What do you do to escape capitalism?

Submitted by tucc in AskRaddle

I've heard many times "there's no escaping capitalism under a capitalist system" so I'm not getting my hopes up about forming an anticapitalist haven under everyone's noses. (But if you have found a way to do that please do share how) More specifically, what do you do to make you feel like you have some sense of control over your life?

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

I pretty much only feel/am functional when I'm making projects with other people to destroy authority. The world is too heavy unless I'm actively trying to throw the weight off me. So I try to make as many projects as I can, and to have as much free time to do that as I can. I'm relatively lucky that I get to do as much as I do.

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existential1 wrote

Gardening/farming and sourdough/kimchi/kombucha. Being able to make my own food gives me some solace. Not enough though.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

I planted my first tomatoes recently and have really enjoyed it amidst a cloud of tough times. Some of the plants are getting kinda big and I have no idea what I'm doing but it's been fun to watch and figure it out as I go.

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Majrelende wrote (edited )

There are two things, which probably help my mental health more than any wider goal: staying away from capitalistic media and trying to rely on that system as little as possible. The latter generally involves foraging and DIY-type activities for whatever I can, such as trying to make clothing from nettle.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

So how do you deal with all the media on raddle?

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bloodrose wrote

not OP but I find I can avoid the media (music/entertainment) pretty easily in the link aggregate format.

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Majrelende wrote

Raddle is fine— I am mostly describing the type of sites and such that blast advertisements in the users’ faces or tries to make them feel as if what they have is inadequate or... etc. I also come more for discussion and exploration of ideas than necessarily for the news.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

I see! Thanks for the clarification :)

I sometimes struggle with the floods of terrible news, so I'd assumed that's what you were talking about.

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tucc OP wrote

I lurk here when I feel hopeless and it makes me feel subversive even though it really does nothing

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Harpocrates wrote

I stopped using social media.

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CC39 wrote

And you're posting this where?

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Harpocrates wrote

I'm sorry I forgot Raddle was owned and ran by oligarchs, how silly of me.

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CC39 wrote

social media

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

Definition of social media:

Forms of electronic communication (such as websites for social networking and microblogging), through which users create online communities to share information, ideas, personal messages, and other content (such as videos).

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NOISEBOB wrote

pe·dan·tic (pə-dăn′tĭk) adj. Characterized by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for academic knowledge and formal rules: a pedantic attention to details.

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Harpocrates wrote

I think you need to drink a glass of water and take a deep breath.

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El_Sabate wrote

I can't yet. But I can have plans and goals to do so. I am saving to buy land and a homestead where I can produce most of the things I and my family need to survive, and hope to be able to mostly escape capitalism by doing so. I want as much land as I can get because then I can invite more people to escape capitalism with me, but I know that this is an extremely limited solution - so do as many projects as I can like Tequila Wolf, and I plan on using my escape from capitalism as a base of operations from which to attack capitalism in more system-wide ways once it is established. I don't just want a private escape from capitalism, but I do want to take my family off of it as much as I can.

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TheLegendaryBirdMonster wrote

I go hiking!

In france, it's free/legal to bivouac in the national parks, if we stay next to the paths. I often go walking for ~1-2 week in summer with a friend. Once the upfront costs of bag/boots/tent/tarp are payed for, it's a really cheap way to go on holidays and walk away from civilization for some time.

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El_Sabate wrote

That sounds amazing. I wish it were free to camp in national or state parks in the US. It's usually like $20+/night to camp at most parks I've been to.

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asg101 wrote

I try to be the sand in their gears as often as possible, acts of daily personal resistance, the slowest possible pace while working, etc, etc. . I try to be the garbage in their datastream,with faked forms and surveys, bogus "searches". Draft registration cards for Donald Duck (or Trump)

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bloodrose wrote

The thing I find most enjoyable right now is crocheting things. I made myself a water-bottle holder and my kid a super-hero mask. It feels really nice to just make something instead of buying it.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

Oh damn I want a super-hero mask.

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bloodrose wrote

If you have somewhere I can mail you one, I will make you one. It takes like 30 minutes and just a smidge of yarn.

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BrowseDuringClass1917 wrote

I organize, everything feels a lot better if you’re actively working against capitalism. It’s probably useless work, but somebody’s gotta do it yknow?

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alex wrote

care for my spouse
make art/music
lite shoplifting
enjoy nature
try to learn to do things myself
read

these things i spend little to no money on, and don't make any money doing and make me happy

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manc wrote

Even in your haven, your social relations will be forever tainted by capitalism. The monster lives within us.

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bloodrose wrote

This. I find friends tend to treat friendship activities as transactional. Like, what does the friendship do for them? I feel like my husband is not like this and so his company is some of the only company I enjoy.

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