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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Why Capitalism Creates Pointless Jobs

It’s as if someone were out there making up pointless jobs just for the sake of keeping us all working.

evonomics.com/why-capitalism-creates-pointless-jobs-david-graeber/
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Debt - Updated and Expanded: The First 5,000 Years

Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom: he shows that before there was money, there was debt. For more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods—that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.

Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like “guilt,” “sin,” and “redemption”) derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. We are still fighting these battles today without knowing it.

libcom.org/files/__Debt__The_First_5_000_Years.pdf

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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Your thoughts really resonate and I also really enjoy your writing style. Thanks for taking the time to share.
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sylvestersamuelraj sylvestersamuelraj (@sylvestersamuelraj) on Pinned comment
If you really wants to know about love, please read "Corinthians 13".There are 13 verses regarding love. It is very clearly explained.

warm regards.
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MMurphy77 MMurphy77 (@MMurphy77) on Pinned comment
I think it's the most important thing.. to truly know yourself.
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Sue Sue Siami (@Sue) on Pinned comment
I had no idea the fees were so high. It's a shame that more of the donations don't go to the people who need it the most.
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varjavand varjavand (@varjavand) replied to Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Some people on social media want to oppose whatever America does no matter what. And that is oxymoronic!
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Professor Varjavand, I immediately thought of your blog and Facebook newsfeed when I came across this comic :)
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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
It's either that (opinions) or a status update of where they are or what they're eating ;) After all, besides religion, what the heck else is there to talk about? Based on your venting it sounds like you're overdue for a Newsfeed tune up; time to block some Facebook 'friends'.

Negativity bias is quite normal and from an evolutionary standpoint its been a critical survival skill. That said, I suspect that your newsfeed is made up of mostly immigrants - Middle Easterners at that. For that bunch, their relationship with US foreign policy towards the region can be summed up with this status update.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
How about this for your status quo: being commodified in a society of spectacles?
Capitalist mode of production is immensely more complex, contradictory and competitive ('creative destruction' dynamics,..) than a mere 'Mafia model.'
Of course there have been many oppositional movements against the above mentioned processes, projecting themselves as alternatives to this process of commodification, Occupy Wall St. is a good example, BLM and DAP communities are also great examples of communities in struggle and in a sense the continuity of the Occupy movement.
But first a few words about this MOFO "Society of Spectacles" as elucidated by Monsieur Guy Debord (1967).



Adbuster
Journal of the mental environment
www.adbusters.org/
Adbusters is a not-for-profit magazine fighting back against the hostile takeover of our psychological, physical and cultural environments by commercial forces.
It was also the unofficial Official journal of the "Occupy Wall St." movement.

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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
Interesting analogies and to some extent not too far from the reality
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jahangir jahangir (@jahangir) on Pinned comment
I agree...
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
A Techno-Feudalism Rising seems more and more to be the likely global scenario.
Even if all world global environmental issues are resolved this rise of a Techno-Feudalistic future has some unstoppable, large-scale, long-term dynamics behind it, which make it practically unstoppable; such dynamics could be reduced to two word: Capital Accumulation.
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Dakho Dakho (@Dakho) on Pinned comment
Parsa jan your contemplative reflections on issues of sorrow and self reminded me of two great poems which convey the same theme.

John Donne's "No Man is an Island" from 17th century is very similar in calling attention to human beings interconnectedness.

'No Man is an Island'

No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man's death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

John Donne


Closer to home our very own great poet Mehdi Akhavan Saalees, in his last published poem "We, I, We" writes about how "sorrow also just like joy has its own god, its own world."
غم نیز چون شادی برای خود خدایی ، عالمی دارد
Unfortunately I haven't found an English translation of this poem yet (hopefully one day I'll translate it) but for now here the poem in Persian.
And thanx for all your contributions.

ما ، من ، ما

هیچیم
هیچیم و چیزی کم
ما نیستیم از اهل این عالم که می بینید
وز اهل عالم های دیگرهم
یعنی چه پس اهل کجا هستیم ؟
از عالم هیچیم و چیزی کم ، گفتم .

غم نیز چون شادی برای خود خدایی ، عالمی دارد
نور سیاه و مبهمی دارد
پس زنده باشد مثل ِ شادی ، غم
ما دوستدار سایه های تیره هم هستیم
و مثل عاشق ، مثل پروانه
اهل نماز ِ شعله و شبنم
اما
هیچیم و چیزی کم .

رفتم فراز بام خانه ، سخت لازم بود
شب بود و مظلم بود و ظالم بود
آنجا چراغ افروختم ، اطراف روشن شد
و پشه ها و سوسک ها بسیار
دیدم که اینک روشنایم خورده خواهد شد
کِشتم اسیر بی مروت زرده خواهد شد
باغ شبم افسرده خون مرده خواهد شد
خاموش کردم روشنایم را
و پشه ها و سوسک ها رفتند
غم رفت ، شادی رفت
و هول و حسرت ترکِ من گفتند
و اختران خفتند

آنگاه دیدم آن طرف از سکنج ِ بام
سک دختر زیباتر از رویای شبنم ها
تنها
انگار روح آبی و آب است
انگار هم بیدار و هم خواب است
انگار غم در کسوت شادی است
انگار تصویر خدا در بهترین قالب است
انگارها بگذار
بیمار !
او آن « نمی دانی و می دانی » است
او لحظه ی فرار جائویی
او جاودانه جاودانتاب است
محض خلوص و مطلق ناب است

از بام پایین آمدیم ، آرام
همراه با مشتی غم و شادی
و با گروهی زخمها و عده ای مرهم
گفتیم بنشینم
نزدیک سالی مهلتش یک دم
مثل ظهور اولین پرتو
مثل غروب آخرین عیسای ِ بن مریم
مثل نگاه غمگنانه ی ما
مثل بچه ی آدم
آنگه نشستیم و به خوبی خوب فهمیدیم
دیدیم باز آن چراغ روز و شب خامش تر از تاریک
باز ما
هیچیم و چیزی کم .



تهران فروردین ۶۹
مهدی اخوان ثالث

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said Saïd Amin (@said) on Pinned comment
Thank you Arash-jaan and Merry Christmas to you and all other Topers!! Life is good! (especially when you start your day with this delicious treat :)
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) on Pinned comment
Meshes of the Afternoon
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ashianeh ashianeh (@ashianeh) on Pinned comment
It is outrageous and terrifying. This country will never be the same, or at least in a near future. The dormant racism has come out of its shell.
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ChamoshChamoshvnd ChamoshChamoshvnd (@ChamoshChamoshvnd) replied to MichaelMars (@MichaelMars) on Pinned comment
No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!





No Donald Trump! No KKK! No Fascist USA! Black Lives Matter!





USA: 'No Trump, no KKK, no fascist' - protesters take to streets of DC






BBC News - Thousands Protest Against Donald Trump Election Victory





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MichaelMars MichaelMars (@MichaelMars) on Pinned comment
Don't worry about a thing, we'll be sure to build that wall. It's not inconceivable that some stretches of the border will be a fence but that's ok with me.
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