The Candy Wrapper in the Prison Yard

The wrapper flutters around the yard like a butterfly

What’s in a word?

The word “socialism” broke into American politics in the past few years is like the red candy wrapper carried by the wind into the prison yard on Robin’s Island in South Africa in the 1970s. For the prisoners, the world was entirely gray until this swirling flash in the sunlight reminded everyone of the colors that were possible. A word or a candy wrapper can’t change anything.

What’s an idea worth?

Political philosophy is beautiful. You can make great arguments against inequality or the limits of the market or come up with an excellent way to tell if a government or corporation is stealing the natural resources that rightfully belong to a nation, but to put it bluntly, the people running things don’t give a shit what you say or how well you say it. The only way the intertwined complex of media, education, military, technology, finance, government, law, and manufacturing is going to change in any way other than appearance is by force.

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Will Pflaum

Will Pflaum

Projects: The Fade Out, Juba, Under Two Maples, Dog Stories, MOGE, Bugs, Pound Flesh, Funky Record, Mutherplucker, Phlogiston, sunshineonthehudson