If white radicals are serious about revolution, they are going to have to discard a lot of bullshit ideology created by and for educated white middle-class males. A good example of what has to go is the popular theory of consumerism.
First of all, there is nothing inherently wrong with consumption. Shopping and consuming are enjoyable human activities and the marketplace has been a center of social life for thousands of years.
The locus of the oppression resides in the production function: people have no control over which commodities are produced (or services performed), in what amounts, under what conditions, or how these commodities are distributed. Corporations make these decisions and base them solely on profit potential.
As it is, the profusion of commodities is a genuine and powerful compensation for oppression. It is a bribe, but like all bribes it offers concrete benefits—in the average American’s case, a degree of physical comfort unparalleled in history. Under present conditions, people are preoccupied with consumer goods not because they are brainwashed but because buying is the one pleasurable activity not only permitted but actively encouraged by our rulers. The pleasure of eating an ice cream cone may be minor compared to the pleasure of meaningful, autonomous work, but the former is easily available and the latter is not.”
I just learned this AMAZING fact from the Parade of Nations coverage: In Finland, traffic fines are assessed based on income. So they calculate a figure, called a “dayfine,” equal to approximately half your daily disposable income, then multiply that based on the severity of the offense.
I’ve always found our regressive system of flat fines irritating—a fine for the same offense can be devastating to a poor person, but at the same time so trivial to a rich person that it’s barely a deterrent.
But in Finland, the rich pay appropriately huge fines. In 2002, a Nokia executive got a speeding ticket for €116,000, or $103,600—$131,000 in 2012 dollars. And in 2004, the heir to a sausage fortune was fined€170,000, then worth about $204,000, or $248,000 now.
Sounds damn fair if you ask me!
From the SCOTUSblog liveblog.
PRAISE JESUS I STILL HAVE HEALTH CARE