Ruminations on a Jewelry Store

My comrade on the street You haven’t slipped my mind A cardboard slab for comfort Smudged pleas, a soaked sign In the doorway of decadence Resting feet away from salvation Bars and locks deny you Your life is worth more Yet stones are given shelter Your rest will be disturbed Kicked by little pig hooves […]

On Charity: Clout or Compassion?

Do you remember “The Cafe” episode from Seinfeld? To summarize, Jerry eats at a brand new cafe across the street because he feels bad about its lack of customers. Jerry gets a big head about his supposed altruism every time he eats there and constantly thinks about his mother calling him a “great guy” or […]

On Indignation: I Suffered So They Should Suffer Too!

I’ve never understood our propensity for defending institutions that have harmed us (or continue to do so), but I especially can’t understand folks wanting others to suffer as well. Those people like to preach fairness and personal responsibility without ever questioning the moral failings of that mindset. I have student loans and they’re taking a […]

On Poverty Shaming: Capitalism’s Favourite Sleight of Hand.

The greatest deception in history is not the mythological Trojan Horse, Hannibal’s double envelopment at Cannae, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, or those sneaky WMDs somewhere in the general direction of Iraq. No, no I believe humanity’s most impressive deception is still ongoing and has been since capitalism’s inception. The marvelous magic trick I […]