Ok, I felt shitty because people keep staring at me today, but a random person just called me beautiful as I walked by and I feel 10x better.
Darin Mickey, Steady Days.
So I have a thing against shades because they remind me of wealthy old white men lounging around their pools in Hollywood or some shit. Basically everyone looks snobby in shades. But I also want to go to the beach and read, which is kinda impossible without shades. So, shade-wearers, where do I get a cheap pair of prescription sunglasses (you should know this proletarian is not spending anywhere above fivezero on a fashion accessory) in Boston or online?
I do not see how my oppressor could sit in judgment on my response to his oppressive actions against me… If the enemy defines morality and legality in his own terms and decides to apply his ethical and legal doctrines against me because he has the power as well as the means of communications to justify his inhumanity, I am under no moral obligation to listen, let alone obey his dictates. Indeed, I am under a moral obligation to resist and to fight to the death the enemy’s moral corruption.
The Apartheid Wall, Leila Khaled.
Yessss, my friend bought me a Leila Khaled shirt that says “long live the intifada!”
Ghandi Quotes You’ve Never Heard
The lack of communication and documentation allowed Ghandi to create a perfect self-image of himself. But the popular image of Ghandi is a myth. In reality, Ghandi was a fascist sympathizer, blatant racist and a homophobic bisexual.
Here are some quotes from the man himself:
While in South Africa: “We were then marched off to a prison intended for Kaffirs [offensive term equivalent to the n-word]. We could understand not being classed with whites, but to be placed on the same level as the Natives seemed too much to put up with. Kaffirs are as a rule uncivilized — the convicts even more so. They are troublesome, very dirty and live like animals."
“We believe as much in the purity of race as we think they do… We believe also that the white race of South Africa should be the predominating race.” — Vol. 3, p. 256
Feb. 15, 1904: “Under my suggestion, the Town Council must withdraw the Kaffirs from the Location. About this mixing of the Kaffirs with the Indians, I must confess I feel most strongly. I think it is very unfair to the Indian population.” — Vol. 3, p. 429
To the British during WWII: “This manslaughter must be stopped. You are losing; if you persist, it will only result in greater bloodshed. Hitler is not a bad man.”
1946: “Hitler killed five million Jews. It is the greatest crime of our time. But the Jews should have offered themselves to the butcher’s knife. They should have thrown themselves into the sea from cliffs… It would have aroused the world and the people of Germany… As it is they succumbed anyway in their millions.”
Gandhi believed this act of “collective suicide”, in response to the Holocaust, “would have been heroism”.
ah ghandi, you truly were a piece of shit.
piece of shit indeed
I met this old woman when i rode a bike near my house. I stopped, when i saw there’s a lot of kitten. I parked my bike, and went to the kittens, there’s an elderly couple sitting, and just watching the kittens playing with each other. There are 6 kittens in total. I say hi to them, and they smiled, and just let me playing with those little cats. I asked the woman “you pet all of these?”, she answered “yes”. And then i take a look around, i see a big cart, the things that mostly homeless people in Indonesia (especially in Jakarta) live at and get their income from. They live in those cart, and also collecting garbage, with those cart, and sell it to sanitation departements, or some recycle house. They live travelling with the carts, with the whole family, including their kids.
And then i came to the old man, he was doing cleaning the rice (actually the rice is collected from every trashbin), and i asked him “what’s that for?”, he answered “for our cats”, “they love it?”, “ofcourse, what else they can have to eat? pet food?haha too expensive”. Then i picked up my camera (yes, i always go everywhere with camera). I asked him “can i take a picture here?”, “yes, go ahead” he replied.
While taking pictures, i asked the woman, “where did you get this cats?”, “someone dumped them on the streets on the box”, “wow, and you took inisiative to take care of them?”, “yeah why not?”. I stopped for a while taking pictures, and just take a look at everything they have. The carts, The boxes, Plastics of garbage, etc. And then i felt so relieved. “they followed you everywhere on this cart?”, “yes, and they’re so happy when we take them everywhere, on the box, and they love to see surrounding when we’re travelling”.
At the last session of taking photos, i said to them “people with cats are the most happy people. both of you must really happy having them around”, and their answer is “taking care of them is a part of our life.”
It is one thing to point out as a comrade the mistakes made by comrades, which one deplores and one is forced to point out because of a concern for the truth, yet it is quite another to point them out as if they were the acts of enemies, and in a tone full of insulting implications.
Photo from the rally today. I have never seen a Palestine solidarity rally this large. More than a thousand people showed up loud, angry, and most importantly, organized.
If any of you know sources regarding the Bolshevik’s policies and practices towards the peasantry and bourgeoisie from 1917-1923 I would really appreciate it. Laws, statistics, etc, anything that could help me get a systematic view of the class struggle in that period.
I’m never as happy as when I discuss politics and action over beers with friends.
I saw some comrades that I haven’t seen simply because of how busy I have been and it turned out to be better than I expected. I debated whether to go out or continue working on my essay but i’m glad I chose the former. People were curious why I disappeared for over a month, which was nice because I felt missed. We discussed Palestine and the upcoming action on Tuesday, the New Left, Assata Shakur, etc.
I need more of that in my life. Not just because I enjoy it but also as a healthy reminder that I’m not the only one with all these questions and lack of answers.