|—||Zeus Leonardo (2004), “The Color of Supremacy: Beyond the Discourse of ‘White Privilege,’” Educational Philosophy and Theory, 6(2), p. 142 (via vladislava)|
WOULD ANY SANE PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”?
Part of the problem is that we’ve been victims of a campaign of systematic misdirection. Consumer culture and the capitalist mindset have taught us to substitute acts of personal consumption (or enlightenment) for organized political resistance. An Inconvenient Truth helped raise consciousness about global warming. But did you notice that all of the solutions presented had to do with personal consumption—changing light bulbs, inflating tires, driving half as much—and had nothing to do with shifting power away from corporations, or stopping the growth economy that is destroying the planet? Even if every person in the United States did everything the movie suggested, U.S. carbon emissions would fall by only 22 percent. Scientific consensus is that emissions must be reduced by at least 75 percent worldwide.
Or let’s talk water. We so often hear that the world is running out of water. People are dying from lack of water. Rivers are dewatered from lack of water. Because of this we need to take shorter showers. See the disconnect? Because I take showers, I’m responsible for drawing down aquifers? Well, no. More than 90 percent of the water used by humans is used by agriculture and industry. The remaining 10 percent is split between municipalities and actual living breathing individual humans. Collectively, municipal golf courses use as much water as municipal human beings. People (both human people and fish people) aren’t dying because the world is running out of water. They’re dying because the water is being stolen.
…Personal change doesn’t equal social change.
|—||Forget Shorter Showers: Why Personal Changes Does Not Equal Political Change (via theonetruenidoking)|
The Year is 2013, and The Daily Robot is holding a Cyber Monday sale at its Etsy shop!
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The future is here, you guys!
Today only: Order anything from my Etsy shop and get 15% off your purchase by using the coupon code SMALLBIZ15 when you check out! Here are links to the items shown above, if you’re in a rush and don’t want to leisurely browse the whole store:
- Framed Toy Robot Trio
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- NES/Famicom Limited-run screen prints
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- Laser-etched SNES Necklace
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I’ve been really lucky to be able to consider myself and the work I make part of a small business for the past couple years. I doubt most folks who’ve supported what I do put much thought into how their actions affect me as a person, but it’s worth mentioning that the impact it has on me is substantial and rewarding. A whole bunch of people I don’t know help make it possible for me to do this cool fun thing I do - that’s crazy!
I’m willing to bet pretty much every other small or independent artist/musician/developer/retailer/whatever-er feels similarly, so please support those folks, and feel good about doing so!
This weekend I was schmoozing at an event when some guy asked me what kind of history I study. I said “I’m currently researching the role of gender in Jewish emigration out of the Third Reich,” and he replied “oh you just threw gender in there for fun, huh?” and shot me what he clearly thought…
Clovers vs. Toros
greatest appropriation call out in the history of media tbh.
On another occasion it happened that a certain non-Jew came before Shammai and said to him, “I will convert to Judaism, on condition that you teach me the whole Torah while I stand on one foot.” Shammai chased him away with the builder’s tool that was in his hand.
He came before Hillel and said to him, “Convert me.” Hillel said to him, “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. That is the whole Torah. The rest is commentary; go and learn it.”
- Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 31a (via emm-in-sem)
Like, obviously Hillel’s statement is a wonderful quote about the importance of the so-called Golden Rule, and Torah, and blah blah blah. But I’m always gonna be team Shammai on this one. It’s a rude question! You’re coming to this culture, and let’s face it, given the nature of Jewish history, you’re almost guaranteed to be a dominant culture that has power over the Jews, and you’re claiming you’ll adapt it, if what, if it meets some ridiculous challenge you’ve set? If it can reduce itself to a soundbite? Damn right I will chase you away with a builder’s tool, whatever that is.
straight up friends, riding bikes together, building sandcastles, laughing in freeze frame, all that shit
Junot Díaz, speaking at Yale (via malinche)
Those final four sentences are something else.