Sexistentialism

Philosophy and Radical Politics

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I am more and more convinced that true revolutionaries must perceive the revolution, because of its creative and liberating nature, as an act of love. For me, the revolution, which is not possible without a theory of revolution — and therefore of science — is not irreconcilable with love. On the contrary: the revolution is made by people to achieve their humanization. What, indeed, is the deeper motive which moves individuals to become revolutionaries, but the dehumanization of people? The distortion imposed on the word “love” by the capitalist world cannot prevent the revolution from being essentially loving in character, nor can it prevent the revolutionaries from affirming their love of life. Guevara (while admitting the “risk of seeming ridiculous”) was not afraid to affirm it. “Let me say, with the risk of appearing ridiculous, that the true revolutionary is guided by strong feelings of love. It is impossible to think of an authentic revolutionary without this quality.”
Paulo Freire | Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1968)

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kosherqueer:

it is actually ok to address antisemitism head on. to say that jews experience antisemitism and that antisemitism is racism directed at jews because they are jews. it is ok to do that instead of making it about “gentile privilege,” as though a black woman is exercising structural privilege over me because she’s not jewish, or to trot out “jews are attacked because they’re not white enough” or “jews can identify as white if they want” as though there aren’t jewish people for whom racialization and racialized violence isn’t a question of identification, as though jewish poc don’t exist, as though the violence committed against jews isn’t committed precisely because they are jews, not because of their capital-W whiteness like. antisemitism is real and we have to be careful when falling back on analytical frameworks that materially exclude and reject marginalized members of our communities or ignore the way that institutional structures function. privilege politics and identity politics aren’t always helpful, and sometimes they can be actively harmful when they distract from the core issue of antisemitism.

Incredibly well put.

-Z

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meloromantics:

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audreyvhorne:

sttinkerbelle:

vmpolung:

knowledgeandlove:

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#and I just don’t feel entitled to someone else’s life’s work.

That comment exactly!! It’s not mine and I can survive without it, so I will.

This is why honey is not vegan.

The problem here is that honey, especially if you buy it ethically from an apiarist, isn’t actually detrimental to the well-being of the bee or the hive. In the wild, honey is used as a food stock, but in a domesticated honeybee colony, the bees are fed quite well, and so the honey is a surplus.
The alternatives, like sugar, relies on monocrops in third world countries, with transient labour. Growing up, there was a sugarcane field by my house, and I’m sure the Haitian men who worked backbreaking hours hacking a machete through knife-bladed leaves in 40 degree heat for a couple dollars a day would have traded a testicle to be a Canadian honeybee. Stevia’s going the same way, iirc.
Additionally, apiarists are actually huge proponents and activists for sustainable bee-keeping, and it’s estimated that the domesticated hive may be the last great hope for declining populations, because we can optimize their chances for survival.
It’s their life’s work, sure, but it’s not the death of them to use it responsibly.

literally read anything about the history of sugarcane and the cuban sugar industry if you think sugar is or ever has been more ethical than honey

Fun fact: honey is the only kosher food that comes from a non-kosher animal.
Bees are great.
Honey is great.
Save bees and make more delicious honey.
-Z

meloromantics:

appropriately-inappropriate:

audreyvhorne:

sttinkerbelle:

vmpolung:

knowledgeandlove:

Photo source

Fact check source

#and I just don’t feel entitled to someone else’s life’s work.

That comment exactly!! It’s not mine and I can survive without it, so I will.

This is why honey is not vegan.

The problem here is that honey, especially if you buy it ethically from an apiarist, isn’t actually detrimental to the well-being of the bee or the hive. In the wild, honey is used as a food stock, but in a domesticated honeybee colony, the bees are fed quite well, and so the honey is a surplus.

The alternatives, like sugar, relies on monocrops in third world countries, with transient labour. Growing up, there was a sugarcane field by my house, and I’m sure the Haitian men who worked backbreaking hours hacking a machete through knife-bladed leaves in 40 degree heat for a couple dollars a day would have traded a testicle to be a Canadian honeybee. Stevia’s going the same way, iirc.

Additionally, apiarists are actually huge proponents and activists for sustainable bee-keeping, and it’s estimated that the domesticated hive may be the last great hope for declining populations, because we can optimize their chances for survival.

It’s their life’s work, sure, but it’s not the death of them to use it responsibly.

literally read anything about the history of sugarcane and the cuban sugar industry if you think sugar is or ever has been more ethical than honey

Fun fact: honey is the only kosher food that comes from a non-kosher animal.

Bees are great.

Honey is great.

Save bees and make more delicious honey.

-Z

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Although I agree that we need to attend to the social, asserting a sharp divide between impairment and disability fails to recognize that both impairment and disability are social; simply trying to determine what constitutes impairment makes clear that impairment doesn’t exist apart from social meanings and understandings. Susan Wendell illustrates this problem when she queries how far one must be able to walk to be considered able-bodied; the answer to that question, she explains, has much to do with the economic and geographic context in which it is addressed. What we understand as impairing conditions—socially, physically, mentally, or otherwise—shifts across time and place, and presenting impairment as purely physical obscures such shifts. As feminist theorists have long noted, there is no mention of ‘the’ body that is not a further articulation of a very particular body.
Feminist Queer Crip by Alison Kafer (via sociolab)

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Anonymous asked: Why do people dislike Trotsky and Trotskyism?

amodernmanifesto:

There are a whole bunch of reasons, and different leftist tendencies have different critiques of Trotskyism.

Like, orthodox Marxist-Leninists (i.e. Stalinists and Maoists) criticise Trotskyism for being idealist, petty-bourgeois and betraying the USSR.

Anarchists and left-communists would argue that Trotsky and Trotskyism is just as authoritarian as other forms of Leninism, Trotsky argued for dictatorship and state-terror, industrial armies and forced collectivisations, etc.

My criticisms of Trotskyism (as opposed to my critique of Trotsky) as:

  • It has a fetishised notion of class struggle and has been unable to relate to struggles that are not solely proletarian, and as such falls into class reductionism (such as peasants movements).
  • It has a sectarian, authoritarian, undemocratic and dogmatic style of organising.
  • It promotes polemic over discussion.

That being said, there are plenty of good Trot activists out there.

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stardust-rain:

  • stop comparing Hong Kong to Ferguson JESUS CHRIST STOP. These are two completely different social and political situations fuelled by different forms of oppression and systematic power, you’re not helping one by dismissing the other. 
  • It frustrates the hell out of me that tumblr is US-centric as all fuck, but that’s why it’s why it’s our job to raise awareness and stand in solidarity, not pit these two issues against each other.
  • And to the person who created the whitehouse.gov petition: fuck you and everything you stand for, US involvement and Western imperialism is the last thing that’s needed right now, what is wrong with you. 

while we’re at it, stop saying HK is another Tiananmen Square, that’s sensationalist bullshit and you know it. Tiananmen was perpetuated and accelerated by a whole different set of political and historical contexts and power structures. Over the years it’s been simplified by and watered down by Western media to ‘students vs. central government’ that erases all the issues surrounding it (economical overhaul and reform, international policies that would allow Western imperialism, the recent power-change, the leftover ideology from the last debris of the Cultural Revolution) and the comparison helps. no. one. 

The last thing that helps this is a cause that will be sensationalised to motivate US intervention. 

And white people, stop appropriating the tank man image. I cannot believe I have to spell this shit out for you. 

I saw one or two of those Hong Kong/Ferguson posts and scrolled past them immediately. I think I might have said to myself “this doesn’t make any sense” before moving on.

Funny how I haven’t seen any posts about just Hong Kong, only ones comparing it to Ferguson.

-Z

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