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Pushing for a UBI to fund livelihoods and free up time for more radical organizing.

Submitted by Cheeks in Rate_that_Praxis

As an anarchist I have fundamental issues with voting, only participating on a local level and rarely do that. But, recently came across a guy running for US president in 2020, Andrew Yang, who wants to institute a UBI, Medicare for all, as well as a multitude of other state capitalism type social programs. The dude doesn't stand a chance, but it got me thinking. Is it bad praxis to participate in propping up new 'leaders' like this if it is a stepping stone to free up time for individuals allowing for more radical organizing?

I'm not sure exactly how I feel about this. Some discourse would be nice.

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jorgesumle wrote

Is it bad praxis to participate in propping up new 'leaders' like this if it is a stepping stone to free up time for individuals allowing for more radical organizing?

You will lose time making that leader win (very difficult). That doesn't guarantee anything anyway, leaders can turn out to be despotic, lie, etc. Anarchists usually focus instead on building non-hierarchical structures.

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ziq wrote (edited )

UBI is more bread and circuses, designed to delay real action. It'll do long term harm because it'll allow capitalism to keep destroying the planet until the bitter end.

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Cheeks wrote

Thank you ziq, this is where I was hoping the conversation would go.

A kinder gentler government still results in the same problems and merely 'legitimizes' it further, prolonging the eventual and inevitable collapse of capitalism.

These are going to be the talking points we will be inundated with by the quasi Socialists and liberals in the near future for who knows how long.

I don't understand the down votes, admittedly. I think I made it perfectly clear that I'm not supporting this guy or proposing that anyone do so. I'm simply asking for some insight to a fleeting thought.

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ziq wrote

I hate when raddlers try to stifle certain conversations like it's taboo or something.

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ziq wrote

Andrew Yang gets 1/10 for praxis btw. He has no chance of being elected and it's not his actual goal.