We have been duped into moving capitalism’s problems around instead of resolving them, into the foolish notion that buying green is an act of divergence from capitalist exploitation.
Worried about car emissions? Buy Tesla’s Model S. Want to fight water misuse? Take shorter showers. Concerned for underserved children around the world? Use a credit card that supports a NGO. Interested in bettering working conditions for exploited laborers? Look for the “fair trade” stamp at corporate outlet malls.
But by all means, NEVER stop buying.
Identifying the central issue with this behavior, Derrick Jensen explained, “Part of the problem is that we’ve been victims of a campaign of systematic misdirection. Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for organized political resistance.”
As individuals we should do what we can, but we have to realize that letting corporations frame/limit global issues like environmental responsibility to consumer choice is self-defeating. We need bigger tools than our individual selves. Imagine trying to fill a dump truck using a spoon. That is what we are doing when we decouple the need for organized, community-wide political resistance from our individual ability to partake in generating and sustaining solutions."
You should never lie to your doctor. Unless you’re trans, and then sometimes you have no choice. Although things are getting better, trans people are still expected to jump through some ridiculous …
Non-binary people having to lie to access trans-related healthcare treatment? Must be a day ending with ‘Y’. Good article by Naith Payton.
Non-Binary transition, or access totransition services as-needed, is entirely possible. I encourage everyone to advocate for their individual transition needs in whatever way they can.
Unfortunately… the reality is that, in many places it’s near impossible to be recognized as respected as your gender without jumping through hoops - these unnecessary, totally ridiculously outdated “requirements” that ultimately “require” you to lie and compromise.
Just heard on the radio that the jury who will determine whether or not to charge killer cop Darren Wilson for murdering Mike Brown is composed of 3 Black people and 9 whites………….
I don’t think I know anyone with this background, but maybe we can signal boost. One major thing the Ferguson organizers have been asking for specifically for several days is for service donations from mental health professionals with a background in trauma counseling, people of color would be preferable for obvious reasons. If you know someone who might be willing to either to go to Ferguson or do tele-sessions, please direct them to this form.
One of the comments I hear from people about ferguson is that the murderous scum Darren Wilson is innocent until proven guilty…
why isn’t that true for black people? oh. right.
the police in ferguson are gonna drag this out as long as possible because they’re smart enough to know that the longer it drags on, the less the media will cover it, the less people will care, and the less they have to be responsible for. they don’t want the conflict to end because if it ended now, there might still be some accountability demanded. they know if they can make it drag on for another week or more, that every day it continues they’re less and less likely to receive any punishment for human rights violations because public interest will continue to drop. they’re tiring out and exhausting any defiance or anger.
If you are not wholeheartedly against the police and the corrupt government of the USA and the gross racial inequality in this country
You are a direct part of the problem in this country. Your silence is a problem. Your approval is a problem. If you are not combatant, you are the problem, you are my direct enemy, and the enemy of all good in this world.