In other words, while we tend to view the evil we commit as necessary, limited, preventative, preemptive, even compassionate–if done on behalf of victims–we portray the evil our enemies commit as barbaric, excessive, indiscriminate and unprovoked. Meanwhile, our enemies feel exactly the same way about the evil they commit and vice versa. Hence, nearly every conflict essentially boils down to competing victim narratives, with each side seeking to justify its “virtuous” actions in the face of the enemy’s obvious villainy.
Have you fallen for the myth of pure evil? (via azspot)

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Capitalism seeks to grow the economy while managing inequality. Democratic socialism seeks to secure economic well-being while rearranging the power and productive relationships that create inequality. The latter is neither a panacea nor a utopia. It is, ultimately, a less grotesque analogy of God’s beloved community than the former. America, we can do better than capitalism — let us choose a more equitable, efficient, and excellent way.
Towards a Socialist America (via azspot)

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memegop:

‪#‎MemeGOP‬ ‪#‎UniteBlue‬

Republican policies get you into mess, and then keep you there.

memegop:

‪#‎MemeGOP‬ ‪#‎UniteBlue‬

Republican policies get you into mess, and then keep you there.

laserbarrageinquirer:

reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

oinonio:

empose:

i can’t believe this man was elected into office as the president of the united states of america

Terrifying, isn’t it?

Bush was selected by the Supreme Court after the Republicans suppressed the vote in Florida. 

Dubya quotes only get more ridiculous with time.

Laziest guy in the room. #neverforget

laserbarrageinquirer:

reagan-was-a-horrible-president:

oinonio:

empose:

i can’t believe this man was elected into office as the president of the united states of america

Terrifying, isn’t it?

Bush was selected by the Supreme Court after the Republicans suppressed the vote in Florida. 

Dubya quotes only get more ridiculous with time.

Laziest guy in the room. #neverforget

(via recall-all-republicans)

I have been thinking a lot about stupidity lately, largely, I suppose, because I spend a good deal of time online. I define stupidity as “remediable but unremedied ignorance,” and few human traits are more evident to a reader of your average website. It is relatively easy to discover that Barack Obama is not a Muslim; that the government of Israel was not responsible for the 9/11 attacks; that the Christian God does not hate fags; that your average everyday evangelical Christian is not simply itching for his chance to take over the government and impose theocratic law upon a nation of vile unbelieving reprobates. Yet people who could remedy their ignorance on these and many other matters consistently fail to do so. This is curious and significant.
Against Stupidity (via azspot)

Stupidity is mandatory for trolls.

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ppaction:

You sure, Senator Paul?

What a massive lie. Supreme Court? Hobby Lobby case? It’s pretty much the Republican platform for the past 50 years.

ppaction:

You sure, Senator Paul?

What a massive lie. Supreme Court? Hobby Lobby case? It’s pretty much the Republican platform for the past 50 years.

Democrat Leads In Florida

A new SurveyUSA poll in Florida finds Charlie Crist (D) leading Gov. Rick Scott (R) in the race for governor, 46% to 40%.

If Democrats hold the governorships of Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida for the 2016 election, then Republicans won’t be able to pull their ‘voter suppression’ extremism as in years past.

But Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Chase Manhattan Bank, an JPMorgan Chase are not powerful because they worked hard. The best illustration of this point comes through a historical analysis. How did the banking system in this country get started? How did the richest people in the richest country in the world get their money?

Banking got started in this country by investing in the Triangular Slave Trade. The reason historians call it Triangular Slave Trade is that Europeans went to Africa, enslaved the people, brought them to this part of the world, and sold the people for products like hemp, sugarcane, cotton, and then those products were sent to Europe. That is why there were three angles: Africa, the United States, and Europe. The banking system—Lloyd’s of London, Barclays Bank, Bank of America, Wells Fargo-invested in that process and that is how their hegemony was established. In the last five years, almost all the banks I just mentioned have reluctantly acknowledged that they became established through the institution of slavery and the slave trade. So we see many people today questioning the system considering this simple fact: ‘Because the banks got rich by exploiting my ancestors I don’t see why I should have to pay them anything. They owe me if anything. I don’t want their money, because there is no price tag that can be placed on the suffering.’

Ahjamu Umi, from a guest lecture on March 21, 2013 at Concordia University

See also: “Wachovia apologizes for slavery ties,” CNN Money, June 5, 2005 & “American finance grew on the backs of slaves,” Chicago Sun-Times, March 7, 2014.

For more reading on the origins of the present American banking system and its foundations in the Euro-American slave trade, check out Slavery and American Economic Development (2006) by Gavin Wright and Debt, investment, slaves: credit relations in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, 1825-1885 (1995) by Richard Kilbourne.

(via cerebralproxy)

Think of the centuries of wealth created by cotton, sugar, and textiles in the UK and USA built on the institution of African slave labor.

(via seriouslyamerica)

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