891284 wrote

Woah. I slept through all of this. Raddle is not a huge part of my life - I come here for stuff to read that's more likely to align with my personal politics and philosophy than Reddit, and I appreciate the community here but don't participate a ton and don't have much to offer beyond occasional link sharing. So I just plain missed all of this.

Sigh. I can understand why people are upset and hurt by this, and don't really know what the answer is.


891284 wrote

I think talking about your politics without describing them as "anarchist" is a good idea. I've personally had some success with bringing friends on board with that approach.

Once you do get to this point, though, if they're comfortable with it and won't just fire back knee-jerk responses, it's good to emphasise that anarchism is opposition to hierarchy, not "government" as such. People tend to associate "government" (hierarchy) with order and stability, and thus "anarchy" with disorder and chaos. It's good to correct that misconception whenever there's a chance someone will listen, and can be a good opportunity to introduce them to actual anarchist thought if they're a curious sort.

This can be pointless pedantry if they're too stuck on their preconceptions, so it's best to feel things out a bit first before having these conversations. Sharing your stances on police, capitalism, prisons, human rights, mutual aid, etc. without attaching a label to them can get people engaged with ideas themselves while leaping over whatever misconceptions they have.


891284 wrote

Towards the "Other America" is geared specifically toward white readers wanting to better challenge racism and stand as an ally to people of colour. I haven't read it yet myself, but it's on my reading list and it gets thrown around as a good resource.

Ibram X. Kendi's Stamped From the Beginning might be worth reading as well, if you haven't already, for a solid primer on the history of racism in the US. This might help with coming to see racism as a systemic thing that needs institutional restructuring to really affect positive change rather than a series of individual failings.


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Ya'll probably have all this information already, but it might help somebody.

https://5calls.org/issue/defend-fcc-net-neutrality has numbers for representatives and scripts to follow

You can file a formal complaint at: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express The proceeding is "17-108 - Restoring Internet Freedom" (ugh); just write in the comment box that you're filing a formal complaint against Ajit Pai's plan to repeal net neutrality.

https://www.fcc.gov/about/leadership also has Twitter and email contacts for the FCC leadership that will vote in December. Brendan Carr and Michael O'Rielly are the holdouts and Ajit Pai is leading the move to end net neutrality, so go for their throats.

Pai's office number is 202-418-1000