A video first brought to my attention in my AOP social work class. Best appreciated with headphones in and the volume turned up. Mind that drum.
A long video but worth it. I would summarize it here but that would be precisely beside the point. Watch this.
I love Marx, and I love Rousseau. I love political philosophy. But I sure am tired of writing papers about “man” and how “he” is alienated from “himself,” because it’s simply not appropriate to use “people” in combination with non-gendered pronouns for the entire paper and lord knows they never once refer to the effects of political ideology or the system’s organization on the female experience of the world.
There are people behind the public facade, behind addictions and prostitution and chronic poverty. Please really look at the images, and read the descriptions in full. It was the most moving thing I did today.
People on social assistance are some of the most impoverished in our country. Punitive policies attempt to coerce people on assistance to “get a job” by setting assistance rates at lower dollar amounts than full-time work in a minimum-wage job would pay. Which, coincidentally, it itself insufficient to afford the cost of living in Canada.
There are human lives at the core of social policies. There are human beings sleeping on the streets. Educate yourself.