- January 28th, 2016
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I’ve done an immobilizer rubbing of an excerpt
from “An Untroublesome Defencelessness” by
Merzbow, Keiji Haino, & Bálazs Pándi.
At its core, Socialism calls for social ownership and control of the economy. That means that either the State or the workers or in some instances, both, own major sectors of the economy. Socialists believe that this model allows for basic services to be provided more cheaply and fairly. It is NOT to be confused with communism – a political ideology where there is a total absence of government which, ironically, many of the detractors on the political right seem to favor.
Democratic Socialism is the combination of a political democracy and a socialist or mixed economy. Although Bernie Sanders is advocating for economic reform, he doesn’t want to do away with Capitalism entirely. He believes that the government should pay for health care and higher education, but those services should be provided by a combination of the public and private sector.
Historically, Socialism has been a polarizing term in American politics, but as more people are turning a deaf ear to all of the fear mongering coming from the corporate media, they are also becoming more educated on the facts – especially the reality that we already have wonderful, rather quotidian, socialist aspects to our American way of life: our highway system, public libraries, police and fire departments, the postal service, garbage collection, and dozens of more positive ways that our lives are impacted by a functional Socialism – ways that we take for granted each and every day.
According to recent Gallup survey, 47% of Americans would consider voting for a Socialist as President and according to the PEW Research Center, younger people are also more likely to favor Socialism with nearly half of Americans, 29 years old and younger, having a positive view of Socialism.
Work using field recordings and electromagnetic field generated sounds
recorded in Linz, Austria this year. Created for the Presque Rien Prize 2015.
A short excerpt from a recording I made of a long train ride –
a train almost entirely filled with Syrian refugees – into München.
Hours later, we were greeted by a large number of security personnel and media.
BEIJING — The Chinese police forcibly seized the ashes of a prominent Tibetan monk whose death in prison this month set off public demonstrations and raised suspicions about his treatment while incarcerated, supporters of the monk said on Tuesday.
Geshe Nyima, a cousin of the revered religious figure and community leader, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, 65, said that four Tibetans transporting his cremated remains to his hometown, in the southwestern province of Sichuan, for Buddhist funeral rites were held at gunpoint by Chinese police officers last Thursday night in the town of Luding and forced to hand them over.
“The ashes were taken back and not given to the family,” said Geshe Nyima, speaking in a conference call from Dharamsala, India, where he lives in exile.
“Police said that they would throw the ashes into the nearby river. The four people don’t know what happened to the ashes.”