OniLinkPlus

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OniLinkPlus wrote

TIL leftists hate the environment. Got it. Fuck Raddle, I'm out. Go ahead and ban me if you want, I ain't coming back.

How about instead of heavily downvoting somebody you don't necessarily agree with, you provide actual reasons and citations for why electric vehicles are bad? Cause right now all this has convinced me of is that Raddle is a bunch of reactionaries who've bought into big oil propaganda about how electric vehicles are terrible.

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OniLinkPlus wrote (edited )

Money as a concept would be gone. People's job choices would be what they want to work in. Necessary jobs such as maintenance are an issue I'm still thinking about as currently not many people want to do those jobs, though this may be resolved if we as a society begin to encourage these professions as important and noble.

Communities would be in dense population centers with high rise apartment complexes of varying sizes based on family size. Something like 500 sq ft base + 250 additional sq ft per person (numbers subject to actual research because I'm literally tossing numbers out there). The goal is to provide everybody with a comfortable amount of housing space while also not allowing said housing to sprawl and overtake the land which provides our natural resources.

Population will be limited, not with a hard limit but with extensive family planning to ensure we maintain a stable, sustainable population without growth.

Energy will be sourced from entirely renewable resources such as solar, hydroelectric (to the extent that it does not interfere with waterways and the life living within said waterways), wind, and similar, with particular care made to ensure our energy collection does not interfere with other animals and plant life. Ultimately we are aiming for zero-waste and net-zero (or negative) emissions.

Public transportation will be extensive and well maintained so that you can reach effectively anywhere within a reasonable timeframe. Population centers will be well designed such that individual vehicles become obsolete.

Food sources will be primarily local agriculture worked on by the community, with good farming practices to prevent soil degradation and water overuse. Animals will not be consumed, but artificial lab-grown meats will be available.

All "government" will be local direct democracy, with no authority presiding. Community members will nominate among themselves individuals to perform certain roles during community meetings such as timekeeper and vote counting, but care will be taken to rotate these roles such that no individual takes a nominated role twice. This can even be a bylaw of the community meetings.

The concept of "crime" will be limited to that which harms the community or an individual such as theft of personal property (why would one even steal if everything is abundant and available though??) or murder. "Crimes" will not be punished, instead individuals will have their needs addressed to find what will prevent future conflict. Extreme cases will be deliberated on by the community. If crime is being committed, that is a sign that the community is failing in some way that needs to be addressed.

As an addendum to the previous paragraph, Copyright can go fuck itself.

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OniLinkPlus wrote

I'm sure many people are just inherently monogamous, but I also find it improbable that all monogamists are inherently so. It's far more likely that a significant proportion of humanity would desire non-monogamous relationships given my (limited) knowledge about how we probably acted before societal norms. So what's oppressive is not monogamy, but monogamy normativity.

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OniLinkPlus wrote

Idealistically, guns would be limited to hunting for food. There should be no need for self defense. We don't live in an ideal world, we need to be able to defend ourselves, especially and primarily from oppressive regimes.

That being said, guns are dangerous tools. In the wrong hands, many innocent lives can easily be lost, as we've seen countless times in the US over the last several years. We need to find some compromise between defending ourselves from authority and defending ourselves from those who are not capable of properly handling guns.

So honestly I'm not sure. At the very least, we need to restrict what types of guns are available (many guns that currently exist are overkill for any reasonable purpose - who needs an automatic for hunting or self defense?! these guns are designed for slaughter), and we need to be especially restrictive of authority having guns and other weapons (preferably a complete ban) (even better if we eliminate the concept of authority but we're not there yet).

We could further restrict who is allowed to have guns, but that gets into the question of "who gets to decide?" which doesn't have good answers. Perhaps a community training service to ensure those with guns are properly trained? But then we're still granting authority to the people running the training sessions. I don't think there are any easy answers.

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OniLinkPlus wrote (edited )

Ok, I get the concept now. I personally have special needs so this might be a bit harder (I have some interesting sensory quirks with my digestive system among other things), but I'll see if I can find myself a diet that at the very minimum highly reduces my meat intake. Even if I end up unable to eliminate my meat intake, minimizing my footprint has to count for something I'd think.

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OniLinkPlus wrote

I was under the impression that beans and lentils do not provide a sufficient source of bioavailable essential amino acids, and are therefore not a recommended alternative to many meats which do provide those essential amino acids? Do you have a source saying they are a sufficient alternative? My google-fu is pathetic and I can't find anything :(

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OniLinkPlus wrote (edited )

Carnist, I have objections to vegan diets on basis of cost (it's far too expensive in the US so I cannot afford it, plus I feel a lot of the arguments for eating vegan come across as classist by ignore this? I'd love to eat ethically but I prefer to not starve, I like to think that doesn't make me evil).

If lab grown meat becomes affordable and available to me, I would switch entirely to lab grown for my meat source.

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OniLinkPlus wrote

First, I'm going to be sure to define my terms since these are fairly... abstract things.

Freedom to me is the idea that an authority cannot tell you that you must or must not do something.

Equality is the idea that all people are given a fair chance (equality of opportunity), and not treated differently for inherent characteristics such as race, gender, or sexual orientation. As an addendum, I tend more to believe in equitable treatment of people, such that those who need a leg up are provided what they need, e.g. people with disabilities, with the idea being that equity is the method by which we reach equality.

In an idealized society, we would have both freedom and equality. Right now we have neither - government removes freedoms in the interest of "stability and order", and people are discriminated against worldwide for being LGBTQ/women/PoC/etc.

It's tempting to believe that if we eliminate authority in order to restore freedom, equality will naturally follow. I do not believe this to be the case. The fact is, a lot of the time it is private individuals who are promoting inequality and discrimination (that's not to say the government isn't promoting inequality - it definitely is) (see cases like Kim Davis who admittedly used a position of authority to promote her private beliefs, or many of the incidents with bakeries refusing gay customers).

Even if we do eliminate authority to restore full freedoms, there will still be people who discriminate. Equality won't naturally follow (though the situation will likely improve drastically). If we want people to be treated equally, which I think is a necessary goal, then we need some form of community policing to protect the marginalized which then constitutes some form of authority. The question then becomes - is community self-policing an authority that we are willing to accept? I'm fairly new to leftist politics, but it looks like people agree with and are fine with community self-policing?

It's also possible that I'm naively pessimistic about humanity and authority really is the source of inequality so :/ But I do find equality to be of more importance than freedom, personally, as you cannot have freedom for all without equality (if people are not equal, then somebody must have less or more freedom than others, which is undesirable and seems to imply the existence of authority).

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OniLinkPlus wrote

Yup! I've beaten Xenoblade 6 times (2 regular runs, one for Wii one for 3DS, 2 NG+ speedruns, 2 100% runs, one for Wii one for 3DS, working on my 7th right now), I've 100%ed Xenoblade X once, and I'm working on a 100% guide for Xenoblade X right now. Xenoblade led me to Xenogears which then led me to Xenosaga. Also have the Xenoblade 2 special edition preorder. I... might be a bit obsessed with the Xeno series >.>