Saturday, December 21, 2019
TKC SATURDAY NIGHT PLAYLIST!!! CANCEL KANSAS CITY SECRET SANTA!!! CHRISTMAS CHARITY PR STUNTS DEVISED TO DISTRACT FROM POLICE SHOOTINGS AND RISING AMERICAN INCOME INEQUALITY!!!
This week has been one of the most historic and strangest in American history.
In the latest debate, the Democratic Party casually promotes socialism to their supporters with very little debate over the implications for the otherwise bustling economy or perceptions of alleged billionaire wealth distribution outside their bubble.
In news outside of Wall Street Pete's wine cave, the hardcore Republicans are drawing a line in the sand to support Prez Trump after successful impeachment proceedings in the House. Like it or not, Russian boss Putin is among the leaders of this unquestioning show of usport.
Meanwhile in this cowtown . . .
SECRET SANTA PROPAGANDA ENCOURAGES KANSAS CITY TO FORGET OUTRAGE AGAINST POLICE SHOOTINGS AND THE FIGHT FOR LOCAL CONTROL!!!
To be fair, so many very smart people have explained why KCMO City Hall "local control" is a bad idea and police shootings are a horrible fact of life which sparks regret and resignation even if increased law enforcement discipline seems unlikely.
And to top off all of this political rancor . . . People have been fighting over money since the wiggled out of the primordial ooze.
Nevertheless, here are a few fun facts to consider whilst running up credit cards for Christmas . . .
The gap between the richest and the poorest U.S. households is now the largest it's been in the past 50 years
50 years ago, income inequality was severe in the U.S. It still is
Gun Homicide Linked to Poor Social Mobility
And so we share our traditional.l Christmastime note to debunk the manufactured consent of holiday cheer . . .
As always, here at TKC we advise local po'folk to take the cash from Secret Santa II and don't bother to say thank you . . . It's really an insult.
Throughout the year so many d-bags hate on the undocumented and their babies, vote against healthcare for the poor and engage in vindictive political discourse AND THEN expect to be treated like a decent person because they throw a few coins in a kettle whilst buying luxury gifts for their trophy wives.
Let's break it down according to a list neatly compiled by the good Catholics at St. Mary's:
Charity = social service. Charity provides direct services like food, clothing, shelter.
Justice = social change. Justice promotes social change in institutions or political structures.
Charity responds to immediate needs.
Justice responds to long-term needs.
Charity is directed at the effects of injustice, its symptoms. Charity addresses problems that already exist. Otherwise put: LOVE MOPS UP.
Justice is directed at the root causes of social problems. Justice addresses the underlying structures or causes of these problems. Otherwise put: JUSTICE TRIES TO MAKE SURE THE MESS ISN'T MADE TO BEGIN WITH.
Generally . . . Charity is private, individual acts.
Justice is public, collective actions.
Once again it's important to remember the conclusion of a great essay from Slate, this passage especially:
William Jewett Tucker, a reverend and future president of Dartmouth College, put it this way in 1891: Critiquing Carnegie's "Gospel of Wealth" he declared that a society could make no greater mistake than asking charity to do the work of social justice.
And all of this inspires tonight's playlist . . .
As always, thanks for reading this week and have a safe and fun Saturday night.