As 2014 ends and 2015 begins, Sighed Effects is undergoing a serious change.
I still haven’t decided if I’m going to just archive the old posts or what. There will be an entirely new site layout, products, and a new tone.
2015 marks the break with Liberals, Progressives, Democrats, and any supporters of traditional society and neoliberal capitalism. Capitalism exploits the workers. It creates inequality and all that other shit I constantly go on and on about every day.
“It gets a whole lot Blacker and a whole lot bigger . . . “
There’s also the issue of the lack of support from Liberal voices in the unrest that is coming. It compounds the previous issue. The conditions are ripe to seize this moment and really open the door for discourse and action to invoke real change. Instead we get more placating platitudes asking Black people to sing We Shall Overcome and telling college students to work at Starbucks whilst being buried in a life of debt.
The Democrats in United States subscribe to the same neoliberal capitalist principles that the Republicans support. The only difference is the verbiage given to wedge issues. The Democrats don’t want poor people to die of a lack of medical care. Instead, they want to provide them with basic medical care and give them a low wage job so they can sell their labor and produce more for the wealthy (and consume more). Their answer to Black people being brutalized and discriminated is to open more cake shops.
“Don’t burn down your own communities.” – In other words, first of all… somehow the Walgreens in the Black neighborhood is the Black Walgreens. Second, why does it have to be “their community”? The statement itself smacks of de facto segregation. It’s not their own communities… the idea is that it’s all our own communities. The fact is that the Liberals are not anti-racist, they are just anti-racism. Meaning, they want to hide racism. “Go out and open cake shops, and contribute to the capitalist, economic monster that is the foundation of your oppression.” That’s the message. Basically, don’t burn their shit down… because that’s where their stuff is located.
They are too invested in the system to change it. They want to change things, but only to increase production. Only to make their conscience clean. Only to make this exploitive system more palatable. As this year ends, it’s time to say “no more.”
No more exploitation.
No more racism.
No more nationalism.
No more sexism.
No more classism.
And how do we achieve this? The only answer I can conclude is actually counter-intuitive: Support the Republicans.
The Republicans don’t pretend. They do not want to help the poor. They want the poor to be near death or dead. They don’t want to help the working class. They want the working class to produce more and receive less. They don’t want to expand the economy if it helps these groups. Keynesian economic levers will only make capitalism more tolerable and increase profits for the wealthy. It’s the policies of the Conservatives that will cause poverty to grow and the working class to be increasingly desperate. Republican policies are policies that will create an enormous chasm between the wealthy and the rest of the population. And how does that work out in antiquity? Let’s ask Marie Antoinette.
Aside from that… I must admit that there’s a concerning increase in fascism in the United States. The attitude being put forward that “Black people that do not act respectably deserve to be shot and killed by police” is terrifying and strikingly similar to historical conditions that did not end well. Between that and the lack of support that will be generated by breaking all ties with Democrats, there’s an issue of viability. For that reason, I will likely be largely avoiding any party politics and focusing solely on the exploitative issues of capitalism.
2015 is almost here. Hang on. Sighed Effects is about to release a heavy sigh.