#sharedmisery

Sydney Socialism Conference

Sydney is hosting its biggest anti-capitalist conference in August. Elitist wage earners pay $80 for the weekend. Concession or unemployed pay $45. High school students pay $20 or they can bundle the ticket and a copy of the “Introducing Marxism” book for $60! Or one can sign up for the $85 2-yr four issue Marxist Left Review theoretical journal. How lazy to only have a 1/2 yearly review?

CM questions how many socialists will pay full freight? Guessing not many.

At 10am in August 24th, ‘Marxism 101: Climate strikes, climate justice: A socialist response to global warming‘ kicks off the conference with the following summary,

Capitalism is fast destroying our planet, seen nowhere more clearly than the drive to build the Adani coal mine, against mass community opposition. This session will look at why a profit-driven market system inevitably leads us to environmental disaster, and how we can turn the situation around while looking after the most vulnerable.

Good to see the speaker will ignore the last election result, especially in the Adani coal mine’s backyard of Queensland. Despite this, recommended readings come from the Red Flag magazine, one with undoubtedly balanced credentials.

Perhaps CM will wait with baited breath for Sunday’s topic, “Why we feel shit too often: Marx on alienation

Could it be that living as a socialist causes one such misery?

The closing panel looks at “whose side are you on?” Presumably dissenting opinions will be howled at.

CM is half tempted to enter the surreal world of the loony left.

Venue yet to be announced.

Poverty shaming

Now poverty shaming is the next thing that must be stopped. Putting aside the parenting issues of spoiling teenage kids with $1,000 down jackets, are such school regulations truly necessary? What a condescending slap in the face for those supposedly in poverty to have the school openly show some sense of pity on them. Did the low-income parents ask en masse for this or was it the typical arbitrary decision driven by overhearing a school gate grizzle by one parent having a bad day blown out of proportion by the faculty to signal virtue? To put a question to the school faculty – would they prefer the poor were poorer provided the rich were less rich? Seems like a lot of self-loathing rather than driving positive behaviours.

How many times have we seen the activists arrogantly categorize groups as one homogeneous voice. Do all lower income parents despise all middle class parents and vice versa?

What if a kid from a lower income bracket sweated over the holiday season as a casual worker and earned the ability to buy a Moncler jacket? Wouldn’t that be a great lesson? Surely something to be commended, encouraged and supported. Should the school take an inventory check on smart phones to make sure that some richer kids with iPhones aren’t memory shaming those with last year’s model of a Huawei?

Supposedly the school jacket ban idea was brought up because, “Poverty-proofing enables schools to identify and overcome the barriers to learning that children and young people from families with less financial resources face.”

Where does it end? Why not ban parents from dropping their kids off at school in any vehicle from a European luxury brand so parents don’t poverty shame other parents?  If the kids are supposed to learn how to break down barriers, won’t little Henry pulling up to school in the passenger seat of his mother’s Range Rover enforce the same poverty shaming problems when confronting Johnny alighting his father’s clapped out  Ford Fiesta hatchback as he would by wearing a Moncler down jacket? Best force the richer parents to drop their kids at the back gate to protect against the odds of Johnny’s deep seated envy getting triggered.

Or perhaps the school should up the ante and dispense with the poverty shaming edict and just mark the richer kids exams down by 25% to account for their supposed privilege.

Is it any wonder kids are becoming more neurotic when they have identity and ideology thrust down their throats rather than learn about respect and individual responsibility? Best make the kids that don’t fit the apparatchik’s value set share in collective misery.