Welcome to Flood Media’s link roundup! Each week, we bring you fresh Flood-approved content from around the web, covering current events, debates, and hot takes.
The Zapatistas are one of those political movements that I occasionally watch YouTube videos of and get teary-eyed over. If you're in the same boat - or even if you're not - I highly recommend reading Viewpoint's incredibly comprehensive, insightful, and moving coverage of the Zapatistas' First International Gathering of Politics, Art, Sport, and Culture for Women in Struggle. "It seems to us, and the Zapatistas themselves have pointed out, that it is only through this possibility of building a collective—and building a collective analysis—that one can gain a sense of self and therefore orientation on a path of struggle."
If you're in desperate need of some statistics and graphs to counter the terrifying surge of emotion brought on by reading about Zapatista women, Matt Bruenig's new article in Jacobin explores the quantitative differences in work between the US and Nordic countries. "We don't need more work in America," he argues. "We have too much of it already ... Why not redistribute it?"
On the topic of work, my absolute favourite article this week is all about how Chapo radicalised an underemployed failmom. "It’s no longer surprising for my husband to come home from work and find me standing in the kitchen, chopping vegetables, nodding as the Chapo Trap House hosts talk about the failings of capitalism and the government it buys ... My views have changed enough that I went on a February afternoon to a Communist Manifesto Class held by the Party for Socialism and Liberation ... What I learned is that communism is a practice; it’s not static." Hell yeah, dude.
"In the early twentieth century, there were many people who saw popular sovereignty as a problem to be solved." HMMM, SOUND FAMILIAR?? In the Boston Review, J.W. Mason reviews Quinn Slobodian's new book Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism. If you've ever wanted to learn more about neoliberalism (and who hasn't), read this - it's particularly good on the increasingly important question of neoliberalism and the EU. Of course, we also recommend David Harvey on the subject.
And now for something completely different: LOOK. THE POO JOGGER SCANDAL IS OBJECTIVELY THE BEST STORY OF 2018, DO NOT @ ME. From the Chaser: "A spokesperson for the Corporate, Rich and Privileged Association or CRAPA, today told the media that no amount of arrests or fines will stop the rich and powerful of the country from continuing to use their wealth and power, but especially their bowels, to continue to undermine regular Australian people."
Until next week!
Artwork 'Zapatista Encuentro' (1996) by Julian Stallabrass. Reused via Wikimedia Commons.