Friday Night Fun and Culture

Utah Phillips – Folk Singer’s great quotes

“You’ve got to own what you do, rather than work and let somebody else make the profit off of it. And you’ve got to fight in this culture to hang on to your own soul, to hang on to your own creativity. Once I got into this folk music world and understood what I could do and that it belonged to me, I looked back on my years of employment with absolute horror. It was bondage, wage slavery. Sure, if somebody else is making the rules every day, it’s a little bit easier, and you can turn your mind off. But none of my parts — my intellect, my curiosity — was being served by that experience. When I got out in the world as a free man, I found that all of my parts were being used.”

“The earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses.”

“You are about to be told one more time that you are America’s most valuable natural resource. Have you seen what they do to valuable natural resources?! Have you seen a strip mine? Have you seen a clear cut in the forest? Have you seen a polluted river? Don’t ever let them call you a valuable natural resource! They’re going to strip mine your soul. They’re going to clear cut your best thoughts for the sake of profit unless you learn to resist.” “The state can’t give you freedom, and the state can’t take it away. Freedom is something you’re born with, and then one day someone tries to deny it. The extent to which you resist is the extent to which you are free.”

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Economic Issues

For many people coming out as either transsexual or transgender also means accepting downward mobility as a reality.

This is a generality. In many ways becoming female is more likely to economically impact one than becoming male. That is reality in a sexist world where economically speaking women with the exception of a few “Lucky Duckies” like the pair running in California, women tend to earn less than men.

Having a trans history doesn’t help.

But then neither does being born a person of color or lower working class since people from these two categories are often disadvantaged from birth.

There is something important for people to realize. LBJ was the last of the really progressive presidents who actually represented the working people and not the corporate interests. When LBJ left office in January 1969 the buzzards were already circling the “War on Poverty”. When Ronnie Reagan entered office in January 1981 The New Deal, Fair Deal and Great Society were already starting to die deaths of a thousand cuts.

Every president since and most of congress have been in the pockets of the rich. They represent their owners and not the people who vote.

Corporations do not give a rat’s ass about us. The brain wash us with constant advertising and then buy political office for the worst Nazis to come down the pike since the Third Reich.

Cut Social security but not the most bloated item in the budget, the War..excuse me “Defense” Budget…

The “Free Market” policies of the neo-cons and neo-libs have been an utter disaster for the working people of the world.

In the US the economy is based on selling cheap crap made else where to each other at the lowest possible price. This means no more manufacturing in the US. It means driving down workers pay to the point where we are paid pretty much the same as the lowest paid workers in the world.

Surplus value is where businesses used to make profits. If the price is as low as possible just to sell the merchandise, how do they make money? They do it with credit card interest. Every thing you buy with a card cost you more than the price you think you are paying for it.

If we go green and buy less the economy crashes. If we start paying off our cards and only buying what we can afford without paying the credit card interest the economy crashes.

The top 20% of people control 85% of the total wealth and 93% of the financial wealth (http://sociology.ucsc.edu/whorulesamerica/power/wealth.html)

This means that the bottom 80% of us control next to nothing.  We have become the economic slaves and play things of that top 20%.

This is no longer a democracy, it is an oligarchy.

LGBT/TQ etc folks and the hatred being directed towards us is a way of diverting anger from those who are the real source of economic pain and discomfort in this nation.  The same is true for racism and the anti-immigrant thing.  Then we have the Mosque side show.

We are in a crisis and the time may be coming when we have to pull together as real communities fighting for our lives.  The economic warfare/class warfare directed towards working people has so far been one sided.

Perhaps it is time for a little class warfare from our side.

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