Miss Ruth Conniff, The Prog’s new editor, introduces a special issue of the magazine featuring the work of obvious homicidal maniacs:
In this special issue of the magazine, we bring you a treasury of essays by writers, activists, and citizens who are doing their level best to make the world a better place.
(December 2013-January 2014)
Miss Vered Benhorin [sic] laments how her precious five-year-old son overcame her epicene efforts at parenting to become a modern-day Tea Partier and, who knows, a possible president of these United States:
I woke up this morning to my nearly 5-year-old son, his big blue eyes close to mine, saying “Mama! Let’s play!” Somehow, I dragged myself to the living room where he had set up dinosaurs. He told me the rules: “My dinosaurs have superpowers and yours don’t. Mine find yours and then kill them with their power!” That woke me up.
I wondered if I should say something to him about killing — again. I tried to redirect the violence in the play by having my dinosaurs offer friendship and joint living in a cave. He didn’t bite. “No! they are not friends! OK mama? OK?” “OK,” I said, in resignation. Because at that moment, it felt like I had lost that battle.
What happened to my gentle little boy who would cradle his dolls if they happened to fall on the ground? Where is the boy who would never consider the possibility of intentionally hurting another? And where did this one, who pretends to shoot others, come from? “My son will never do that,” I used to say.
(January 13, 2014)
Infantile pronunciamentos from the hygienic sex nuts at Planned Parenthood, most of whom wear cotton underwear:
Valentine’s Day marks the beginning of Planned Parenthood’s annual “National Condom Week,” an advocacy effort to promote healthy sexual habits. Planned Parenthood health centers across the country are giving away free condoms, and spreading resources about everything from initiating conversations about condoms to maintaining a healthy body image.
“The truth is that condoms can actually make sex more fun and relaxed because you don’t have to worry about STIs or unintended pregnancy. Consistent condom use helps protect your health and well-being,” Leslie Kantor, Planned Parenthood’s vice president of education, said in a statement. “This Valentine’s Day, let your partner know that you want to use condoms every time you have sex — so you can both stay healthy.”
(February 14, 2014)
University of California Humanities Research Institute
An urgent call to action issued from U Cal’s Maoist cadres, and as yet to be translated into English:
Imperial Legacies, Postsocialist Contexts addresses the theoretical, temporal, and spatial intersections of postcoloniality and postsocialism with the goal of arriving at a novel approach to race, gender, and sexuality in present-day geopolitics. As a signifier of economic and social transformation and transition, the “post” of postcolonialism and postsocialism has signaled the global reordering of governmental infrastructures and life-worlds. Theorizations of postcoloniality and postsocialism have thus sought to grapple not just with the decline of existing power relations, but with the emergence of new political and cultural formations and circuits of bodies and capital. Through our focus on multiple, contradictory, and layered historical memories and unforeseen correspondences encompassed by the theoretical intersections of postcolonialism and postsocialism, this group will build upon and move beyond the theoretical languages offered by critics of neoliberalism as the umbrella term to describe the contemporary moment.
Admissions of moral depravity in a socialist home are deposited on the gothic pages of Harper’s magazine by Mr. Norman Rush who is a creative writer and retired bird watcher:
From an early age, I was very interested in nudity. My father was a nudist manqué. He made many attempts, to which I was witness, to cajole my mother into going with him to a genuine nudist colony in Mendocino County. There was considerable casual nudity exhibited by both my parents in the normal process of dressing and bathing and sunbathing au naturel on the veranda of our summer place near Monte Rio, where there was sufficient privacy, in their opinion. Whether my younger brother and I were to be included in the proposed nudist-colony expeditions was never made clear. My mother didn’t go for it and, I suspect, didn’t discuss Dad’s importunings with anyone, even her sisters. My father subscribed to Sunshine and Health, the premier nudist magazine, which my brother and I also read faithfully…. My mother was three months pregnant (with me), and my father, believing he’d had a mere interlude, had relocated to Los Angeles from San Francisco on urgent business for the Socialist Party. He was brought home I chains….”
Comrade Jesse Myerson elucidates the fallacies beheld by the average Americano to the agog readers of Salon just before he is taken away by the FBI:
As the commentary around the recent deaths of Nelson Mandela, Amiri Baraka and Pete Seeger made abundantly clear, most of what Americans think they know about capitalism and communism is arrant nonsense. This is not surprising, given our country’s history of Red Scares designed to impress that anti-capitalism is tantamount to treason. In 2014, though, we are too far removed from the Cold War-era threat of thermonuclear annihilation to continue without taking stock of the hype we’ve been made, despite Harry Allen’s famous injunction, to believe. So, here are seven bogus claims people make about communism and capitalism.
1. Only communist economies rely on state violence.
Obviously, no private equity baron worth his weight in leveraged buyouts will ever part willingly with his fortune, and any attempt to achieve economic justice (like taxation) will encounter stiff opposition from the ownership class. But state violence (like taxation) is inherent in every set of property rights a government can conceivably adopt — including those that allowed the aforementioned hypothetical baron to amass said fortune.
In capitalism, competing ownership claims are settled by the state’s willingness to use violence to exclude all but one claimant. If I lay claim to one of David Koch’s mansions, libertarian that he is, he’s going to rely on big government and its guns to set me right. He owns that mansion because the state says he does and threatens to imprison anyone who disagrees. Where there isn’t a state, whoever has the most violent power determines who gets the stuff, be that a warlord, a knight, the mafia or a gang of cowboys in the Wild West. Either by vigilantes or the state, property rights rely on violence.”
(February 2, 2014)