I'm Jon. NJ. Leftism + Music + Art. I'm a member of Students for a Democratic Society studying history and political science.
Reblogged from amodernmanifesto
Blake Fall-Conroy, “Minimum Wage Machine,” 2008-2010
This machine allows anyone to work for minimum wage for as long as they like. Turning the crank on the side releases one penny every 4.97 seconds, for a total of $7.25 per hour. This corresponds to minimum wage for a person in New York.
This piece is brilliant on multiple levels, particularly as social commentary. Without a doubt, most people who started operating the machine for fun would quickly grow disheartened and stop when realizing just how little they’re earning by turning this mindless crank. A person would then conceivably realize that this is what nearly two million people in the United States do every day…at much harder jobs than turning a crank. This turns the piece into a simple, yet effective argument for raising the minimum wage.
ah yes totally mentioning this in my paper
Went to a conference this weekend in Connecticut on the NDAA and civil liberties violations. Slept over some of the organizers’ place the night before and got to network with Socialist Action and shit. Glenn Greenwald and some others put on some pretty good workshops but seeing how the scene there is what keeps coming back to me.
Namely, how the fuck is there such a burgeoning socialist group on that campus when here in Jersey there doesn’t seem to exist ANY. Or at least any that are outright explicit in their name, with maybe the exception being William Patterson with their democratic socialists party. which has awesomely made a lot of progress electing a member as the student govt president.
But in all of the organizing I’ve been taking part in, it seems like the student movement in Jersey is frustratingly moderate. Not to say it’s not effective in what we’re doing for students and issues here on campus but there’s almost no connection to the larger radical movements at large. I’ve noticed most of the statewide groups have titles like “progressive” or “united students” which is a far cry from identifying as a part of a national Trotskyist org like Socialist Action and having the usual suspects like the ISO and SWP table at events like SA did.
I know the members of my chapter are radical and cool as fuck but I think the messaging has been wavering as to what we stand for and as a group we haven’t been as interrelated with the broader movement as we should be. We’re all not as uniform in our ideology to identify as a Trotskyist group, which would be pretty terrible if that happened, but I think there needs to be an emphasis on the fact that we’re more than just a students rights group. I’ve been realizing lately that the name SDS doesn’t immediately call to mind the history of the radical left for the average kid on campus. I’ve got an idea as to how to improve the group with its messaging but I’ve been thinking where to start reaching out to the more broader movements.
Maybe joining UNAC would be a good start? If anyone has some ideas or wants to network hit me up on here.
Planning an overhaul on this blog to make it more MSU SDS related and less tumblr-y random cool shit.