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happiness (this time round) - Dorkangel - Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis [Archive of Our Own]
"And where are the kings and queens of the Golden Age? The Pevensies?"
If a lion's expression - already thunderous, if only by the wild edge behind his eyes and the deadly jaws that glint as he speaks - could darken, it would. It's a strikingly obvious cold spot in the paradise of warmth that he has torn down a whole world to create.
"They are no longer friends of Narnia. They think of only nylons and lipsticks and invitations, these days."
fic  Narnia  Pevensies  Dorkangel  canon  AU  tpws 
yesterday by adanska
with a name like mine - smilebackwards - Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling [Archive of Our Own]
Regulus spit out a mouthful of pumpkin juice when Dumbledore announced at staff breakfast that Remus Lupin would be taking over the Defense Against the Dark Arts post.
Or: The AU where Regulus Black is the Hogwarts Potions Professor instead of Snape and Prisoner of Azkaban goes a little differently
fic  HarryPotter  RegulusBlack  RemusLupin  Sirius/Remus  smilebackwards  canon  AU 
yesterday by adanska
yer a wizard, dudley - dirgewithoutmusic - Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling [Archive of Our Own]
Harry Potter spent his eleventh birthday in a cabin on a tiny rock in the middle of the sea, listening to his cousin snore on the couch.
When a knock sounded on the wind-swept, rain-drenched door, it was not a giant fist (or a half-giant's fist). It was a short sharp rap that sounded once, twice, three times before Minerva McGonagall simply charmed the lock open and stepped inside.
"Apologies," Minerva said crisply, as Vernon raced out brandishing his rifle and Petunia pulled Dudley up off the c...
fic  HarryPotter  DudleyDursley  Harry  dirgewithoutmusic  canon  AU 
yesterday by adanska
the family evans - dirgewithoutmusic - Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling [Archive of Our Own]
What if, when Petunia Dursley found a little boy on her front doorstep, she took him in? Not into the cupboard under the stairs, not into a twisted childhood of tarnished worth and neglect—what if she took him in?
Petunia was jealous, selfish and vicious. We will not pretend she wasn’t. She looked at that boy on her doorstep and thought about her Dudders, barely a month older than this boy. She looked at his eyes and her stomach turned over and over. (Severus Snape saved Harry’s life for his eye...
fic  HarryPotter  PetuniaEvans  dirgewithoutmusic  canon  AU  !  !! 
yesterday by adanska
Fair
Once upon a time, there were two boys. And, of course, a wish.
sga  mcshep  canon  au  fantasyau  romance  first!time  meet.young  earthside  10000-29999 
yesterday by popkin16
The Nature of Man - Smaragdina - Dishonored (Video Game) [Archive of Our Own]
“Stupid girl. Of course we lied. Everybody lies. You’d better get used to it. If you want to be any use in this world, you’d better start learning how.” AU. Corvo dies on the headsman's block, and Emily must grow up and learn that the only person who can rescue her is herself.
fic  Dishonored  EmilyKaldwin  WaverlyBoyle  Smaragdina  canon  AU  epic  !! 
yesterday by adanska
walk me home in the dead of night - QueenWithABeeThrone - IT (Movies - Muschietti) [Archive of Our Own]
Richie Tozier met Eddie Kaspbrak for what they both thought was the first time in a shitty New York dive bar, sixteen years ago.
fic  IT  EddieKaspbrak  RichieTozier  Eddie/Richie  LosersClub  QueenWithABeeThrone  canon  AU 
yesterday by adanska
broad-shouldered beasts - bullroars - Jurassic World (2015) [Archive of Our Own]
Claire Dearing has successfully run Jurassic World for seven years without a major incident.
Trust Owen Grady to fuck that up.
(Or, three months prior to the Indominus Event, Vic Hoskins makes a bad decision, Owen Grady goes missing, and four six-foot, three hundred pound murder lizards escape into Claire's park. She can hear Alan Grant shouting, "I told you so!" from Montana.)
fic  JurassicPark  ClaireDearing  OwenGrady  Owen/Claire  bullroars  canon  AU 
yesterday by adanska
show you what all that howl is for - bullroars - The Wolf Among Us [Archive of Our Own]
Every few decades, somebody starts a rumor that the Wolf is coming. It's an old, familiar cry. Snow remembers hearing it from her father's castle, perched at the edge of the Black Forest. "The Wolf is coming, the Wolf is coming!"
Most of the time, the peasants in the villages around the castle saw a shaggy dog prowling through the woods, or maybe a wolf that was a little bigger than average. Snow doesn't think that the Big Bad Wolf ever actually came to her father's lands. Hunting in open field ...
fic  Fables  TWAU  Snow  Bigby  Bigby/Snow  bullroars  canon  AU  wip  unfinished 
2 days ago by adanska
Left is the New Right, or Why Marx Matters - CounterPunch.org
“The American obsession with electoral politics is odd in that ‘the people’ have so little say in electoral outcomes and that the outcomes only dance around the edges of most people’s lives. It isn’t so much that the actions of elected leaders are inconsequential as that other factors— economic, historical, structural and institutional, do more to determine ‘politics.’ To use an agrarian metaphor, it’s as if the miller was put forward as determining the harvest.

The American left has had an outsider role in this politics from the inception of the nation as a capitalist oligarchy to the improbable cobbling together of the idea that popular democracy can exist alongside concentrated wealth. If the powers that be wanted popular democracy, they could stop impeding its creation. The ‘first mover’ advantage, that once gained, power is used to close the door behind it, has be understood for centuries in the realms of commerce and politics.

As was probably the intent, the 2016 presidential outcome was used by the more persistent powers to divide the American left. The neoliberal left moved to a reflexive nationalism tied through class interests to state-corporatism in defense of the realm. Carnival barker Trump, an American political archetype for at least two centuries, was portrayed as a traitor to capitalist democracy— from the left. Emptied of analytical content, left affiliation was made a ‘brand.’

In more constructive terms, Bernie Sanders reached into red state territory to facilitate a class-based left political response to the failures of capitalism by promoting social welfare programs with historical precedent in the New Deal. Tied to an analytically sophisticated effort to shift power down and across political and economic hierarchies, something akin to popular democracy is in the process of confronting its long-mythologized ghost.

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Graph: It is hardly incidental that as wealth has been concentrated in fewer and fewer hands, its power to affect political outcomes has been codified through official determinations like Citizens United. While the domination of politics by concentrated wealth may seem new, it ties to the conception of the U.S. as a capitalist oligarchy where rich, white, slavers determined political outcomes. The Senate, the U.S. ‘House of Lords,’ wasn’t popularly elected until the twentieth century. Source: inequality.org.

Part of the challenge of addressing this politics comes through dubious parsing of ‘the political’ from its objects. If an agent of the government tells people when to wake, what to wear, what they can and can’t say and what to spend their time doing, that is authoritarian. When an employer determines these, it is considered ‘free choice.’ In the neoliberal frame, economics is only political to the extent that elected leaders promote specific economic policies.

Even with the realization of late that money determines political outcomes, the distribution of income and wealth is considered economics while the use that these are put to in the political arena is considered politics. The unvirtuous circle of capitalism, where concentrated income and wealth are used to affect political outcomes so as to increase concentrated income and wealth, ties economics to politics through the incompatibility of capitalism with democracy.

Modern electoral politics replaces this relationship of economics to politics with color-coded branding— red or blue, where ‘our guy’ is what is good and true about America. The other party exists to pin ‘our guy’ into a corner that prevents him / her from acting on this goodness. Barack Obama was prevented from enacting his ‘true’ progressive agenda by Republican obstructionists. Donald Trump is being persecuted by deep-state, snowflake, socialists.

Left unaddressed and largely unconsidered has been the persistence of class relations. The rich continue to get richer, the rest of us, not so much. For all of the claims of political dysfunction, when it comes to bailouts and tax cuts, wars and weaponry and policing and surveillance, these opposition parties can be counted on to come together to overcome their differences. Likewise, when it comes to the public interest, partisan differences are put forward to explain why nothing is possible.

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Graph: as illustrated above, in recent decades the greatest gains in the relative wealth of the rich came during the terms of liberal Democrats Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Lest this seem— or be framed as, incidental, the liberal Democrat’s support for the mechanism of this enrichment, Wall Street, explains the relationship. In economic terms, Democrats have been the party of the radical right— financialized, neoliberal capitalism, since the inception of neoliberalism in the 1970s. Source: inequality.org.

The unitary direction of this government response in favor of the rich may seem accidental, a byproduct of ‘our system’ of governance. In fact, the defining political ideology of the last half-century has been neoliberalism, defined here as imperialist, state-corporatism, controlled by oligarchs. And contrary to assertions that neoliberalism is a figment of the imagination of the left, its basic tenets were codified in the late 1980s under the term ‘Washington Consensus.’

What the Washington Consensus lays out is the support role that government plays for capitalism. Its tenets are short and highly readable. They provide a blueprint that ties Democratic to Republican political programs since the 1980s. They also tie neoliberalism to the Marxist / Leninist conception of the capitalist state as existing to promote the interests of connected capitalists. Left out, no doubt by accident (not), was / is a theory of class struggle.

When Donald Trump passed tax cuts that disproportionately benefited the rich and corporations, this was the Washington Consensus. When Barack Obama put ‘market mechanisms’ into Obamacare and promoted the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), this was the Washington Consensus. When Bill Clinton tried to privatize Social Security, this was the Washington Consensus. The alleged ‘opposition parties’ have been working together from a single blueprint for governance for four decades.

The intended beneficiary of this unified effort is ‘capitalism,’ conceived as multinational corporations operating with state support to promote a narrowly conceived national interest. An ISDS (Investor-State Dispute Settlement) clause was included in NAFTA when Bill Clinton promoted and signed it. An even more intrusive ISDS clause was included in the TPP when Barack Obama promoted it. The intent of these ISDS clauses is to give the prerogative of governance (sovereign power) to corporations.

It is no secret in Washington and outside of it that multinational corporations pay few, if any, taxes. The logic of this is two sided. On the one side, the neoliberal / Washington Consensus premise is that corporations can put the money to better use than government. The other is that the role of government is to support capitalism, not to constrain it. Barack Obama’s consequence-free bailouts of Wall Street, often at the expense of ordinary citizens, possessed an internal logic when considered through this frame.

An historical analog can be found in the relationship of the East India Company to the British empire. The East India Company drew financial, tactical and military support from the British monarchy as its global reach made it a key institution of imperial expansion. Its economic ties gave it a depth and breadth of reach that military occupation alone couldn’t achieve. Centuries later, Mr. Obama made this point when he argued that the TPP was crucial to ‘countering China.’

The rise of neoliberalism in the 1970s was intended to address the alleged failures of the New Deal. By the late 1980s, this new-old ideology had been codified as the Washington Consensus. Its proponents amongst national Democrats morphed into the New Democrats / DLC just as the Soviet Union was coming unwound. The twin ‘failures’ of the New Deal and communism led to the revival of dogmatic capitalism that saw the state as an appendage of capitalist institutions. Bill Clinton was more likely than not sincere when he declared that ‘the era of big government is over.’

The conflation of Democrats with ‘the left’ that first emerged to counter the New Deal in the 1930s, persisted through the 1990s and the 2000s because it was useful to both political parties. Republicans were the party of business while Democrats claimed to be the party of the people. While the New Deal was in place and from a liberal perspective, the Democrats did support a limited conception of the public interest domestically. However, by the time that Bill Clinton entered office, the public interest had been redefined to mean corporate interests.

This tension can be seen more clearly in the fight over NAFTA, which Republicans had been unable to pass before Mr. Clinton entered office. Mr. Clinton was able to use his liberal bona fides— and the fact that he wasn’t a Republican, to bring over just enough Democrats in congress to get NAFTA passed. He went on to divide bourgeois Democrats from the broader Democratic constituency through the use of race and class dog whistles. In this sense, he presaged Donald Trump. The net effect was to successfully divide the Democrat’s constituency by class.

Before Bill Clinton, the anti-NAFTA fight had a clear class component. Organized labor had lined up against the free-trade agenda that was being promoted by Reaganite Republicans. Through his rhetoric of ‘fair’ capitalism and a ‘level playing field,’ Mr. Clinton gave a liberal patina to an utterly retrograde, pre-Great Depression, form of capitalism. With no apparent irony, the Washington Consensus applied a Marxist / Leninist conception of the capitalist state without any pretense of it mitigating capitalist excess.

The clutter of party politics creates … [more]
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3 days ago by robertogreco
We Have A Situation
Set when they gang are sent back to Earth by Helia. Rodney's working in Area 51, John's leading SG7, everyone's a wingman.
sga  mcshep  canon  episode.related  earthside  humor  romance  first!time  oblivious!john  1000-9999 
3 days ago by popkin16
Convection [Critical Role]
The first time Fjord and Caleb share a room Beau hands Molly three silver pieces. Caleb turns so red for a moment Fjord is afraid he might faint. Fjord grumbles good-naturedly about the rudeness of betting on friends and tries not to think about the fact that they’d apparently been so obvious. He’d been waiting for Caleb to suggest telling them, knowing the man was private and still skittish with the group, but he supposes he isn’t the most… subtle flirter.
misc:small-fandom  canon  established!relationship  angst  hurt/comfort  romance  10000-29999 
6 days ago by popkin16
put myself away [Critical Role]
"His feelings are complicating matters that don’t need complicating, so why - ?
- why can’t he just let it be?"

Caleb’s heart decides to be an uncooperative little bastard, and after the blood pact, his past comes knocking, among other things.
misc:small-fandom  canon  romance  first!time  angst  hurt/comfort  action/adventure  team  30000-49999  gorgeous/favorite 
6 days ago by popkin16
Thread [Critical Role]
Fjord and Caleb develop a routine at night, Caleb reading his books and Fjord mending his and his friends' clothes.

Or: In which Caleb greatly resembles his familiar, and Fjord understands the virtues of patience, quiet, and boundaries.
misc:small-fandom  canon  romance  first!time  sweet  1000-9999 
6 days ago by popkin16
The one in which John has a series of embarrassing accidents
As of late, John is constantly distracted and somewhat overstrained. Which is, of course, McKay’s fault.
sga  mcshep  canon  romance  1000-9999  pining!john  humor  first!time 
6 days ago by popkin16
The Caterpillar Effect
A visit to a strange planet doesn’t go quite according to plan.
sga  mcshep  canon  romance  first!time  action/adventure  humor  cute  1000-9999 
6 days ago by popkin16

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