We should have a choice in where our money goes. Period.
Obviously in the world we don’t have a choice most times, because the government either takes your money without asking through taxation (which is theft, by the way), or throws you in jail for not involuntarily being opted in.
The same goes for health care. I should choose where my money goes. That can be handled by what employer I work for, or what insurance company I patronize. I might agree, or not agree, with certain aspects of health care, and some parts I might never utilize as a man, or as just who I am. Should I have to pay for those, involuntarily?
Obamacare, which is my main sticking point, takes away your choices, should you choose to opt-in. The other options? Get your own insurance, which is unreasonable for someone with a lower income because it’s so insanely high, or not get insurance at all, then by fined by Obamacare for not having insurance.
Is that freedom, for anyone? “You will have health care, or else we’ll take away parts of your income which goes toward you taking care of yourself on a daily basis.” The best way to be pro-choice AND pro-life is to let people decide exactly what they want to be part of, and not to penalize them if they don’t do something you agree with. I know that’s a fucking stretch in today’s world, but it’s a real goal, across the board.
The beauty of a fully voluntary society is that you simply have choices in what you do and where you put your energy, time, money, and self. Today, you don’t always have that choice. That bothers me. There’s no real healthy (!) competition in the health care and insurance industry. The differences in premiums, most times, are little to none. There’s no free market, and ease of choice right now. That bothers me. There’s nothing voluntary about it, unless you simply choose to not participate in getting insurance.
But we see where that gets ya.
This is what a lot of us anarchists should do. Buy land, and build tiny homes, grow our own food, use solar power, etc etc.
Isabel Mesa Delgado, Spanish anarchist (via thesubversivesound)
This really is exactly how I felt when I embraced Anarchism 3 years ago. It’s changed my life, made me look at people very, very different (even those who aren’t in my life anymore), and taught me so much. I still feel this way 3 years later, and counting…
Delgado’s use of “love, freedom, equality, humanity” reminds of the motto in Moulin Rouge!, “Truth, beauty, freedom, love”.
I’ll learn from Anarchism until the day I die.
Appearing on the latest episode of Yahoo News’ Katie Couric World 3.0, rapperLupe Fiascospoke out about the fallout from his controversial 2011 comments calling PresidentBarack Obamaa “terrorist.”
“I was immediately blackballed,” Fiasco told Couric. “I lost a lot of friends… Board members of my foundation [Lupe Fiasco Foundation] stepped down. I lost a lot of sponsorships. I had people threaten me.”
He still maintains his criticism of Obama, telling Couric: “My black president is Nelson Mandela. Africa has always had black presidents so, my scale, being a black president isn’t anything new. It’s new to America, yes, but I’m a global citizen, I look around the world. So my bar is someone who really fought for peace. Not someone who’s continuing wars around the world.”
Asked whether he regrets the comments, Fiasco flatly said: “No.”
Fiasco, bornWasalu Muhammad Jaco, is perhaps best known for his debut albumLupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquorwhich solidified his reputation for mixing accessible hip-hop production with provocative lyrics about Islam, terrorism, racism, and poverty. His outspoken nature led to controversy when he told CBS that Obama is the “biggest terrorist” for perpetuating U.S. foreign policies that radicalize and create more terrorists abroad.
While he has been a vocal critic of the current president, Fiasco told Couric he also points the finger at Obama’s predecessor: “We don’t mind pointing a finger at [George W. Bush],” he said, “but when we get [Obama] who, unfortunately, has to carry on some of those same policies, but he’s a great guy, it becomes a weird place for people to kind of critique.”
I’ve had people defriend me on Tumblr, Facebook, and in real life because of saying something against the president, and “not at least respecting the office”. Bitch, what?! Bush and Obama are exactly the same, and if anything Obama’s even worse. Now I know black folks are gonna hate me for it, call me racist, try to throw Bush up in my face (as if it’s a contest or something), or dismiss me, but if they’re blinded by the black, then they have their reward. That goes for anyone blindly following potus just because he’s potus. In a few years, we’ll all be called chauvinists or misogynistic because we bash on Hillary, if she’s put in power.
Why people are more faithful to some government who doesn’t give a shit aobut them, than their own friends and family who do is not only very telling, but very, very sad.
The plus is that the friends I’ve made because of being an anarchist more than make up for the sheep that are still in the herd. I’ve long supported Lupe Fiasco’s truth telling. Others have not.
Fuck Barack Obama. Fuck George Bush. Fuck whatever other slag they put in there. And fuck you for supporting them.