don’t vote for anyone. voting is probably the lowest level of democracy possible and effectively a ruse to curtail excess civilian activism aka something closer to real democracy. instead, our only option for change is to invest time & energy to, at best, promote talking points in what is essentially a game played among a sly government elite who do not, cannot & should not shape or represent your opinions. policymaking is not much more than a sluggish word & numbers game used to trick & mislead people…but its also the only tool of politicians. unfortunately, too many ppl with good, forward-thinking ideals fall prey to playing this stupid game when they have the greater power to take immediate & direct action via boycotting bullshit and ignoring stupid laws. e.g. if everyone who wasted time trying to influence lethargic bureaucratic processes were to quit paying their taxes, we could see the effects much sooner - a dent in the defense budget, a reduction in carbon emissions, a better-understood warning to government that we won’t give them the resources they need to fight *their* wars.
regret college. at one time college was a prestigious (but ultimately useless) bastion of intellectual epicureanism available pretty much only to the elite…eventually they realized that they could package and sell this level of elitism to the hopeful public at an inflated and outrageous price. they then went on to influence an entire work economy, pushing public opinion to believe that one of their laughably unaffordable packages were requisite for success in any enterprise…tantamount to extortion, basically. education should be reasonably priced if not free. the majority of costs (and i mean like 80-90%) should cover learning materials and educators’ wages before “operational” expenses; otherwise i don’t see an ounce of integrity in it. which i guess means i view all accredited higher education institutions as capitalistic machines designed to exploit a well-intentioned public and ensure that class divide stays intact. luckily, contrary to what america would like you to believe, in order to lead a successful life you don’t actually need to let the corrupt business of college rob you of all your resources.
hate money. money should be a medium of exchange and nothing else. its value revolves around cooperative use and constant circulation. it’s a beautiful thing when it actually fulfills that purpose. it was not created so that people could hoard it with no other intention than ensuring that they have more of it than everyone else. no one needs millions of dollars. no one. sometimes people think they do because they want to buy something that costs too much for a really fucked up reason (see above re: college, among many other things) but that is another bitch cry moan whine scream & shout. the point is, things don’t need to be irrationally expensive and consequently people don’t need irrational amounts of money. when people hoard money they aren’t doing anything but restricting circulation of something that was meant to be circulated, driving up prices for everyone else and protecting class inequality. when money’s purpose becomes more about that than facilitating fair & continuous exchange, there is no reason to have any respect for it whatsoever. borrow money from the man and don’t plan to ever pay it back. it seems plenty fair when the reason your dollar has so little purchasing power is because an elite few have found a way to ruin the integrity of an entire cooperative system of exchange solely for their own benefit.
“no one earns $100 million. you steal $100 million. people earn $10 an hour. people earn $40,000 a year. ‘earn’ means work. okay? it doesn’t mean steal, which with these vast amounts of money, of course you steal them.”
a plus to keeping your money in constant circulation: you get to be an active & judicious consumer. supporting small businesses, diy venues, independent art & music and the black market is the only way to fight a prevailing (but oppressive) attitude that says, “why bother trying to do your own thing. it’s too risky! you’re better off investing all your time as a cog-in-the-machine at a crappy, unfulfilling job that elites have so generously created for you.” if technology & automation can pave the way for a society that gives people the time to pursue their own endeavors - a society where commerce can finally reward individual creativity - then why for no practical reason do we still view working 40-50 hour weeks at bullshit jobs as our most viable options? why are people penalized for choosing to pursue something different? why must they face higher taxation, more fees, difficulty obtaining things like healthcare & housing and a constant threat of shutdown, fines, even arrest? support the survival of those that say “fuck that” and opt to live their lives the way they see fit. let this become something that should not have been viewed as a risk to begin with, but as a norm.
if someone had designed a work regime perfectly suited to maintaining the power of finance capital, it’s hard to see how they could have done a better job.
<3 weed. i think weed stands for far than people are aware of. it’s not just about the right to get high or even finally giving a holistic practice the positive image & social acceptance that it deserves. it’s about rejecting nationalism, racism, war, organized religion, banks, big pharma and many, many other oppressive ills. while weed’s legalization disappoints me in that it has less to do with correcting the wrongs caused to marginalized groups and more to do with letting the elite make a quick buck…weed acceptance does provide a glimmer of hope for the future - that more will see clearly how the perception of marijuana as evil was all a fear-mongering hoax to allow for a quick way to prosecute minority groups as well as create opportunities for military intervention abroad. the realization of one hoax can hopefully drive a greater skepticism against the oppressive systems that create them.
finally, love and ownership are two extremely different things. the notion of “ownership” stems from this draconian biblical idea that wives were the exclusive property of their husbands. very few people today would think that this is a desirable relationship. so someone explain why the heck when you love someone, you still expect them to enter into a pact of exclusivity with you…a pact that can even be protected by law. i don’t see a reason other than wanting to secure a level of ownership and control over that person. there is no wrong in loving a lot of people or loving just one person and all should be free to do so at their own will. what we’ve come to know as “cheating” is not fucked up. it’s the concept that precedes it, that right of exclusivity to a person, aka “ownership”, that is fucked up.