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We Are All Very Anxious | We are Plan C
"When misery stopped working as a control strategy, capitalism switched to boredom."
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"There has been a partial recuperation of the struggle against boredom. Capitalism pursued the exodus into spaces beyond work, creating the social factory – a field in which the whole society is organised like a workplace. Precarity is used to force people back to work within an expanded field of labour now including the whole of the social factory."
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"Today’s public secret is that everyone is anxious. Anxiety has spread from its previous localised locations (such as sexuality) to the whole of the social field. All forms of intensity, self-expression, emotional connection, immediacy, and enjoyment are now laced with anxiety. It has become the linchpin of subordination."
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"Our success in this performance in turn affects everything from our ability to access human warmth to our ability to access means of subsistence, not just in the form of the wage but also in the form of credit. Outsides to the field of mediatised surveillance are increasingly closed off, as public space is bureaucratised and privatised, and a widening range of human activity is criminalised on the grounds of risk, security, nuisance, quality of life, or anti-social behaviour.

"In this increasingly securitised and visible field, we are commanded to communicate. The incommunicable is excluded."
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"We’ve noticed a certain tendency for insurrectionists to refuse to take seriously the existence of psychological barriers to militant action. Their response tends to be, 'Just do it!' But anxiety is a real, material force – not simply a spook. To be sure, its sources are often rooted in spooks, but the question of overcoming the grip of a spook is rarely as simple as consciously rejecting it."
weareplanc.org  plan_c  capitalism  anxiety  system  control  misery  boredom  19th_century  20th_century  history  organization  strategy  secret  society  social_change  resist  1960s  protest  culture  work  employment  surveillance  consumerism  social_media  japan  u.k.  repression  regulation  war  parenting  poverty  theory  public  punishment  fear  compliance  situationist  action  activism  anger  power  revolution  tip  psychology  depression  apathy  BenCarson 
april 2017 by cluebucket
A Big Little Idea Called Legibility
"The big mistake in this pattern of [the authoritarian high-modernist recipe for] failure is projecting your subjective lack of comprehension onto the object you are looking at, as 'irrationality.' We make this mistake because we are tempted by a desire for legibility."
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"the all-seeing statist eye in the sky"
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"The reason the formula is generally dangerous... is that it does not operate by a thoughtful consideration of local/global tradeoffs, but through the imposition of a singular view as 'best for all' in a pseudo-scientific sense."
venkatesh_rao  ribbonfarm.com  2010  2010s  james_c_scott  blog  organization  failure  reality  society  philosophy  order  utopia  power  nature  control  government  nomad  gypsy  mainstream  map  structure  germany  metaphor  simple  eye  psychology  anxiety  steven_johnson  brain  pattern  name  philippines  vision  reform  city  urban_planning  book  review  caste  architecture 
march 2017 by cluebucket
Making Light: Taking it back
"The Trump campaign was, and the post-election Trump news is, a Gish gallop. And now on lefty Twitter, I'm seeing a similar phenomenon on the emotional level: a firehose of things we must all pay attention to..."

on resistance, self-care, and zones of doom
abi_sutherland  nielsenhayden.com  making_light  blog  2016  2010s  resist  health  self-help  mental_health  politics  fatigue  how_to  love  fear  power  donald_trump  soul  gish_gallop  argument  ptsd  9-11  abortion  campaign  war  control 
february 2017 by cluebucket
Jann Wenner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
so this person is the editor of Rolling Stone, which just decided to endorse Hillary Clinton (putting exactly zero compelling/new arguments forward, and blissfully ignoring real issues/questions)

one of the comments characterizes it succinctly as a 70-year-old businessman / media mogul 'with a private jet endorses Hillary? Shocking'

tangential but I think also fairly important is to know about the Hootie & the Blowfish kerfuffle in which he was involved (pinned here)
wikipedia  wiki  biography  hootie_and_the_blowfish  1990s  jann_wenner  rolling_stone  controversy  control  criticism  money  dumb  review  wealth 
march 2016 by cluebucket
The Devastating Story of Washington's Peeping-Tom Rabbi | Washingtonian
"'Converts are the most vulnerable creatures of all,' says Wieseltier. 'They have left what they had, but they have not quite reached where they are going. They are in limbo. The only support they have is from the converting rabbi.'”
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"And still the conversion process dragged on. Freundel never told her when she might be ready for the final steps: an audience before three rabbis who composed a conversion court plus a ritual purification bath in the mikvah.

"Months passed. Murphy waited. At a friend’s wedding, Freundel even taunted her: 'This could be you, but it’s not. I control that.'”
barry_freundel  rabbi  judaism  kesher  dc  scandal  crime  voyeurism  mikvah  bath  ritual  religion  camera  spying  power  corruption  washingtonian.com  conversion  2009  2000s  2010s  orthodox  rule  control  harassment  2010  2011  harry_jaffe  2016  trial 
january 2016 by cluebucket
How to Fix Everything | Motherboard
"The Electronics Reuse Conference was full of people who reject the idea that manufacturers should have control over consumer devices. ... 'We're competing with the garbage dump.'"
apple  samsung  sony  america  computer  technology  secret  ifixit  motherboard  vice  electronic  pentalobe  tool  rights  dmca  2010  2011  2010s  2015  kyle_wiens  manufacturing  repair  reuse  conference  environment  fix  legal  problem  kenya  egypt  india  ghana  waste  control  government  cbp  copyright  john_deere  tip  guide  manual  consumerism  diy  jason_koebler  company  hacking  transparency 
november 2015 by cluebucket
Learning to Be Beyoncé From Her Terrible Father - Racked
"The lights dim, then go out, and a movie trailer-sounding voiceover starts to list inspirational business nouns over the sound system.

"'Drive, determination, vision.'

"A projector screen at the front of the theater illuminates to show someone’s Windows desktop and a cursor frantically clicking between programs."
christine_friar  racked.com  mathew_knowles  beyoncé  father  presentation  funny  sad  scandal  divorce  manager  motivation  2015  2010s  texas  ego  control 
november 2015 by cluebucket
Storm Warnings
"This is our sole defense against the season;
These are the things we have learned to do
Who live in troubled regions."
storm  warning  poem  poetry  adrienne_rich  weather  emotion  protection  darkness  life  sky  season  prediction  change  control  power  powerlessness  passive  1950s  1960s  1970s  war  writing  text  umd.edu 
january 2015 by cluebucket
Invalidation
"Constant invalidation may be one of the most significant reasons a person with high innate emotional intelligence suffers from unmet emotional needs later in life. A sensitive child who is repeatedly invalidated becomes confused and begins to distrust his own emotions. He fails to develop confidence in and healthy use of his emotional brain-- one of nature's most basic survival tools."
eqi.org  invalidation  behavior  psychology  emotion  thought  abuse  guide  pdf  confidence  self-esteem  control 
october 2013 by cluebucket
Gender Knot Revised Ed: Unraveling Our Patriarchal Legacy - Allan Johnson - Google Books
"When men feel inconsequential, it’s easier to blame women than it is to confront patriarchy - the true source of the diminishment and lack of meaning in so many men’s lives. When men feel unloved and disconnected, it’s easier to accuse women of not loving them well enough than it is to consider men’s own alienation from life. It’s easier to think of women as keeping men from the essence of their own lives than it is to see how men’s participation in patriarchy can suffocate and kill the life within themselves. It’s easier to theorize about powerful, devouring mothers than to confront the reality of patriarchy.

"Beneath the massive denial of men’s power and responsibility and its projection onto women is an enormous pool of rage, resentment, and fear. Rather than look at patriarchy and their place within it, many men will beat, rape, torture, murder, and oppress women, children, and one another. They will wage mindless war and offer themselves up for the slaughter, chain themselves to jobs and work themselves to numbed exhaustion as if their lives had no value or meaning beyond controlling or being controlled or defending against control, and content themselves with half-lives of confused, lost deprivation. What men lack, women didn’t take from them, and it isn’t up to women to give it back."
allan_johnson  quote  gender  google_books  patriarchy  men  women  life  lack  control  power  abuse  gender_roles  rage  feminism  male  1997  2005  1990s  2000s  20th_century  21st_century  theory  writing  book 
october 2012 by cluebucket
Rookie » Bad Romance
1. Learn the Term "Gaslight"
2. Don't Blame Yourself
3. Do Not Ride the Escalator
4. You Have No Power Over Me
rookiemag  sady_doyle  advice  abuse  relationship  respect  power  labyrinth  control  gaslight  2012  2010s  therapy  how_to  emotion  manipulation  twilight  21st_century 
march 2012 by cluebucket
No matter what...
"There is no historical evidence to support the idea that we can change the system through elections, yet many on the left keep pushing this. Why? Because we don't think we have the ability to create a large enough movement. But we do have that ability."
facebook  writing  protest  boots_riley  capitalism  communism  progressive  movement  politics  election  power  demonstration  occupywallstreet  franklin_d_roosevelt  richard_nixon  john_f_kennedy  john_kerry  barack_obama  economics  control  labor  union  rights  change  industry  strike  2010s  21st_century 
january 2012 by cluebucket

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