Since we recently discussed the evil things done by the United Fruit Company, here’s an article that talks about its positive impact. There isn’t much contradiction. It’s a typical behavior of companies in the solid stage of capitalism. Healthy, reasonably educated, stable workers with families are crucial to companies, and companies make sure they exist in the required numbers. Then, the fluid stage comes, and companies ditch the workers who end up lumpenizing (and developing an opioid addiction in some places).
Finally, an article about Ukraine by somebody who understands something. So many extreme idiots have been talking about the country they don’t know and don’t care about that I’ve despaired to find something like this.
I finished my talk about Ukraine last week by saying, “It’s not American money that Ukraine needs. The money you send will end up in the offshore accounts of Ukrainian oligarchs and American hustlers. What Ukraine needs is knowing that you are on our side, that you care about Ukraine’s efforts to become a civilized Western country, that you welcome Ukraine as part of the Western civilization.”
But all Ukraine gets as a welcome is this cynical fuck-over.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) November 11, 2019
No, Bernie, just no. Evo Morales had turned into a typical tin-pot Latin American dictator. Changing the Constitution for the goobizillionth time to stay in power is not “a democratic institution.” How would we feel if Trump kept changing the US Constitution to make it possible to have several more terms in office? Would we think that’s democracy in action? Obviously not.
Newsflash: Hispanic people are as human as we are and deserve real democracy just like we do.
In an extremely predictable turn of events, Vox dramatically increased its support and got the third largest number of seats in the Spanish parliament, surpassingly the very progressive Podemos. Vox more than doubled the number of seats it got since April.
The socialists still won, and the traditional conservatives came in second, so no surprises there.
In short, absolutely nothing unexpected here at all. It’s good to deal with a predictable country, for a change.
A well-known history professor in Russia was detained as he was trying to drown female arms in the Neva River. At home, he had the dismembered body of his mistress who was 40 years his junior and a skeleton of an unknown male.
This was a fairly important historian specializing in the Napoleonic wars. Now the rest of historians in Russia are passionately debating whether it’s still ok to cite him in view of what happened.
A Museum of Neoliberalism opens in London next week. London itself is one huge museum of neoliberalism, so I’m not sure what the point is.
Echidne, one of the oldest, most respected feminist blogs, realizes that feminism has been killed and buried:
An interview in the New Republic with Andrea Long Chu, about her new book Females made me realize that feminism is utterly pointless.
Well, not quite. Or not quite yet. But the interview, titled “We Are All Female Now” argues that “Femaleness is not an anatomical or genetic characteristic of an organism, but rather a universal existential condition.” For Chu, “femaleness” is the urge to be a vessel for another’s desire.”
Again, we have absolutely nobody to blame but ourselves. We’ve allowed men who despise women tell us what it means to be a woman and hound is out of employment and public life if we disagree. Now we’ve got to listen to the old cant of how we are empty vessels who need a guy to define us but this time we won’t even be able to object because we gave up our capacity to do so.