This is a tentative thought I wanted to introduce for discussion, two weeks after the first post on this forum.
Not only providing original content as well as effort-posts is going to grow the userbase here. We have to have good politics.
That said, I’ll guess the majority of people posting here are probably white guys. White guys typically have a certain set of concerns that maintain the marginalization of people who aren’t white guys and alienate those people from participating.
Arguments about anti-civ or transhumanism, or even things like collectivism vs individualism, are white guy arguments. Aside from the fact that they don’t seem to convince anyone of anything but their original belief, what they do is foreground the fact that we are not actually interested in the liberation of POC, or women, or queers, or the differently-abled, or anyone else who is marginalized.
The concerns reflected in the arguments on this website make all the difference in whether we’ll actually get a solid group of radicals engaging on this website.
Assuming all I’ve said here is the case, what might that mean for the individuals who are already using this site? Especially though of us who like the space and want good things for it?
I think it means we have to change what we are concerned about. I think one thing we could do is to treat this space as one where we really try to seek out our own blind spots and prejudices and put them through hell, so that we can (to some meaningful degree) stand in the position of someone who would currently say, “I don’t want to be a part of what they’re doing” and really understand why, so that we can struggle for them, which, I think, is incidentally the only way we’ll liberate ourselves.