“Finally, I’m trying to do something good with my life, something good for my community. And that’s when I really get in trouble?” Chloé Cooper Jones tells the story of Ramsey Orta, who in 2014 filmed the killing of Eric Garner at the hands of a police officer. Orta attempted to get justice for his dead friend by releasing video of the incident.
“…they are lucky that what black people are looking for is equality, and not revenge.” After 450 rounds of playing, Kimberly Jones finds the game of monopoly rigged and any contracts broken.
John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight from June 7th, 2020. And he is not even trying to be funny.
“The modern world’s cherished ideas of liberty, equality and prosperity are more popular than ever before. The problem is that it is difficult for the vast majority of the human population to realise them.” Pankaj Mishra appearing on yesterday’s Newsnight programme.
“Ziehe eine Status-Karte und schlage Deinen Lebensweg ein!”
“But the gap where the economic rationale for privatising council houses should be becomes a window through which it becomes possible to see beyond the individual privatisations to the meta-privatisation, and its one indisputable success: that it put more money into the hands of a small number of the very wealthiest people, at the expense of the elderly, the sick, the jobless and the working poor.” In an article that should be regarded as compulsory reading for citizens everywhere, James Meek looks back at 35 years of privatising UK industries.
“The rich are not merely different: they’ve become a cult which drafts us as members. We are invited to deceive ourselves into believing we are playing for the same stakes while worshipping the same ideals, a process labelled ‘aspiration’.” Priyamvada Gopal does not regard vast economic inequalities as either natural or just.
“When you say ‘I think he’s a racist’, that’s not a bad move because you might be wrong. That’s a bad move because you might be right.”