There are many ideas regarding the purpose of government. As we’re all stuck on this planet together, I try to view the state as an opportunity for help. The many helping the individual: putting out fires, assisting in accidents, assuring that basic needs—food, shelter, water—are fulfilled.

This is why I’m so torn regarding LeBron James’ foray into education. He has done, with individual resources accumulated in a relatively short time-span, what entire political districts could not in creating this public school of opportunity. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a wonderful school by all accounts; I just believe the action itself is reminiscent of a benevolent King.

In this day and age, if our government cannot provide water—if our celebrity basketball players are funding education—we are ruined. And yes, certainly in certain arenas where the system of capital is spinning the fastest, social resources exist. Yet not outside of them. From Forbes:

Like most of my neighbors I have a good job in the private sector. Ask my neighbors about the cost of the welfare programs they enjoy and you will be greeted by baffled stares. All that we have is “earned” and we perceive no need for government support. Nevertheless, taxpayers fund our retirement saving, health insurance, primary, secondary, and advanced education, daycare, commuter costs, and even our mortgages at a staggering public cost. Socialism for white people is all-enveloping, benevolent, invisible, and insulated by the nasty, deceptive notion that we have earned our benefits by our own hand.

It should not fall to men like James to build schools. LeBron did everything right: it’s a public school, it has ample resources that kids and teachers actually need, and it’s in an area that needs just that. Yet the fact our government—the one that affords him such luxury for playing a game—sees teachers nationwide striking in the streets and the people seem OK with that … there are no words for this sort of grotesque selfishness.

There’s a Jay-Z lyric that goes, “And I can’t help the poor if I’m one of them / so I got rich and gave back / to me that’s the win-win.” This is such a depressing concept because the idea of helping the poor is exactly what a massive, rich state would be perfect for. Yet the predominantly white middle class believes what little they have is truly earned, and that the American government is better off intact as is than potentially something radical and new.

We know who the cowards are, here.

Endgame

09:30 / 31 August 2018
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An open field outside Seattle

While I’m not sure of how blockchain will assist in abolishing private property, this sentiment sure has me worried:

Weyl maintains that the “one person, one vote” setup results in a tyranny of the majority; instead, he envisions an electoral system where each voter is allotted a certain number of “voting credits” they can dispose of however they like.

The shortcomings of capitalism are so apparent even science is saying this shit is over. Yet to believe that technology holds the key to society is shortsighted.1

I also wonder if the ‘socialism’ that is Sanders-inspired will honestly translate to any attempt to remove the cancerous notions of capital from our sociopolitical operations, or if it will be an ugly re-imagining of the potential for state power.

  • At some point it will be up to humankind to balance itself out, to allow for the potential of but equally punish evil without bias. Power will have to be decentralized and communication utilized as a structural tool at all levels of organization. Yet our current top-down methods of giving a shit will not go quietly in to the dark.

Impending Doom

09:00 / 30 August 2018
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Sitting across from Drew, who has recently moved into an apartment down the street, talking about what it was like to see America from the outside in, I recounted a conversation I’d had from earlier in the day; “We’re at a point in time where our society is having actual conversations regarding the ethics of putting three-year olds in dog cages.”

Everything feels like a public relations campaign, like the mass hysteria we’re experiencing in the States is related to the impossibility of escaping one falsehood or another. Blatant, polished lies we just accept because that is what living in a consumer society means—a national language known as Advertising. From national holidays to national office, the fraudulence behind American institutions is glaring in the glow of the internet, but it feels like things still aren’t nearly as bad as they could be.1

It isn’t as easy to see from inside the bubble, though. Within the borders. Drew chimes in. “It’s mass apathy and the atrophy that comes with it.” I picture a dead leg decaying in the dirt of a forest—probably something I saw in a movie once—and nod.

  • I wonder if more people get emotionally devastated by an episode of The Handmaid’s Tale than they do about news regarding terror attacks in foreign countries.

Where To Even Begin

00:15 / 6 August 2018
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