RedEmmaSpeaks

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

My anarchy vision for the future is already based more on a tribal-band form of living, because I am totally of the Small is Beautiful mindset. The tribes may form alliances with other tribes, but they'd be more Iroquois Confederation-style alliances, where while there's a common code/law that unites the tribes, each one still maintains its own sovereignty and can conduct their own affairs as they see fit, so long as it doesn't interfere with the lives of the other tribes. As tribes, stuff would be voted on and decided on by the adult members of the tribes. I guess that qualifies that as democracy, but I'm not sure.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Only in White Girl Liberalism can racism be seen as one of those issues where people can agree to disagree on, because apparently this is one of things akin to someone liking pistachio ice cream, while someone else hates it.

Some people believe that all people, regardless of age, race, gender, religious beliefs, or orientation, are human beings and deserving of the rights that come with it. While some people only think that full humanity belongs to those who are White, Christian, and Male, and anyone else should just die. Sometimes you've gotta agree to disagree, am I right? Compromise is key to healthy relationships. :eyeroll:

Though while chica bends over backwards to defend Adolf Hipster, wait until she crosses him in the slightest and discovers he won't do the same for her. The respect of Toxic Neo-Nazi Fucks is ALWAYS conditional. Once you've lost their respect for whatever reason, even if it's just existing, they will not stop going after you; they will never relent.

It's what Philosophy Tube said in his video (which everyone should watch) "The Philosophy of Antifa:" If you decide to stop being a fascist, anti-fascists will leave you alone. They may not like you or want to have a beer in a pub with you, but they will leave you alone. Whereas if you cross a fascist in any way, they will not stop until you have ceased to exist.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Here's a video of the Dapper Richard Spencer getting the shit-eating grin punched off his smug face. Because any discussion about him, benefits from a video of the punch. It's propaganda of the deed done right and a reminder that the dragon is actually a coward, the monster has feet of clay, and can be easily defeated.

https://youtu.be/fErUIxAK2HA

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

During the Eisenhower administration, we had a tax rate of 90%. You wanna know what happened? We had a nightmarish era of peace and prosperity during which we built most of our infrastructure and implement programs that enabled us to beat Russia to the moon in the the sixties.

Heck, during the era of Republican Jesus, I mean, Reagan, tax rate was about 60%, so she's not too far off.

I have made this statement before and will probably make it many times once more: Eisenhower was the last Republican president who didn't leave his country in worse shape than it was when he took office. I know about his rule in CIA-orchestrated coups, but again, feel that the good mostly outweighed the bad. When the governor of Arkansas refused to comply with court orders to integrate his schools, Eisenhower was the one who dispatched the 101st Airborne to protect the students and force the schools to integrate, thus :gasp: overriding Arksansas's State Right to be an asshole to black people.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Since counting your pennies won't do jack if you get sick, I say go ahead and enjoy the little comforts you can, the little stuff that makes a difficult life easier to bear. Have that fancy latte, eat at McDonald's. Because again, you can't sack away enough nickels and dimes to pay for medical care, and it also doesn't do you much good when it comes to rent and auto repairs. Don't let some rich asshole shame you, because you want to eat something besides ramen noodles every now and then.

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Here's a basic Yellow Vests 101 video. Again, I'm still cautious, because working class movements almost invariably involve racism in the modern era. Then again, Working Class is one of those terms I'm just generally sick of, because working class is usually code for "white men." Apparently women and PoC don't work; we make our living accusing innocent white men of sexual assault and sponging off welfare. Who knew?

https://youtu.be/zn_GHA850eQ

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

I've been kind of concerned about this movement. I hope it is a genuine movement on behalf of the common people, but gods almighty, I've more or less gotten suspicious of any movement where the words "populist" or "nationalist" are used. Maybe those words once had neutral or positive meanings, but now both are pretty much code words for White Supremacy. So I'm worried that while this may bear some of the trappings of a genuine workers' rights movement, it'll eventually break into yet another White Supremacy, Neo-Nazi movement.

Because the idea that both White people and PoC work hard and our being screwed over by those in power? That's unpossible.

Of all the strategies the ruling classes have used to keep the 99% divided, racism may be one of the best, most effective ones. Even now, the general idea is that all workers are racist, even though the fuckers driving this Nazi revival, are about as Working Class as Donald Trump is. Or in other words, they're people born into upper-middle to upper class backgrounds who want to pretend that they are jes' plain folks, even though they haven't spent more than a day in a working class community.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

It's why I like the ideas behind Solarpunk so much better. Too often we wind up in debates about technology, and it always seems to get reduced to a simplistic dichotomy where we can either have our amazing tech and all it brings or go back to living like caveman. The idea is ludicrous on the surface. It assumes that we have an all-or-nothing choice in all this.

But there is no reason it has to be like that, no reason we can't take the old and marry it with the new. Hold onto what works, but jettison what doesn't. Clinging to traditions without thought is stupid, but completely throwing all ideas out the window without bothering to study them is stupid as well.

For example, when it comes to medicine, we can hold onto what we've learned regarding germ theory and antibiotics, but try to figure out how to implement them in a way that demands fewer nonrenewable resources. Germ theory is easy enough; just wash your hands frequently and throw your tools into boiling hot water.

So much of our problems and our discussions center around how we can't have that or we must have that, but that's sloppy thinking. A smarter approach would be, "Okay, how can we use this more efficiently?" Like rather than constantly produce new gadgets, we can accept that we've produced a shitton of them and rather than do all the work involved to make more slightly upgraded models, why not cannibalize old versions for parts, see if we can figure out how to make it work for a newer model?

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

How soon until Cryptocurrency millionaire discovers that Nevada is a massive desert and pretty much the only way you can live the all-American one-size-fits-all existence, is via a massive State powered by nonrenewable resources. Once we've burned through the last of our oil, places like Las Vegas and Phoenix will be forced to discover that they are deserts and there's limits to the population the area can support. To say nothing of what would happen when they are forced to deal with the desert heat without the benefit of AC.

I imagine with some thinking and planning, someone could manage a happy, comfortable existence out in the Nevada/Arizona desert, but it would require flexible thinking and a willingness to accept that certain tech, like AC, is off the table and they will have to learn how to deal with the desert heat without it. And while I haven't clicked on the link yet, I can't imagine Cryptocurrency millionaire being the type to do this kind of long-term planning and the likelihood that he would forgo such luxuries as AC...that sound you hear is my mocking laughter.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

For those of you who worry about repeating ableist slurs and want to know how to avoid it, use the word "asshole." It's a good, all-purpose insult that can be slung at anything and everyone who deserves it.