Donald Trump dismisses Black Lives Matter protesters as a bunch of “anarchists.” Meanwhile, many of those protesters proudly wear that label as a statement. I suspect neither understands what anarchism really is. To Trump and his supporters, anarchism is like the Devil — something they don’t understand; they are not even sure exists at all; but they know it is bad, and therefore something to blame things on: “This is the work of the Devil/Anarchists.” …
The occasion was driving from the Chumash occupation of Point Conception to Los Angeles. We had all been part of the occupation, which was to protest plans to build a natural gas terminal at Point Conception, which the Chumash consider to be the site where the dead leave the Earth to travel to the West. [That project was eventually abandoned, by the way]. This discussion took place as we were driving from Point Conception to literally a few miles from “where I came from” — the hospital in Hollywood, California, where I was born.
Your cover photo is what I now do in nearly all the classes I teach. (I use a real single dollar bill, not a stack of fake $100s).
First of all, it wakes everyone up and evokes a strong, sometimes violent reaction. It is interesting that people react more violently to burning a dollar bill than spilling a $5 coffee. They consider money to be sacred, something to be worshipped, not destroyed.
The educational value of burning a dollar bill is to ask the question: WHAT JUST HAPPENED? Or specifically: IS THERE NOW LESS WEALTH IN THE WORLD?
You should take more care before accusing someone of being “false” – especially when you are dealing with the area of their expertise. The National Law Review article you cite is no substitute for the law itself, and that article doesn’t even say what you claim it does. If you want to know the current law, you need to look at the law itself, as interpreted by the highest court with jurisdiction. If you want to know what a bill would due, you need to look at the bill itself, in light of the current law. …
Many were surprised to see fellow police officers testifying against Derek Chauvin in his trial for the murder of George Floyd. Has the Blue Wall of Silence been broken?
Don’t hold your breath —
The Blue Wall is just being strengthened against further attacks.
The testimony in question focused on Chauvin’s violation of alleged department rules and policy. Kneeling on George Floyd ’s neck while he was handcuffed and lying on his stomach was “top-tier, deadly force” and “totally unnecessary,” the head of the Minneapolis Police Department’s homicide division testified.” …
…ting for Counterpunch, Sonali Kolhatkar teases apart each of these arguments. Take the argument that poor countries can’t make vaccines — laughable on its face, given India’s centrality to the world’s vaccine supply.
At a a webinar hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the attorney for Johnson & Johnson’s chief IP counsel Robert DeBerardine compared vaccines to Grandma's cookies, in arguing that "poor" countries could not make vaccines. Robert DeBerardine said a WTO waiver wouldn’t help broaden global vaccine access, likening the free sharing of a vaccine “recipe” to “trying to duplicate” a classic family recipe.
“It would never come out right. It wouldn’t taste like Grandma’s cookies,” DeBerardine said.
My Grandma made wonderful cookies. But she was not Johnson & Johnson. She was an anarchist who did not believe…
doing aw…y at the enforcing end of every law. Just happens that poor people get it and rich people get away. And we talk about ‘rule of law’, with all of our lawyer-priests and connections to help us get away. Tolstoy calls for doing away with the whole thing.
I am one of those "lawyer-priests" who happens to believe in anarchism, as you express it here. This may seem a contradiction, but it is these contradictions which drive us forward. My strategy was once called the "boring from within." I may be full of it, and I question my strategy every day.
Ultimately, I agree with you, Tolstoy and Jesus, that what we need is a religious (not Religion) awakening to move towards my grandparents' ideal of a society embodying the ideal of: "From each according to their ability; To each according to their need."
Capitalism is a religion…
…against colonialism mirrors the ways we fight for our own autonomy in a colonialist system, but also because the French supported the Confederacy.
Because the French supported the Confederacy, the victory at Puebla was celebrated in California, a supposedly free state in which a significant portion of the Mexican population were considered "negro."
“By the time [Latinos in California] heard about the news of the battle, they began to raise money for the Mexican troops and they formed a really important network of patriotic organizations,” says Jose Alamillo, a professor of Chicano studies at California State University Channel Islands. …
…fact similar, they simply are not the same. Essentializing those difference can be problematic, but a solidarity built on the idea that pinecones and pineapples are the same because they are both grow on trees is tenuous. Recognition is important, but recognition can’t be sustained by acting like two isn’t greater than o…
I strongly disagree. (Aside from the fact that pineapples don't grow on trees - let us call them both “fruits” for this discussion). The "pinecone" of the murder of most of my family in the Holocaust grew from the same root of racism upon which the "pineapple" of the enslavement of my wife's family in America grew. Of course each is unique. While we should study the uniqueness of each, we should not allow that uniqueness to be a cause for division. Nor should we engage in what you call the "Oppression Olympics" of comparing body counts. Rather, we should…
…that feeling resentful about the work I do at home is distracting me from my real source of stress: capitalism.
Household work - i.e., "woman's" work, does not even count in capitalism. Only "man's" work of going out into the "market" counts. When someone has to be hired to allow someone else to go out to work, that is the lowest-paid job on the economic ladder.
The Family, on the other hand, is the living example of true communism (at least a functional family). Children are not charged rent for their beds, infants do not pay for mother's milk. This is even recognized at law in states where all the wealth accumulated by either spouse during the marriage is considered…
Representing the Working Class as a lawyer since 1982. Questioning everything, especially myself.