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Atheism’s Class Problem

November 16th, 2012 by

Beyond godlessness, the fight for social justice

The religious reflex of the real world can, in any case, only then finally vanish, when the practical relations of every-day life offer to man none but perfectly  intelligible and reasonable relations with regard to his fellowmen and to Nature. 
~ Karl Marx, Capital, Volume I

In early October, I received an email from author Richard Carrier. He heard that I was writing an article—this one, as it turns out—lamenting the general neglect of class issues among atheist writers. Among other things, Carrier wanted me to know about the new movement—which, actually, I had been watching since its inception—called “Atheism Plus” (a.k.a. “Atheism +” or “A+”). It is, he wrote, an entire movement “dedicated to including … problems of poverty, income inequality … and other issues of social justice.” (Note: there is no breach of confidence here—on his blog Carrier has promoted A+ and elaborated at considerable length on what he takes to be the core concerns of the movement.) At about the same time, Adam Lee, writing in Salon on 06 October, averred that one of the aims of A+ is to “call for equality of opportunity and economic fairness.”

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Bring me the head of Ryan LeVin, please.

June 8th, 2011 by

Meet Ryan LeVin:

LeVin is the 36 year old millionaire jewelry heir who this past weekend got away with murder.

That’s not to say that he was found not guilty in court. He was found guilty of killing two people (they were British businessmen, but let’s not split hairs) and was sentenced to two years of unmonitored house arrest at his parents’ oceanside condo and ten years probation.

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BEASTcast 3: Eartha Melzer

March 14th, 2011 by

BEASTcast espisode 4 (mp3)

Here is an interview with Eartha Melzer. She is a reporter for the Michigan Messenger and has been covering recent “budget repair” legislation in Michigan which almost makes Scott Walker look sane by comparison.

You can subscribe to the BEASTcast by using this link in iTunes or any other podcast subscription software.

Our new theme song is by Pigface and is used with permission.

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Madtown @ Nite

March 10th, 2011 by

Live from inside the Capitol in Madison, WI

Madtown @ night 002

MARCH 10, 2011 (2:55 am CST)–So I couldn’t sleep. I went back to the hippie crash pad, had some “medicine,” and now I’m back inside. There are no police posted at the doors. A few hundred people come and go as they please. Many now are dozing off on the floor or chatting quietly. The drumming has ceased, for the night. I hope.

The shame from last evening is still echoing through the halls. My fucking foot is asleep. Pins and needles. I’m splayed out on the marble. I think Trotsky’s starting a sexual revolution somewhere.

It’s weird being in here at night. It’s a beautiful pigsty, indeed, and witnessing the peaceful occupation is like a bizarre piece of performance art. It’s a sleepover. I had free pizza. Mother Democracy’s letting us stay up late and play. We’re going to feel like shit tomorrow.

What happened earlier is disgusting. If you’re not up on the deal: The pig-fucking Senate Republicans pig-fucked Wisconsin. They stripped the anti-collective bargaining bit from Walker’s budget “repair” bill and voted on that issue alone. They did this because budgetary legislation needs a special quorum–they need 20 Senators, which is why the 19 Republicans have thus far been stymied by the 14 Senate Dems in exile. Non-budgetary matters only need 14 to achieve a quorum, so they pig-fucked it through. It’s illegal, strong-arm, third world bullshit. And that’s where we stand.

All the cries of “Shame!” in the world won’t stop the assembly from throttling through this pig-fucking mess. It’s nearly certain that the nation will wake up, go to work, and hear the news that collective bargaining is dead in Wisconsin. And if you believe one pig-fucking word out of Scott Walker’s putrescent maw, you know he thinks of himself as the first domino in a line that will mark the end of workers’ rights in America.

But the fight is not over. Sleeping out here tonight is an experience, but the only recourse left for the people of Wisconsin is a recall of Governor Walker and his Republican colleagues in the Senate. The Gov recall requires that he be in office for a year first, so this may call for more immediate and direct action. “General strike!” people chanted outside last night. That may be exactly the ticket.

I’m too wired to sleep. But I have to go walk around.

UPDATE (3:17 am CST):

Most have cleared out of the building. Fewer than 100 remain. I found an electrical outlet, so I’m going to take a nap, and recharge.

UPDATE (4:35 am CST):

There are very few people left. Some are snoring. The bathrooms are open. We’ve not been asked to leave, but if you do, you can’t get back in until 8 am. I’m dying for a smoke. Sleep instead.

UPDATE (6:45 am CST):

I never did sleep. I left the Capitol and now I’m just wandering. Ain’t we all.

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CLARIFICATION: The phrase “pig-fucked it through” was meant to describe how the Republicans violated the Open Meetings Law. That was the illegal act mentioned above, not that the collective bargaining bit was removed from the budget and voted on separately.

And “Paul from England”: EAT MY FUCKING SHIT. I’m tired of you faux-sensitive assholes being more offended by words, which are completely arbitrary, than you are by billionaires and their government cronies putting profit before people at every turn. You, sir, are an asshole.

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