Do not allow yourselves to be deluded by the abstract word ‘freedom’. Whose freedom? It is not the freedom of one individual in relation to another, but the freedom of capital to crush the worker.
The assumption that work is a passport to dignity and security, that work is what makes life worth living, is so deeply embedded in our culture that it is almost heretical to think otherwise. But the problem isn’t just the lack of work. It’s also the lack of hope. Young people leaving school and university can no longer kid themselves that their future is likely to include a stable place to live, love and get on with growing up, even if they do manage to find paid work.
Here’s what is notably not being said to the young and desperate: you are more than your inability to find a job. Your value to a potential employer is not the sole measure of your worth as a person. If you can find only precarious, exhausting, depressing work, or if you can’t find work at all, that doesn’t mean you are useless, lazy, or a “waste of space”.
A woman hitting a neo-nazi with her handbag, Sweden, 1985. The woman was reportedly a concentration camp survivor.
What up Man?!
I didn’t know it was that deep.
Happy Demise Of Vile Colonial Fucker Day!
Some graffiti found in Pompeii’s ruins:
- Weep, you girls. My penis has given you up. Now it penetrates men’s behinds. Goodbye, wondrous femininity!
- Restituta, take off your tunic, please, and show us your hairy privates.
- I screwed the barmaid.
- Apollinaris, the doctor of the emperor Titus, defecated well here.
- I screwed a lot of girls here.
- Sollemnes, you screw well!
- Theophilus, don’t perform oral sex on girls against the city wall like a dog.
Nice to see nothing has changed.
absolutely nothing has changed
Retweeting again for the joy of Pompeiian graffiti. God, what their texts and tweets would have been like…
tell me one more time how history is dull I dare you
Almost every time I speak to teenagers, particularly young female students who want to talk to me about feminism, I find myself staggered by how much they have read, how creatively they think and how curiously bullshit-resistant they are. Because of the subjects I write about, I am often contacted by young people and I see it as a part of my job to reply to all of them - and doing so has confirmed a suspicions I’ve had for some time. I think that the generation about to hit adulthood is going to be rather brilliant.
Young people getting older is not, in itself, a fascinating new cultural trend. Nonetheless the encroaching adulthood and the people who grew up in a world where expanding technological access collided with the collapse of the neoliberal economic consensus is worth paying attention to. Because these kids are smart, cynical and resilient, and I don’t mind saying that they scare me a little.
"The brain can get sick too."
Re-make of this post.
End mental health stigma.If you EVER need someone to talk to, my ask is open! Stay strong loves.
Unless it was during an extremely brief period early in its history and I’ve somehow never heard of it, the USSR never had same sex marriage, and male homosexuality was only legal during the 10-year window of revolutionary Leninism before being even more harshly persecuted under Stalinism than under the Tsarist regime that preceded the Revolution.
Socialism has not historically been a particularly strong ally of LGBT people, despite the fact that Marx was one of the earliest political philosophers to talk about what we’d today call intersectionality, in practice intersectional socialism is a relatively recent development, and more traditional Leninist or Maoist organisations can remain quite hostile or at least uncaring of LGBT and women’s issues.
Russia was the first country to legalize abortion in 1920 under the “Decree on Women’s Healthcare.” This was chipped away over the next two decades until finally criminalized under Stalin in the 30s in the name of population growth.
Sex change operations began as early as 1920. Granted, most were performed by doctors who had been trained under the tsar, so that shit was not exactly perf, but that’s better than we can say for today.
Same sex marriage was decriminalized in 1917 only to be recriminalized in the 30s.
It’s not a coincidence that this shift in consciousness and conditions was during a period when workers’ control was at its peak. It also is not a coincidence that with the rise of Stalin came the destruction of these advances.
Important left history right here.
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