The purple glow of sunset through the notch of Yosemite Valley upon Half Dome.
Submitted by Nick Ocean
Went to Archives Bookshop in Pasadena today with T. Shelves upon shelves of theology books. Whole shelves dedicated to respective theologians, and a whole wall where you can the texts from Fuller classes and see what they’re reading (that was cool). Also liked how many women/poc theologians were stocked, lots of interesting obscure writers worth scoping out. Came away with a couple solid texts I’ve been wanting for resources. Best part though: the price stickers on the backs came clean off rather than ripping and getting stuck a la every book from amazon. Top bookstore for sure_______________________________________________________________________
Seen scribbled on scrap paper in Stringfellow’s archives. “Church as event = dispersion time.”
It sounds important and I wish I knew what it meant.
Check out our post about why the Fight or Flight Tour was denied entry to Canada for our tour stop in so-called Vancouver BC. “The whole experience highlighted not only the absurdity of surveillance and repression for activists, it highlighted the problem of borders and the colonial function they serve.”
I want to cut my hair
From fear of being seen smoking to Starbucks’ ‘coffee karma’, we’ve arrived at a cultural impasse as consumers. As the Prix Pictet photography prize tackles the theme of consumption, Slavoj Žižek traces how we’ve ended up buying into lifestyles rather than living our lives.
_______________________________________________________________________The concept of privilege came into its own in the eighties, when the women’s-studies scholar Peggy McIntosh started writing about it.
I came to this dawning realization: niceness has nothing to do with it. These are nice men. But they’re very good students of what they’ve been taught, which is that men make knowledge. And I realized this is why we were oppressive to work with—because, in parallel fashion, I had been taught that whites make knowledge.
I think she illustrates why intersectional discourse is important. For me, we need anti-white-supremacist and anti-patriarchal discourse while we organize class struggle. McIntosh has always been so good at illustrating how feminism is important. Patriarchy in capitalist culture de-emphasizes personal experience in place of an ideologically composed individual subject. Mark Fisher’s recent Vampire’s Castle screed against “identity politics”, I think, is firmly aimed at women. McIntosh expalins,
The truth is that it hasn’t changed much, except in the universities. The colleges and the universities are the places where you get a hearing. They’re where you learn to see both individually and systematically. In order to understand the way privilege works, you have to be able to see patterns and systems in social life, but you also have to care about individual experiences. I think one’s own individual experience is sacred. Testifying to it is very important—but so is seeing that it is set within a framework outside of one’s personal experience that is much bigger, and has repetitive statistical patterns in it.
Always good catching up with this guy, hearing about exciting life projects and sharing connections from our readings_______________________________________________________________________
After Trade is our attempt at being responsible for what we know. Perhaps the best I can describe it, is that it came forth as we learned not to isolate one aspect of life from another; a concept we are continually learning from and wrestling with. It went something like this: when we immersed ourselves in the study of coffee, as if all at once, our concern moved from a meticulously roasted beverage consumed in an attractive café, to an even deeper concern for people, relationships, farmers and families, and further, to the land, sustainability, and to other realities such as coffee when grown as a monoculture is no longer a sanctuary for birds and other wildlife. If we have learned anything at all over the past two years, it is that our concern for coffee can not only nor will it ever be just about coffee.
But things changed with the rise of money. Money shifted us away from use-value to exchange-value. Instead of acquiring chairs or forks—which have defined functions and, thus, inherent limits as to how many of these things are “enough”—we now acquire money which has no particular use or function beyond purchasing power. Money introduced liquidity into our lives, where goods can be reduced to money and that money used to purchase other goods. In modern economies liquidity is what makes the world go around. But liquidity makes is hard to determine how much is enough.
How much money is enough? It seems clear that a person with 1,000 forks has a bit of a fork-problem. How many forks do you really need? You only need as many as you have use for. But what about money? Does someone with with $1,000 have too many dollar bills? How about $10,000? Or $100,000? Or $1,000,000?
Because money has no use-value such questions seem odd. You can never have enough money because money is about exchange-value. Money can get you anything with a price, anything you need. Or want. And that’s the root of the problem. When our desires shifted to money rather than to real goods and their function we lost our ability to draw a clear line between need and want and between necessities and luxuries."
You know all those famous, silhouetted animal liberation stencils? I love to find the images that they were based on and read about those old actions. In this case the original image is from the iconic Valentines Day beagle rescue at Life Science Research in Stock, Essex. You can check it out in the August / September 1983 Issue of BUAV Liberator, available for free on TALON.