Competing Oppression: A Diversion for Divisions

According to social justice activist and political-philosopher Iris Marion Young, there are five faces of oppression that an oppressed social group can experience: exploitation, marginalization, powerlessness, violence, and cultural imperialism. Exploitation looks at how wealth is unequally distributed and is persistent in institutional structures; Marginalization is the exclusion of people or social groups from economic … Continue reading Competing Oppression: A Diversion for Divisions

The colonisation of Indigenous women in the US

Note: I am not Native nor can I speak of the first-hand experiences of Native Americans. The information I am sharing mainly comes from my education through a Native American Studies course and Native-authored sources. The colonization of Indigenous women has persisted even in the ‘post-colonial’ era. Specifically, colonialism promoted a shift from an egalitarian … Continue reading The colonisation of Indigenous women in the US

Until We All Can’t Breathe

Submissive shadows Stand at the door, Watching with judgment: Is freedom worth war? Screams were once whispers, Knees fixed to the floor, Breathless conversations, Cotton business so it goes. Weep for the wounded From the white of your bed. Only pray for disruption While the sidewalks turn red. Defenses from Defenseless, Dreams still denied. Swing … Continue reading Until We All Can’t Breathe

The Growth Imperative Part III: Solutions

The imperative for tomorrow’s economy to be more prosperous than today’s puts capitalism in a bind that necessitates resource extraction and pollution while also reducing costs or labor, which furthers wealth inequality and the polarization of humanity into producing and consuming classes (See Parts I and II). There are two general solutions to prevent the … Continue reading The Growth Imperative Part III: Solutions

The Growth Imperative Part II: Social Problems

Capitalism necessitates that tomorrow’s economy is better than today's; however, the viability of the continued economic expansion is threatened by both environmental and societal degradation. Previously, I discussed how the growth imperative promotes overconsumption that results in unsustainable resource extraction and cumulatively disastrous wastes (See Part I here). The other front that increasingly threatens tomorrow’s … Continue reading The Growth Imperative Part II: Social Problems