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  1. Stephanie McMillan GoComics Pro Member commented on Minimum Security about 1 month ago

    Revolution: there is no formula.

    Capitalism, even in deep crisis, will never cease struggling to adapt and grow. It will not collapse or dismantle itself, until it destroys the planet and everyone on it. So it falls on us to destroy it. In destroying capitalism, we construct something new. Revolution is the total transformation of the way everything is produced, the social relations of domination that go along with it, and the ways of thinking that keep us trapped.

    We need to understand our roles in the revolutionary process so that we may direct our energies to contribute the most we possibly can. The more intentional we are, the more effective we can be as consciously active agents for emancipation and social transformation.

    There is no formula or plan to tell us what to do. We learn what we can from the millions of revolutionaries who have existed everywhere in the world throughout history, but each place and time is different, so whatever worked for them can’t automatically be applied to our circumstances. While relayed experiences, theories and observations are extremely useful, the revolution can’t be simply handed to us by others; we have to figure it out for ourselves.

    We learn by doing. We can only master something if we practice it. This is true for playing a musical instrument, making furniture, or organizing for revolution and building a new society. Knowledge doesn’t come from the sky or from inside our heads; it comes from the real world and our experience of it. We make decisions about what to do, based on our interpretations of reality.

    Many people call themselves revolutionaries because they possess and express “correct” beliefs, or write up the perfect programme or position paper. But no amount of study of theory, no amount of discussion, no collection of brilliant insights can ever change things — unless they are based in reality and are in turn implemented in reality. Theories that don’t come from practice can’t connect to reality. And they’re useless until they are actually USED. Knowledge is not an end in itself, but a guide to action, a tool to affect the material world. It is in use that it becomes embodied, and real.

    Since none of us can destroy capitalism alone; we need to act collectively. The reason we need theory is to construct a shared frame of reference with which to share knowledge and experiences, so we can overcome what divides us, and organize our disparate spontaneous acts of resistance into a unified and powerful social force.

    Any theoretical framework is a collection of interlocking concepts. Basic core concepts are only a starting point. There is no “right” beginning or end, and there are infinite layers. Reality is incomprehensibly complex; we need models that are relevant to our goal and help us stick to the path toward it, while avoiding getting bogged down or sidetracked.

    Our theories are not original; all ideas come from our social milieu, conversations we have, what we experience and hear and read.

    While unified in purpose, we are not identical. What each of us contributes reflects our individual strengths, limitations, and gaps in understanding. Each is needed. Diversity allows for resilience.

    No one should monopolize revolutionary knowledge, or own it. It belongs to all of us. We should all learn to express and apply our collective knowledge in our own ways, to go out and replicate new circles, knitting nodal points into a network, cells into an organism. The whole point is to spread and organize. Our collective knowledge can remain alive and functioning only if we each keep writing, practicing, discussing, sharing our experiences. We must all become leaders, teachers, warriors.

    If we find it difficult it’s not because we can’t, but because it goes against the training that capitalism has subjected us to from a lifetime of miseducation, of relentless lying to us about our intelligence and capacity and about reality itself, constructing its own frameworks in our heads from birth on. But there is no other way. No short cut. No opting out. If we don’t participate, we perpetuate the division of labor: limiting our own agency while leaving our fate in the hands of others.

    None of us has the answer. We’re facing something completely new. We have guideposts, but no one has a formula. There isn’t one. The path can only come clear through process of collective struggle.

  2. Stephanie McMillan GoComics Pro Member commented on Minimum Security about 3 years ago

    @rgwalther… yes, and that means if the Waltons would accept 86 less profit on each item, they wouldn’t even have to charge more. They wouldn’t even notice a few $ billion less.

  3. Stephanie McMillan GoComics Pro Member commented on Minimum Security about 3 years ago

    From a statement by Batay Ouvriye (Workers Fight), Haiti: http://www.batayouvriye.org/

  4. Stephanie McMillan GoComics Pro Member commented on Minimum Security over 3 years ago

    These are hardy, tall bushes that are fairly tolerant of salt and drought. They produce a lot of fruit, which has a purple skin, white flesh, and a large seed. They are slightly sweet, without a lot of flavor.

  5. Stephanie McMillan GoComics Pro Member commented on Minimum Security over 3 years ago

    FNT, you may be thinking of durian, vis-a-vis the smell.

  6. Stephanie McMillan GoComics Pro Member commented on Minimum Security over 3 years ago

    Jackfruit trees produce huge fruits that taste like a combination of bananas and bubblegum. (“Juicyfruit” gum is based on this flavor). The pulp is very filling, and one fruit is good for many meals. Open them up outside, as the juice is incredibly sticky and will stain walls and floors if you do it inside. You can also roast and eat the seeds.
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    Many jackfruit flowers never become fruits. When you see the flowers (which are also called unripe fruit – they look like tiny fruits) begin to turn brown, that means it won’t become a fruit. Then you can pick it and eat it as a ripe flower.
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    Moji bhorta (mashed jakfruit flowers)
    (recipe by Swapan Majhi)
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    Jackfruit flowers – thinly sliced
    A dash of mustard oil
    Diced hot green chili or dried red chili bits (roasted)
    Onion – finely chopped
    Salt to taste
    Mash everything together. Use your hands.
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    It tastes kind of bitter and spicy, and makes your tongue feel dry.

  7. Stephanie McMillan GoComics Pro Member commented on Minimum Security over 3 years ago

    “Colo” — from Proto-Indo-European: “to move, to turn (around).” In Latin, the verb evoked meanings that included “cultivate,” “inhabit,” “protect,” “nurture,” and “worship/honor.”
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    I use “colo” as the name of this series in order to assert the intersubjectivity of all beings. Other life forms (plants, animals, other humans) are not objects for our use; they are organisms with whom we are in relationship. These relationships should be built on reciprocity and respect. The highest manifestation of relationship is love, which advances mutual thriving. If we don’t love (or even know) the beings who feed us, and if we don’t nurture/cultivate/feed them in return, then eating becomes a superficial, sterile, commercial transaction that can’t possibly meet the deepest needs of anyone involved.

  8. Stephanie McMillan GoComics Pro Member commented on Minimum Security over 3 years ago

    The fundamental contradiction of capitalism is capital vs. wage labor, a social relationship between the classes involved, capitalists and workers (also known as the bourgeoisie and the proletariat). The relationship is one of domination and subordination. Domination is perpetrated economically, ideologically, and politically. And the working class resists in all three fields. The class struggle is constant and antagonistic. It can only be resolved by social transformation, by the end of capitalism.

  9. Stephanie McMillan GoComics Pro Member commented on Minimum Security over 3 years ago

    If the retailer is a monopoly, it can use its market power to dominate capitalists, to set its purchase price below the actual value of the commodity. This is one manifestation of imperialism, a way that surplus value is extracted from dominated countries. This puts pressure on the capitalist, who in turn intensifies pressure on the workers. Often, their wages are pushed below the amount required for survival. We see this happening with giant multinational retailers such as Walmart and Gildan.

  10. Stephanie McMillan GoComics Pro Member commented on Minimum Security over 3 years ago

    The capitalist then sells the product at its value. The profit is already in the product, generated in the process of production itself. It’s realized at the point of sale. If it’s bought by a retailer, an additional amount is added on to the retail price. This is not additional surplus value, but instead is the imposition of an unequal exchange between the merchant and the customer. The customer is paying more than the actual value of the commodity, because of the greater market power of the retailer.