AgitatedStatesOfAmazement

AgitatedStatesOfAmazement wrote

People with white skin but are not white shouldn't be alienated by this.

Worth pointing out that privilege is nearly impossible to completely outgrow. If you're classified as white by the society in which you live you're almost certainly oblivious to some aspects of white privilege and will definitely "be white" from time to time no matter how well-informed and anti-racist you are.

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AgitatedStatesOfAmazement wrote

When TERFs talk about abolishing gender, they're just using it as a convenient prepackaged way to shit on trans people for "enforcing gender roles", when in reality they're the ones who enforce gender roles meanwhile trans people bend and dilute them. Gender abolition is a good thing, it just ends up having a slightly TERFy look because of the fact that TERFs use it as a dogwhistle.

It's like how individual liberty is in fact a good thing, but if you go in the streets holding a picket sign demanding the government not infringe on your rights a lot of people will assume you voted for Ron Paul and just want to be legally allowed to shoot black people who walk on the sidewalk near your house.

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AgitatedStatesOfAmazement wrote

Networks like Gnutella (Limewire) have definitely become less popular. One of the primary reasons is the death of Limewire itself, although other clients such as gtk-gnutella are still in active development and work fine. The other reason is that searching is done p2p within the network itself and is easily flooded with garbage. I've never really used it myself but I've heard horror stories of people searching for music or movies and accidentally downloading everything from malware to child porn.

One advantage of BitTorrent is that only file data itself is shared within the network and searching is done out-of-band, generally on a website like TPB/KAT or a private tracker, which allows those websites to moderate torrents. Public trackers generally do their best to get rid of malicious garbage that plagues Gnutella and other networks like it, and private trackers not only do that but also moderate for quality and remove low-quality uploads, either whenever they're discovered or whenever a better alternative comes along depending on how strict they are.

I do occasionally find myself using Mega or whatever other scummy file upload sites on the rare occasion that I can't find a torrent of something (generally comics or ancient software), but that's pretty rare. BitTorrent traffic is estimated to make up at least 50% of internet traffic, so it's definitely still popular.

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AgitatedStatesOfAmazement wrote

Do participate in any "free speech" platforms?

I find places online that brag about offering "free speech" tend to be comprised mostly of some unknown proportion of nazis and useless liberals jerking themselves off for being Rational and Sophisticated enough to defend said nazis. "Free speech" has become a dogwhistle for "bigots (and sometimes pedos) welcome", and places like Raddle which actually care about protecting genuine, non-genocidal free expression generally choose not to advertise themselves that way.

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AgitatedStatesOfAmazement wrote

If all they were saying was that we should focus solely on class issues and the rest will follow naturally once capitalism is gone, I would still disagree but at least be able to see where they're coming from given that most systemic oppression does tie into class. Where I really get lost is when they insist that anti-racism/anti-sexism/etc are all "divisive" and counterproductive to uniting the working class when racism/sexism/etc are literally the primary things keeping the working class divided in the first place. It's the kind of complete absence of any logical reasoning whatsoever that I would expect from a nazi, not a self-proclaimed radical leftist.

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AgitatedStatesOfAmazement wrote

Class should come first. The rest is just divisive.

This has never made the tiniest shred of sense to me. "Fighting oppression and thereby uniting the working class accomplishes nothing but dividing the working class!!!!!!"

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AgitatedStatesOfAmazement wrote

While I happen to agree with you in this particular circumstance, "if they didn't go to you, they'd find another way" is generally a bad argument for why doing something is ok. The same logic is used to defend platforming fascists and I could easily see hired murderers telling themselves the same thing.

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AgitatedStatesOfAmazement wrote

If there was ever any shred of doubt that just maybe the NRA isn't racist as shit, it was lost when they refused to defend Philando Castile. Their whole fucking thing is that citizens have every right to be armed, they scream about the Communist Democrat Antifa Cucks™ stealing their God-Given Second Amendment Rights™ whenever someone suggests maybe it's not a good idea to have 10-year-olds carrying at school, and then this pig empties his mag into a black guy for legally open carrying in his own car and they look the other way and whistle.

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