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crippleprophet · a day ago
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Normalizing the disabled body is no longer the major focus of medical intervention. A biopolitical shift has occurred whose focus is the differential capacitation of all bodies, [Jasbir Puar] claims, not the achievement of a normative able-bodiness. That is, through capacitating processes like genetic therapies, surgeries, supplements, prosthetic enhancements, and healthism, there is a shift from regulative normality that cures or rehabilitates to biological control, where bodies are to be capacitated beyond what is thought of as the able-body. According to Puar, neoliberalism mobilizes the tension between capacity and debility to break down the binaries between normative/non-normative, disabled/abled because "debility is profitable to capitalism, but so is the demand to 'recover' from or overcome it" through processes of capacitation.
—Kelly Fritsch, “On the Negative Possibility of Suffering: Adorno, Feminist Philosophy, and the Transfigured Crip To Come” (emphasis added)
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bravecrab · 2 days ago
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I've been keeping tabs on the aftermath of David Amess' murder, and one of the more recent developments is Boris Johnson demanding "criminal sanctions with tough sentences" on those responsible for allowing "foul" content on their platforms. By "foul" content he means politically opposed content, specifically Islamic content.
Since 9/11 the use of Terrorism as a way to justify suppression of political opposition, to say "we'll keep you safe from this foreign menace" and then use the same anti-terrorist aggression on marginalized groups protesting, has become the go to strategy.
You already have the UK government passing anti-protest laws to stop in-person protests for as little as being too noisy, and what Boris Johnson is proposing sounds like it'll do the same online.
The suspect who killed Amess, Ali Harbi Ali, hasn't actually been tied to any specific Islamic extremists groups, they're just implying that it could be possible he might have been radicalized by such groups online.
But what if he wasn't? What if he was radicalized, against a conservative MP by the state of the UK under 10 years of Conservative governance? Ali is a British National, of a Muslim immigrant family, working in the NHS. Under the Conservatives there has been an increase in xenophobic and specifically Islamophobic sentiment. There's a push to privatize the NHS. There's increased Stop and Frisk that targets mostly non-white people. There's increased surveillance. Ali was put through the Prevent program, a de-radicalization effort, however it is not stated why he was chosen, and the program has been criticized for targeting Muslims because of their faith. I don't believe that you have to go online to become radicalized when you live as a marginalized person.
The UK Conservative government is becoming more and more authoritarian, because they'd rather blame outside forces for the failure of their Austerity politics and Neoliberal Capitalism, and for the anger of their citizens.
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eelhound · 5 months ago
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"Business owners around the country are offering up a lament: 'no one wants to work.' A McDonalds franchise said they had to close because no one wants to work; North Carolina congressman David Rouzer claimed that a too-generous welfare state has turned us all lazy as he circulated photos of a shuttered fast-food restaurant supposedly closed 'due to NO STAFF.'
Most of these complaints seem to be coming from franchised restaurants. Why? Well, it’s not complicated. Service workers didn’t decide one day to stop working — rather huge numbers of them cannot work anymore. Because they’ve died of coronavirus.
A recent study from the University of California–San Francisco looks at increased morbidity rates due to COVID, stratified by profession, from the height of the pandemic last year. They find that food and agricultural workers morbidity rates increased by the widest margins by far, much more so than medical professionals or other occupations generally considered to be on the 'front lines' of the pandemic. Within the food industry, the morbidity rates of line cooks increased by 60 percent, making it the deadliest profession in America under coronavirus pandemic.
Line cooks are especially at risk because of notoriously bad ventilation systems in restaurant kitchens and preparation areas. Anyone who has ever worked a back-of-the-house job knows that it’s hot, smelly, and crowded back there, all of which indicate poor indoor air quality. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and Environmental Protection Agency recommended increasing indoor ventilation to fight the virus, but such upgrades are costly and time consuming. There is no data available on how many restaurants chose not to upgrade their ventilation systems, but given how miserly franchise owners are with everything else, one could guess that many, if not most, made no upgrades at all.
Ventilation issues are deadliest for line cooks and other back-of-house jobs, but there are other reasons why food workers’ morbidity rates shot up. Food workers are much more likely to be poor and/or a racial or national minority, and poor people and black and Latino workers are much more likely to die of complications from the coronavirus.
Restaurants are often intentionally short staffed, making it difficult to take time off, so sick workers likely still came to work (and infected others in the process). Bars and restaurants are COVID-19 hotspots, and service workers and customers alike get sick after prolonged restaurant exposure. The difference is that many of those customers have health insurance and other safeguards to prevent them from dying of the illness; 69 percent of restaurants, on the other hand, offer their employees no health benefits at all.
When coronavirus is spread at restaurants, and restaurant workers make little money and rarely earn health benefits, it’s no wonder morbidity rates are so much higher for food service workers. But rather than collectively grieve the deaths of tens of thousands of the people who serve us and keep us fed, and keep such tragedies in mind when considering the state of the food-service industry labor market today, business owners and their political lackeys call these workers 'lazy.'
There are, of course, also living, breathing people who have decided they do not want to risk their lives for $7.25 per hour and no health benefits. That is a perfectly rational decision for the homo economicus to make. Given how dangerous restaurant work is during a viral pandemic, if restaurant owners really wanted more workers, they would offer living wages, health benefits, and adequate personal protective equipment. But all the wage increases in the world won’t bring back the dead.
There aren’t enough people working in the service industry, and service bosses have somehow turned that into our problem, into something we ought to be ashamed of. We shouldn’t fall for it. Profits accumulate because of labor — without workers to exploit, the owning class can’t get richer. Capitalists cannot exploit the labor of the dead, so when large swathes of the working class die, they turn their ire on the living.
This is a barbaric response to mass tragedy. Workers across the country and the globe are dead or grieving. We shouldn’t risk further tragedies for a paltry minimum wage."
- Sandy Barnard, "Service Workers Aren’t Lazy — They Just Don’t Want to Risk Dying for Minimum Wage." Jacobin, 5 May 2021.
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brendanicus · 6 months ago
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Joe Biden making it possible for trans people to go be imperialist warmongers overseas and libs patting him on the back for it while his entire administration remains dead silent on the like 30+ states that have some sort of anti-trans legislation in the works (and Arkansas which basically just forcefully detransitioned trans youth) is peak neoliberal "equality", i.e. utterly fucking useless
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left-reminders · a month ago
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We definitely need to tax the rich to hell and back while capitalism is still a thing, so we don't begrudge everyday people who use this slogan. But in the grand scheme of things, we really gotta be thinking bigger. Individuals shouldn't be able to get Rich in the first place, especially when it's off the backs of the working class both domestic and abroad. Even welfare capitalism/social democracy is bound up with imperialism and exploitation, and so we need to go further.
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The Prime Minister’s Office declined to clarify remarks by Justin Trudeau  equating unnamed left-wing “extremist groups” with white supremacist groups and suggesting both sides are spreading “hatred, fear and mistrust” in Canada and other democratic societies around the world.
Delivering a speech this week to an international conference in Malmö, Sweden on combatting anti-Semitism and racism, Canada’s Prime Minister turned his attention to the role of technology and social media in “enabling harmful content like hate speech.”
“We’re in a time right now where around the world we see an increase of polarization, of extremism, of radicalization everywhere, including in some of the most open, liberal democracies in the world,” Trudeau told the conference.
“In our elections, in our public discourse and in mainstream communications — let alone social media — we’re seeing a rise in intolerance.”
Trudeau then offered an unusual explanation for the source of “white supremacy” and “hatred” on social media platforms, suggesting these ideas are in fact being pushed by “extremist groups on the far-right and the far-left”:
“We see the organizations of extremist groups on the far-right and the far-left that are pushing white supremacy, intolerance, radicalization, promoting hatred, fear and mistrust across borders but within borders, as well.”
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Tagging: @politicsofcanada
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certain-woman · 7 months ago
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“At the same time, I believe that the argument about boredom has to be somewhat nuanced. It is certainly true that one could feel almost nostalgic for Boredom 1.0. The dreary void of Sundays, the night hours after television stopped broadcasting, even the endless dragging minutes waiting in queues or for public transport: for anyone who has a smartphone, this empty time has now been effectively eliminated. In the intensive, 24/7 environment of capitalist cyberspace, the brain is no longer allowed any time to idle; instead, it is inundated with a seamless flow of low-level stimulus.”
Yet boredom was ambivalent; it wasn’t simply a negative feeling that one simply wanted rid of. For punk, the vacancy of boredom was a challenge, an injunction and an opportunity: if we are bored, then it is for us to produce something that will fill up the space. Yet, it is through this demand for participation that capitalism has neutralised boredom. Now, rather than imposing a pacifying spectacle on us, capitalist corporations go out of their way to invite us to interact, to generate our own content, to join the debate. There is now neither an excuse nor an opportunity to be bored.
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Perhaps the feeling most characteristic of our current moment is a mixture of boredom and compulsion. Even though we recognise that they are boring, we nevertheless feel compelled to do yet another Facebook quiz, to read yet another Buzzfeed list, to click on some celebrity gossip about someone we don’t even remotely care about. We endlessly move among the boring, but our nervous systems are so overstimulated that we never have the luxury of feeling bored. No one is bored, everything is boring.”
Mark Fisher, No One Is Bored, Everything Is Boring
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crippleprophet · a day ago
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“There is no body that meets the standard of adequately able-bodied anymore, but rather there are ‘gradations of capacity and debility in control societies’ (Puar 2012) that blur the distinction between disabled and non-disabled.”
—Kelly Fritsch, “On the Negative Possibility of Suffering: Adorno, Feminist Philosophy, and the Transfigured Crip To Come” (emphasis added)
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Yesterday, Greta Thunberg tweeted in support of farmers protesting in India against the neo-liberal farm laws and today the Delhi police has filed a case against her charging her with "criminal conspiracy" and "creating enmity between groups based on religion, race," in case you want to know where India is right now.
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odinsblog · 6 months ago
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Look, if you don’t want to be remembered as evil incarnate, then maybe you should try being a halfway decent person while you’re alive. This is not a difficult concept.
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allthecanadianpolitics · 2 months ago
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The minister responsible for Canada's role in fighting climate change is defending his government's purchase of the Trans Mountain pipeline after a landmark UN report said the continued use of fossil fuels is pushing the climate toward catastrophe.
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson said today that revenue generated by the project will help Canada achieve its long-term climate objectives.
Wilkinson reaffirmed Canada's commitment to phasing out fossil fuels and achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050, but said achieving that target will require money generated by fossil fuels.
"Canada needs to ensure that in the context of that transition, it's extracting full value for its resources and using that money to push forward in terms of reducing emissions," Wilkinson said on CBC's Power & Politics.
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Tagging: @politicsofcanada
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dumbleftycanadianradical · 2 months ago
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This is Tim Barber, one of the founders behind Canada 2020, a Liberal Thinktank that helped Prime Minister Justin Trudeau get elected.
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This is how Liberals really think about NDP's policies. Just like Conservatives. There's nothing outlandish in the things NDP proposes, and in fact these are real world social welfare policies that exist in Scandinavian countries.
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