1. If I should steal something from you, you can call a policeman and have me arrested. The law will punish the thief, and the government will return to you the stolen property, if possible, because the law forbids stealing. It says that no one has a right to take anything from you without your consent.

    But your employer takes from you what you produce. The whole wealth produced by labor is taken by the capitalists and kept by them as their property.

    The law says that your employer does not steal anything from you, because it is done with your consent. You have agreed to work for your boss for certain pay, he to have all that you produce. Because you consented to it, the law says that he does not steal anything from you.

    But did you really consent?

    When the highwayman holds his gun to your head, you turn your valuables over to him. You ‘consent’ all right, but you do so because you cannot help yourself, because you are compelled by his gun.

    Are you not compelled to work for an employer? Your need compels you, just as the highwayman’s gun. You must live, and so must your wife and children. You can’t work for yourself, under the capitalist industrial system you must work for an employer. The factories, machinery, and tools belong to the employing class, so you must hire yourself out to that class in order to work and live. Whatever you work at, whoever your employer may be, it always comes to the same: you must work for him. You can’t help yourself You are compelled.

    In this way the whole working class is compelled to work for the capitalist class. In this manner the workers are compelled to give up all the wealth they produce. The employers keep that wealth as their profit, while the worker gets only a wage, just enough to live on, so he can go on producing more wealth for his employer. Is that not cheating, robbery?”

    Alexander Berkman | What Is Communist Anarchism?

    (Source: america-wakiewakie, via cultureofresistance)

     


  2. 'O great American multitudes and sports fans everywhere…'

     

  3. rollership:

    green Blocks with zero population

    This is really interesting, especially when I was meditating today on how I prefer open, undeveloped spaces

    (Source: mapsbynik)

     


  4. Location: torso

     

  5. cartoonpolitics:

     “Student loans are destroying the imagination of youth. If there’s a way of a society committing mass suicide, what better way than to take all the youngest, most energetic, creative, joyous people in your society and saddle them with, like $50,000 of debt so they have to be slaves? There goes your music. There goes your culture. There goes everything new that would pop out. And in a way, this is what’s happened to our society. We’re a society that has lost any ability to incorporate the interesting, creative and eccentric people.” ~David Graeber

    oh hey this post got even better!

    (via america-wakiewakie)

     


  6. thepoliticalfreakshow:

    The Rev. David Buck sits next to the Jesus the Homeless statue that was installed in front of his church, St. Alban's Episcopal, in Davidson, N.C.

    The Rev. David Buck sits next to the Jesus the Homeless statue that was installed in front of his church, St. Alban’s Episcopal, in Davidson, N.C.

    John Burnett/NPR

    A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.

    The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes.

    Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.

    The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn’t.

    "One woman from the neighborhood actually called police the first time she drove by," says David Boraks, editor of DavidsonNews.net. "She thought it was an actual homeless person."

    That’s right. Somebody called the cops on Jesus.

    "Another neighbor, who lives a couple of doors down from the church, wrote us a letter to the editor saying it creeps him out," Boraks added.

    Some neighbors feel that it’s an insulting depiction of the son of God, and that what appears to be a hobo curled up on a bench demeans the neighborhood.

    The bronze statue was purchased for $22,000 as a memorial for a parishioner, Kate McIntyre, who loved public art. The rector of this liberal, inclusive church is the Rev. David Buck, a 65-year-old Baptist-turned-Episcopalian who seems not at all averse to the controversy, the double takes and the discussion the statue has provoked.

    "It gives authenticity to our church," he says. "This is a relatively affluent church, to be honest, and we need to be reminded ourselves that our faith expresses itself in active concern for the marginalized of society."

    The sculpture is intended as a visual translation of the passage in the Book of Matthew, in which Jesus tells his disciples, “As you did it to one of the least of my brothers, you did it to me.” Moreover, Buck says, it’s a good Bible lesson for those used to seeing Jesus depicted in traditional religious art as the Christ of glory, enthroned in finery.

    "We believe that that’s the kind of life Jesus had," Buck says. "He was, in essence, a homeless person."

    This lakeside college town north of Charlotte has the first Jesus the Homeless statue on display in the United States. Catholic Charities of Chicago plans to install its statue when the weather warms up. The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., is said to be interested in one, too.

    The creator is a Canadian sculptor and devout Catholic named Timothy Schmalz. From his studio in Ontario, Schmalz says he understands that his Jesus the Homeless is provocative.

    "That’s essentially what the sculpture is there to do," he says. "It’s meant to challenge people."

    He says he offered the first casts to St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. Both declined.

    A spokesman at St. Michael’s says appreciation of the statue “was not unanimous,” and the church was being restored, so a new work of art was out of the question. That statue found a home in front of the Jesuit School of Theology at the University of Toronto.

    A spokesperson at St. Patrick’s in New York says they liked the homeless Jesus, but their cathedral is also being renovated and they had to turn it down.

    The most high-profile installation of the bronze Jesus on a park bench will be on the Via della Conciliazione, the avenue leading to St. Peter’s Basilica — if the city of Rome approves it. Schmalz traveled to the Vatican last November to present a miniature to the pope himself.

    "He walked over to the sculpture, and it was just chilling because he touched the knee of theJesus the Homeless sculpture, and closed his eyes and prayed,” Schmalz says. “It was like, that’s what he’s doing throughout the whole world: Pope Francis is reaching out to the marginalized.”

    Back at St. Alban’s in Davidson, the rector reports that the Jesus the Homeless statue has earned more followers than detractors. It is now common, he says, to see people come, sit on the bench, rest their hand on the bronze feet and pray.

     

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  10. wertheyouth:

    sexy-vegan:

    Whoa this is actually powerful

    I

    (Source: particleb0red, via yahighway)

     

  11. farted:

    omFG I named my printer Meatballs the other day and when I turned on my computer omfg

    was the other day in 2003? AIM, Windows XP… smells like ‘03

    (via windowshighasfuck)

     

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  13. maursupial:

    Addicted to Succulents: The Memoir of a Privileged White Woman

    are succulents bougey…? I would think the opposite?

     


  14. crotchetybushtit:

    maatuultulivesi:

    does no one realize that robin hood was a terrible role model for young kids? i mean you are stealing from people (illegal) and those people (usually) worked hard to get their wealth. it really demotivates people to succeed when they know they can get something someone else worked for.

    is this what rich people worry about lmao

    by “succeed” you surely mean exploit, which was more glaringly involved in the accumulation of wealth then, and which explains robin hood’s veneration.

    wait, is this a troll?

    (via maggotmaster)

     

  15. time-for-maps:

    There is more net wealth inside this circle than outside. [1779 x 958] (source)

    I can’t IMAGINE living there… Austin’s too bougey for me and it’s not at all on the same level

    (via peakcapitolism)