politics

Mythmakers and Lawbreakers: Anarchist Writers on Fiction

Mythmakers and Lawbreakers: Anarchist Writers on Fiction

author: Margaret Killjoy

name: Steev

average rating: 4.00

book published: 2009

rating: 4

read at: 2010/01/21

date added: 2010/01/23

shelves: politics

The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements

The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements
author: Eric Hoffer
name: Steev
average rating: 3.93
book published: 1951
rating: 4
read at: 2009/10/17
date added: 2009/10/24
shelves: politics

Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents

Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents

author: Ellen Ullman

name: Steev

average rating: 3.41

book published: 1997

rating: 5

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date added: 2009/09/07

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Resisting the Virtual Life: Culture and Politics of Information

Resisting the Virtual Life: Culture and Politics of Information

author: Iain A. Boal

name: Steev

average rating: 4.67

book published: 1995

rating: 5

read at: 1997/01/01

date added: 2009/09/07

shelves: politics

review:

Stunts

In less than 24 hours I've read 2 articles, one in the Times and one a book review by Elizabeth Kolbert in the New Yorker, about people who do "stunts" in order to raise awareness or disseminate knowledge about climate change. It's a trend where various writers and activists and others do some symbolic act, like a Thoreau-esque thing such as living for a year without electricity, or an attention-getting feat like walking across the country, and hence get people to think about this stuff and pay attention in a different way.

Kolbert rightly points out that a lot of the motivation for this is that few people want to be clobbered with yet another doom-and-gloom scenario that makes them feel like they're bad people for driving or buying plastic bottles. As the New York Times article concludes of the folks Greta Browne meets on her cross-country climate walk,

In the end, Ms. Browne said, she thinks that most people are sympathetic and want to do something

Remember...

On this day, Memorial Day, please take the time, just a minute if that's all you have, to not only think of those who fought in our wars, but also think about how few of those wars were really necessary, and how many of them were begun based on lies to the american people.
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Down by the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family

Down by the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family

author: Charles Bowden

name: Steev

average rating: 4.08

book published: 2002

rating: 5

read at: 2004/01/01

date added: 2009/03/06

shelves: politics

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What If It were San Diego and Tijuana?

Randall Kuhn gives us a more accurate, complete, and compelling analogy than the simple ones made recently about the Israel-Gaza situation:

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Minority Whip Eric Cantor ended an opinion piece by saying "America would never sit still if terrorists were lobbing missiles across our border into Texas or Montana." But let's see if our political and pundit class can parrot this analogy.

Think about what would happen if San Diego expelled most of its Hispanic, African American, Asian American, and Native American population, about 48 percent of the total, and forcibly relocated them to Tijuana? Not just immigrants, but even those who have lived in this country for many generations. Not just the unemployed or the criminals or the America haters, but the school teachers, the small business owners, the soldiers, even the baseball players.

What if we established government and faith-based agencies to help move white people into their former homes? And what if we razed hundreds of their homes in rural areas and, with the aid of charitable donations from people in the United States and abroad, planted forests on their former towns, creating nature preserves for whites to enjoy? Sounds pretty awful, huh? I may be called anti-Semitic for speaking this truth. Well, I'm Jewish and the scenario above is what many prominent Israeli scholars say happened when Israel expelled Palestinians from southern Israel and forced them into Gaza. But this analogy is just getting started.

Be sure to read on.

Uncle Sam Goddamn

Great politically-charged hiphop video that mentions war taxes in one verse about 2/3 of the way through. It's also a great image collage.

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