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The American civil war didn't end. And Trump is a Confederate president | Rebecca Solnit | Opinion | The Guardian
You don’t have to be oppressed or come from a history of oppression to stand with the oppressed; you just have to have a definition of “we” that includes people of various points of origin and language and religious belief and sexual orientation and gender identity.


I do know that so much of what makes this country miserable is imagined poverty, the sense that there is not enough for all of us, that we need to become grabbers and hoarders and slammers of doors and ad hoc border patrols. Wars are fought over resources, and this is a fight over redistribution of resources and who decides about that distribution. We are a vast land, a country of unequaled affluence – albeit with obscene problems of distribution – a country that has always been diverse, and one that has periodically affirmed ideas of equality and universal rights that we could actually someday live up to fully. That seems to be the only real alternative to endless civil war, for all of us.
USA  politics  TrumpDonald  whiteSupremacism  Confederacy  race  privilege  guns  immigration  refugees  fear  resentment  AmericanCivilWar  pluralism  diversity  inclusion  dctagged  dc:creator=SolnitRebecca 
november 2018 by petej
Yes, the national media is a privileged racket which defends the status quo
The claim that anyone can rise to the top if they work hard enough reflects an ideology forced down our throats for a generation or more: that those at the top are the most talented, brightest, hardest working; those at the bottom are lazy, feckless and stupid. It is a convenient means to rationalise and justify inequality.
UK  media  journalism  privilege  elitism  trust  distrust  TrumpDonald  class  change  democracy  dctagged  dc:creator=JonesOwen 
august 2018 by petej
Citizens Of Nowhere | The Disorder Of Things
Theresa May inveighed against ‘citizens of the world’ in the name of bringing to heel a disembedded capitalism that no longer serves the needs and interests of the community (when have Conservatives done this?). In fact, by disingenuously synonymizing this category with ‘citizens of nowhere’, she also mobilizes and rides a wave of increasingly racist, xenophobic public antipathy towards immigrants and asylum seekers. As political theorists, we might begin to draw a much-needed distinction between ‘citizens of the world’, at home everywhere, and ‘citizens of nowhere’, and to question whether both can fit comfortably under the rubric of cosmopolitanism. As human beings, we might seize on May’s epithet—‘citizens of nowhere’—and, in the manner of Woolf’s Society of Outsiders, make something beautiful and fierce out of it.
citizenship  MayTheresa  cosmopolitanism  privilege  AppaduraiArjun  post-nationalism  identity  refugees  migration  asylum  Yarl'sWood  WoolfVirginia  exclusion  politics  Brexit 
october 2017 by petej
The new status symbol: it’s not what you spend – it’s how hard you work | Technology | The Guardian
Technology has made it possible for everyone to see everything as an opportunity for productivity. You can measure your sleep, sex and steps with a Fitbit, your attractiveness with Tinder, your wittiness with Twitter, your popularity with Facebook. You can transform your personality into a dashboard of data streams that can be monitored, analyzed and optimized with the precision of an industrial process. You can turn your life into a factory – and not just metaphorically. In producing yourself, you produce economic value for others. The hours you spend on these platforms may be unwaged, but they generate real revenue for the companies that own them.

This is the genius of conspicuous production. It not only promotes a culture of overwork, it makes our dwindling amount of leisure time economically productive. There is no escape: either we’re working for the company or we’re working on ourselves, but we’re always working. “Eight hours for work, eight hours for rest, eight hours of what we will” was the anthem of the workers who first demanded the eight-hour-day more than a century ago. Those distinctions don’t make sense any more. Even our sleep is factored into our productivity score – the entrepreneur of the self never gets to clock out.

Today, the old slogan of the labor movement sounds like utopian science fiction. Imagine a society that claimed so little of our labor. Imagine a world where the poor didn’t have to work so hard to exist, and the rich didn’t have to work so hard to appear worthy of their wealth, because rich and poor didn’t exist.
work  overwork  labour  image  privilege  elites  performance  status  identity  culture  SiliconValley  productivity  power  inequality  fitness  health  quantifiedSelf 
april 2017 by petej
Why Do Poor People 'Waste' Money On Luxury Goods?
"What we forget, if we ever know, is that what we know now about status and wealth creation and sacrifice are predicated on who we are, i.e. not poor. If you change the conditions of your not-poor status, you change everything you know as a result of being a not-poor. You have no idea what you would do if you were poor until you are poor. And not intermittently poor or formerly not-poor, but born poor, expected to be poor and treated by bureaucracies, gatekeepers and well-meaning respectability authorities as inherently poor. Then, and only then, will you understand the relative value of a ridiculous status symbol to someone who intuits that they cannot afford to not have it."
poverty  luxury  money  race  culture  exclusion  status  wealth  privilege 
june 2016 by petej
Jon Ronson: How the online hate mob set its sights on me | Media | The Guardian
"The great thing about social media was how it gave a voice to voiceless people. We are now turning it into a surveillance society where the smartest way to survive is to go back to being voiceless."
socialMedia  shaming  harassment  threats  privilege  dctagged  dc:creator=RonsonJon 
december 2015 by petej
The Suicide Clusters at Palo Alto High Schools - The Atlantic
"Since Levine wrote The Price of Privilege, she’s watched the stress in the Bay Area and in affluent communities all over the country become more pervasive and more acute. What disturbs her most is that the teenagers she sees no longer rebel. A decade ago, she used to referee family fights in her office, she told me, where the teens would tell their parents, “This is bad for me! I’m not doing this.” Now, she reports, the teenagers have no sense of agency. They still complain bitterly about all the same things, but they feel they have no choice. Many have also fallen prey to what Levine calls a “mass delusion” that there is but one path to a successful life, and that it is very narrow. Adolescents no longer typically identify parents or peers as the greatest source of their stress, Levine says. They point to school. But that itself may suggest a submission of sorts—the unquestioned adoption of parental norms."
PaloAlto  children  schools  suicide  SiliconValley  competition  pressure  stress  wealth  privilege  mentalHealth 
november 2015 by petej
Grammar school myths | FT Data
Grammar schools are a part of many people’s identities: having won admission to a selective state school plays an important role in the story of their life, especially if they came from a less privileged family. But, as a way to raise standards or to close the gaps between rich and poor, it is hard to find evidence that they are effective.
education  schools  grammarSchools  selection  children  UK  inequality  socialMobility  privilege 
october 2015 by petej
What the British are really laughing about - The Leveller
"Separate from what he says, however, his government has significantly increased inequality and decreased social mobility, making it even harder for people outside of his privileged background to fulfill the meritocratic values he regularly trumpets.

The wound of that hypocrisy was already festering before Lord Ashcroft punished him this week for breaking the rules of the ritual: that you will obey the people who made you, or you will be humiliated. This wasn’t, as some have said, young men being silly. Not if the secrets being kept are designed by powerful men to keep other powerful men under control. That kind of arrangement is the antithesis of democracy.

And it is also the antithesis to the meritocracy they proclaim. Not just because it’s rich boys getting an easy ride to the top – we already knew that – but because David Cameron’s nasty little scandal speaks to a suspicion many people already have: that in British society, you don’t get to become Prime Minister because you’re talented or because you work hard. You don’t even get there just because you’re rich. You get there by traumatizing the homeless and skull-fucking a dead pig, and that ritual gives you power because you have demonstrated utter, pathetic submission to your fellow oligarchs.

That is why we’re laughing."
CameronDavid  hazing  rituals  power  privilege  control  networks  secrets  politics  UniversityOfOxford  AshcroftMichael  piggate  biography  DailyMail  UK  class 
september 2015 by petej
Some philosophical implications of the “loudness war” and its criticisms
"Dynamic range, or the ability to responsively attune oneself to variable conditions and express a spectrum of intensity is generally thought to be more “healthy” than full-throttle maximalization–this is why there are things like “digital detox” practices and rhetoric about “work/life balance” and so on. At the same time, range is only granted to those with specific kinds of intersecting privilege. Though the discourse of precarity might encourage us to understand it as an experience of deficit, perhaps it is better understood, at least for now, as an experience of maximal loudness, of always being all the way on, of never getting a rest, never having the luxury of expressing or experiencing a range of intensities."
sound  audio  compression  loudness  socialMedia  privilege  power  race  gender 
january 2015 by petej
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