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What’s up with that, Ms. DiFranco?

May 5, 2008

These are images of t-shirts for sale in the Righteous Babe Records on-line store. That line, “Capitalism is the Devil’s wet dream,” was bad enough as a song lyric, but now it’s on a t-shirt? A t-shirt that’s for sale in the RBR store. A store that sells merchandise that promotes the RBR bands that play at the concerts that people pay to attend. Is that supposed to be ironic or just moronic?

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capitalism is the devil's wetdream

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Oh, and my “stupid blog” with its small circle of influence? Do you really think that my goal is fooling people, or is the real issue here that you don’t want bloggers to be critical of Righteous Babe Records? I didn’t choose a blog theme called “The Journalist” for nothing.
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my stupid blog

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Or was the Fox News Embeds blog what the t-shirt was referring to? Anyhow, I don’t get the messages on the t-shirts. What’s up with that, Ms. DiFranco?

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  1. May 5, 2008 11:34 pm

    On the individual who chooses to sport the last shirt – where are they getting their information? Maybe they telepathically absorb events on the ground in real time and have no need for an intermediary. Maybe they need to start a career in journalism. Only problem is we won’t be fooled by their offerings. Quite a conundrum.

    Fascism is God’s explosive diarrhea!

  2. May 6, 2008 10:10 am

    If I saw someone wearing either one of these shirts I think I would slap a “kick me” sign on his/her back. Or maybe “This T-shirt is brought to you by Capitalism.” And even if I didn’t actually have the guts to do that in real life, I would come back to my blog and lie about it.

    Great comment, Johnny! I hoped you would see this post. πŸ˜€

  3. May 6, 2008 3:07 pm

    I think it’s the “cool” thing right now to hate on big business and capitalism in general. I would say it’s one more thing that white people like πŸ˜‰

    And I’d rather be uncool and say that capitalism rocks. What is RBR’s solution then? And who owns RBR?

  4. May 6, 2008 4:43 pm

    Ani owns it! And it’s a *gasp* corporation! With *gasp* profits! And *gasp* agendas! But I guess since it’s “righteous” then that’s okay. LOL.

    And check this shit out, yo. “Write about your favorite RBR artists in a blog.” They must have forgotten that blogs are stupid. She is going to kick my ass when she finds out what I’ve written on my “stupid blog.” Sorry about the copyright infringement, Ani. I’ll take it down if you want me to. But you know what they say about publicity.

  5. May 6, 2008 10:08 pm

    Hahaha… I really like this new side of you FW πŸ™‚ We’ve been looking for a new blog war LOL. Perhaps you can start it. Got your back

  6. May 6, 2008 10:57 pm

    What is the back story on this FW, I am confused. Who called this a “stupid blog”? Never acknowledge infringement. You can be sorry about your statutory right to fair use if you want though.

    BTW, blog wars rock, until they don’t. You know what I mean.

  7. May 6, 2008 11:12 pm

    Excellent Chris, except you’re not a lawyer are you?

    Johnny, sorry to confuse you. There’s not much of a back story. Just that I usually write about Ani DiFranco on my blog because I really like her music. But I don’t like these t-shirts. And I read the terms of use on RBR’s website and it said that I couldn’t take any images off the website and post them anywhere (for example in this post). Then I thought, what if she really does see this post? A few months back, I wrote about Buddy Wakefield and he saw the post and wrote me an email about it. So that was cool. But a blog war might not be very cool.

    Nobody said outright that my blog was stupid. I don’t understand whose blog is stupid according to that t-shirt. Do you?

  8. May 6, 2008 11:37 pm

    Yeah, everyone’s blog but the t-shirt wearer. But, if you wore that shirt too than it would make everyone else’s blog stupid. It is kinda of a mutual assured destruction policy for garments instead of nukes.

  9. May 7, 2008 10:40 am

    Unfortunately, I am not a lawyer but I have had an expensive & painful education with the legal system everytime we get sued. Ya… that seems to happen more than you’d think. I suppose I’d only have your verbal back (i.e. you’ve seen my previous work at tearing peeps a new one LOL).

    But I say damn the (wo)man anyways. It’s only money. And doesn’t she know if people are copying and pasting her tshirt pics onto their blogs, more people are seeing it? I would think you would want people to display them elsewhere. But there I go again, thinking. It’s just so hard not to. I’ll try harder

  10. May 8, 2008 10:17 pm

    It is all about the money anymore isn’t it?!!!!!!!!!! No principles left cause everyone be gettin aboard that train as it toot toots it’s way to chinga ling town. Me thinks she needs to put “and I’m in the prone position” on the back of the first one or “I paid a devil to have this t-shirt”

    I guess I’m old enough to admit I can see history repeating itself too clearly. Remember all those hippies who said they were against “the man” and they would change the world, love and peace for everyone? They scared everyone with their socialist views? They grew up and stuck it to everyone during the 1980s and 1990s and now their kids and grandkids are doing it too, just more ballsy than the sneaks of Woodstock and that era. They got the socialistic government that they wanted too.

    Sorry to go on…you got me stirred up! ha

  11. May 9, 2008 11:30 am

    Cash rules everything around me.

    Johnny, your explanation makes sense. That would mean the t-shirt wearer is quite insecure and paranoid. I maintain my opinion that it was not a well-conceived idea from the design team. They should scrap it.

    Chris, thanks for having my virtual back with your verbal assaults ever ready.

    CG, *whew* glad you got that off your chest! πŸ˜€

  12. May 9, 2008 3:16 pm

    Just stopped by to say hi! Hope all is well!!!!

  13. May 10, 2008 12:13 pm

    To me, it looks like a symptom of someone who’s not got her ideology on straight:

    a. Someone who lashes out with anger, but without understanding
    b. Someone who uses an economic system without acknowledging her debt to the thinkers who make it possible
    c. Or β€” perhaps the worst β€” someone who denigrates her survival mechanism because it’s momentarily “trendy”

    Which leads me to an email I got recently. I will paraphrase the logic to spare hurt feelings: “Libertarian arguments are irritating because they are theoretical, not practical, and I think it is more practical to just adapt to, and thrive in, present circumstances.”

    Socrates wonders: “Isn’t that unwillingness to understand eventual logical outcomes precisely why we find ourselves in a desperate social, financial, and energy-related situation?”

    I thought we all read “The Diary of Anne Frank” to contemplate the lessons of adaptation to immoral, illogical, principles.

  14. May 10, 2008 4:09 pm

    PS: Thanks for the cool abstract purple and white symbol to represent me. Much better than a gray box with a question mark. Now I’m a pollen molecule under an electron microscope.

  15. May 11, 2008 10:00 am

    **Socrates wonders: β€œIsn’t that unwillingness to understand eventual logical outcomes precisely why we find ourselves in a desperate social, financial, and energy-related situation?”**

    The human condition; the human plague, the human structure comprised of mostly water that follows the easiest course….what will we do? Will we ever change? Perhaps only when we struggle do we find the path least traveled. Is that the smartest course of action? I want to seek, when I do, I shall find that which will give me peace of mind.

  16. May 12, 2008 7:31 am

    Rick those new symbols are nice, aren’t they? Here is an explanation of why you no longer have the “mystery man” avatar:

    CG, most people are not conscious enough to change. Collectively, it will be difficult to change. But to individually become conscious is possible.

  17. May 12, 2008 10:09 am

    Happy belated Mother’s Day FW!

    One of my favorite things about humans is our ability to conscienciously change our behavior but it is shocking to see how many people never utilize that ability. They see the negative impact it creates in their lives but opt to follow the ‘easier’ path than to change. The ironic thing is that too often the ‘easy’ way (same behavior) is in fact the hard thing long term. If people would deal with the short term hardship of changing their behavior, they would in fact live easier, happier lives. *sigh*

    I think you are absolutely right too FW that most people do/act/say/live unconsciously. Which is a choice also but it never fails to amaze me that people don’t continuously strive to become conscious.

  18. May 12, 2008 11:33 am

    (exercising his new pollen identicon)

    I just thought of this…a definition: philosophy is logic applied to imagination.


    Somehow related to what we were talking about.

  19. May 13, 2008 2:59 pm

    Chris, thanks for the mother’s day wishes! People don’t strive to become conscious because they are, by definition, unconscious of that choice. πŸ˜€

    Rick, I am rolling that definition around in my brain. It may be beyond my understanding in this present moment, and I’ll have to get back to you when I reach a higher plane!

  20. lesbiansaidwhat permalink
    May 16, 2008 9:43 pm

    Cara my partner loves Ani. She gets pissed at me when I call her Annie. Any way Ani needs to calm down a bit. If it wasn’t for Capitalism she wouldn’t be where she is at. I know that the down side to Capitalism is that Walmart and Starbucks put a lot of the mom and pops out of business.

  21. May 17, 2008 3:00 pm

    lesbainsaidwhat, yes it’s true that whichever system the consumers choose to support will be the one that succeeds. Thank you for commenting! πŸ™‚

    I believe it’s still up to the consumers. Each choice I make I ask myself, “which system am I supporting with this choice?” It’s why my family chose to go to the farmer’s market and buy lettuce, cilantro and scallions this morning. We could have bought the same things at Wal-Mart later today when we buy our diapers, but we chose not to. Ani is also responsible for choices for her record company—like where to get the t-shirts and which company will do the screen-printing, etc. I was reading about Capitalism on wikipedia and it seems like I agree with Ayn Rand’s theory. I’d really like to read her book.

  22. May 27, 2008 8:27 am

    “Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal” is well worth reading.

    “The Virtue of Selfishness” is excellent, as well, clarifying the distinction between voluntary and involuntary altruism. An antidote to socialist thinking undermining our society, and a philosophical enumeration of the logic behind the fictional “strike” in “Atlas Shrugged.”

    Or just read the condensed version, with a few embellishments, and slight clarification:


  23. May 27, 2008 10:23 am

    Thank you, Rick! Your blog post is perfect.

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