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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.

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It's probably because they don't want some fingers pointed back at them, don't want their egos bruised by people pointing out their role in sustaining institutionalized prejudices.

Even on the Left, white men are the most thinned-skinned fragile mothereffers around, their egos unable to bear the slightest criticism.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

On one hand, it is a decent cartoon. On the other hand, it's by Ted Rall, aka the testicular cancer of people.

Here is a lengthy takedown of Ted Rall and his career: https://imgur.com/a/xDjKV

I often wonder to what extent Ted Rall is a leftist. Honestly, I've thought that he's on the Left not so much because of the ideals he believes in, but because he has this image of himself as the scruffy underdog sticking it to the man. Since the Left tends to represent that kind of imagery, Rall sides with them. But he also has this obsession as being seen as the one who really gets it, so if something is held in consensus by the various groups on the Left, he has to side against it.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

It's the argument usually uttered by smug white boy brosocialists as they explain that they simply can't care about Id Pol and all those women/PoC/LGBT people should shut up and step aside, because we'll solve racism forever once we've solved poverty forever.

Again, they have the luxury of being able to ignore Id Pol, because on the whole, it doesn't affect their day-to-day life that much. Heck, they mostly benefit from Id Pol: society is catered around white men. Those outside the demographic of white, heterosexual, cisgender, and male, don't have that luxury. Whether we chose to acknowledge it or not, we're drafted into the fight from day one.

Class is an important issue, since money is basically the ultimate privilege, but it's simplistic to act like it affects everyone equally. Even LBJ said something along the lines that black poverty isn't the same as white poverty and he's right.

The Left is centered around the ideal that all people should be free to live their lives as they see fit, so long as it harms no one else in the process. Id Pol isn't a distraction from the cause; it IS the cause.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Sorry to have waited so long to post in this thread, but I wanted time to mull things over.

I entirely understand the general tendency towards pessimism. There are plenty of reasons for it, plenty of examples as to point to about how everything is going to shit. And on some level, the pessimistic predictions are correct. Our way of life cannot be sustained and either we can dismantle Capitalism or Industrial Civilization and maybe salvage a decent existence, or it will be dismantled by default once it has reached its natural limits, because constant growth isn't possible. Just as if you constantly gobble chocolate cake, you will eventually run out of chocolate cake, if you constantly consume resources, you will eventually run out of resources.

All this is true, but at the same time, ultimately we must hope, not the mindless Pollyanna type, but the real, strong kind that fuels change. Hope is ultimately a radical act. The Powers That Be want you to give up, accept that this is how the world has to be, and you're a fool for daring to dream or ask for something better. Continuing to hope and letting that hope fuel your resistance, is an upraised middle finger to all of it.

So while I know that in all likelihood what awaits us is starvation and squalor, I will choose to hope. After all, humans are wired for altruism and empathy and despite the State's best efforts, these traits are very hard to stamp out. Many people, ironically, often support so-called Marxist or Socialist ideas, if they are framed using different terms from the ones they've received a steady diet of fearmongering about. Even if Industrial Civilization comes crashing down, we will try to take care of each other and as a result, some form of government will emerge. It will be on a more tribal band-level, but it's still government.

Any case, I've recently become a fan of Solarpunk. I just really like the aesthetic and the mindset around it. Humans, in addition to being naturally wired for empathy, are also wired to create and innovate. We'll take stuff apart and figure out how to make it work. Because people tend to fall into the trap of "The Modern World is shallow and we need to go back to traditions of old" or "The past has nothing to teach us," but it doesn't have to be an either/or situation. We can hold onto what works, jettison what doesn't, and rediscover and modify old techniques. Marry the old and the new.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

We are naturally wired to want to take care of each other. We don't need a State to make us do it. In fact, the State does what it can to pervert and destroy this impulse, because of the threat it poses. If our natural empathy gets too strong, we might start asking questions like, "Okay, if we have nearly ten abandoned homes for each individual homeless person, why can't we let them move into these houses?" and from there ask questions like, "Why do we lock up the basic essentials needed to survive, even though we have a surplus?"

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

I scanned through this thread, trying to figure out the general gist of it all. Initially, when I read the thread title I thought, "Oh, this is going to be a discussion of the Post-Revolution world, what happens following the collapse." Judging by the rest of the replies, I was mistaken, though I might just discuss that anyway.

Because honestly, the state of the world is gloomy enough as is. We all know that all this is going to collapse. If you constantly devour nonrenewable resources, eventually you are going to run out of resources; it's a basic fact of life. The plain and simple truth is that this Industrial, One-Size-Fits-All Civilization was only able to keep going as long as it has because until recently, there were always new lands to expand to with new resources to consume. Europe is all used up? Go to the Americas and get more resources.

The trouble is that this Civilization has effectively taken over the planet; there are no more new lands to expand to. Right now, Capitalism is trying to keep the game going by consuming other Capitalist nations, but there's an obvious flaw to that strategy.

In any case, people will elect Fascist leaders because there's something attractive-sounding that there could be a simple, easy solution to a massive worldwide problem. But Fascists are strutting bullies who suck at running countries; bluster and nationalism can only get you so far. As a result, things will deteriorate further, leading to more unrest, and more crackdowns, until finally Industrial Civilization reaches its limits and the whole thing comes crashing down, and survivors have to pick up the pieces.

I had planned to post my theories about what a post-revolution, post-collapse world would be like, but this post is hella long as is. I know I tend to be a long-winded poster, but I feel I should try to ease up on it. I firmly believe, barring a world-ending event like, say, nuclear war, that humans will rebuild, because that's what we've always done. Ice Age hits? We suffer and struggle, but we pay attention, study, and learn, and manage to survive. In my vision, we do more than more than our current day-to-day survival: we fucking thrive.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Hate to break it to you, but if this is the first time you've heard of it, I'm assuming you still have your umbilical cord attached. It's been a longstanding meme in our culture that women lie about rape, make accusations to punish innocent White dudes. Apparently there's no easier path to a life of riches, fame, and glory then by being a rape victim. I mean, sure you'll have to deal with people depicting you as the biggest, most vindictive, lying [insert prejorative term], have everyone digging through your life history with a finetooth comb to find anything that will prove that you are literally the worst person since Hitler, but you get your name and face in the news and maybe a memoir deal out of it, so all the abuse is worth it. :eyeroll:

There have been instances where people have lied about being raped, but y'know what, there have also been instances of burglaries that turned out to be insurance scams and no one uses that as an excuse to dismiss all burglary cases.

Link to an important, depressing infographic to drive the point home: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2013/01/07/the-saddest-graph-youll-see-today/?utm_term=.247293e98093

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

In edition to all the stuff already listed, we're going to need medics. We'll need our version of army medics who know how to treat someone in the middle of a battlefield, but in our long-term society we form as a result of our victory, we'll still need doctors.

And in all likelihood, since we may be operating on a smaller scale, there really won't be much specialization. A doctor may be called upon to deliver babies, suture wounds, perform surgeries, among other tasks. We need the kind of people who can switch between surgeon and OB/GYN and back, without losing their cool or losing track of the task at hand.

We'll also need people who know how to practice what can be called Disaster Medicine, because we'll likely be in a situation where we may not have access to all the supplies needed, so anyone practicing medicine would need to know how to work under very spartan conditions with very little at their disposal.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Have you ever read NeuroTribes by Steve Silberman? It is a really good book about Autism and how it's been treated and regarded at many points in history. The guy also has a really good quote about Autism that I like.

By focusing exclusively on long-range research into alleged “risk factors” for autism, while ignoring the need to dramatically improve the quality of life for autistic people and their families today, we fool ourselves into thinking that autism is a “puzzle” that will be solved by the next medical breakthrough. Instead, what autism really is is an enormous population of men and women with tremendous potential who are being denied what everyone deserves: the chance to live a happy, healthy, safe, secure and productive life. Viewed in this light, autistic people are one of the largest disenfranchised minorities in the world.

Imagine if society had put off the issue of civil rights until the genetics of race were sorted out, or denied wheelchair users access to schools and public buildings while insisting, “Someday, with the help of science, everyone will walk.” Viewed as a form of disability that is relatively common rather than as a baffling medical enigma, autism is not so “puzzling” after all. Designing appropriate forms of support and accommodations is not beyond our capabilities as a society, as the history of the disability rights movement proves.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

It does kind of go with Centrist philosophy, where rather than espouse something radical that would actually save money in the long term and benefit everyone, they try to meet half way by reducing the price somewhat, ignoring the fact that it's already five times too expensive and their solution maybe reduces the cost by a percentage of a percent.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

Judging by the comments, my link has hit more of a nerve than I thought. I posted it because "Hey radical cartoons are cool" and I didn't think this board was the type of place that supported incels.

I am curious to know what got everyone fired up? Not trying to sound rude, but I want to be a better person and learn more about the world, and you do both by asking questions.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

White men can conveniently ignore Idpol, because it doesn't affect their day to day lives too much. In fact, they often benefit from Idpol. Women, PoC, and minorities don't have that choice. Whether we acknowledge it or not, we are drafted into the fight from day one.

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RedEmmaSpeaks wrote

I can disagree with some of the small stuff, but when it comes to the big stuff like basic human rights, I have zero fucks to give. I am not going to sit down and make a case as to why you shouldn't oppress entire religious or minority groups for just being who they are. Doing so, suggests that these things are something which IS up for debate, the very idea I find monstrous. Either you believe human rights belong to everyone or you don't. And if you don't, fuck you.

You can't agree to disagree or to coexist with people who don't want you to exist at all.