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Nov 18, 2013 Tent_Liberation_Army commented on Has There Ever Been a Socialist on the Seattle City Council Before?.
@10 She hasn't been all that specific about what democratic public ownership actually means. Maybe I am reading my own prefeences into it, but at the veey least I could see a consensus forming around something like that.
Nov 18, 2013 Tent_Liberation_Army commented on Has There Ever Been a Socialist on the Seattle City Council Before?.
Also wanted to mention worker's coops tie business to the region in ways that capitalist enterprises do not. I know it seems like as long as you follow the whims of the market here that capitalism will never fail. Growing up in the rust belt, where we were told "if you just exploit yourself a little bit more, things will turn around", while wages and job opportunities kept falling, I have a somewhat different perspective on the matter. Don't think that it won't happen here.
Nov 18, 2013 Tent_Liberation_Army commented on Has There Ever Been a Socialist on the Seattle City Council Before?.
@3 Sawant's idea is a fantastic one for several reasons. Gar Alperovitz is doing some great work in the rust belt helping to establish workers' cooperatives, and there's large ones like Mondragon that have been doing their thing for years. Even better, threatening to establish one serves as a counter-weight not just to Boeing's threats to play the workers of different regions and countries against each other. Multinationals everywhere will have to think twice before trying the same.
Nov 16, 2013 Tent_Liberation_Army commented on Kshama Sawant Goes National.
@32 You two are joking, right? Yes, I'm going to interpret it that way so I don't lose all faith in humanity.
Nov 15, 2013 Tent_Liberation_Army commented on After Economics: A Note On Alan Kirman and the Representative Agent.
Fascinating as always. Keep up the good work, Charles.
Sep 9, 2013 Tent_Liberation_Army commented on SWAT Officers Shoot and Kill 107-Year-Old Man.
You're blaming this on the 107 year-old man having a gun, and not the absurdly militarized SWAT officers that shot him? Really? I've never fired a gun in my entire life but I'm starting to feel like I should buy one just to protect myself from law enforcement in this country.
Sep 6, 2013 Tent_Liberation_Army commented on Isolationism and These Angry Days.
Thought for the day, based on this book: the core political structure of all major powers in the 1930's was somewhere on the fascist spectrum. Strong, wise leaders must skillfully impose their morality on subjects, and unite them around the moral greatness of their respective nation-state. This morality should be enforced domestically and abroad through violence, which is the only justified violence in the world. There's a reason that Goebbels learned most of his tricks from the American advertising industry, which was spawned from the American Creole Commission in WW1: they perform the exact same societal function of instilling this morality across a broad population using the predominant one-way communication media of the day (film, radio).

I feel like we're still living in the shadow of this truth, unable to even verbalize it because of the fact that the only meaning of "the Nazis" in current usage is the side that lost WW2. Which brings us right back to the present. I'm actually an optimist that we're in the opening stages of a class conflict (with the Mannings and Snowdens as a vanguard) of a technological class raised on the completely different distributed social paradigm of the internet. My hope is this spells the end of fascism that can't be spoken, and leads to something truly democratic. I'm an optimist like that.
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Aug 23, 2013 Tent_Liberation_Army commented on Life After Economics: David Graeber on Bullshit Jobs.
@22 Think of it as a market-based solution. If he's right that 15 hour workweeks are all that's required to meet the production and distribution needs of society, then the bullshit jobs will be naturally eliminated by employers in the switch to a 15 hour week. But social pressure is the necessary catalyst to overcome inertia and other cultural factors that are currently propagating bullshit jobs. That's why he wrote a polemic on the subject.
Aug 23, 2013 Tent_Liberation_Army commented on Life After Economics: David Graeber on Bullshit Jobs.
@22 I should to that last paragraph add he's not necessarily anti-market for the distribution of goods in a value-democratized society. He takes issue with a market implicating itself in all aspects of a person's life, when combined with said market being used to replicate radical inequality in access to resources.
Aug 23, 2013 Tent_Liberation_Army commented on Life After Economics: David Graeber on Bullshit Jobs.
@22 It's important to understand that Graeber draws a distinction between producing value and labor. Going back to his concept of what producing value means, a bullshit job is essentially labor in which the laborer is alienated from producing his or her conception of value through it, in addition to the job creating no efficiency gain in production or distribution. He also draws a distinction between being a conduit for someone else's value (a paper pusher at a multinational corporation, which fulfills some capitalist's vision of value for instance), and acting to produce one's own value. That's why he emphasizes the psychological violence inherent in a bullshit job. He sees the current system as literally robbing the vast majority of workers of their ability to create their own value.

Based on his premise that in fact we COULD all be working 15 hour weeks, he sees the current work regimen as a means of social control that rose up through largely organic market forces. It was bad enough in old-school capitalism when workers were forced to be tools for the production of someone else's value. Now a system has arisen that is in many cases value-free. It's just a control system, perpetuated by the concentration of wealth which forces the vast majority of workers to play along or starve.

Thus, by limiting work hours and at the same time expanding access to resources across the whole of society, people would be free to reproduce their own conception of value outside of the market control mechanism.
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