“Globalization, shaped by a very patriarchal mindset, a capitalist, patriarchal mindset, has actually aggravated the violence against women, that we are living in a very violent economic order to which war has become essential—war against the earth, war against women’s bodies, war against local economies and war against democracy. And I think we need to see the connections between all these forms of violence, which impact women most. Whether it’s climate change or biodiversity erosion or seed monopolies, all of it is connected. It’s one piece.
This violent economic order can only function as a war against people and against the earth, and in that war, the rape against women is a very, very large instrument of war. We see that everywhere. And therefore, we have to have an end to the violence against women. If we have to have the dignity of women protected, then the multiple wars against the earth, through the economy, through greed, through capitalist, patriarchal domination, must end, and we have to recognize we are part of the earth. The liberation of the earth, the liberation of women, the liberation of all humanity is the next step of freedom we need to work for, and it’s the next step of peace that we need to create.”
— Indian environmental leader, feminist and scientist Vandana Shiva. (via mehreenkasana)
Capitalism, it is time to go back to the soil.
It really bugs me how unimportant the school system is to everyone here in the US. Programs are constantly being cut, teachers get a really low sallary and are often laid off. Especially where I live since we’re a “snowbird town”. All the people who own homes here but don’t live here year round don’t want their tax money going towards schools since they don’t care. My highschool is literally falling apart, but even worse the elementary schools don’t have music class, and school nurses switch between schools; so, sometimes a school won’t have a nurse that day.
The Republicans in Indiana are defunding Head Start because of the sequester, and little kids who love pre-school had to go through a lottery to determine which ones of them weren’t coming back.
Meanwhile, Gov. Pence is trying to sign the vaginal probe law, while our previous Gov. Mitch fucking Daniels defunded Planned Parenthood.
I’m starting to think they like the poor kids’ school failure to privitised prison pipeline because they can work the prisoners like the factory workers Mitt Romney admires so much in China.
Or they can go fight the wars so the wealthiest can keep stripping the world of its wealth. It’s like poor people are subsidizing the disgusting machine that keeps them … subsidizing it.
I’m really starting to think that.
BREAKING: Maryland House of Delegates votes to repeal death penalty, sending bill to Governor to sign into law
Watch http://reuters.com/ for more updates
Meanwhile, North Dakota sending abortion ban through to their governor. Justice Ginsberg did say she wanted a real law in place, rather than depending on the arcanities of the Supreme Court to replace broad legislation. Hopefully these kinds of acts will result in federal guarantees for the right of women to choose.
Libertarians often say that they don’t owe anyone anything because they worked hard to get where they are. The thing is, people do not live in a bubble. We are all part of society and all suffer with and gain from what is going on in the world. Libertarians are ignoring reality when they say that they shouldn’t be paying for someone else’s healthcare when that “person hasn’t done anything for them”. No person is self made. Don’t act like you are.
“bootstraps” has been and always will be a terrible argument.
The freedom that we fight for to plunder resources of brown skinned nations, the freedom to crush any one of those nations who attempt to collectivise under duly elected democratic goverments, standing upon the corpses of millions, destroyed economies, ruined nations, claiming you yourself have earned your place on top of this heap and the oppressed are mearly lazy?
This is why I think Libertarians are assholes.
In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a world founded upon four essential human freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression—everywhere in the world. The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way—everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want—which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants-everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear—which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor—anywhere in the world.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jan. 6, 1941 SOTU (via kileyrae)