RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Yeah, as if you really believe that the corporations are in serious competition with each up and all this rivalry isn't the equivalent of Homer Simpson being all, "Don't blame me. I voted for Kodos."

Like protects like. No matter how much they pretend their rivalries are serious and actually matter, ultimately, they will always rush to each other's side as soon as there's any threat. Because the trouble is Corporations also believe in solidarity just like socialists and know that any threat to one of them, is a threat to all of them, so regardless of personal feelings, they will work together to crush any rebellions.

Sadly enough, Corporations seem to be better at unification than their opponents on the Left. Trying to get the Left to agree on anything, is the equivalent of herding cats. We could probably stand to just be in each other's corners and screw the infighting.

Let's take an Iroquois Confederation-style approach to alliances. The agreement between the tribes that made up the Confederation was basically, "Okay, we'll put aside our differences and work together to deal with the White Man. At the same time, each tribe maintains their own sovereignty and can conduct their internal affairs as they see fit, so long as it doesn't intrude upon the lives of the other tribes."

Or in other words, the vegans can still be vegans and so-on and so-on with other groups, so long as we agree to work together and respect the beliefs of others, even if we don't agree with them.

A Pertinent Simpsons Clip:


RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Think of the innovations we're missing out on, because a large chunk of society is busy scrapping like hell to survive. Stress has very real deleterious on reasoning and thinking; someone constantly living in fear of homelessness, probably doesn't have the time/energy to explore that idea that's been nagging at them.


RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

That's a bit of a confusing question. After all, the wheel is a form of technology when you come right down to it.

My objections regarding tech, and I imagine many anti-tech anarchists feel the same, is the Constant Production for the Sake of Production that governs our culture. We have easily produced enough clothing, so probably everyone in the world can wear a new outfit every day without repeating previous ourselves, yet for some reason, we can't say, "Okay, we've produced enough clothes. Why don't we close the factories and work on something else?" No, the factories have to keep going, burning through nonrenewable resources, forever poisoning the Earth.

To often in discussions regarding tech, people think in absolutes, believe that "tech is evil and must be destroyed" or "we can either have tech or live like cavemen." Both mindsets are entirely too simplistic. Rather than throw out everything willy-nilly, why not hold onto what works and jettison what doesn't?

Maybe rather than constantly make new gadgets, why not say, "Fuck Planned Obsolescence!" and regain the Right to Repair. Therefore, when something breaks down, we either try to fix it or break it down to parts, which can be used for other projects. If someone wants their gadget to have part X, rather than throw out a perfectly good device, why not modify their device, so it has part X/feature X? We could have kind of a perpetual yard sale where people can dump off stuff they no longer want, so someone else can pick it up or again, it can be broken down into parts for some other projects.


RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Because people still display the symptoms of a condition regardless of whether or not someone else is smart enough to recognize it?

Anyway, the mental picture people have of someone with Autism is a White Male, so naturally, they're more prone to look for it in White Males. It also doesn't help that differences born as a result of society or biology, leads to women not presenting according to the stereotypical model. Girls are, from a pretty early age, conditioned to constantly cater to the wants and needs of others and as such, this forces them to become better at mimicking normal people, though they will always be off-key about it.

As for PoC, this just seems to be something that happens to them because of, well, racism. They are stuffed into overcrowded, underfunded schools that don't have the time and resources needed to help them. Even if they're not, if a White kid is struggling in school, teacher is more willing to go, "Hmm...maybe they have some kind of learning disability or something hindering their ability to think and function." Whereas kids of color are just regarded as pain-in-the-ass kids.


RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Mosquitoes. Not only are they annoying and irritating as fuck, but they have killed God-only-Knows how many people.

And wasps. At least with bees, you get delicious honey to go with all the stings and they pollinate our crops. Bees also only sting if they feel threatened, because they'll die after stinging. Wasps on the other hand, don't die after stinging you, so they can do it however many times they want, because they're assholes that way.


RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

I took the liberty of translating the whole thing, save for the heading, via Google Translate. If any actual French speakers want to take it on, feel free, seeing as Google Translate isn't probably the best source around.

Anyway, here it comes:

Following the 1st assembly of Commercy, about 200 delegations present continue their fight against liberal extremism policies for Freedom, Equality and Fraternity!

Despite the repressive escalation of the government, the accumulation of laws that aggravate for all living conditions, which destroy rights and freedoms; the mobilization is rooted to change the system embodied by Macron!

As the only answer to the converging aspirations of yellow vests and other struggles, the government panics and opposes an authoritarian drift.

For 5 months, everywhere in France, on the roundabouts, car parks, squares, tolls, in the demonstrations, in our assemblies: we continue to debate, to fight against all the forms of inequalities, injustice, discrimination, and for solidarity and dignity.

We claim:

  • the general increase in wages, pensions and social minima;

  • public services for all.

Our solidarity and our struggles are especially for the 9 million people living below the poverty line.

Aware of the environmental emergency, we say "End of the world, end of the month, same logic, same fight! "

In the face of the charade of the great debate, in the face of an unrepresentative government and the service of a privileged minority, we are setting up new forms of direct democracy.

In concrete terms, we recognize that the Assembly of Assemblies can receive proposals from local assemblies and issue guidelines (such as the call of the first Assembly of the Assemblies of Commercy). These guidelines are then systematically submitted to local groups.

The Assembly of Assemblies reaffirms its independence from political parties and trade unions, and does not recognize any self-proclaimed leader.

During 3 days, in plenary assembly and by thematic groups, we all debated and elaborated proposals on our demands, actions, means of communication and coordination.

We are in the long term and decide to organize a next assembly meeting in June.

In order to strengthen the balance of power, to put all citizens in order of battle against this system, the Assembly of assemblies calls for actions whose schedule will be released soon via a digital platform dedicated and secure.

The Assembly of Assemblies calls for expanding and strengthening sovereign local assemblies and creating new ones.

We call on all Yellow Vests to spread this call and the conclusions of our Assembly.

The results of the plenary work are made available to the local assemblies to feed the actions and reflections of the assemblies.

We make several calls: on the Europeans, the citizens' and local popular assemblies, against the repression and for the cancellation of the sentences of the prisoners and condemned of the movement.

It seems necessary to take a time of 3 weeks to mobilize all the yellow vests and convince those who are not yet!

We are calling for a Yellow Action Week starting May 1st.

We invite all those who want to end the grabbing of the Living to assume a conflictuality with the current system, to create together, by all means necessary a new social movement popular ecological.

The multiplication of current struggles calls us to seek unity of action.

We call on all levels of the territory to fight collectively to achieve the satisfaction of our social, fiscal, ecological and democratic demands.

Aware that we have to fight against a global system, we consider that it will be necessary to leave capitalism.

Thus we will collectively build this famous "all and all together" that we are chanting and that makes everything possible: we build all and all together, at all levels of the territory.

The power of the people, by the people, for the people. Do not look at us, join us!