There is a ‘money gap’ between the skills/offers/talents/gifts of sellers on the one hand and the wants/needs/requirements of buyers on the other. Money is supposed to bridge that gap, as a medium of exchange. But what about when you don’t have enough money to exchange for what you need, because the narrow set of skills you can offer don’t buy enough money in the markets available to you? How do you get what you need if you can’t buy money with your skills?
Throughout history there have been many different exchange systems assist us to overcome the inconveniences of direct barter. We used to largely have systems of credit, among villagers and between trading partners in various markets.
Currently, though, we have a debt based currency system. It was developed for the industrial revolution to provide a rapidly expanding money supply that could not be provided by a money system based on the quantity of precious metals. This rapidly expanding system allowed for the accumulation of huge amounts of capital (ref today’s 1%) but at the same time does not exist well when resources are limited, as the money system is in danger of outstripping the physical supply of resources it depends on, as we are experiencing now。
And what’s happening now is that there are increasing demands for productivity to match the units of cash in the system. Let’s pause a moment to explain this: in an economy, the total units of currency divided by the total amount of products in the system is the price per unit of products. So, if the number of units of currency increases, then each unit of product then increases. This is called ‘inflation’. In order to control inflation, you have to increase production, this is why across the world people are being asked to produce more and more for less and less. Because in our stupid system, the number of units of money is always increasing exponentially (because of interest on the debt that the currency is created out of), so either we have to accept inflation, or we have to keep working harder and harder and faster and faster.
Or, we change the system.
Because honestly this system was set up so that capitalists could easily have enough capital to create their businesses. That’s why it’s called capitalism, duh! It was not set up so that everyone in the world would have enough to eat and live. We’re taught to identify with the capitalists in the system so that we think that we have some sort of stake in it too, so that people will think the system is good and keep participating in it.
The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do.
Fuck I’m walking downtown and I pass a group of guys staring at me and I think “great catcall time” but then one guy goes “you look like you could kill a man a million different ways with just your bare hands”. This. This is an acceptable comment to give a girl on the street.
What GamerGate showed us was how a small group of angry 4chan users apparently convinced a horde of well-meaning people to believe that they should silence certain women for the good of all. The willingness shared by too many of us to believe that the ends justify the means was ruthlessly exploited here. Attention must be paid.
This will happen again.
When you’re at the pool lounging on a beach chair and some little kids are running and the lifeguard screams out “no running” do you respond “excuse me, not all of us are running”? No, you don’t. The lifeguard didn’t have to specifically state who they were talking to because you’re intelligent enough to comprehend that the comment wasn’t being directed at you.
The prison … functions ideologically as an abstract site into which undesirables are deposited, relieving us of the responsibility of thinking about the real issues afflicting those communities from which prisoners are drawn in such disproportionate numbers … It relieves us of the responsibility of seriously engaging with the problems of our society, especially those produced by racism and, increasingly, global capitalism.
As psychologists have told us, the more you mistreat people, the more pressing your need to explain why your victims deserve their fate. A great deal has been written about the “natural” inferiority of women, much of it by the philosophers and religionmakers whose ideas underpin Western society. Much of this thinking was grounded in what French calls, with wondrous understatement, “men’s insistent concern with female reproduction.” Male self-esteem, it seemed, depended on men not being women. All the more necessary that women should be forced to be as “female” as possible, even when- especially when- the male-created definition of “female” included the power to pollute, seduce and weaken men.