Dumai

Dumai OP wrote (edited )

he called "open borders" a "koch brothers policy", is a millionaire, and wrote an essay about how women enjoy the thought of being raped

racist: check

rich: check

creep: check

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Reply to comment by Dumai in Friday Free Talk (2020-02-28) by Majrelende

Dumai wrote (edited )

nothin' about the kibbutzim specifically off the top of my head but ilan pappe's 'the ethnic cleansing of palestine' will have some relevant stuff and it might interest u anyway

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Reply to comment by Dumai in Friday Free Talk (2020-02-28) by Majrelende

Dumai wrote

they basically functioned as a means of colonial expropriation both before the founding of the state of israel and after. "return to the soil" (in both senses of the term), place the roots for an agricultural labour force with control over the land. ended up being an important part of the nation-building project, post-1948 you just get stories of israel levelling or depopulating palestinian villages and building kibbutzim where they used to be

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Dumai wrote

having to explain to people why the kibbutzim were bad, actually, reminds me of my dad's take that the only time "socialism" has ever worked was when israel did it

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Reply to comment by Dumai in Is "boomer" problematic language? by ziq

Dumai wrote (edited )

i've said this all before on this site but the narrative that portrays your parents'/grandparents' generation as wealthy conservative parasites and you as the suffering downwardly mobile millennial/zoomer only makes sense if you're from a relatively comfortable background in the first place. to the working class it just looks like intergenerational poverty deepening its hold over your family.

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Dumai wrote (edited )

i don't believe generation is a coherent axis of power and privilege and when taken too far this kind of fake generational politics can actually veer hard into ageism (age not being the same thing as generation). "ok boomer" is just a silly joke about the fact that this generation accumulated more wealth than any before or since, but bear in mind: that goes back a long way, and seeing as we're all good anti-capitalists here we should know it's very hard to accumulate wealth under capitalism without somebody getting impoverished. the immiseration of the reagan/thatcher years? that happened to boomers. funny thing is i've had to tell that to people who quite literally self-id as class reductionist dirtbags; how's that for letting identity get in the way of class politics

seriously though i've seen american millennials say shit like "in the 60s and 70s it was totally easy to get a job, boomers don't know what unemployment is like". oh really? it was totally easy to get a job for everybody during and immediately after the jim crow era. maybe think that one through a bit more

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Reply to comment by Dumai in Friday Free Talk by vMU9

Dumai wrote

the curse of ham is just one of those parts of the bible that make my head spin (see also: zipporah at the inn) and then christians made it racist

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Dumai wrote (edited )

it's just black book of communism shit. the actual death toll of the ussr really doesn't exceed that of any bourgeois regime by much, because at the end of the day that's what it was.

i detest leftism but we don't need cold warrior historiography to criticise it, and autonomism and communisation ain't leftist.

and I'll be honest, would be better to defer the killings (I mean it's prolly metaphorical killing, but even still) until they get dangerous

the left is pretty dangerous as it is, but any struggle against capital will necessarily bring you in conflict with the left if you're doing it right.

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Reply to comment by Dumai in Friday Free Talk by vMU9

Dumai wrote (edited )

like one of my biggest issues with desert is that its portrayal of civilisational collapse is actually way too optimistic, for fatalistic as it is lol

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Reply to Friday Free Talk by vMU9

Dumai wrote

if anything, blessed is the flame is a better argument for nihilism than desert was because it's far, far bleaker

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