Thorstein Veblen (1857 – 1929) Veblen was a noted economist and sociologist and a prominent leader of the institutional economics movement. He is widely known for his book, The Theory of the Leisure Class, where he famously discusses a phenomena he called conspicuous consumption.
The Satanic Temple, known as “the nicest Satanic cult in the world,” is “seeking a religious exemption to certain anti-abortion laws that attempt to dissuade women from ending a pregnancy.” Members of the Satanic Temple first made national headlines when they rallied in support of Florida Gov.
I don’t know who these people are, but I think I love ‘em.
Neither side of the mainstream “debate” on gun control is anarchist, as is usually the case, both ‘sides’ are anti-working class, bourgeois positions. The side which says that the state should have a complete monopoly on weapons is not anarchist, for obvious reasons - anything that disempowers the working class and empowers the state is not something we can support.
On the other hand, the idea of respecting an inalienable “right to bear arms” is also not anarchist - it’s a bourgeois individualist construction, pure liberalism (ironically, given the US political vocabulary) - I can think of a million groups I’d happily disarm permanently without a second thought; nazis, for example… rapists, serving and retired police officers, rich people… I don’t think they have a “right” to weapons any more than i think they have a “right” to own land or employ wage labour.
So, ideally, we would have sensible restrictions on gun ownership and use, but under the direct democratic control of the people. I’m aware that no mainstream political party is advocating that, and I’m afraid that no mainstream political party ever will - which is one of the many reasons you shouldn’t have anything to do with them.
gun restrictions under “direct democratic control”? What would that look like? Color me skeptical.
The cover story for Mother Jones this month is about Bob Dowlut, NRA’s general counsel, “who for 30 years has been the architect of the National Rifle Association’s legal and cultural agenda.” (Gawker) Monika Bauerlein, co-editor of Mother Jones, emailed me and said that Dowlut, as a teenager, “was sent to prison for shooting his girlfriend’s mother [shot three times at close range], but then had his conviction thrown out for police misconduct. It’s a deeply reported and yes, empathetic story about what must have been a complicated trajectory.”
An excerpt of the isolated track of Mary Clayton’s legendary performance on the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter”. Legend has it that Clayton - who was pregnant when she sang “Gimme Shelter” - sang it so hard that it may have led to her subsequent miscarriage. She couldn’t listen to the song for years afterwards.