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  •  Evenin' joe and bluesters (8+ / 0-)

    This evening's quote dovetails nicely with an essay I've been ruminating on by the British Plan C.  The essay is titled We Are All Very Anxious; subtitle: Six Theses on Anxiety and Why It is Effectively Preventing Militancy, and One Possible Strategy for Overcoming It.  It argues that each phase of capitalism has a reactive, but publicly secret, affect - anxiety being the current one.

    The situation feels hopeless and inescapable, but it isn’t. It feels this way because of effects of precarity – constant over-stress, the contraction of time into an eternal present, the vulnerability of each separated (or systemically mediated) individual, the system’s dominance of all aspects of social space. Structurally, the system is vulnerable. The reliance on anxiety is a desperate measure, used in the absence of stronger forms of conformity. The system’s attempt to keep running by keeping people feeling powerless leaves it open to sudden ruptures, outbreaks of revolt. So how do we get to the point where we stop feeling powerless?
    The remainder is a bulletpoint strategy.  It's a longish, but thoughtful read.
    •  evening dharmafarmer... (6+ / 0-)

      thanks for the link.  i'll check it out when i perk up a bit tomorrow. B)

      perhaps in line with the content of the article, i was having a discussion yesterday with a friend who was bemoaning how "kids these days" aren't as uppity as we were (you know the drill).  and i told her that when we were their age, jobs were a dime a dozen.  the market for labor was strong.  kids probably feel like they can't afford to do anything to screw up being the one out a few kids that get a job.

      needless to say, our capitalist overlords have created an economy where the market for labor is pretty poor and it fuels the anxieties of vast swathes of society about meeting their basic survival needs.  in other words the elites have managed to get control of enough levers of society to manipulate scarcity.  hang on, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 07:12:56 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, that's it, joe, (4+ / 0-)

        but add to that market-enforced competitiveness against one another a culturally-enforced insistence on personal responsibility for success/failure, and it becomes difficult for the public to coalesce around the ideas of injustice and that the failures are actually systemic.  Part of the strategy is dialogue: share our anxieties, stop internalizing - then, it becomes apparent that the problems are being perpetrated upon us.

    •  Thanks, interesting read indeed. (4+ / 0-)

      "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

      by smiley7 on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 07:18:45 PM PDT

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