That’s it. He has reached the point of no return. Fuck Richard Dawkins and his eugenics. The once renowned geneticist and scientist ought to abort himself from the earth. Now. What a complete and utter incalculably diabolic bag of fuck this man is. What a steaming crock of putrefying human excrement. How dare - how fucking dare he be so brash and dismissive and prejudiced as to suggest we shouldn’t care for those with Down’s Syndrome. What fucking planet does this man live on?
literally drown this man
“The song recounts a specific sexual assault (“One of the most shattering experiences of my life,” Grimes, who was born in Vancouver as Claire Boucher, told SPIN in 2012) by describing the psychic fallout: “And never walk about after dark/ It’s my point of view/ Because someone could break your neck/ Coming up behind you always coming and you’d never have a clue,” she lisps in her high, pinched voice. It’s a dazzling, paralyzing performance, in part because Boucher sounds almost playful, and in part because the skronking behind her—the song’s springy, propulsive synth line was one of 2012’s most unforgettable—indicates something other than victimization. “See you on a dark night,” Boucher repeats. […] But what “Oblivion” ultimately offers is victory. It’s the sound of one woman turning personal devastation into not just a career-making single, but a lasting anthem of transformation.”
Eu respondi uma pergunta no ask ontem, e na resposta eu falei um pouco da relação dialética entre o individual e o coletivo, e acho que preciso elaborar só mais um pouco.
O coletivo se manifesta no individuo. Por mais que tomemos decisões em espaços coletivos, elas só se efetivarão nas ações de indivíduos, mesmo quando trabalhando em conjunto. Se queremos viver numa sociedade livre da necessidade de coerção, temos que entender as necessidades individuais de cada pessoa. E se queremos uma ditadura do proletariado, que nada mais é que uma democracia radical, temos que dar voz a cada proletarix, pois é impossível universalizar suas demandas: o proletariado é diverso. O humanismo burguês não nos liberta.
Naquela resposta eu contrastei o stalinismo e o “libertarianismo” norte-americano. Mas e o capitalismo? Como essa dialética se manifesta nele?
Eu acho equivocado dizer que o capitalismo é individualista e ponto. Na verdade o capitalismo é contraditório e divido em linhas de classe até nessa questão. Os trabalhadores tem que se “doar” pelo coletivo — a devoção religiosa, o dizimo, o serviço militar, o próprio trabalho árduo que faz a nação crescer — enquanto na classe dominante o individualismo é cultivado e aplaudido, as individualidades festejadas, o milionário excêntrico adorado. Mas aí entramos num segundo nível de contradição: o ideológico. Afinal o capitalismo é frequentemente associado à liberdade, quando sabemos que essa liberdade não é universal, que o ideal de liberdade capitalista é espelhado nas liberdades desejadas pela classe dominante, e que somos coagidos constantemente a aceitar os produtos que nos são oferecidos.
August 19th 14 AD: Augustus dies
On this day in 14 AD the first Roman Emperor, Augustus, died aged 75. Born Gaius Octavius and known as Octavian, he was named as heir of his great uncle Julius Caesar. Upon Caesar’s assassination in 44 BC, Augustus formed an alliance - the Second Triumvirate - with Marcus Aemilius Lepidus and Mark Antony, to rule and take vengeance on Caesar’s assassins. The alliance soon fell apart and the three fought for sole rule of Rome. Octavian emerged victorious after defeating Mark Anthony at the Battle of Actium in 31 BC. Octavian then set about ‘restoring’ the Roman Republic, which had been ruled by Caesar as Dictator, by formally returning power to the Senate. However in reality the new leader kept considerable power in his person, adopting many titles which became part of the imperial pantheon, including ‘Augustus’ (which loosely translates as ‘magnificent’), ‘princeps’ (first citizen), ‘pontifex maximus’ (priest of Roman religion) and ‘tribunicia potestas’ (power over the tribune assemblies elected by the people). Augustus’s constitutional system gave way to the birth of the Principate, the first period of the Roman Empire. He is also considered the first Roman Emperor because the empire greatly expanded under his rule. Augustus died in 14 AD, and was succeeded by his step-son and adopted heir Tiberius. Augustus thus began the stable line of ‘adoptive’ Roman Emperors which ended with Marcus Aurelius’s decision to name his birth son Commodus, who came to power in 180 AD. This year is the momentous 2000th anniversary of the death of the first Roman Emperor. Even today Rome is remembered as a pinnacle of civilisation and empire and much of modern Europe continues to be shaped by its legacy.
2000 years ago today
okay but when you have holocaust survivors and people who were activists during the civil rights movement supporting mike brown and then KKK members and neo nazi’s supporting the officer you should be able to figure out which side is the right one.