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Link: “Who Actually Gets to Create Black Pop Culture?”

Original post found at: https://www.currentaffairs.org/2021/07/who-actually-gets-to-create-black-pop-culture

Ignoring class divisions in Black America over the last 40 years has allowed the benefits of racial progress to be concentrated upon the Black middle- and upper- classes while the Black poor have largely been excluded. Popular culture embodies the problem in the same way higher education does, which is a problem because inequity is always a problem. However, the centrality of popular culture to America’s understanding of Black people, and the fact that popular culture contains within itself all the best platforms for sharing stories about ourselves, imbues the situation with a particularly bleak and sinister air.

Link: “Six Months After the Capitol Riots, We Still Won’t Admit Why So Many People Believe the Big Lie”

Original post found at: https://www.thedailybeast.com/six-months-after-the-capitol-riots-we-still-wont-admit-why-so-many-people-believe-the-big-lie

About how authority figures under capitalism (even though it doesn’t specifically call out capitalism) lie to us all the time, and when you are raised immersed in lies you tend to believe further lies that accord with the lies you were raised with. Enjoyed this article.

Link: “Nobody Wants to Be a Serf Anymore”

Original post found at: https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/nobody-wants-to-be-a-serf-anymore

My good lords, I must bring to your attention a grave issue that requires our utmost concern. You see, my fellow land-owning gentry, it seems that the invention of mechanized industry, the rise of “capitalism,” and the impact of the recent plague have brought upon us a wave of moral degradation and irredeemable sloth — specifically, nobody wants to be a serf anymore.

Link: “Self-publishing” by Cory Doctorow

Original post found at: https://doctorow.medium.com/self-publishing-41800468bcfe

Publishing is doing great. Despite panic at the start of the lockdown, book sales were actually up during lockdown, as people turned to books to pass the time, joining online bookclubs and finding ways to support their local indie booksellers. But authorship? Not so great.

Every part of the publishing supply chain has undergone radical concentration over the past 40 years, starting with consolidation of mass-market distribution in the 1980s.

Despite the title, the majority of this article is about how traditional publishing has changed – become dominated by a few key players with the power to crush workers and authors because it’s not like they have anywhere else to go. Highlights that the problem with self-publishing is marketing (reaching readers), but the impression this article leaves me with is that it’s still, overall, the best choice.

Link: “If Australia was more democratic, would its economic policies be better?”

Original post found at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-11/if-australia-was-more-democratic-would-its-economic-policies-imp/100060786

Was a bit nonplussed about the beginning of this article which holds up Ancient Athens as a model of democracy (it’s not like women or the large slave population got to participate in that, after all) but after that it gets better. It makes the point that:

Australia’s economic policy settings are controlled by a small group of elites drawn from politics and the bureaucracy and ‘independent’ bodies such as the Reserve Bank.

The priorities of this elite are completely out of step with the interests of the majority; as the article points out, they have presided quite deliberately over a steep rise in wealth inequality and feel no shame about the existence of poverty, which they could eliminate overnight if they wanted to.

It goes on to ask, But what if Australians had the opportunity to vote on individual policies, like the Athenians? How would we, the majority, structure our economy? I mean, this is the power that real socialism aims to put in our hands. But even without acknowledging that, I feel like this article does a good job pointing out that if power was actually in the hands of the masses, we could make our lives so much better. And the fact that they’re not demonstrates, as this article does acknowledge, that Australia is not very democratic after all. Which is a rare thing to see admitted in a mainstream outlet like the ABC!

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