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ukpol crimes against the disabled, text of tweet by boris johnson, extremely negative 

boris johnson tweets: "On , I pay tribute to the extraordinary contribution people living with disabilities make to this country. Next year we will publish the most ambitious disability plan in a generation - so there are no barriers to anyone realising their full potential." this fucking terrifies me

capitalist language about disability, extremely negative 

ok, so viewing people in terms of what they "contribute" and promising to wring their "full potential" out of them is capitalist thinking. as soon as you become "officially" disabled, the capitalist system's primary concern is getting as much remaining work out of you as possible. ideally getting you back into full working condition so you can resume working.

capitalist language about disability, extremely negative 

so language like "you can still achieve!", "it's no barrier [to producing for capital]", "there are still things you can do!" only makes sense in a world seen through the capitalist lens. i hazard for most disabled people, our main priority is NOT to ensure our economic contribution doesn't drop significantly. eg, continuing to be alive is a big priority for me.

capitalist language about disability, extremely negative 

so capitalism sees disabled people struggling to live etc and says "and these people are unable to WORK?! how dreadful!" and so can only conceive of "help" in terms of "helping" us to work again.

capitalist language about disability, extremely negative 

so in the case of boris johnson's tweet, he is not offering to help disabled people at all (though he thinks he is). he is offering to help capital. he wants to restore deactivated workers into circulation.

capitalist language about disability, extremely negative 

so yeah, a capitalist worldview that sees Work as the greatest personal good will reassure disabled people "don't worry, you're not useless. there is still work you can do". importantly, "use" and "uselessness" are also capitalist thought-constructs. under capitalism, disability is constructed entirely in the context of work.

capitalist language about disability, extremely negative 

for example: absolutely no capitalists "with the best interests of disabled people at heart" have reassured me that i'll be able to socialise again.

capitalist language about disability, extremely negative 

to extrapolate from this: in capitalism's view, a successful resolution of my disability would be for me to resume working while still being disabled.

ukpol crimes against the disabled, text of tweet by boris johnson, extremely negative 

@alex yeah, me too... beware any tory who says they're going to help you 🙀

capitalist language about disability, extremely negative 

@alex i've also yet to see any capitalist explain how to get around the problem that drove me to claim disability benefits in the first place - that it doesn't matter how many "barriers" are lowered if i still can't persuade anyone to pay me to do anything i can do

but from the tories, it's basically dogwhistle for "we'll get you scrounging fuckers off benefits yet"

capitalist language about disability, extremely negative 

@thamesynne absolutely, yeah.

capitalist language about disability, extremely negative 

@alex @thamesynne

really it sounds like plans for the new workhouse, except its work assembling hundreds of banks of 18650s in a Remploy/Unipart type factory to keep the electric cars going, or packing ready made "Brexit Breakfasts" for sale in supermarkets, the one concession being that you can listen to Britpop and trance on the factorys in house radio played by a 65 year old DJ who went to Eton...

capitalist language about disability, extremely negative 

@alex can't help but feel this is a response to covid probably disabling a bunch of people people tbh

capitalist language about disability, extremely negative 

@tan that is a very good point.

capitalist language about disability, extremely negative 

@alex
Delightful people, Tories. A round of applause for handling the Pandemic so badly they saved £600m in pension payments by killing lots of unproductive old people. telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer

capitalist language about disability, extremely negative 

@alex
Or help as a euphemism for throwing them off a cliff, which has pretty much been the Tory approach during Covid but also for many years before that.
The judgement call they've made is if you aren't able to generate lots of money for them they're not interested in whether you live.

ukpol crimes against the disabled, text of tweet by boris johnson, extremely negative 

@alex oh hell no wtf

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