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Pop wrote

Its a bit more direct if you're talking to the individual who has the power over a smaller institution

If you're managing to piss the person off by having the phone ringing all the time, then it's more like direct action
sometimes its easier just to stop being an asshole to one of your prisoners than to deal with phonecalls all day, but a petition doesn't need to be looked at

and if it's as part of other actions, it can potentially help

That said, I don't really know, never done it

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Pop wrote

Your people are out there,

In my experience, just make your politics good (ie always critique yourself and grow, always as honestly as you can) and you'll find them with time

but it might mean a significant amount of waiting in the meanwhile

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Pop wrote

Thanks for sharing! Most of us share your same condemnation of society and modernity.

Just a note, especially if you're a man, please don't go using 'bitches' like this. There are tonnes of other words out there that don't associate negatively with womanness, and given your hatred of the sexism in this world I assume you'll understand.

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Pop wrote

The premise of The Denial of Death is that human civilization is ultimately an elaborate, symbolic defense mechanism against the knowledge of our mortality, which in turn acts as the emotional and intellectual response to our basic survival mechanism. Becker argues that a basic duality in human life exists between the physical world of objects and a symbolic world of human meaning. Thus, since humanity has a dualistic nature consisting of a physical self and a symbolic self, we are able to transcend the dilemma of mortality through heroism, by focusing our attention mainly on our symbolic selves. This symbolic self-focus takes the form of an individual's "immortality project" (or "causa sui project"), which is essentially a symbolic belief-system that ensures oneself is believed superior to physical reality. By successfully living under the terms of the immortality project, people feel they can become heroic and, henceforth, part of something eternal: something that will never die as compared to their physical body. This, in turn, gives people the feeling that their lives have meaning, a purpose, and are significant in the grand scheme of things.

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Pop wrote (edited )

Isn't it that we punch/protest against and resist in all ways except those that are mediated? except those that separate us from our own autonomous power? It's not just voting that we don't do.

the "we should resist in all forms" argument doesn't really work because there are tonnes of other forms of resistance that we don't do but nobody mentions those

If you think that voting makes no difference and ultimately only reproduces bad things, but that we should do it because diversity of tactics, then you could use the diversity of tactics argument to argue for anything that's completely useless and counterproductive

e.g.
Let's all baaaa like sheep at people in the voting queues!

Fascists do come into power in part because they are voted in (much of the time), but to suggest that this is the key point in fascist power-building is to miss out on all the other important elements of fascist power building, of which there are many
organising autonomously against those elements means we keep our power and we grow in it

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Pop wrote

I wonder what people would have to talk about here weekly

updates on fansubbers?

in my anime days I used to just use bakabt where I could, and then myanimelist.net to find a list of the best fansubbers of any particular anime

not sure what more there is to it.

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Pop wrote (edited )

weak article in part because it doesn't make blurs differences between whiteness, white raced people, and 'white' skin people ie people of european descent

personally I think it makes sense to get rid of whiteness and so therefore people raced as white, but hypothetically once whiteness is gone the people formerly raced as white will just be people

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Pop wrote

Not if the items traded are parts of national and international networks of exploitation of the poor and otherwise marginalised

You can't look at capitalism as merely an interaction between two apparently free and equal individuals; there's a broader context of the production of those items and the tendency of wealth to beget more wealth and to create more inequality under capitalism

For as long as the world runs under a profit motive, there will always be incentive to exploit people, there will always be incentive to invent groups to dehumanise so that they may be exploited more

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Pop wrote (edited )

I want things and there is no ethical consumption under capitalism

solution: theft