PositiveFreedom

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PositiveFreedom wrote

Unfortunately the media doesn't report on American atrocities. The majority of Americans are completely ignorant and indoctrinated to American greatness from a young age. And the atrocities that are reported are given the cop treatment, "a few bad apples."

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PositiveFreedom wrote

Your argument boils down to do nothing until the revolution begins. Any other societal ills we should completely ignore until then? The revolution isn't happening any time soon and climate change is a real threat right now.

Is it effective strategy? Probably not. But I'm not in the habit of telling communities how to fight. And these communities are learning and building solidarity in these direct actions. Hopefully learning to become better revolutionaries.

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PositiveFreedom wrote (edited )

Every new pipeline is accepting that we need to continue using oil instead of substantially investing in renewables or consuming less. Protesting these new pipelines is a clear message we are done with fossil fuels and it's time to work as a community to develop alternatives. Under the regime of the State that means policies that favor renewable and punishes pollution causing energy production.

Or to put it more explicitly, protesting the pipeline makes it clear to the government we are done with oil. Obviously the government responds best when profits are threatened and protesting the government is less effective at that than being able to shut down a pipeline.

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PositiveFreedom wrote

I think that's the biggest problem with an caps. They ACTUALLY believe this bullshit. Property rights are absolute. A business owner thus always reserves the right to fire someone at anytime for any reason (it's their property); unless you contract otherwise but what good businessman would do this with unskilled labor. Not sure how there's any freedom in having your entire livelihood completely dependent on another human being. But justify it they do.

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PositiveFreedom wrote

He certainly said the right things. Only he knows whether it was genuine or not. But what he said showed genuine regret and an understanding of the unequal balance of power making consent impossible. I'm inclined to think it was sincere but waiting and denying certainly makes that a tenuous position.

Reparations are certainly necessary but I'm not inclined to throw people away when they seem redeemable.