So proud of my mother for doing her own research after I sent her that meme. A sign she hung in her car window.
Is this true?
Not only is it true, it gets worse. The Susan G Komen For The Cure Foundation has actually successfully sued “competing” charities, because (paraphrasing) their “message or branding was infringing.”
You read that correctly: they took money that people had donated to cure cancer, and hired attorneys with it, to sue ANOTHER group of people trying to find a cure for cancer, who, in turn, had to use their donated money to hire their own legal counsel to defend themselves.
There’s a documentary about this on Netflix called Pink Ribbons, Inc. if anyone’s interested.
Sam Cooke & the Soul Stirrers - “I’m Gonna Build On That Shore”
Still on my Sam Cooke kick, because it’s really nice background music for when I’m at work. But this album is a lot more gospel/blues influenced, which I really like, and it’s also complementary to the music featured in Follow Me Down: Portraits of Louisiana Prison Musicians, which was just great. A simple but touching and sensory-filled documentary about the ways music is used and performed by inmates of three Louisiana prisons. I’ve also learned that gospel or hymns have a 60% chance of making me cry.
Sam Cooke - “I’ll Come Running Back To You”
The inspiration to the past week’s soundtrack, the one and only.
The way violence, or the threat of violence, turns human relations into mathematics… [i]s the ultimate source of the moral confusion that seems to float around everything surrounding the topic of debt. The resulting dilemmas appear to be as old as civilization itself. We can observe the process in the very earliest records from ancient Mesopotamia; it finds its first philosophical expression in the Vedas, reappears in endless forms throughout recorded history, and still lies underneath the essential fabric of our institutions today—state and market, our most basic conceptions of the nature of freedom, morality, sociality—all of which have been shaped by a history of war, conquest, and slavery in ways we’re no longer capable of even perceiving because we can no longer imagine things any other way.
So. Tonight Kevin sat down with me, had me do a stream of consciousness on this monster book (The Great Transformation) and took notes on what I said to help me organize my thoughts. And the notes he took are cool because it’s almost a transcription, so it’s kinda fun to re-visit how I talked this through/to remember this nice thing he did with me.
Where does this paralyzing sedation come from? This ebb and flow of sadness, this dull weight of fear? When did I become so easily deflatable? The past few days have been a little rough around the edges. “Fake it until you become it” is just what I need to suck up and do, finally, because I do have deadlines to meet. It’s ok it’s ok it’s ok it’s ok
Me: Sam, what do you do when you have heavy boots?
Sam: First eat a little piece of chocolate
Sam: Sometimes it’s actually dementors
"You write in order to change the world, knowing perfectly well that you probably can’t, but also knowing that literature is indispensable to the world. The world changes according to the way people see it, and if you alter, even by a millimeter, the way people look at reality, then you can change it." —James Baldwin
"Writing is really a way of thinking—not just feeling but thinking about things that are disparate, unresolved, mysterious, problematic or just sweet.” —Toni Morrison
"The purpose of any piece of writing is its existence before a reader’s eyes. A writer exists when she fills the blank page. A writer fulfills her task when she can be read by readers. The important thing is to write." —Nancy Morejón
"The ability to use language to effective ends, to have somebody read something and see it, or for somebody to paint an entire landscape of visual imagery with just sheets of words—that’s magical." — Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)
"By and large, the critics and readers gave me an affirmed sense of my identity as a writer. You might know this within yourself, but to have it affirmed by others is of utmost importance. Writing is, after all, a form of communication." —Ralph Ellison
"The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart." —Maya Angelou
Stiglitz’s anecdote indicates that the U.S. state plays a critical coordinating role and that the typical U.S. firm is highly dependent on state action. In fact, the U.S. model of capitalism is built around a core of highly protected and state-dependent industries that are very far removed from any hint of economic liberalism. The key industries in this core include the defense firms, agribusiness compaies that are heavily dependent on government subsidies, the big oil companies that are tightly intertwined with U.S. foreign policy, the large pharmaceutical firms that depend on government-financed research and the enforcement of patent monopolies, and finally, the large financial firms—giant banks, brokerage firms, and insurance companies—all of whom are supported by regularory structures and a highly favorable system of taxation. Arguably, the category should also include much of the telecommunication industry and the largest entertainment firms that own much of the broadcast and cable television apparatus.
An all too narrow conception of interest must in effect lead to a warped version of social and political history, and no purely monetary definition of interests can leave room for that vital need for social protection, the representation of which commonly falls to the persons in charge of the general interests of the community—under modern conditions, the governments of the day. Precisely because not the economic but the social interests of different cross sections of the population were threatened by the market, persons belonging to various economic strata unconsciously joined forces to meet the danger.
Labor markets, in short, are politically structured institutions in which the relative power of the participants is shaped by legal institutions that grant or deny certain baskets of rights to employers and employees. And this, in turn, generates an ongoing process of political contestation to shape and reshape these ground rules to improve the relative position of the different actors. Employers often use the rhetoric of “market freedom” to push for policies that strip employees of rights, but this is not disembedding [i.e. freeing the labor market from being impacted by legal, cultural, and political institutions]. It is rather an attempt to embed the labor market in political and legal rules that are more favorable to employers.