pervocracy:

I so, so badly want to believe in transformative/restorative/rehabilitative justice, I really hate the idea of punishment*, but…

It seems like so many attempts that I’ve been personally involved in have ended one of two ways:

1.  ”Our ‘let’s all just hug this out’ community mediation process that works so well for minor disputes will totally work for major violence.”

2. “Here’s your rehabilitation. It looks exactly like regular prison.”

I still believe in the ideas, but they don’t do any good if people just use them as new labels to slap on old injustices.

*”Punishment” meaning an action done for the purpose of causing suffering.  If actions that are necessary to make reparation, to protect people, or to enforce people’s personal boundaries happen to make the offender unhappy, that’s not punishment by my definition, that’s just time to sing the “you can’t always get what you waaaant” song.

Isn’t the idea that we can forcibly improve people through the justice system kind of absurd and full of hubris? Especially considering the justice system is possibly the least efficient and effective institution in the country, full stop.

Usually violent people are violent because they’re impulsive and don’t think their actions through - very little violence is calculated, because the penalties for being violent in a civil society (even if the justice system overlooks you) are so severe that there are almost no circumstances where someone will calmly and soberly decide ‘yeah, punching that guy is totally worth it.’

There isn’t really anything we can do to deter impulsive acts of violence aside from separating the people inclined to impulsive acts of violence from the rest of society, so they can commit them against each other instead of the rest of us. They don’t have a problem with their souls we can fix through Jesus; they don’t have a problem with their thinking we can fix through education; they have a problem with their brains that we don’t know how to fix. Yet.

I agree that punishment qua punishment is worthless in the pursuit of justice (it’s popular because there are a lot of sadists out there who need a better outlet for their fetishes than voting) but forcing someone to make restitution to their victims and keeping them apart from society so they can’t just keep committing crimes are both worthy goals. Prison does one of those and tort law does the other, but with unbelievable inefficiency. For what it’s worth I think they did a much better job in the Dark Ages with the institutions of outlawry and weregild, which served the same purposes.

fashioncommunicationgirl said: Hi, I really like your blog. I will ask you an question, because you seem to know your stuff : why american have only two politicals parties? In Canada, my country, if someone is not happy with the gouvernement, they will try to create a political party where they can be themself and promote their values. Like Liberal( democrate-republicain ), Conservator(Republicain)or neo-democrat(liberal). We even have Pot party? Sorry I'm french canadian. Thank Merci beaucoup!

hipsterlibertarian:

Thanks!

I’ve addressed this before in a couple posts:

The short version is it’s because of the way our elections are legally structured and the way the two major parties control non-legal factors, like presidential debates. The former is very difficult to alter because it would require, at minimum, a constitutional amendment. The latter is very difficult to alter because there is a lot of money and power involved and at stake.

For this reason, America will never have (and has never had) more than two viable, national parties absent a massive structural upheaval of our current legal and political system.

Well put. This line of thinking has led me to the conclusion that if we’re ever going to have any influence, we need to not try to compete alongside both the main parties but actively seek to destroy and replace one of them, the way the Republicans replaced the Whigs. And for numerous reasons I think we should attempt to supplant the Republicans. In fact, I think the process has already started.

There is no word in the English language for enjoyment of pain.

satanic-corvus:

sadism means sexual pleasure form inlicting pain, but there’s no word for say laughing at someones pain. It’s called schadenfreude in german.

Sadism is derived from a Frenchman’s name and masochism comes from an Austrian’s.

I’m sure if you search the OED hard enough you could find a fine old Anglo-Saxon compound word describing the concept. A calque for schadenfreude would be ‘harmjoy.’ I think that’d be an excellent addition to the modern lexicon.

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khanandkittens:

KITTEN DOESN’T WANT TO BE FED. KITTEN WANTS TO HUNT. 

(My new project is photoshopping kittens into my favorite movies! Message me if you have any awesome movie suggestions.)

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How to Make Your Own Ebola Remedy

What you need:
1. A face mask and gloves
2. Two bottles (50 ml up to 500 ml glass or plastic bottles) with caps
3. Clean water (mineral or tap water)
4. An Ebola sample: some spit or other disease product, such as blood, from a person infected with Ebola, or who is suspected sick with it. Any small quantity will do, even a pinhead.
5. An alcoholic liquid, such as whisky, brandy, rum, etc.
6. Half an hour of your time.

Procedure:
1. Fill the bottle with water, leaving about 20% space at the top.
2. Place the Ebola sample in the water in the bottle.
3. Close the top of the bottle with the cap.
4. Hold the bottle and strike it hard against a solid surface, such as a large book, 40 times.
5. Pour out the contents of the bottle.
6. Refill the bottle with water (the fluid remaining on the inside surface of the bottle will serve as the next Ebola sample).
7. Repeat steps 3 to 6 a total of 30 times.

Storage:
1. Pour the bottle solution into another bottle—your stock bottle.
2. Add 10% by volume of the alcoholic liquid (whisky, brandy, etc.) as a preservative.
3. Store in a place away from sunlight and electronic equipment.

Using this stock bottle, you can supply the Ebola remedy to as many people you want. With one drop from the stock bottle as an Ebola sample you can produce another stock bottle to give to someone else. Instead of the original Ebola sample you used above to make the original stock bottle, you use a drop from the first stock bottle. This process can be carried out ad infinitum, supplying a whole city, etc., if needed.

http://blogs.naturalnews.com/treating-ebola-homeopathy/

If you know a homeopath please strike them hard against a solid surface 40 times until they absorb the information from you that homeopathy is insane and will kill us all if given the chance.

dickvirulentus:

Elegy Ellem

Nokturnel Eclipse

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stretchedlobes:

akkoustic:

cl4yton:

roughsexmakesmewet:

someone do this with me right now

Holy shit

Somebody please do this with me.

hot af

Gives new meaning to the term ‘hotbox’

Does anyone following me know anything about e-cigarettes, by the way? I need to pick one up. I quit smoking two years ago but I’ve realized it was really effective at suppressing anxiety for me and now I’ve got to choose between picking up a green card, a carton of Dunhills or an e-cig, and the latter seems like far and away my best option.

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learningpoly:

polymusing:

colelamberton:

If you’re on tumblr and involved with, blog about, or are otherwise friendly to polyamory, please reblog so we can follow you! 
colelamberton.tumblr.com


I find it wonderful and fascinating that this has over 600 notes…I interact with such a small corner of the poly space on tumblr - I want to get to know more of you!

Good point! I love seeing the number of reblogs on posts like this that go around.  It reminds me that there’s lots of us out and about.  We’re all in this together!

learningpoly:

polymusing:

colelamberton:

If you’re on tumblr and involved with, blog about, or are otherwise friendly to polyamory, please reblog so we can follow you! 

colelamberton.tumblr.com

I find it wonderful and fascinating that this has over 600 notes…I interact with such a small corner of the poly space on tumblr - I want to get to know more of you!

Good point! I love seeing the number of reblogs on posts like this that go around. It reminds me that there’s lots of us out and about. We’re all in this together!

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pervocracy:

austinkleon:

READ A BOOK INSTEAD
I made an iPhone wallpaper for you.

Yeah, about that…


I downloaded more books in a single torrent a few months ago than I’ve ever owned on paper (and I’ve owned a lot of paper books) and I can read them on my phone whenever I have a spare minute.
I didn’t think the future would have so much complaining in it.

pervocracy:

austinkleon:

READ A BOOK INSTEAD

I made an iPhone wallpaper for you.

Yeah, about that…

I downloaded more books in a single torrent a few months ago than I’ve ever owned on paper (and I’ve owned a lot of paper books) and I can read them on my phone whenever I have a spare minute.

I didn’t think the future would have so much complaining in it.

I follow all kinds of BDSM blogs but this popped up on the 4chan GIF blog. Kinksters are everywhere!

I follow all kinds of BDSM blogs but this popped up on the 4chan GIF blog. Kinksters are everywhere!

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