only certainty is destruction.

  3. The GOP really needs to get its talking points in order…

    The gov’t shutdown represents a massive failure by the Democratic leadership!

    The gov’t shutdown is no big deal, and the Democrats are trying to exploit it for political gain!

    So which is it? You can’t have both, ya dinguses. 

  4. Dear GOP,

    For a crowd that loves to bray about the Constitution, it seems you have misplaced your copy. How else to explain your bizarre efforts to destroy the world unless you get your way?

  5. What’s so bad about a government shutdown? There are lots of nations out there that have gone for years without a functional government…

    Western Sahara, Somalia, Belgium... 

  6. Southerners love electing dumbasses, and then we complain when comedians take the ‘easy way’ and make fun of us for being backwoods and stupid.
  8. 1. “If a man is struck down by a heart attack in the street, Americans will care for him whether or not he has insurance. If we find that he has spent his money on other things rather than insurance, we may be angry but we will not deny him services - even if that means more prudent citizens end up paying the tab. A mandate on individuals recognizes this implicit contract. Society does feel a moral obligation to insure that its citizens do not suffer from the unavailability of health care. But on the other hand, each household has the obligation, to the extent it is able, to avoid placing demands on society by protecting itself.”

    2. “[T]o allow people to go without health insurance, and then when they do fall ill expect someone else to pay the tab for their treatment is a de facto mandate on providers and taxpayers. Romney proposes to take that option off the table, leaving only two choices: Either buy insurance or pay for your own care. Not an unreasonable position, and one that is clearly consistent with conservative values.”

    3. “Requiring everyone to buy government-specified health insurance, whether they need it or not, is an unacceptable violation of personal liberty. It is a way of taxing healthy people without calling it a tax. Since that is an irresistible temptation to politicians, the list of required benefits would be certain to keep expanding.”

    1. The Heritage Foundation, 1989. [Source]
    2. The Heritage Foundation, 2006. [Source]
    3. The Heritage Foundation, 2009. [Source]

    I wonder what happened that made them change their mind?

  9. Sam Jackson on Obama, Republicans and Civil Disobedience

    1. PLAYBOY: With your and your wife’s militant revolutionary background, how political are you today, especially having told Ebony magazine in 2012 that you wanted President Obama to “get scary”?
    2. JACKSON: He got a little heated about the kids getting killed in Newtown and about the gun law. He’s still a safe dude. But with those Republicans, we’re now in a situation where even if he said, “I want to give you motherfuckers a raise,” they’d go, “Fuck you! We don’t want a raise!” I don’t know how we fix this bullshit. How do we fix the fact that politicians aren’t trying to serve the people, they’re just trying to serve their party and their closed ideals? How do we find a way to say, “You motherfuckers are fired because you’re not doing shit about taking care of the country”? If Hillary Clinton decides to run, she’s going to kick their fucking asses, and those motherfuckers would rather see the country go down in flames than let the times change. But as I tell my daughter, there was a time we would be in the streets about this shit.
    3. PLAYBOY: You mean instead of signing petitions on Facebook and Twitter?
    4. JACKSON: You need to have your physical body out there in the streets and let these people—and the rest of the world—know. When our antiwar movement led the world, it was because people could see us in the streets, see our faces, hear the protest music. You can’t do that shit blogging in a room. I can’t see you on your keyboard. I can’t see you sitting there in the dark. Things happen when people get out in the street.
  10. Objectivism is to philosophy as SpaghettiOs are to Italian cuisine.