Tag: othering

let love rule

there’s a psychology of being marginalized. if you’ve felt it, you know its flavors of anguish — played out over many years. hopefully years of healing, but sometimes — unfortunately — of decline. i’ve seen it in too many friends, and too many communities. today we [take one more step forward]( http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/06/26/supreme_court_legalizes_gay_marriage_here_is_the_beautiful_last_paragraph.html ) into a world where no one is shunted needlessly into an “other" box, and we can recognize love for what it is, and not just by the labels we drape it with. lest we forget in our humanness that the institutions we create are creations, let marriage equality remind us of the common goal we all share: to increase love in...

police brutality

Why do we still feign shock at police brutality and abuse of power? Because we hope that ingratiating ourselves to power will reward us, and fear that exposing its moral bankruptcy may harm us. ### See also: * Rodney King * Michael Brown * loose cigarette seller Eric Garner * 14-yo killed in NY * every peaceful protest ever * Nixon * subprime mortgage crisis * Savings and Loan crisis * bank bailouts in array[list years] * inflation * financial advisor scams * Bernie Madoff * Uber #powerbehavingbadly

Social safety net & why we need it

Or: Tightwad capitalism and its stranglehold on both social and economic progress Not everyone is destined to be an alpha overachiever. Even if they aspire to it, not everyone can be a CEO, or successful entrepreneur, doctor, lawyer, coding genius, etc. etc. So, what do "the rest of us" deserve?? How should resources be distributed? Do we all share a responsibility to give back in proportion to the benefits we’ve accrued from a robust public sector? Or is wealth on an endless snowball upwards towards less recently laboring capital and an endless downward spiral further into poverty on the other end of the continuum as the boot that expects you to be grateful digs its heels in sharper? And then the very real and troubling (and often igno...