If a rich person has something you need, you should take it. And if a big corporation has something you want, you should steal it. Instead of paying retail prices when you go to a chain store, just don’t pay.

[…]

Having money means defining right and wrong. Under capitalism, property is defined by those with the most dollars. Historically you could go to prison for “stealing” a slave or letting them liberate themselves. Human beings were property until a shift in values and a bloody civil war decided they weren’t. Isn’t it possible that what is considered private property today will be rendered illegitimate by future generations? And why wait?

Change comes about when those in power feel scared: when they feel that conceding to the public interest is the only way to maintain their status. Charity may build a few hospital wings, but fear builds a universal health care system. If you want to improve your life, start thinking outside the ballot box and the system the rich created and the values it teaches. Start thinking about getting what is yours.

[…]

It’s easy to steal back your money from the rich. You probably do it all the time. Ever buy a movie on iTunes instead of downloading it for free on The Pirate Bay?[1] Yeah, keep not doing that. Ashton Kutcher will be just fine, unfortunately. Send some money to a janitor at Universal Studios if you really feel bad about it.

If you really want to scare the rich while enriching yourself, you’ll eventually want to advance from stealing bogus “intellectual” property to actual, in-real-life stealing. At a big-box retailer and feeling a little bold? Grab what you can and run out the door. No minimum wage employee really wants to chase you—they’re more likely to steal from their workplace than anyone else is. They have no right to detain you once you reach the great outdoors either. You should probably have a friend waiting in a car.

Like most things in life, the key to getting away with something you are not supposed to be doing is acting like you are supposed to be doing it. If you act suspiciously, people are going to get suspicious, so please don’t do the whole, I’m-doing-something-shady, glance-over-the-shoulder thing you see potheads do at music fests. Be cool.

Find a store with a self-checkout line to build your confidence. If management wants to replace the working class with computers that maybe aren’t quite as good at protecting company property, make them pay for it. Yeah, scan a few items—but don’t scan a few more. Nonchalantly pass your items a bit too high over the scanner and into your brand-new backpack. Oh, did that barcode not register? Guess we’ll never know.

[…]

Everyone hates their boss. Despite all those empty words about the office as a “team,” we all know there’s a hierarchy: The workplace is a coercive environment, and you’re not the one doing the coercing. You are not there because you want to be there, but because the alternative is impoverishment, a fact your boss knows as well as you. No matter how cool the guy or gal in charge, they can ruin your life as soon it becomes convenient. The company your labor helped build could dismiss you any day now.

Besides the constant risk of dismissal, we all know that there’s nothing “fair” about work; those who do the most of it are never the ones to reap most of its benefits, and that careerists who say what those in charge want to hear fare better than the ones who tell those in charge the truth.

Collective action is the ideal, but individual direct actions aren’t without merit, least of all to the individuals in question. You can always lift office supplies at the same time you try to organize fellow office workers.

Consider working less. Not working fewer hours (you get paid for those), but expending less effort. Slow down, speed racer. Worker productivity is not a good thing in the context of capitalism and it should raise a few red flags that those most invested in increasing it are the idle rich. They want you to work harder so they can pay you less. Indeed, Americans are already working harder than ever,[2] the productivity of the average employee increasing more than 80 percent in the last 25 years. That increase in productivity has created an amazing amount of wealth, just not for those who produced it. Don’t feel lousy about taking some of it back from those who took it from you.

[…]

There is $118[3] trillion of wealth in the United States alone, or about $375,000 per American. For every homeless person in the country, there are 28 empty homes waiting for them[4] right now. Laws and culture deny them a roof over their head, not a dearth of roofs. It is our legal system that funnels a disproportionate amount of wealth to a small handful of people, not the benevolent hand of a just and caring god.

Steal This Article, by Charles Davis

This is a fantastic essay. Also, I have done several of these things and continue to encourage others to do the same.

Links:

  1. https://thepiratebay.com/
  2. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/06/speedup-americans-working-harder-charts
  3. http://www.economist.com/node/21557732
  4. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/03/201231313940444494.html
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jalapenopizza:

isnt it odd how the human mind expands inwardly forever

i can build characters and worlds and universes and define new laws of nature

construct stories and timelines and fit it all together inside my own head

and yet i can’t draw a fUCKING LAMP

That’s really a matter of getting your hardware (your hands/wrists/fingers) to work with your software (your brain). It’s like trying to put an iPhone app on your Android phone; it’s not going to work unless you know how to hack it.

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amandaonwriting:

Bloodstain Pattern Analysis (BPA) - Resource for Crime Writers

SOURCE

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onipress:

The color cover for PRINCESS UGG #1 by Courtney Crumrin’s Ted Naifeh and Warren Wucinich!

From the site:

Within the fairy-tale kingdom of Atraesca lies the prestigious Princess Academy, where young royals from all the five kingdoms come to get their education. But they’ve never before seen the like of Princess Ülga of Grimmeria. Armed with axe and sword, riding her war mammoth through the city gates, Ülga has come in search of schooling. But this barbarian princess might just end up schooling the people of Atraesca before that happens!
Format: Single, StandardContent Rating: T (Teen)Available: Jun 4, 2014 Diamond™ Order Code:  APR14 1284

Why yes, I think I can find four spare bucks lying around come June.

northstarfan:

onipress:

The color cover for PRINCESS UGG #1 by Courtney Crumrin’s Ted Naifeh and Warren Wucinich!

From the site:

Within the fairy-tale kingdom of Atraesca lies the prestigious Princess Academy, where young royals from all the five kingdoms come to get their education. But they’ve never before seen the like of Princess Ülga of Grimmeria. Armed with axe and sword, riding her war mammoth through the city gates, Ülga has come in search of schooling. But this barbarian princess might just end up schooling the people of Atraesca before that happens!

Format: Single, Standard
Content Rating: T (Teen)
Available: Jun 4, 2014

Diamond™ Order Code: APR14 1284

Why yes, I think I can find four spare bucks lying around come June.

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megablaziken:

what


I have a “?”: HOW ABOUT YOU STOP PATRONIZING ME? fuck you.

megablaziken:

what

I have a “?”: HOW ABOUT YOU STOP PATRONIZING ME? fuck you.

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modorrelin:

someone posted this on facebook and i can’t believe i’m still laughing i’m sooo ashamed

modorrelin:

someone posted this on facebook and i can’t believe i’m still laughing i’m sooo ashamed

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art-of-swords:

Dagger

  • Dated: 16th century
  • Culture: Persian
  • Medium: Steel, ivory, gold, silver gilt
  • Measurements: Length 12 1/4 in. ( 31.12 cm) 

The dagger features an inscription: on acanthus-shaped chape - mark of Turkish silver-smith stands: a) topline in Ottoman Turkish “I asked for water from your dagger-wielder if you would drink but one it will run (appear) from your side”, b) lower line in Persian "If I thirst his dagger is not laid down (does not descend) by my bloody desire no water will pass through this throat". 

Source: © 2000–2013 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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marialuisa-pr:

gynocraticgrrl:

Jessica Rey presents the history of the evolution of the swimsuit including the origins of its design, how it has changed overtime and the post-feminist association of the bikini symbolizing female empowerment. She refers to neuro-scientific studies revealing how male brains react to images of scantily clad women versus images of women deemed modest and what the implications of the results are for women in society.

(Note: As the OP, I disagree with Rey’s approach to putting the onus on women to alter ourselves rather than to alter the male perception of women – brain wiring has plenty to do with socialization and if we worked against the culture that fuels men’s objectification of women, women’s clothing choices would matter far less in terms of how men perceive us and determine how to interact with us).

Jessica Rey - The Evolution of the Swim Suit

bolding mine

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How did you know his middle name? He never tells anyone, he hates it. Took him years to confide in me. 

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teamfreepizza:

psychotic-teens:

when i first started using tumblr, every morning i would keep scrolling the dashboard until i reached the last post i saw from the night before

image

I still do that.

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officialfrenchtoast:

me to my bestfriend

officialfrenchtoast:

me to my bestfriend

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britney2007spears:

when ur in a kids party and all the kids start staring at uimage

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