Wednesday, January 29, 2014

"Beat up a rock band from Detroit called the Stooges. Beat the shit out of them for not being tough enough, and having a reputation for intensity even though it was unearned. The Stooges has played at a rock club on Second Avenue, and just after their set had ended word spread that the band was piling into their limousine and heading off to Max's Kansas City for dinner with rich people and celebrities. The crowd became enraged, dragged the singer and his bandmates from their limousine and forced them back inside the club, The Motherfuckers concentrated on pummeling the singer and then pissed on his satin pants. Which he was still wearing as he lay on his side, groaning. Not quite in the same way he had groaned and yowled onstage, trying to peddle his fake intensity to the young girls [...]" - Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers

Monday, January 20, 2014

"We may say broadly that free thought is the best of all the safeguards against freedom. Managed in a modern style the emancipation of the slave's mind is the best way of preventing the emancipation of the slave. Teach him to worry about whether he wants to be free, and he will not free himself." - G. K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Dictatorship of the proletariat

"Unless there’s serious jail time, unless there’s serious consequences, I think this is just going to be another tragedy that’s forgotten about. Kate Sheppard of The Huffington Post had a great article yesterday [...] about interviews with different West Virginia Democrats, and a lot of West Virginia Democrats are kind of tepid about calling for new regulations in the wake of this, just like we saw in West, Texas, where Obama spoke at the memorial of the workers that died in West, Texas, and didn’t even mention the word 'lack of regulations.'"

Sunday, January 12, 2014

"Why is democracy so limited that the voters of a city can't control the largest employer in town? Why did the Port of Seattle join in with the corporations against the minimum wage increase? Why didn't it simply mandate the new minimum wage for all contractors? Indeed, why does a public entity like the port have to [be] pushed by voters into a living wage?

"Other questions arise from the election itself: Why should the large number of non-citizen residents of Sea-Tac be excluded from votes with a real impact on their working lives? Doesn't real democracy mean that all residents should get to vote on questions that affect them? Why should corporations be able to use the profits they make from exploiting workers to try to buy elections and stop measures designed to benefits those same workers?

"And of course: Can we ever expect justice from the U.S. court system?" - Steve Leigh, "Setback for living-wage measure in Sea-Tac"

Saturday, January 11, 2014

"Instead of being thought of in terms of meaning, dialogue, communication, interaction, or any kind of mutual relation, the work of art is first and foremost a presence, a being vowed to its own sovereign joy. A tribute to the sheer autistic inwardness that belongs to every pleasure." - Aaron Schuster, "Your Guide to Better Pleasure"