What Amazon does, and puts its workforce through is the natural outcome of 19th and early 20th century progressivist thinking (which, incidentally helped blunt the radicalism of labor unions by making a series of workplace concessions while undermining racial solidarity)
For example, using a staffing agency to hire recently incarcerated workers (many of whom are Black), and positioning them as a bargaining chip in their anti-union push in Alabama
Second, this is the impetus for their vocational training programs, which have been grouped under the category of "detention centers" and even forced labour, completely taking away from talking about actual detention facilities
We literally have vocational schools on this side of the ocean for the exact same reasons. To train people who into the workforce who might otherwise not be employed.
To be honest, I'm a bit embarrassed that I haven't spoken up more on disability and accommodation, but I'm committed to making sure folks understand that human variance is only classified as "ability" and "disability" because of a fucked-up system that discards people.
It occasionally bothers people in my family when I talk about this stuff, and I can understand why. Not because it's embarrassing, but because I shouldn't have to discuss illness and trauma publicly to get others to care (and they're right).
But we are where we are. Because of the traumatic personal essay trend that ripped through journalism for too many years, people won't listen unless you're willing to spill your guts.
I don't like to have to do this, but I can take the heat, and I don't hide.
As I pointed out in the column, "informed consent" isn't enough for neuroatypical disabled, who may take the option for death when presented to them, rather than continue to live in a society that treats us as burdensome and even dangerous.
Even though I have a supportive family, the effects of my neuroatypical condition often force me to interpret any form of outside help as a personal failure, giving me the impression that I'm a burden to others. I know many with BPD and schizophrenia who deal with the same.
Shame on @DWDCanada, @liberal_party, and #BillC7 advocates for their reckless and inhumane approach to this issue, which violates the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Also fuming at senators like @SenJaffer, who watched and listened to tearful testimony from disabled people, yet voted for the #BillC7 amendment anyway, clearing the path to further exacerbate the suicide & mental health crises among Black and Indigenous people.
A couple months ago, I suggested that socialists need to figure out whether the point is to build power or build a book club (with the idea that reading is fundamental, but we need material goals beyond learning).
Since then, it's been a steady influx of Communist Party members.
At the time, some people were supremely pissed off that I might have been suggesting that reading theory was of no importance.
But you know what? Many of those new members decided to hop off the fence and join the party specifically *because* that tweet moved them to action.
Now I'm not taking credit for those members joining; they were already where they needed to be, and me tweeting was just a gentle nudge.
But I will say that it is demonstrably true that this mode of politics isn't some lovingly tended garden.
I once got intellectually mugged by somebody claiming that I buy into white men's ideology, and why would any Black man let these white people turn me from the path of my ancestors.
Had no good answer for it, which is why I considered myself a progressive.
Then I got to reading
I grew up with an undiagnosed reading disability, on top of ADHD and other neuroatypicalities. But the upside of my disability is that I absolutely do not stop until I arrive at answers, once I'm stopped by a question.
That's why I'm not with the funny shit when it comes to the intersection between ideology and historical materialism. Turns out my ancestors understood class struggle and the dictatorship of the proletariat, embraced communal living, and fought imperialists for self-determination
Per Benedict Anderson, who began from a Marxist framework and worked backwards to an answer, the common error on assessing nationhood was to begin from statehood, religion, and language.
Instead he used the heuristic of "imagined communities"; this has widespread consensus.
Newton made the same categorical error in conflating nationhood with statehood or territorial dominance. This is patently false; there are literally hundreds of recognized nations (~620) in North America alone.