“Bourgeois society stands at the crossroads, either transition to Socialism or regression into Barbarism.” It was too late for Rosa Luxemburg and it’s probably too late for us.
Today’s the day that we hit the accelerator to plunge into the abyss. I’m going to work as usual, because I don’t get to call in unless it’s very, very serious shit. My schedule was already locked in to help out a coworker who managed to get into a trade school, because for the moment she can only work nights. Even if I could go to march and wave some signs around, I’d probably spend it with my kid at home anyway. I hate being in crowds. My heart’s with those people who make the effort though. It’s going to take a lot of discipline to get my shit together to organize with others in person to change or stop some of the shitty legislation and executive orders currently planned.
Anyway, Bread and Roses:
As we go marching, marching in the beauty of the day,
A million darkened kitchens, a thousand mill lofts gray,
Are touched with all the radiance that a sudden sun discloses,
For the people hear us singing: “Bread and roses! Bread and roses!”
As we go marching, marching, we battle too for men,
For they are women’s children, and we mother them again.
Our lives shall not be sweated from birth until life closes;
Hearts starve as well as bodies; give us bread but give us roses!
As we go marching, marching, unnumbered women dead
Go crying through our singing their ancient cry for bread.
Small art and love and beauty their drudging spirits knew.
Yes, it is bread we fight for – but we fight for roses, too!
As we go marching, marching, we bring the greater days.
The rising of the women means the rising of the race.
No more the drudge and idler – ten that toil where one reposes,
But a sharing of life’s glories – Bread and roses! Bread and roses!
Little good is in our immediate future. The righteous outrage I had at the dawn of the Bush era is gone. It burned out when Obama never prosecuted anyone significant from the 2008 financial crash, then proceeded to pursue overwhelming surveillance powers and reckless extrajudicial assassinations by drones and JSOC. I hoped Hillary would win, but knew she wouldn’t lead the nation anywhere good. Now it feels that we’ve skipped to the end of the experiment, with looting and pillaging by the biggest and meanest rats. I’ve rarely had any clear vision of our future. Things could be worse, but it looks very grim for humanity now. Catastrophic climate change alone could sweep away all other imminent dooms.
Were JG Ballard’s billboards actually coded Salvador Dalí paintings? Project for a New Novel. It’s a hell of a theory and it makes an awful lot of sense.
I forgot to mention that I watched the film adaptation of High-Rise the night before. It’s quite beautiful mess. It never engaged convincingly enough, too cool and distant even at its most grotesque barbarity, like watching an ant farm go wrong. There needed to be more effort to connect to the current moment. The costuming and brutal retro-modernist decor were fucking amazing to the point of distraction. A worthwhile flawed film. Definitely not a waste of time and effort, but kinda ham-handed.
A Possible Planet Hidden in the Data. Jupiter sized planet moving through a gas and dust disk around a young star, TW Hydrae.
Flat-Earthers Have a Wild New Theory About Forests. This has been immediately shared with my ancap friend who may or may not be an actual flat-earther. Ah, this fallen world!
Military Mind Control? Psychic Army Division Revealed in CIA Files. Oh, good- some Stargate material is in the declassified CIA files. “To establish a program using psychoenergetics for intelligence applications.” Unfortunately, this particular article has little more than some Uri Geller boilerplate and doesn’t even mention “remote viewing” by name.
Indiana bill would allow police to shut down protests ‘by any means necessary’. SB 285. This bill would empower cops to execute protesters for blocking traffic. This is fucking insane. I would say it’s blatantly unconstitutional, but Trump is picking the next Supreme Court justice. All is lost if shit like this gets passed.
Yesterday I finally remember to watch Bitter Lake. There were no new revelations in this one. Discovering the work of Adam Curtis has put some things into context that I’ve been clueless about or not made the connection between two events/concepts. However, Bitter Lake is exactly what I’ve been reading since the U.S. ramped up its adventurism in Central Asia post 9/11.
BTW, the #AddHerName people on Twitter are absolutely dreadful. If they want to march for Hillary Clinton, they absolutely should do that. It’s pretty shitty to browbeat the people who organized the Women’s March into embracing someone who so completely failed and betrayed the American people with her complacent, arrogant entitlement. It’s amazing that they can look at this list of people and think, “Hillary Clinton absolutely fits in with these women.” One can respect Hillary Clinton as a politician who broke new barriers for women, but do they not grasp the theme here?