Amidst discussion about wealth inequality and race issues, I really wanna hammer into younger Gen Zers minds about how awful Ronald Reagan was
I feel like we all got propaganda’d in school on how great he was just because of basic charisma and for the fact that he made some dopey speech at the berlin wall, but looking back he was just pure fucking evil:
He caused so many problems that we’re all dealing with today- and problems that made Zoomers become “Doomers”:
He made explicit pleas to segregationists and klansmen when talking about states rights, endangering the lives of POC in the process
he KILLED unions, working class people lost bargaining power against the rich and lost livable wages, starting the end of the middle class, we never recovered
His trickle down economics killed any chance of real progressive tax on the rich & ensured that trillions would go to the rich for *generations*
He demonized the shit out of black people, he literally never saw them as human, especially those that were homeless and struggling with addictions (a problem he made much, much worse)
He *knew* about the AIDS crisis and for the longest time, did *nothing*, he sat by and intentionally let so many Black, Hispanic, Indigenous & Queer people die horrible deaths, with no remorse. The community is still grappling with the effect of that to this very day
All of us are angry about how Rich people are putting down poor people during this Gamestop-Robinhood fiasco, it’s good to remember when that started to get real popular...when people say “Ronald Reagan was the devil”, they’re not fucking around.
part of the problem with conscious consumerism is how exhausting it is--every week there’s some article about how cloth bags are actually worse than plastic bags, or wait no the reusable ones are bad too, and have you considering that houseplants can be bad for the earth as well? And it’s so easy to get caught up in this whirlwind of micromanaging all these tiny choices and feeling immense guilt for making the wrong ones, instead of realizing the more straightforward and more radical truth that unsustainable practices will not change until our political and economic systems do
its a trap, and we’re not going to get out of it until what matters is standing up to colonialism and capitalism and not fretting about which kind of grocery bag is the least bad for the environment
(This is, obviously, very condensed. Also, feudalism looked different in different European nations. Here, I’m focusing more on Britain. It wasn’t the first place to introduce modern capitalism but is a big part of the story.)
Capitalism and greed has really screwed with people’s ability to be casual moviegoers. Every studio needs to make a “universe” now and some of you don’t walk in the theater with the mindset of, ‘This is going to be good!’ Instead, you walk in the theater thinking, ‘This is totally going to blow the other franchise out of the water!’ You don’t see a movie to enjoy a movie anymore. You go to compete. And the idea that someone could just enjoy movies from either universe is unfounded to you, because you’ve adopted this ‘pick-a-side’ mentality. Sorry, but it just seems so exhausting. Doesn’t it make you tired?
The “American Dream” is a lie propagated by the bourgeois to keep us complacent.
It tells us “anybody can become a millionaire, even you” --as if that’s ever gonna happen-- so we help maintain the systems that benefit the 1%, thinking that we may someday have that power. But all we are doing is sabotaging our fellows in the working class and in poverty.
We are taught to put our emotional health and needs aside to grind for wealth until we die. We are taught that our only merit as a person, the only point in our living, is the accumulation of wealth.
We are taught that greed is fundamental to humanity, and that people would be lazy if they didn’t need to work to survive. But people still work hard on their hobbies, on the things that they love, on activism, because we are more that our desire for wealth and power, we are dedicated and kind. And if we were all taught that sharing and kindness are most important in life, and that the joy and health of every single person in a community is worth more than individual gains, I believe every person would continue contributing their best to society, just while also considering their own limits and health. We are at our best when we are rested and healthy, not burnt out and desperate. Desperation breeds cruelty, but contentment breeds compassion.
so anyway the success of the dream smp just goes to prove how capitalism has saturated modern media so much that a bunch of amateur storywriters can create more compelling characters, a better storyline, and more inventive mediums than most professionals by pure virtue of having actual passion and possessing a basic understanding of story elements
If you're tired of shelling out/supporting streaming services, but aren't comfortable pirating, may I suggest the answer to this and so many other probelms:
The library I work at has five (5!) different video databases, most of which have popular movies, and at least one of which is chock full of disney movies
Public libraries generally have large collections of movies and series on dvd, as well as streaming services
Of course the library is paying for the right to share the stuff, so the service provider, production company etc are still getting a *but* you're a) not paying put of your own pocket, and b) supporting libraries (which are a invaluable resource to minorities and people with low income, and who's funding is usually based on usage statistics)