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Yunlunuae wrote

The problem is that english as a language doesn't lend itself very well to distinguishing between authority (as in unjustified and coercive) and authority ( as in a knowledgeable person in their field). A leader for a specific task is reasonable and so long as those wishing to partake in the task agree it would be justified, they're deferring to experience or knowledge in such an example.

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Yunlunuae wrote

No problem on the gillis link ^_^

I think it's important to distinguish technology itself as the expansion of the manners in which we interact with the world rather than one of the tools in which we do so, this can be actual tools that we utilize or the very nature of linguistic frameworks or concepts as 'technology'. I agree there isn't really a contradiction between its utility function in terms of liberatory manners or its capability to control, ultimately this comes down to personal/societal usage. Absolutely transportation can turn to a privilege, especially in the manner cities are built to facilitate cars over shorter ranged transportation but again this isn't inherent to the technology, rather it is a reflection of the power systems at play in social organizing.

Alter the actual root of the problem and systemic change propagates outward, proscribe bandages and things will remain largely the same if not, as you put it, more equitable. I've no illusions on how control mechanisms are entirely problematic and our methods of interaction are largely limited by these control mechanisms, but this is disparaging the control mechanisms themselves and not intrinsically the methods of interaction.

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Yunlunuae wrote

I always respond to primitivist assertions with this.

Foremost in that small primer on primitivism is the outright denial of the slow genocide in 'deaths of generations'. As always the largest misconception of 'technology' a la primitivist definition is entirely one of control rather than one of expanding diversity and the ways in which we interact with the world. Modern systems, built on their hierarchical basis, by and large foment control as opposed to deeply connected and diverse interactions but this is not inherently the case with 'technology'.

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Yunlunuae wrote

Yes, violence should not be glorified as it's not the end goal. The end goal is actually the limitation and hopefully eventual cessation of violence, however it must be recognized that violence is exactly what is being done to the poor alongside PoC and other 'lower classes' whether economically or through state repression.