[heart check] Are you being a capitalist friend?

We can publicly disavow capitalism, and we can choose to divest and practice anti-capitalist means of engaging with politics and the economy, but we must ask ourselves:  are we being capitalists in our private lives?


Audre Lorde: Poetry Is Not a Luxury

"For within living structures defined by profit, by linear power, by institutional dehumanization, our feelings were not meant to survive. Kept around as unavoidable adjuncts or pleasant pastimes, feelings were expected to kneel to thought as women were expected to kneel to men. But women have survived. As poets. And there are no new pains. …

Donna Haraway: On “Objective” Knowledge and its Purpose

"So, I think my problem, and "our" problem, is how to have simultaneously an account of radical historical contingency for all knowledge claims and knowing subjects, a critical practice for all knowledge claims and knowing subjects, a critical practice for recognizing our own "semiotic technologies" for making meanings and a no-nonsense commitment to faithful accounts of a …


The Combahee River Collective Statement (1977)

"We realize that the liberation of all oppressed peoples necessitates the destruction of the political-economic systems of capitalism and imperialism as well as patriarchy. We are socialists because we believe that work must be organized for the collective benefit of those who do the work and create the products, and not for the profit of …


Paulo Freire: Authentic Help

"Authentic help means that all who are involved help each other mutually, growing together in the common effort to understand the reality which they seek to transform. Only through such praxis - in which those who help and those who are being helped help each other simultaneously - can the act of helping become free …


“Banking education” and the Oppressors

"The capability of banking education (spoon-fed learning) to minimize or annul the students’ creative power and to stimulate their credulity serves the interests of the oppressors, who care neither to have the world revealed nor to see it transformed. The oppressors use their ‘humanitarianism’ to preserve a profitable situation. Thus they react almost instinctively against …


Chrystos: “I Walk in the History of My People”

There are women locked in my joints for refusing to speak to the police My red blood full of those arrested, in flight, shot my tendons stretched brittle with anger do not look like white roots of peace In my marrow are hungry faces who live on land the whites don't want In my marrow …