Here we have the principle of commodity fetishism, the domination of society by things whose qualities are “at the same time perceptible and imperceptible by the senses”. This principle is absolutely fulfilled in the spectacle, where the perceptible world is replaced by a set of images that are superior to that world yet at the same time impose themselves as eminently possible.
Guy Dubord, The Society of The Spectacle (1967)
Abolish Commodity Society.(via bustakay)
Kazimir Malevich (Russian, born Ukraine: 1878–1935), Suprematist Composition (with yellow, orange and green rectangle), c.1915-16. Oil on canvas.
for me it is just a provocation against the individualism and the romantic notion of writing.
Liebeslieder: Einstürzende Neubauten
In cities and towns across the country, Communist militants became experts in restoring disconnected gas and electricity with meter jumps. Communists played a leading role in neighborhood protests against evictions. Scores of incidents are recorded of Communists helping move the furniture of evicted tenants back into their homes. In some cities local Communist Party-led unemployed councils were so strong that landlords would try unsuccessfully to secure their permission before evicting tenants. Unemployed organizers were so forthright and brazen that in some cases they would leave a sign on doors proclaiming “this furniture was moved back by local 23 of the Unemployed Council.” An instance is recorded of a black woman who, upon receiving notice of eviction, shouted to her children “Run quick and find the Reds!”
Often these activities led to violence. In Tampa’s Latin community of Ybor City, demonstrators protesting evictions were confronted by deputized Anglo vigilantes. In February 1930, crowds of jobless workers, called out to demonstrate by the Councils, battled with police in Cleveland, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles while attempting to bring their grievances to local authorities. In August 1931, after Chicago police shot into a crowd of people trying to prevent an eviction, killing three blacks and injuring several demonstrators and bystanders, the Unemployed Councils received 3,000 membership applications, the Communist Party 500, and the Young Communists League 200. The councils became a visible and recognized presence in neighborhoods across the country. On numerous occasions local residents intervened to prevent police from arresting unemployed organizers. Some would go as far as to use deeds on their homes to bail out arrested organizers.
Fraser Ottanelli, The Communist Party USA: From the Depression to World War II
tl;dr: the history of the communist movement in america is cool as fuck, we’re still doin all this shit today, and fuck you liberals we don’t need you
rofl what are marxvx’s shitty politics now(via digitalmaoism)
Marcel Breuer, Martha Erps, Katt Both and Ruth Hellos, from the Bauhaus school in Dessau, 1927
Cabaret Voltaire - The Living Legends (1990)
…tolerance in our society can be said to be genuinely repressive, in that it offers a means of defusing the most dangerous and subversive ideas: not censorship, but the transformation into a fad, is the most effective way of destroying a potentially threatening movement or revolutionary personality.Jameson, Frederic, Marxism and Form: Twentieth-Century Dialectical Theories of Literature (Princeton, Princeton University Press, 1971) p.110 (via fuckyeahdialectics)
"Communism an idealistic stage in yr life"
sell it baby
Tonight @ 8pm: these fingers fly/flay at The (Fucking) Animal House, as Square Cultists emerge from the depths of various personal and collective voids to lay waste to this vile Dystopia known to some as the West and to others as the soon to be picturesque ruins of the Security State (feat. Teen Trash, Snr. Olympics, T, Young Professionals and Jack Knife). Be there or risk dying in the flames of a burning city. Counter-Terrorism Narcs will be splattered at the door.
Sonic Youth “Where The Red Fern Grows” (early demo)
Suicide by Catherine Ceresole.
Students who considered themselves socialists were not so much interested in the poor as they were desirous of leading the poor, of being their guides and saviors. It was just this paternalism toward the poor that the vision of solidarity I had learned in religious settings was meant to challenge. From a spiritual perspective, the poor were there to guide and lead the rest of us by example if not by outright action and testimony. As a student I read Marx, Gramsci, and a host of other male thinkers on the subject of class. These works provided theoretical paradigms but rarely offered tools for confronting the complexity of class in daily life.bell hooks, where we stand: Class Matters, chapter 4 (via snailfan)
[W]hen I told friends and colleagues that I was resigning from my academic job to focus on writing, I was warned that I was making a dangerous mistake, that I could not possibly live on an income that was between twenty and thirty thousand dollars a year. When I pointed to the reality that families of four and more live on such an income, the response would be “that’s different”; the difference being, of course, one of class. The poor are expected to live with less and are socialized to accept less (badly made clothing, products, food, etc.), whereas the well-off are socialized to believe it is both a right and a necessity for us to have more, to have exactly what we want when we want it.
But what is growth of productive capital? Growth of the power of accumulated labour over living labour; growth of the rule of the bourgeoisie over the working class. When wage-labour produces the alien wealth dominating it, the power hostile to it, capital, there flow back to it its means of employment – i.e., its means of subsistence, under the condition that it again become a part of capital, that is become again the lever whereby capital is to be forced into an accelerated expansive movement.Karl Marx, ‘Wage Labour and Capital’. (via bustakay)