A seldom considered connection is the one between genocidal imperialism and body image. But as we sift through history and into the shallow dumbshittery of eugenics, we find not only the drive to mass murder "inferior races," but to define beauty along those very same genocidal lines.
Pulling from Sven Lindqvist's work, "Exterminate All the Brutes," this foray into the nerdery follows nefarious threads to the roots of self hatred based on the creation of "inferior races."
Multiple things can be true at the same time. Our very existence proves that. We exist as multitudes, holding multiple truths not only about ourselves but about the world around us. For instance, the rise in anti-Jewish violence must be condemned AND we must continue to demand an end to the oppression of Palestinians.
By embracing these multiple truths, these manifold selves, we resist the rigid monoculture paradigm of a system that demands one way of doing things, one truth, one allegiance, one mind.
If you're like me - a white person with a background that criss-crosses borders from Europe to the Middle East, you may struggle with the word "home." It might feel hopeless digging into a deep past, before colonialism, to find when our people lived with the land, not just off it.
Pulling from Braiding Sweetgrass, I dig in - literally and figuratively - to the earth beneath us, far from "home," and how we can be good neighbors and family members regardless of where on earth we land.
Shit happens - especially when you're trying to topple the largest empire the world has ever seen.
Preparation is therefore key. Preparation that reminds us of our goals and centers those most targeted by the state is vital, so that we avoid white saviourism, replicating harm and derailing our work.
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Are you square pegging it just like me - rounding your edges to appease?
A musing on not fitting in, on latching on to boulders sinking with the weight of a cowardly resolve - and on courage, the radical world-building kind.
Coming off a particularly vicious bout of food poisoning, I thank you all for the inspiration that brewed up a new spoken word piece for this episode!
Meanwhile, let's talk about who profits from our programmed feelings of self-worthlessness, and the insidious nature of this programming.
Plus a look at the harshly cut borders between science and magic - may they be blasted through with finely tuned lasers wielded by unicorns ;)
Cue the "this is so un-American" speeches. Anytime something horrible happens, it's immediately lambasted as being un-American when in reality, it's actually very VERY American.
Eleanor dives into the arbitrary dividing lines of borders and nations, the struggle for the state(lessness) of your mind and taking pride in your culture - not your country.
How do artists and creatives think of their work in terms of dollars and cents? It feels wrong - because it inherently is. Art and creativity, the labor of creation - is the antithesis to a system based on destruction, on profit and quantifiable work over connections that can never be commodified.
This week, we step into the multilayered nerdery of art and capitalism, with some help from dead French philosophers, vinyls, Robinson Crusoe and mixed metaphors.
Huey P. Newton wrote that "we all belong to one society yet live in different worlds."
The layers of self in these worlds, the infinite intersections, the myriad truths are all sources of power - when combined. When kept in sharp and separate boxes, our connections to each other and to our selves are amputated.
In order to build, we must color outside the lines - into each other's existence.
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An anti-capitalist nerderific look at failure, focus and boundaries:
Why do we have such a troubled relationship with failure? Why can't we feel the life in the ruins?
Oh woe when we take our daily distracted energy into our movements spaces...what kind of worlds could we possibly hope to build?
Finally, setting boundaries is anti-capitalist. And it's the only way to show up with fairness and care for yourself and your community.
Come into the nerdery and help me chew over some of the ideas from Douglas Rushkoff's book Team Human.
How do linear belief systems fuck over the planet and ultimately of course, humans too? How can a cyclical perspective change the way we are in relationship with ourselves, each other and the planet? And can we let go of the need to 'own' ideas in favor of embracing ideas buried, silenced or ignored?
The institutionalization of activism - much like charity - depends on preserving the current capitalist system. So, it feels like an apt and vital time - for a radical change.
At the same time, whatever you call it, if "it" means building for justice, grassroots autonomous power, we're on the same side - and we don't have time to burn bridges.
Meanwhile, less than a week into 2021 and we've already got men dressed up as goats taking over the Capitol building...what a time to be alive!