dagArchives: Writing about Whiteness, White Privilege, Crass Libertarianism Super-Post
Always looking for conversation about these things.
In June last year, I began working on how I write about whiteness, white power, capitalism, and anti-capitalism mainly to develop concepts that are central to a manuscript I’m working on. Immediately, I was engaged by two groups of tumblr bloggers: libertarians and social justice bloggers. Neither appreciate my representations of free market capitalism and white social justice activists. Too bad, right.
I’ve received several requests for a post with links to what I’ve written. This is not everything, but it includes the posts where I work on concepts I think are significant.
I’m into revision, so I’ve edited and proofed and added a little here and there, but this is mostly as it was posted. You can use this long post if you like as each entry is present after “Read More”, or save the individual links. I’ll add to it as people help me find things I’ve written that they’d like included.
- dagNotes: Notes On Whiteness, White Power, Capitalism & Anti-Capitalism
- On Crass Libertarianism (a vehicle for white supremacist capitalist society)
- dagNotes: A little bit on how I see privilege and white power working, even in Korea
- White Power 101: White Privilege Denial Discourse
- Why it’s racist. In one sentence.
- (On why colorblindness is white supremacist.)
- To Ziggystardyke: On Being White
- dagNotes: The reason I wrote “White is not a skin color”
- dagAsk: Three Lessons
- Possessive Whiteness
- 11A. Possessive Whiteness and Liberals:
- dagNotes: on writing about whiteness
- My Super-Post on Crass Libertarianism, Liberty, Ideology, Ron Paul fans
The Charter of the Forest demanded protection of the commons from external power. The commons were the source of sustenance for the general population: their fuel, their food, their construction materials, whatever was essential for life. The forest was no primitive wilderness. It had been carefully developed over generations, maintained in common, its riches available to all, and preserved for future generations — practices found today primarily in traditional societies that are under threat throughout the world.
The Charter of the Forest imposed limits to privatization. The Robin Hood myths capture the essence of its concerns (and it is not too surprising that the popular TV series of the 1950s, “The Adventures of Robin Hood,” was written anonymously by Hollywood screenwriters blacklisted for leftist convictions). By the seventeenth century, however, this Charter had fallen victim to the rise of the commodity economy and capitalist practice and morality.
With the commons no longer protected for cooperative nurturing and use, the rights of the common people were restricted to what could not be privatized, a category that continues to shrink to virtual invisibility. In Bolivia, the attempt to privatize water was, in the end, beaten back by an uprising that brought the indigenous majority to power for the first time in history. The World Bank has just ruled that the mining multinational Pacific Rim can proceed with a case against El Salvador for trying to preserve lands and communities from highly destructive gold mining. Environmental constraints threaten to deprive the company of future profits, a crime that can be punished under the rules of the investor-rights regime mislabeled as “free trade.” And this is only a tiny sample of struggles underway over much of the world, some involving extreme violence, as in the Eastern Congo, where millions have been killed in recent years to ensure an ample supply of minerals for cell phones and other uses, and of course ample profits. Noam Chomsky, on the Charter of the Forest, Destroying the Commons: On Shredding the Magna Carta (via americawakiewakie)
Anarcho-capitalist, an individual that has no knowledge on what capitalism is.
Uganda getting pushed to become next “Hot adoption” Supply country
As international adoptions have flourished, so has evidence that babies in many countries are being systematically bought, coerced, and stolen away from their birth families. Nearly half the 40 countries listed by the U.S. State Department as the top sources for international adoption over the past 15 years — places such as Belarus, Brazil, Ethiopia, Honduras, Peru, and Romania — have at least temporarily halted adoptions or been prevented from sending children to the United States because of serious concerns about corruption and kidnapping. And yet when a country is closed due to corruption, many adoption agencies simply transfer their clients’ hopes to the next “hot” country. That country abruptly experiences a spike in infants and toddlers adopted overseas — until it too is forced to shut its doors.
- The requirements that adoptive parents must live in Uganda for three years and foster the child for the same sum of time have been taken away
- Holt International (founding behemoth of all Western adoption agencies) announced a pilot program
- Mainstream liberal outlets hand-wringing/salivating over Uganda’s birthrate, which is ranked second highest in the world
- KONY 2012 DIDN’T HELP ANY
(But seriously, fuck you Jason Russell & co. - yet another case study of White Savior Industrial Complex doing more harm than good in unforeseen ways that are denied recognition even once they’re in sight)
LOATHING EVERYTHING RIGHT NOW
omfg, can we just call out the fucking colonialism??? christianists and oil companies are sending bibles and bullets into the country and extracting money, leaving poverty, disease and murder in their wake. the criminals are white.