The police found about 10 grams of marijuana, or about a third of an ounce, when they searched Penelope Harris’s apartment in the Bronx last year. The amount was below the legal threshold for even a misdemeanor, and prosecutors declined to charge her. But Ms. Harris, a mother whose son and niece were home when she was briefly in custody, could hardly rest easy.
The police had reported her arrest to the state’s child welfare hot line, and city caseworkers quickly arrived and took the children away.
itcantgoonlikethis said: Hi there, I like your blog =). How do you feel about capitalism?
Zoe: Well, well, Capitalism… how do I begin to describe my repulsion of it and the injustices it has created? I see capitalism as the insatiable greed of the oppressive minority used as an excuse to oppress, manipulate and con the majority (the depressing reality being that this has occurred for so long that the majority collectively accept the consequences, considering themselves ‘cogs in the wheel’ or alternatively see themselves as insignificant or powerless through generations of demoralisation).
Capitalism favours profit over morality, so when people say capitalism is the only way I feel that they have given up on humankind. We can’t eradicate poverty whilst capitalism still exists.
“In science it often happens that scientists say, ‘You know that’s a really good argument; my position is mistaken,’ and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn’t happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion.”—Carl Sagan (via cosmos-sagan)