The motherfuckers who deal with intangibles are the motherfuckers who are rewarded in this society. The more abstract and intangible your shit is, come on stocks? What is stock? Stock certificates is evidence of ownership in something that’s real. Ownership. He owns and controls and therefore receives you know the benefit from, that’s what they call profit. He’s fucking with shit in Bolivia, he’s fucking with shit in Chile, he’s Anaconda, he’s United Fruit, he’s “in mining”, he’s in what? He ain’t never in his life produced shit. Investment bankers, stock brokers, insurance man, it’s motherfuckers who don’t do nothing. We see that this whole society man exists and rests upon workers and that this whole motherfucking society controlled by this ruling clique is parasitic, vulturistic, cannibalistic and is sucking and destroying man the lives of motherfucking workers and we have to stop it because it’s evil. ❞
— Ken Cockerel, a communist activist with the League of Revolutionary Black Workers explains capitalism [video of the speech can be found here] (via concretesorrow)
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The difference between socialist China and capitalist China in these posters is so very striking.
We have armed and fully dressed women. The camera is looking either straight at them, or up towards them. They are active, performing work. Looking off into the distance, in the socialist visionary style.
They are people to look up to, people unto themselves. Heroes and role models for women and men alike.
Then we have unarmed, semi-undressed women. The camera looks down upon them, or straight at them. They look at the camera or at objects. The viewer acts more upon them than they act upon the world themselves.
The one woman we do see in uniform is disarmed, guitar in place of rifle.
I know that there are many people––including many Chinese––who look at all socialist realism as kitsch. Its earnest futurism (I actually consider socialist realism in line with many Futurist principles despite its more organic “humanist” focus) and the collapse of socialism make it an easy target for that kind of evaluation. But to me part of what makes kitsch kitsch is that it is recycling hackneyed emotions and situations, repeating worn subjects without any critical insight or depth. Chinese socialist realism, though it can be crude (the poster-and-slogan style is still evident), still has a dynamism to it. Whereas you can see that the paintings from the capitalist era are static and, even when technically well-rendered, completely laughable.
new aesthetic: surreal pop punk
your shorts are glowing and are made of a material not known to this world. your vans die and regenerate every night. every band does covers of gregorian chants. your bangs extend into infinity.
fall out void
abandon your mortal form and ascend to a higher plane! at the disco