Mark Fisher, “Exiting the Vampire Castle”
The ruling class is degenerate.
This level of dramatic irony would be too heavy-handed in a play.
The HR-ification of BLM entails saying the right things while giving very little concrete, material support to the people who need it. Imagine if the focus was less on “Hire more Black admin” and more on “Abolish tuition. In fact pay students to attend school.” How many Black lives would be transformed by this kind of program?
One way consent (hegemony) is manufactured and maintained is through particular uses of language. Here’s an example from the New York Times:
Note the use of passive verb construction when the police originate violence and the use of active verb construction when ordinary people do.
photo by Julio Cortez
objects don’t feel pain. they can’t die.
“What went wrong? Why now this regression? Why do the most atavistic forms of consciousness flourish in the midst of modernity? Why does reason appear powerless in the face of unreason? What should we have done differently? What is to be done now?”