Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Gif of the Day

What I've read is that you should absolutely not keep these little guys as pets, no matter how fucking cute those eyes are.

Headline of the Month

You ever see one of those headlines that makes you check the source to see if it's satire and then when you see that it's not, you start screaming and then never stop?

Surging Wealth Inequality Is A Happy Sign That Life Is Becoming Much More Convenient

I know it's painful, but it's actually important for us to read this shit, because this is what the rich really believe is reasonable discourse. I wouldn't be surprised if this argument spread. This is how the rich think, and what they think will convince the poor to accept our lower status.

The shame of socialism is that the wildly talented are restrained from profitably improving the lives of the people around them, and perhaps continents away. Thinking about life two hundred years ago, distance was a severely limiting factor for the talented when it came to making things better for everyone. No doubt there were people with skills similar to those of the richest Americans today, and some became very well-to-do by early 19th century standards. But they didn’t become staggeringly rich simply because a lack of technology limited the ability of the ‘1 percenters’ of the early 19th to touch the U.S. (and the world) with their genius. Limited technology has socialistic qualities in the outcome sense for it restraining the brilliant from improving the lives of others while getting rich for doing just that.

For some unexplained reason, everyone having access to the things they need to survive and thrive would have prevented anyone from inventing things like trains and cars, says John Tamny, Director of the Center for Economic Freedom at FreedomWorks. But under capitalism, the technology that should have freed all of us from drudgery instead allowed a privileged few to hoard 90% of the resources, and that's a good thing!

Before technology shrank the U.S. and the world in a figurative sense, entrepreneurial genius was logically a narrow, town and/or neighborhood concept. After its proliferation, the surging inequality that resulted was the very predictable, and very happy result. The “robber barons” got rich by virtue of erasing cruel living standards simply because the talented could more and more serve the masses. Readers should never forget that the richest entrepreneurs almost always get that way by improving the living conditions of the greatest number of people. Surging wealth inequality is rather egalitarian and immensely compassionate despite what you’re told.

So... wealth inequality is good... because a few rich men were able to take advantage of technology... and get way richer.

The people living in poor areas of the U.S., whether it's neglected and highly policed parts of big cities populated mostly by black and Latinx people, poor rural areas, Native American reservations, or what have you, would be very confused by the idea that the rich "erased cruel living standards." I would honestly like to kidnap John Tamny and force him to sit on a public school toilet in a low-income school in Baltimore for 24 hours. This guy legitimately thinks that because microwaves exist, nobody lives under cruel conditions. But they do. And those conditions exist largely because of that wealthy inequality John is trying to convince us is good.

John goes on to talk about how wealth inequality is great because soon self-driving cars will be able to deliver pizzas to us 24/7! No mention of how those robot cars will be putting poor people out of work which will increase wealth inequality, but I guess if wealth inequality is good, so is mass unemployment and poverty, right? Who cares if the U.S. has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world! Rich people can get Pizza Hut whenever they want! And they won't have to tip those dirty, greedy delivery drivers anymore, right?

You know, I think I was wrong about something. The poor will never be convinced by this "argument" in favor of rich people hoarding all the resources therefore causing poverty. This article is for rich people, to help them convince themselves that their hoarding and creation of mass poverty and misery is a good thing.

Crucial about all this is that the commercial seers who get the future right will grow stunningly rich for being right. The more convenient life is, the more wealth unequal are the living. But as opposed to a sign of hardship, the happier truth is that life is truly cruel when the talented aren’t getting rich. That’s when we know that no one is devising ways to make our lives easier, cheaper, healthier, more productive, and everything else good. Life without rising inequality is very much like life would be with socialism.

It's easier to read this article if you read the entire thing in Samantha Bee's sarcastic fake happy voice.

Thank GOD for poverty. Without poverty, how would the rich be able to have every luxury and convenience that could be imagined????? AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Monday, November 12, 2018

Gif of the Day

I'm pretty sure that's not how you hockey.

How To Find Success

I had this email from Patreon pop into my inbox this morning and I just had to share.

I will present it in two images, which are really all you need to discover the secret to success:

Are you excited to learn the secret? I bet you are! And you can by scrolling two inches down the page:

See? You don't even need to read the article. Just become a white guy. The end, bye.

Guest Post: 5 Ways You Can Help Less Privileged Women Right Now

Kate Harveston is a political writer from Pennsylvania. Her favorite topics are feminist-focused, but she writes on a wide variety of social and cultural issues. If you enjoy her work, you can follow her on Twitter or visit her blog, Only Slightly Biased.

Most of us have heard the statistic that for every dollar a man earns, a woman earns only $0.80. And while this statistic is valid, it actually only applies to a few women: white women in the United States.
The fact is, in our country and around the world, women continue to battle for equality. And while society has made strides toward promoting female equality at home and globally, many hurdles remain.
Civilizations in some areas of the world still routinely subject women to discrimination based on religious ideology. Even in the United States, women's rights to access birth control and abortion remain very much under attack. While much remains to do, we can all do our small part to promote and lift up women both at home and around the globe.
1. Use Your Voice and Your Privilege
All of us can speak up and speak out for women's equality. But the more privilege you have, the more leverage you have to speak out not just for yourself, but for all women.
Many critics of modern feminism state suburban white women have primarily spearheaded the effort. As a result, the needs of women of color often get neglected. While it is true, for example, that a white woman may earn $0.80 for every dollar a man earns in the U.S., for African-American women, that number drops to $0.63. Latina women earn only $0.54 for every dollar a man makes.
And income inequality isn't the only issue facing women of color. Many of these women have more difficulty accessing essential services, such as birth control and abortion, than do suburban white women. If we truly want to work for equality, we need to include all of our sisterhood into the equation. So if you have the privilege, speak up and speak out — but make sure you do so for all women.
2. Educate Others
Few things make more of an impact on women than education. Sadly, today, in many areas, comprehensive sexual education doesn't exist. Also, women's history often goes ignored in standard courses, and few civics classes include a discussion of women's rights.
Therefore, make it your mission to educate as many young women as possible. If you have medical training, share your knowledge about their birth control options. If you have legal training, teach young women about their rights and about the history of those rights.
Even if you don't have any formal secondary education, election season is a perfect time to teach young women the importance of their vote and the history of what women had to go through to secure that fundamental right.
3. Send a Care Package of Menstrual Hygiene Products
One of the most significant issues facing women in developing countries is the lack of access to menstrual hygiene products. Sadly, this problem also exists among the U.S. homeless population.
To help women close to home, make up baggies for the homeless, including some money, basic food items, socks and, importantly, menstrual hygiene products. To help women globally, contribute to organizations that provide menstrual hygiene and education programs regarding their use to refugee women.
4. Support Female-Centered Organizations
There are a host of nonprofit organizations whose missions are to help women at home and abroad. Many organizations work to combat human rights abuses of women such as clitoral mutilation, a practice that sadly remains common even in some nations where it is legally banned.
Looking to help women closer to home? Have some outgrown but quality clothing in your closet? Consider supporting organizations such as Dress for Success, an organization dedicated to providing proper job interview clothing for low-income job seekers.
5. Help out a New Mom
One simple way to lift up at least one special woman in your life is to help out a new mom. Having a baby is one of life's most joyous, yet also most stressful, events. And in the U.S., many women find themselves rushing to return to work soon after giving birth, despite the heavy demands of a new infant. And these formative years are critical for helping the new baby develop healthy socialization skills, as well as emotional balance.
So if you have a friend who is a new mom, ask what you can do to help. She may not request babysitting or doing diaper duty — it might be something as straightforward as making a grocery run the new mom has no time to do. A helping hand can make a world of difference to a new mom and her baby.
Throughout the ages, women have faced religious and political barriers to equality. But by working together, we can lift women up and work toward a world that values and respects everyone equally. Do your part to use whatever privilege you may have to help the other women in your life and beyond.

I Hate Working

What a terrible thing to say! What an awful thing to admit about myself! What does that say about me? I must be selfish, lazy, a freeloader, a leech. I must expect everyone else to work and take care of me. I must be a drain on my loved ones and society. I must be a pathetic loser who doesn't deserve to live comfortably. Maybe I don't deserve to live.

Is that what that means?

One thing about the U.S. that makes it different (note: different does not mean good) from other countries is a specific history we have around the idea of "work ethic." It's a very Protestant attitude that got all mixed up in the worship of independence created by the whole """new frontier""" thing that was of course bullshit because guess what there were already people here. You could write an entire book on the unique culture of the U.S. and of course plenty of people already have.

My point here is that the U.S. "work ethic" ethos has resulted in a culture in which not wanting to work or disliking work in general is considered a massive and unforgivable character flaw. So unforgivable, in fact, that those who don't want to work are better off dead.

This is also a feature of capitalism. It has to be, because in order for a privileged few to keep making more and more money, everybody below them must engage in labor. The idea of "work ethic" is therefore strong in every capitalist country, but I think it can be argued that it's even stronger in the U.S.

What does this do to people who legitimately don't enjoy working?

Let's try this. What would you do if you didn't have to work? If you had all the money in the world or we lived in fully automated luxury communism and money didn't even exist, what would you do?

The answer is usually that people would work. Not that they would stay at their jobs and change nothing. But most, possibly nearly all people respond with dreams of working fewer hours, changing the nature of their job, starting their own business so they can work for themselves, or maybe switching to another industry but still working. Some people would do only charity work, but that's still work. Some would just stay home with the kids, but that's still work. Some would quit their jobs and write a novel, but trust me, that is some work.

Planting a garden is work. Learning a new skill is work. Even blogging is technically work, you assholes.

Very few would say that they would lie around all day every day watching TV and playing video games. Some might say that they would just travel the world and party all the time, but eventually even the most radical of dudes will get tired of that. But even if they don't, is there something so terrible about someone who wants to go from place to place meeting new people and bringing joy and merriment everywhere they go?

If I didn't have to worry about money for another second of my life, I would still write. I would write in this blog just like I do now, maybe more, maybe not. Maybe I would do more cold pitching to other outlets, maybe not. Nothing in this world could ever stop me from writing about issues of injustice. And that is work.

I think I would also volunteer, and at least some of that volunteer time would be with kitties. Kitties! And I think I would try many things, like hiking, maybe gardening, maybe take cooking classes. There is a possibility that the first few weeks or even months I would play a fuck ton of video games. There are just so many I would like to go back and play again. But I know myself, and I know that if I don't get out and do something every now and again, I will get depressed.

So the truth is that I love working. What I hate is the constant crushing pressure of having to sell my labor to keep myself alive. I hate that I don't have a choice. I can sell my labor for too little pay or I can lose my shelter and live homeless on cold, damp, dangerous streets, begging and living from meal to meal in misery.

That's not what I call a choice, anyway.

I've tried many forms of employment and I always come to hate them. I hate retail. I hate customer service. I hate office jobs. And though there are things about freelancing that are much better than other forms of money making, I still hate that I have to constantly worry about money. Every pitch is laced with the fear and doubt that I'll never be able to make freelance writing into a goddamn career, that I'm not good enough, and that I'll have to get some miserable job at some miserable company in order to keep living.

It often feels like I can't find happiness in a world like this. I can't tell you the number of times I've felt like there is something fundamentally wrong with me because every job makes me miserable. Sometimes to the point of feeling suicidal. In a society that tells us anyone who doesn't work is a bad person, being unable to find any joy in our capitalist hell version of "work" to the point that staying at any job long enough makes you want to die can leave you feeling utterly broken.

And it feels like happiness and life satisfaction are out of reach.

So that's the truth. I hate working. I hate being forced to write for money. I hate being forced to do anything under threat of homelessness and early death. I hate being threatened with homelessness and early death in general. And yet, in spite of everything I just explained right up there, capitalists will still say that I'm a bad person for even admitting to hating this system, that I'm just a lazy moocher who wants to get out of contributing to society (as they fight against every effort to raise taxes).

What I really want is to create a society where no one has to worry about losing their access to basic needs like food, water, and shelter. Where people can just live. Where people can choose their work based on their passions, do as much or as little as they want, and be happy. I wouldn't just want it for me. We could all have this. We just have to decide to create it.

It doesn't feel like that should make me a bad person.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Gif of the Day

What's better than one stubby-legged cat stretch-yawning?

Mail Time

Got my first bit of mail in a while after that post about Tucker Carlson. From "Anjelica." Subject: "Sad - Take responsibility for your choices."

Your latest post where you justify intentionally harrassing people just because you don't like their politics is not only sad but misguided. Other people aren't around to serve as the foils for the emotions you choose to serve and act upon.  
If Carlson says something you dislike, it's *your* chosen values which keep you awake at night, and what you choose to stay awake over or value is not his responsibility, no matter how much you disagree with him.  
It's *yours*. So the idea that Carlson 'makes' people feel fear, or makes someone stay up all night, or makes someone harrass him is merely an evasion of responsibility for the choice to feel those things.  
No, it's not OK to harass people because of what you've chosen to feel while blaming them for your feelings.

Dear Anjelica,

Tucker Carlson is literally a white supremacist. He gets in front of the camera five days a week, or maybe less, I don't know, I don't have cable, but the point is he gets in front of the camera regularly and works to incite violence against people in this country who don't have the privilege of a mansion and gates and money to hire private security and also enough money to get attention from the entire country and have the DC police investigate this as a fucking hate crime, which is the biggest joke I've seen since Trump was elected.

People are dying. White supremacist thugs are patrolling the streets and attacking anyone who stands up to them and/or random people of color or anyone who looks queer. Experts on fascism are saying we're already several steps down the path toward becoming a full blown fascist state.

The fact that you're worried about Tucker being harassed while millions of Jewish people, queer people, and people of color have to fear for their lives because of him shows who you care about and who you don't. As long as we keep doing nothing, more people will die, and things will continue to get worst for the oppressed people of this country. I don't give a flying fuck if Tucker Carlson never has a good night's sleep again. He doesn't deserve it. He gets up every morning and CHOOSES to spew bigotry and knowingly incite deadly violence.

And the idea that we choose to feel our feelings is bullshit. Emotions are a reflex. You can only choose what to do with them. I'm choosing to use my anger to speak out against fascists and encourage direct action that might actually be effective. That post caused you to feel something that you did not choose to feel. What you did choose to do was use your time and energy to chide me for refusing to do nothing and let this country slide into a fascist state where countless oppressed people will be rounded up and murdered. That made me feel angry again, and I choose to say a big "fuck you" in response.

Maybe instead of blaming the people who are made to feel afraid by Tucker's hateful rhetoric, focus on the people he makes feel angry at those same scared people who then go out and attack and murder them. And take like a Psych 101 course or something because you're talking nonsense to a psych nerd. Then choose not to email me again.


Lindsey "Fuck You Angelica" Weedston

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Gif of the Day

Kirby says "death to fascists uwu."

Don't Let Fascists Sleep

So Tucker Carlson is having a big hearty cry over a protest outside of his mansion last night. The response to it shows how much they don't want us to do this, which is why we absolutely 100% need to do it more.

I mean:

This is one of those things where you check to see if it's The Onion and you see it's the fucking Associated Press.


But seriously. I've been saying for a while that we need to be protesting outside of the homes of neo-nazis and fascists like Tucker Carlson. Give them no peace whatsoever. Live by this principle:

Creeping fascism keeps me up at night, I don't know about you. So don't let them sleep, either.

Here's Fascism!

After being held back by the midterms for a couple months, Trump is jumping right back onto the fascism train. He fired the key people in charge of the Mueller investigation and replaced them with his cronies.

I'm not sure if Trump knows this, but Mueller is almost done with his investigation. Pretty much the last step was to interview Trump himself, or let him answer questions in writing. Then he was going to submit his report. I don't know if they can stop him at this point, unless they're just planning on raiding his office and burning everything. And if they do that, well, I sure hope that will convince people that we're already well on our way down the slide into full fascism.

The thing with Acosta, the journalist who gently deflected some poor intern who was ordered to grab the microphone from him, is also extremely troubling. And yes, I am very angry that these fascist asswipes are trying to use feminist issues and language to justify banning a White House journalist from the press briefings. Acosta clearly barely touched that woman and it was only to stop her from taking the microphone while she grabbed at him. And Kavanagh is on the Supreme Court.

I hate them so much.

But I also really, really feel sorry for that intern. She clearly did not want to do what she was doing but was pressured to do so, then had to do that humiliating sit-down after she failed to get the mic, and now have Republicans use that awkward, embarrassing few seconds to attack freedom of the press.

Together, these are some very bad signs. The Mueller thing has crossed a "red line," according to action groups who were waiting to respond to just this. There are going to be protests across the country at 5PM local time. You can easily Google it to find one near you. If you're feeling down like I am after the election, protests are a great place to find positive energy and remind yourself that there are many people who want to fight against the approaching fascism. If you've never been to a protest before and are afraid of being awkward, trust me when I say that you can easily blend in with the crowd. No one will notice you.

If Trump fires Mueller, well. That'll be the time to lose our collective minds. I'm also anxious for that report. I'm a little worries that Mueller will have gone easy on Trump and Republicans in general, because he is a Republican. We'll see. Or not.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

GIf of the Day

Doggo's like "it's cool bro just let him eat it."

I Don't Feel So Good


Last night, as I was on my way to an election party at a friend's place, the anxiety hit me. What if Democrats don't even take back the house? What if it's a repeat of 2016, the polls are wrong, the Republicans have fixed all the elections, and we're about to plunge into full one-party fascism?

Obviously, that didn't happen. The polls were right. The Democrats took back the House and the Senate stayed about the same. There were a lot of great wins, including two Native American women winning House seats, one of them a lesbian. One Muslim woman who even wears a headscarf. A gay governor running the state of Kim Davis, famous homophobe. I-940 passed easily in Washington State.

But I'm still anxious.

Why? I'm not entirely sure myself. What I am sure of is that last night, after getting home, I felt dejected. I feel like even though Democrats took back the House and can impede Trump quite a bit now, in the long run, it won't matter. Even if it's likely that Democrats will also take back the Senate, things will continue generally getting worse. It seems like every other president we've had for decades is worse than the last Republican. Democrats keep agreeing to "compromise" and as a result, shift right. A real leftist party in the U.S. continues to be far out of reach. It will take massive organizing and there will be massive resistance from Democrats, who will scream and cry that said efforts are splitting the liberal vote. Liberals will buy it out of fear that such a split will make it impossible to ever beat Republicans. It seems true.

Maybe we can vote Trump out in 2020 and maybe Democrats can take the Senate, too. Democrats had full control like that in 2008, and what did they get done? Some, but not enough, and we now know that Republicans are willing and eager to undo anything that a Democrat president does as soon as they regain power.

In 2016, I had dreams of a Democrat victory that would devastate Republicans, split their party, and open up the possibility for additional parties. Finally, an end to the two-party system in the U.S. that has left us skewed to the right for our entire history. Finally, space for a real leftist party. Real change.

Instead, disaster. Even since then, I have been weighed down by a feeling that we are in an impossible cycle of shitty and not-so-shitty that, year after year, shifts further toward the shitty end of the spectrum. Meanwhile, we march steadily toward climate apocalypse and the collapse of global capitalism. People in Yemen are sitting around waiting to starve to death.

Maybe I'm being overdramatic. Maybe I'm being pessimistic and ridiculous. Maybe we just needed another rise of fascism to cycle us back toward the left. Of course, last time it took something horrific and utterly monstrous, something so awful that the trauma was etched onto DNA and passed down through generations. It took that to make people realize that fascism, nationalism, and hatred of marginalized peoples are bad. But we still had capitalism, and a new era of U.S. imperialism was born. Capitalism can't last. I'm pretty sure of that. And I'm pretty sure our entire species is at risk of being wiped out due to climate change.

It very much feels like some massive upheaval is going to happen. It can't not happen, because if we keep going down the same path, disaster will happen, and it feels impossible to divert this train. I'm scared. I got swept up in the midterm hype and vote shaming, but the anarchists are right. Voting won't and can't save us. It will take so much more, but so many people think their work is done after voting. And the disinformation campaigns, the propaganda, the fact that so many people still hold bullshit notions about capitalism, poverty, human psychology, and the way our government and economy work...

We don't have time to climb all those mountains. I am having trouble reconciling this feeling with my continuing tendency and internal and extenal pressure to act as though things will stay the same - as though I should just keep working and making money as usual and eventually I will be able to buy a house and have a retirement plan and everything will be dandy. Everything will be as I was told it would be. I will live the capitalistic American Dream and be fine.

I'm so afraid of losing my comfy bed, my showers, my PlayStation 4, that I won't walk away and dedicate all my time and energy to saving as many people as possible. I feel like I should stop paying rent and just become homeless. Forget about my relationship, forget about any kind of domestic life. Spend all my time getting/stealing money and food for other poor and homeless people and organizing to try and create some alternative to what we have now. But I don't. And I won't. It's not in me and I guess I a little bit hate myself for that.

Maybe everything will be fine, but I just don't see how. My brain keeps trying to believe that everything will work out, but then I go back to approaching climate disaster and the inevitable collapse of capitalism. I'm sure it's possible that we can make it through those things as a species, but I'm scared. I'm so scared that I want to cry. I don't think things are going to be okay. And I don't feel like anything can stop it from becoming really, really bad.

This wasn't supposed to be another very pessimistic feels dump, but here we are. This is how I feel. I have nothing else for you right now.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Gif of the Day

Me, clapping for you, for doing such a good job.

It's a Holiday

Or it should be. Also automatic voting by mail should be a thing in the whole country because you know underpaid workers aren't going to get Election Day off, federal holiday or not.

Anyway, I'm spending the day taking care of the old car, making cookies, and then tonight going to an election party. If the night goes badly there might be even less content tomorrow.

Probably vote if you haven't yet. Do what you need to do to take care of yourself. It will probably be okay. Have a random cute gif:

Monday, November 5, 2018

Gif of the Day


Me going to bed in anticipation of tomorrow.

More Hate Crimes Over the Weekend

Heyyy, who else is so desperate for the midterms to be over they're considering options for some kind of short term medically induced coma??? Please just fucking end this.

Arsonist sets fires at 7 Brooklyn synagogues and Jewish schools: NYC councilman

Teens hurl pole through synagogue window as Jews are praying

The Tallahassee Yoga Shooter Was A Far-Right Misogynist Who Railed Against Women And Minorities Online

"Just give Trump a chance to lead," they said. "What's the worst that could happen?"

The next cold war? US-China trade war risks something worse

I don't even know what to say anymore.

Men, for the Love of God, Learn How to Take Care of Yourselves

I spent the month of October sending out a bunch of pitches for articles about important things that I took the time to think about and find connections to current events only to either be rejected or hear back nothing most of the time. Then I see that, a couple days ago, The Week published this shit:

My wife and I have been married for 37 years. I am lost without her.

No, she's not dead. She went on a trip to Australia. This is an article about a man who literally cannot take care of himself.

With my wife gone, the refrigerator was mostly things in tin foil and rice. There were reserves in the freezer, but those would have required thawing and heating. I figured if I rationed the rice and added chick peas and egg whites my supply would last most of the two weeks she'd be gone and I wouldn't have to order takeout or use more than a minimum of utensils, or turn on the stove. 
By Day 4, I was eating tuna from a can with pretzel sticks. 
One evening I detected an awful smell in our dining room, certain it was a dead mouse. It got worse over the next few days and I mentioned it to Sarah. "That's probably the flowers — you need to throw them out," she instructed. (She was right — the long-stemmed purple alliums had turned putrid right under my nose.)

He literally lost weight because he couldn't feed himself. Somehow he couldn't figure out that some flowers dead long enough to start rotting needed to be thrown out.

I'm thinking about supplementing my freelance writing income with DoorDash. How much did The Week pay Allan Ripp to write about how he's worse at taking care of himself than the average pre-teen? How is he not too humiliated to even tell anyone, let alone have this story published at The Week?

Was the moral of the story that he's a pathetic manchild who can't function without a woman to take care of him and all men should strive to be better than his worthless example?


But now my wife is back. My nutrition has improved and I'm using real dishes again. The sight of a chopping board covered with celery and carrots is thrilling. I'm still reading the paper during dinner, but at least Sarah is beside me looking at her Kindle or talking on the phone with her mother. She's found a new Netflix series for us to watch. Life is good. 
Having her home has taught me an important lesson — I'm still a stick-in-the mud, but I am whole.


At least this guy is in his late fifties at least, but I swear, there are tons of guys my age who don't know the basics of taking care of themselves. Please, don't be like this. Learn how to make basic foods, learn how to pay bills, learn to recognize when plants are dead, learn how to operate your appliances, and fucking go to the grocery store. Do not be like this dude. Put some value into this article taking up space where my writing could be.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Gif of the Day

I, for one, welcome our new avian overlords.

Rock Throwing Should Not Carry a Death Sentence

That shouldn't be a controversial statement. People get mad and throw rocks at soldiers. It happens everywhere. You know why? Because soldiers represent the imperialist, typically racist force making their lives miserable. This is why Palestinian kids throw rocks at Israeli soldiers. Remember when those soldiers were sniping rock-throwing kids and laughing about it, and we were all appalled? The same applies to migrant kids throwing rocks at U.S. soldiers on the border. We destroyed their homes and when they come here for asylum, we rip apart their families and throw them in cages and call it order.

If you can't handle a couple rocks being thrown your way for being a part of an imperialist death machine when you're armed with a giant gun, then you're definitely a fragile snowflake who should quit the army and get a desk job. You can't even handle retail.

You don't get to kill civilians for throwing rocks at you. But this is what our fucking president is encouraging our soldiers to do.

Rocks. Are not. Guns.

He just wants migrants to die. Because they're not people, right?

How long until they just start mass murdering the migrants they have in detention?

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Gif of the Day

Someone had a good time at the Halloween party.

Fascism in Brazil

It's not just the U.S. or Western Europe having a fascism problem. Brazil just elected an extremely right-wing candidate to the presidency who is already ushering in a new era of fascism in the country. Black, queer, and trans Brazilians are in a state of panic. Many are trying desperately to get out before the worst happens.

And this:

Bolsonaro’s election is catastrophic news for Brazil’s indigenous tribes

Brazil has just elected as its president a far-right nationalist with authoritarian tendencies and fascist inclinations. The country’s 900,000-strong indigenous people are among the many minority groups Jair Bolsonaro has frequently targeted with vitriolic hostility. “It’s a shame that the Brazilian cavalry wasn’t as efficient as the Americans, who exterminated their Indians,” he once said. If he enacts his campaign promises, the first peoples of Brazil face catastrophe; in some cases, genocide.

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh fuck.

Of course, the U.S. administration has praised and welcomed Bolsonaro. Trump is treating him with the same kindness and brotherhood as he's done with Kim Jong Un and other violent fascist dictators who have murdered millions of their own citizens. CEOs of big corporations are also excited, because fascism is a great boost to capitalism.

This man, Bolsonaro, is openly misogynistic, racist, homophobic, and transphobic. He used nearly the same campaign slogans as Hitler, and that is not a fucking exaggeration. Also, he has on at least one occasion said "Pinochet did nothing wrong." If that sounds familiar, it's what Patriot Prayer and the ""Proud Boys"" have been wearing on their t-shirts as one of their jokes-but-not-really. Also, Brazil's cops have already raided university libraries to confiscate anti-fascist literature.

This is like the U.S. post-2016 election, but significantly worse. Keep a lookout for crowdfunding and charity drives to help get vulnerable people out of the country. The good news is that (at least, I've heard) it's pretty easy for Brazilians to move to Argentina. Still, they have to leave their homes and lives behind. 

Here is one to get you started.

Here is Your Fascist Propaganda of the Day

Along with everything else, Trump is tweeting out anti-immigrant propaganda videos, produced and distributed by the administration. It is full racist fearmongering designed to scare people into voting Republican so they aren't "overrun" by the "army" of families and little children and elderly people limping thousands of miles to the U.S. because we destroyed their country and if they return they'll likely die.

I don't necessarily recommend watching this unless you're white:

Using one man of color as a boogeyman to scare white people into voting Republican is exactly how they elected H.W. Bush. The actions of literally millions of white supremacists in this country aren't supposed to define the right, but this one dude is supposed to define all migrants? #NotAllMen but #YesAllMigrants, yeah?

I could point out right-wing hypocrisy until blood shoots out my ears, but it doesn't make a difference to them.

Just know that this is white supremacist propaganda. They are demonizing an entire ethnic group. A group whose children are already in prison camps.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Gif of the Day

Happy Halloween! Do try and have some fun tonight.

Trump is Tossing Out an Amendment to the Constitution and That is Fascism

This birthright citizenship thing. I forgot to mention it in my last post but it probably needs one of its own anyway.

It's not a "distraction" so shut up about that shit right now. Even if Trump fully intended it as a distraction, calling something that is blatantly fascist and white supremacist a "distraction" is so dismissive, just stop. This is something that is going to affect many lives, and likely end at least a few, so SHUT UP.

Not only that, but Trump is threatening the very core of the democracy of this nation. He is claiming that an executive order can override a constitutional amendment. It can't, but the fact that he's going to try and do it anyway is a massive threat to the country. He has ignored the law before and said he'll do it again. Even if the Supreme Court rules against him on this, which, let's be honest, it won't, I have no doubt that he would ignore that ruling and plunge full on ahead. If we let him, rule of law will mean nothing anymore and he will know it.

Not only that, but the 14th Amendment protects all people born in the U.S. from having our citizenship revoked for any reason. Trump will go on to revoke the citizenship of anyone who stands against him, starting with the most vulnerable.

This is a huge tipping point. I fear that even flipping both the House and Senate won't stop him. The fact that he's doing this at the same time as nodding to and protecting white supremacists tells me that he's expecting resistance and needs loyal footsoldiers to attack protesters.

Every time we let him get away with something like this, things get worse and he gets bolder. If we don't take a stand now, more people will die. So vote, and protest, and make all the noise you can on social media. Don't let him get away with this.



After two days of running around doing a ton of shit and not sleeping well and napping, I finally need to sit down and write about the shit going on in this country.

I know everyone is saying this and I've said this and it's useless to say it but fucking hell. I would never, ever have thought in a million years that I would be living through a time when the president of the U.S. called himself a nationalist while spouting antisemitic dogwhistles only to have a mass shooting at a synagogue that the same president dismissed, victim blaming because they didn't happen to have armed guards that day even though the shooter killed four cops in the process, then put this shit cherry on top:

Trump admin will apparently not renew program to fight domestic terror

"The Trump administration had already canceled a grant for a group that fights white supremacist terror."

I don't know how people can look at all this and not come to the conclusion that Trump is not only happy to have white supremacist and neo-nazi terrorists in this country, but is actively encouraging them to commit acts of terrorism and working to prevent them from being caught/punished.

The horrors just never end. I don't need to watch a scary movie today because nothing is scarier than our reality right now. I'd normally try to have fun on Halloween but, fuck. FUCK.

Don't think I want to believe this myself. But experts on fascism are saying that were are already several steps down the process of descending into a fully fascist state. I hope we can put the breaks on by flipping the House and Senate on the 6th, but I cannot get my hopes up.

Part of the reason violence has escalated is because of the approaching midterms and talk of the "blue wave." We need to be prepared for more violence as the 6th inches closer, and especially be prepared to protect each other at the polls. I'm in a vote-by-mail only state, but in states that have polling locations, be careful and protect each other. Go to the polls in pairs or groups if you can. Be prepared for intimidating presences.

If there is a blue wave, take a bit to celebrate, then prepare for the possibility of more reactionary violence. White supremacists will feel their grip on the country loosening and it will frighten and anger them. If you're a potential target, be careful. If you have a lot of privilege, protect your vulnerable community members.

Things are getting worse. Every day is going to be a battle. I can only hope that Trump has shown his hand too early here. Trump is a fascist and he wants fascism. Don't mince words. Don't assume that he's doing anything out of ignorance or ineptitude. Don't ever underestimate him or his evil administration.

Keep fighting. I love you all.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Gif of the Day

I'm not sure if that's a ferret or a stoat but I do know he's got a rockin' hairdo.

My Day Canvassing

So I made a series of videos during my time canvassing for Dr. Kim Schrier since it was my first time ever doing this kind of door-to-door canvassing. It wasn't my favorite thing but certainly wasn't as bad as my anxiety said it was going to be.

Today was busy, in a good way, or at least in the way that capitalism says is good because it involved jobs and money making. Also it took a while to upload these videos to YouTube. I probably need to start writing blog posts the night before again, because the daytime keeps getting away from me.

As for doing more video blogging in the future, I'm not sure. I honestly wasn't wild about spending so much time looking at my own face. I don't have the greatest relationship with that face. But here you go.

Please pay no attention to my weird, very old YouTube account.


Monday, October 29, 2018

Gif of the Day

Scientists are definitely grown versions of the kids who put things into the microwave just to see what would happen.

Morning Announcements

Hey folks. Today I'm off to canvas for Dr Kim Schrier. Or, to be more accurate, I'm off to canvas against Dino Rossi. Or to be the most accurate, I'm off to knock on people's doors and beg them to vote blue so that we can have the best check possible on a president who is barely holding back from just telling his followers to go out and murder Jewish people and migrants of color.

I'm working to minimize harm now so that we can survive to fight for justice later. Even though, with my anxiety, I don't even know how I'm going to be able to knock on strangers' doors and try to engage them about things they're probably trying hard not to think about.

But I gotta. We all gotta do something. And I know it will feel good afterward. After this I think I'm going to try one of those texting banks.

Hang in there, everybody. Be safe, but fight if you can.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Gif of the Day

Cats are liquid.

The Large Crowd of Asylum Seekers is a Humanitarian Crisis

Not a threat. Not an army. Not a mob coming to steal your jobs and eat your children.

That might seem ridiculous to even say, but Fox News has been saying all of it except for the eating children part, as far as I know. Right-wing pundits are calling it an army because they're carrying flags. They've also suggested that somehow the Democrats have organized and paid for this "caravan," and are even, like, driving them in buses and then having them get out an walk for the news cameras.

Again, couldn't beat Donald Trump in a presidential election, but are getting 7,000 people on and off buses on a daily without getting caught.

The reality is that these people, who are walking from fucking Honduras, will take months to get here. What is also a reality is that what we should be doing is going to them and helping any way we can. These people are fleeing deadly, unlivable conditions that, for the millionth time, THE U.S. CAUSED.  Now Trump is sending troops to the border, to I guess sit on their asses for months until those people get here, and then, what? Tell them to walk back? Kill them all?

The next couple months are going to be full of increased fearmongering about this horrible "army" of families with children and babies walking to the U.S. because they have nowhere else to go and we keep blathering on about how great we are. Considering the fact that we destroyed their country, the only acceptable thing to do right now would be to send a ton of busses down to bring them all to the U.S. safely and set them up in some of the millions of empty houses we have sitting around, give them citizenship, and leave them alone. Then maybe, I dunno, we could stop ruining everybody's counties and then whining about migrants and asylum seekers.

Demonizing these people is nothing less than the work of the fucking devil.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Gif of the Day

Look at that STRUT.

We Might Be Living in the Weirdest Timeline


You know what's so weird? The second I read Republican pundits claiming that George Soros, and later others, sent pipe bombs to themselves, I was transported back to just a couple years ago when online harassment of women and other marginalized individuals was the hot button issue. Coming out of GamerGate, many of these women were in the tech/geek worlds and dealing with constant, massive, relentless harassment, getting death and rape threats, etc. And the right-wing line was the same.

"They're sending threats to themselves for attention/financial gain/to make us look bad."

Back then, concerns about threats and harassment were also dismissed as being "no big deal." "Everyone is harassed online, you just need to grow a thicker skin, deal with it." Of course, the emotional toll of constant harassment, the way it hinders online movement and professional development, and the fear that drove many women off of social media entirely was ignored. But what was also ignored was our warnings. Our pleas of "what happens when it gets worse?"

Because we knew it wouldn't end there. Harassers suffering no consequences for harassment and being successful in driving people they hate off of social media was only going to encourage them to escalate. Yet the mainstream media and many average Americans dismissed the issue as just some teen boys in their parents' basements. Harmless.

It's only been a couple years, and things have escalated to pipe bombs in the mail. The only reason none of them went off is because the FBI was somehow onto this shit before it happened. Someone could have easily died. The packages were filled with broken glass. These were meant to kill.

And now, the same words that came out of fucking GamerGaters are being used by popular right-wing pundits. "They're sending bombs to themselves to make us look bad." Were all the anonymous GamerGater fucks actually full-grown Republican pundits and politicians all along?

It's just fucking bizarre to me to see these parallels between something people dismissed as "trolling" and straight up domestic terrorism. Do I say "I told you so"? Or do I jump off a bridge because clearly this is a simulation meant to test human consciousness? (Don't worry, I am not actually at all tempted to hurt myself, just making a point.)

Part of me wanted to believe that the whole GamerGate thing was unimportant and didn't have implications for the future of humanity. I am disappointed.

And They Call Us Snowflakes


The mass mailing of pipe bombs to Democrat politicians and also Robert DiNero for some reason is uhhhhhhhh fuckin' wild, yeah? I don't know what the perpetrator hoped to get out of it other than mass sympathy for Democrats, even if any of their bombs had worked. But right-wing terrorists will be right-wing terrorists, I guess.

Meanwhile, you've got Republican pundits everywhere calling this a false flag operation. I'm not just talking about Alex Jones. This is what I mean when I talk about post-reality America. Something happens that's politically inconvenient to you? Just deny it. Say they did it to themselves. Democrats couldn't pull off an election against the literally worst human being alive but sure, they orchestrated a fake mass bombing campaign against themselves.

The best part is all the fuckers saying "Republicans don't do this kind of thing." Uhhhhh ask all those abortion clinics Republicans have bombed if Republicans do this kind of thing.

Republicans don't care about reality, about fairness, about morality, about basic human decency, none of it. All they care about is their own power and they will do and say anything to get it. Playing by the rules of reality wasn't working for them anymore so they're skewing reality, gaslighting, and fucking with people's heads 24/7. Anything bad that comes out of it can be dismissed via victim blaming and they can just keep on their merry way. They don't care who dies in the process as long as it's not them or someone who can give them power.

Nothing is sacred. They have no souls.

Thankfully, there are many people out there who are not like them and who are working to bring joy to their fellow human beings every single day. Like whoever did this:

I don't care who you are, that's funny. Fartenberry.

What is even funnier, in the most awful way possible, is that Jeff tweeted that yesterday. The same day that news about all the fucking pipe bombs was breaking. He's seriously trying to say that someone putting googly eyes on his political signs and changing his name to Fartenberry is "political violence" on the same level as attempted murder.

And they call us snowflakes.

I couldn't resist:

Not sorry.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Gif of the Day

Fanged baby.

We Must Protect Trans Civil Rights

This issue deserves more than to be a part of one post. The attack on trans civil rights is unacceptable and must be met with mass resistance. Any reversal on the Obama era expansion of gender rights to trans people would be unacceptable, but this is more than that. It looks to explicitly define gender by an outdated, cissexist assignment of gender at birth based on your little baby genitals.

The department argued in its memo that key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.” The agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with, according to a draft reviewed by The Times. Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing.

This would be a huge blow to the trans community, representing not just a step backward, but a step into evil, terrifying territory we've never even been in as a nation. It's like George W. Bush trying to officially define marriage to fuck over same sex couples, but worse.

Meanwhile, Trump is rushing anti-trans lawyers into the courts.

This week, they’re trying to quietly advance Allison Jones Rushing. Vying for a lifetime appointment on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals , Rushing has built her short career on promoting homophobic and transphobic prejudice, siding with dogmatic ideologues over the rights of everyday citizens.

Here is the Transgender Law Center's response to the leaked memo:

The draft memo the NYT reported on this weekend, a document written by officials at HHS, is transparently a hate-motivated response to these victories. It attempts to rewrite years of progress achieved by advocates under the Obama administration. Here, written out plain, is their attempt to erase our very existence as transgender people. This memo reveals that this administration intends nothing short of our destruction. 

That's not the whole thing, please click through. Keep an eye out for protests and rallies against this coming fuckery, and/or get ready to explode when they officially try to make those changes to Title IX. And don't fucking let it go. Let's be honest. We lost on the Muslim ban and family separation at the border, because we have a Muslim ban (not as bad as the original but still a ban) and family separations are still happening. Now they're going after their own citizens. They will keep escalating until we stop them.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Gif of the Day

My laptop charger finally arrived and I once again have access to my collection of completely random gifs! What is this even from? What are those things? Who knows? I sure don't! Hahahahahahahahaha this month has been the fucking worst.

Donald Trump Called Himself a Nationalist


My laptop charger has still not arrived so I am without my collection of reaction gifs to properly express how fucked up I am over this shit.

President Trump Just Called Himself a 'Nationalist.' Here's What That Means—and Why It's So Dangerous.

Why does Esquire need to explain this shit to us? We should know that nationalism is dangerous. But everything Trump has done has been leading to this - he's been slowly escalating, getting us used to awfulness like we're frogs in a pot of slowly warming water, not even noticing when it gets close to the boiling point. This is the next step. Nationalism isn't bad, it's good! What does it matter if nationalism is the bread and butter of fascism and that nationalism always leads directly to violence against people outside of the perceived national norm - immigrants, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, trans people, Jewish people.

Speaking of the latter:

Explosive Device Is Found in Mailbox at Soros’s Home in N.Y. Suburb

The right has been increasingly evoking Soro's name as the financier for everything happening on the Left, which is a classic antisemitic trope. Rich Jewish people behind the scenes, pulling the strings. Now someone has tried to murder him. Meanwhile there are even wealthier people on the right unabashedly bankrolling Republicans, and their mailboxes remain bomb-free.

And of course:

The Trump administration reportedly wants the government to revoke civil rights protections from transgender people

The department argued in its memo that key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.” The agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with, according to a draft reviewed by The Times. Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing.

Fascism is here and the country's most vulnerable populations are under attack. The right will soon be unabashedly calling themselves nationalists. And then, what's the big deal if they're white nationalists? What really is the problem with fascism? If we're going to be the best nation, shouldn't we only have the best people? And who do you think that the right will decide are the best kind of people?

It's time to rise up hard again. Like we did during the attempted Muslim bans, like we did during the bathroom debate, like we did when we first found out about the mass imprisonment of migrant Latinx children. And we need to have extra urgency this time, because Donald Trump just called himself a nationalist and instructed his followers to do the same.

It's fucking wild to write in this blog five days a week about how Donald Trump is a nationalist, to think that so many people, including friends and family, probably think I'm exaggerating, over-reacting, maybe fearmongering, perhaps hysterical, over-dramatic, just looking for things to get upset about because I need to distract myself from my misery. And I definitely do need to distract myself from my misery, but Donald Trump being a nationalist and nobody listening is my misery. I distract myself with Hulu and video games.

Now, on Monday, October 22, 2018, Donald Trump has said "I am a nationalist" while calling Democrats "globalists" - an antisemitic dogwhistle commonly used by white nationalists and neo-nazis. This happened yesterday, and I didn't find out until this morning. It rather looks like the U.S. is going to shrug this off. We have a nationalist for a president, folks. Logically we should all be dropping everything to march on the White House, drag him out, glue feathers all over his body, and set him adrift on a piece of wood on the Atlantic. But we're frogs in an ever-warming pot of water, and soon some of us will be literally fucking dead.

No Country for Proud Boys on the Unpopular Front

So about yesterday. My cheap crappy laptop charging cord died on Sunday so I had to rush order a new cheap crappy laptop charging cord. It was supposed to get here yesterday but because Amazon is full of LIES and OWES ME $3.99 FOR SHIPPING I now have to blog on my boyfriend's computer, which cannot even fit on my lap.

But anyway, as promised, here is that podcast I was featured in:

No Country for Proud Boys w/Lindsey Weedston

We talk about being a woman playing online video games, my South Park article, and the absolutely weirdness of the "alt-right," including their violent street gang, the Proud Boys.

Bonus! I also had an article published at Ravishly yesterday. This one is quite personal, but if you've ever wondered about whether or not I'm a survivor, this will not really answer that question but whatever enjoy:

To All Those Who Don't Know If They've Been Sexually Assaulted

Memory is a funny thing.

I will hopefully blog again later today, as there are some THINGS we need to DISCUSS, AMERICA. But I also have to deal with this headache involving license plates thanks to FedEx, which is also worthless. Apparently nobody can figure out how to get things here. Happy Tuesday.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Gif of the Day


Post-Reality America

I've got an extra special treat coming for you awesome people who regularly or sometimes read my blog. I just finished recording a podcast with Unpopular Front, a local leftist podcast by Ben Udashen. In it you'll hear me say "sorry" because we were both trying to talk at the same time, which is exactly what this blog is supposed to be teaching me not to do. But also, you'll hear me try to articulate in actual talking words how I feel about the rise of fascist street gangs in post-reality America.

The constant gaslighting, reality-skirting, truth-fucking-with thing that is constantly going on on the right right now, well, it turns me into a bad writer because just look at all those double words! It's difficult to articulate in any medium how the right is just constantly fucking with our heads. It has so many of us at a loss. It's like trying to fight a shadow. It's like trying to punch the little specks you see floating in your vision because if you look for them. It's like trying to attack something that exists between realities. It's like trying to defend yourself from your own brain, and as a mentally ill person, I know something about that.

I don't know if there are any right-wing leaders who are actually consciously strategizing this shit or if it just evolved into something that works so they keep doing it. But what we're up against is a president who will say something on camera, so that it's undeniable that it happened, and then he'll say it didn't happen. He'll just straight up lie. Not only lie, but lie about something that you cannot possibly get away with. And he does it because his base will support him no matter what. At this point he'd have to veer far left for them to stop supporting him. So he just looks reality in the eye and says "you don't exist." That's our president right now.

And you have a federal governing body controlled by people who are doing the same thing, perhaps in smaller, less-blatant respects, but they do it. They deny things you can't deny. They spit in the face of straight facts. Then they hold up wild conspiracy theories with no actual supporting evidence as truth.

Then you have these various groups that are doing their dirty work, from Proud Boys to your everyday fascist internet troll, operating within a bizarre meme culture that I believe is not only impossible to understand, it's not meant to be understood. It's just a constant blurring of reality to keep people confused. It's also handy to them because those who at least somewhat know how to navigate this Wonderland of ugly frogs and racial slurs can signal to one another. It's like a coded language of ever-shifting new ways to call people snowflakes or whatever, and you have to be really involved to keep up. I couldn't pass myself off as one of them because I would have no clue what the fuck they're talking about when they say shit like "Pinochet did nothing wrong."

Truth, reality, hypocrisy - none of that matters to them. In fact, that shit is inconvenient. Maybe it's a result of facts being so accessible thanks to the internet. They can't just go around promoting old, utterly debunked racial pseudoscience anymore. We can google that shit. So they've just resorted to confusing the shit out of us. You can't argue with someone who has zero allegiance to truth and reality. So they "win" when you refuse to or quit in the middle out of total frustration.

What they're doing is making it impossible to use our words against them. And that really only leaves violence. In the case of the Proud Boys, that works in their favor because they basically worship violence. They want a more violent society. But probably not one in which they lose and end up getting their own asses kicked. I'm not saying I want a more violent society, because I don't even like to work out and I do not like confrontation of any kind. But they aren't leaving people with much choice. If they don't want to play by the rules, if they don't actually want any kind of civil society, then may they reap what they sow.

Request for Donations

Remember early last month when I wrote about turning 30 and everything working out for me? Well, my professional life kind of collapsed this month, and now I am basically unemployed. I'm a freelancer with zero clients.

I will ultimately be fine, but I am still climbing out of a depression that makes it a bit more difficult to look for work (understatement) and, you know, it's a good time to donate if you were thinking about it. Also I deserve payment for my labor, feminism, etc. You know the drill.

The best way to donate to me is through Paypal, and here is my Paypal.me link.

Otherwise you could donate through my Patreon.

Shoutout to my one Patron, who is amazing and revived my dreams of just blogging like this for a living.

Small, one-time donations are also wonderful, as any donation lifts my spirits.

I'm thinking about changing this blog to Revolutionary Feminism straight on blogger for now and then migrating to WordPress later, if I ever again find some semblance of financial security. We need a whole lot more than to not be sorry. Revolution now, woo! Come on, we're all sick to death of struggling to survive, right? It doesn't need to be like this. Just reach out and take my hand...

I just realized I can look through every gif I've ever used on this blog holy shit. So many great gifs. How can you live without these gifs? If you're reading these posts on Tumblr without clicking through, you're really missing out, by the way. I can't find a program that will auto-post to Tumblr that can post the images on Tumblr along with the text. If you were wondering.

Have a wonderful day, fine readers. Destroy capitalism.