Link Roundup: May 28

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.

In his latest blog post at With Sober Senses, Flood Media’s very own Dave Eden at last takes on the smashed avocado brigade. The concept of overspending as responsible for declining living standards and increasing financial insecurity is, he writes, “not only a stupid idea, but … a stupid idea that we can use to actually start to talk about what wages are and what is happening in Australian society.”

Chelsea Bond writes for IndigenousX on the irony of the indigenous academic. Through the work of indigenous scholars, she “came to see the University not as a tower, but as a factory – much like the one I lived across the road from … Every day it churns out the knowledges that make the racialized inequities we experience possible, rendering moderate propositions for co-existence unpalatable, making the ongoing brutality of the state plausible.”

For the unique catharsis of someone else finally voicing your unpopular opinion, read Charlotte Shane’s critique of contemporary feminist writing. “We have narrowed the scope of public feminism to a pinprick, rehashing yet another Lena Dunham controversy when we should have been developing and promoting reforms that encompassed systems of exploitation not defined by gender alone … This failure could perhaps have gone on unabated for the immediate future but now, without the superficial reassurance of a woman in the White House, mainstream feminism has to face up to its own deficiencies.”

Indonesia was once home to the largest Communist party outside the Soviet Union, until massacres in the mid-1960s which saw between 500,000 and 2,000,000 people killed. 33 years of dictatorship under Suharto followed. Now, writes Max Lane, there are signs of a new Indonesian anticapitalist movement emerging. “There are buried legacies in the memories of past struggles, many recorded in literature and political writings, and indeed also in the string of struggles since 1965 ... Buried legacies that need to be dug up: are being dug up.”

Noel Ignatiev was an editor of the journal Race Traitor, and a key figure in developing W. E. B. Du Bois’ idea of ‘white skin privilege’ for the New Left in the 60s. Here he critiques anti-racism that is focused on interpersonal reactions and fails to take into account what has and hasn't changed in contemporary America. “If every white person reformed and all racial discrimination disappeared tomorrow,” he writes, “black people would continue to make up a disproportionate share of the poorest layers of society because of the sedimented effects of past racial discrimination: the person whose grandparents had access to a skilled trade or a college education has an advantage over the person whose grandparents walked behind a mule or a mop, and no “anti-racist” program can address that reality.”

And now for something completely different: I think about this article - and particularly the phrase ‘a big bag of cans with the lads in the park’ - a lot. It’s about cans, and the lads who drink them, in parks. Also Jeremy Corbyn. You’re welcome.

Until next week!

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