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If you have a belief and you do nothing, do you actually have that belief?

I like this a lot. Definitely going to quote this whenever I can and do what I can do live by it.

Also going vegan, planting trees, harassing corporations, going straightedge, and any other positive action/praxis is going to influence others simply through societal pressure, but pragmatism to help others make positive actions can do a lot too. Its much harder for people to start doing any of these things without meeting people that already do them.

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everyone is doing it so how can they be wrong? It's not surprising they believe that when the entire system is based on democracy.

I like this a lot.

There's definitely other evil industries besides the meat industry and the tech industry, every industry is going to be evil, they all take part in the violence.

I think I read it somewhere on Raddle today, if you believe in something and don't act on it is it really something you believe in? Edit: that was bloodrose in a few posts down.

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This was a great read and contains a bunch of great quotes.

Some anarchists see anarchy as the ability to do whatever they want without having to be accountable to anyone else for their actions. I personally think that that kind of attitude is just the standard American “rugged individualism” bullshit repackaged as a faux-radical alternative, because it doesn't challenge the fundamental alienation from each other we suffer under capitalism and the state.

I've talked with a few of my friends about substance abuse and sobriety and it seems look at their consumption as an individualist choice and I find that's a hard card to counter. This quote helps me put it into a nice perpective.

Other friends have mentioned using substances as self medication (themselves or others) and while that obviously isn't healthy or productive its hard to help people find healthy alternatives when sobriety is hard when you arent used to it.

I like what Nick said about the stories of sXe kids being abussive or violent and how those one-off experiences arent compared to the daily violence and abuse that drinking and bar culture support.

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I ditto what everyone else has said, but also you aren't going to find any company not using sweatshops or slaves (I'm thinking your mean work for no pay because we are all slaves to capital) to make their clothing. The supply chain is so long that even if a company wanted to go out and make 100% slave-free clothing it would be a huge project to tackle. It is easy for companies to sew their clothing in a "fair" work environment (Made in USA for the proud patriots lol) but then think about where the cloth to sew the clothing came from, or what about the the mills that turn the cotton into the fabric used to make the pants? What about the farmers that farmed the cotton? What about the workers preparing the cotton to a certain standard so it can be milled?

Post-Scarcity creates huge supply chains that make it impossible to know the conditions of the workers every step of the way. This exists for everything that you buy.

Here is an Atlantic article from a few years back talking about Patagonia's problems with their supply chain. There is also an interview somewhere with the founder of Fairphone about how he found out that it's impossible to build a cell phone without slave labor. If you're interested and can't find it let me know and I'll look harder for you. I don't know what Fairphone's response to that conclusion is though, the interview was also from a few years ago.

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there's a zine crimethinc published about anticapitalist straight edge and radical sobriety that I thought was interesting and would be cool to discuss, other zines about sobriety too. Support for and from sxe folx would be really nice as well.

Discussion about why to be straight edge would be cool as well cause before I stoped using drugs I didn't understand why other than "bEinG iN ContRoL Of uR BodY

A sober indirection will be more powerful than an intoxicated one.

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Could it be related to not getting the antibiotics that are going to be found in animal products?

I think you are also probably right about vegans more likely to take a sick day and having access to jobs with sick days. Its hard to knowhow they account for that without reading the study.

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Is this capitalism devouring the plight of genderqueer folx? Letting people feel good about themselves for supporting queer people when all they do is follow Ezra Miller on Instagram, bring up how Miley Cyrus is a genderqueer icon, and bring up how the Wachowski twins are trans at parties? Is it capitalism devouring the plight of these recently-open queer celebrities who wouldn't have had the courage to come out if it weren't for the daily hardships that non-white, non-male-bodied, and/or non-skinny went through so they could feel a bit more comfortable in their bodies? How much does it actually weaken the patriarchy if LVMH and others are the ones profiting off of cismen wearing dresses even though the dresses aren't made to fit larger bodies, heels aren't made for large feet, queers being harassed for being "sexier before they cut their hair" , or being hit-on because of cismasculine transfetishism, people thinking that trans folx just want to pass and not that they want to be themselves, awkward stares, confidence shattering misgendering, the energizer bunny of body dysmorphia and the anxiety coming from that, being so afraid to come out to your parents it becomes the biggest reason you hate going home for the holidays?

Shit, sure the future is going to be queer and sure, eventually it will be easier to deal with body dysmorphia and gender will be abolished, but why the fuck are we letting capitalism take this from us too?

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How can I say I'm racist without people knowing I'm racist?

The fact that you value some animals over others is speciesist. Like racism, speciesism is ingrained into our society, culture, and our values making it easy to overlook and think it's not a big deal.

It makes it harder when non-human animals don't have voices to communicate their feelings and needs and desires so we have individuals speaking up for animal rights being shut down by liberals and leftists because they don't like it being brought up that billions of animals are kept in hellish living conditions, stuffed with antibiotics, lead to slaughter and murdered for their body parts to be used in clothing, food, soap, chemicals, paints, and near almost everything we deal with on a daily basis.

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If using windows I like JDownloader. It works pretty well for me.

If using a Linux-based OS, youtube-dl is a wonderful terminal based application with very similar functionality.

Both softwares are open source and can download media from almost any website you can think of.

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Are you sure? That's the stance of a guy from the National Crime Agency. Of course he's going to think law enforcement is working and threatening and the folx selling on the dark web and criminals that doesn't have personal ethics or morals whatsoever.

Maybe dark web hosters realize fentanyl is a very dangerous drug and does much more harm than good.

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Sounds like you probably have already tried but I would try and slowly radicalize your friends, coworkers, family, neighbors. Ask them questions that their current ideology will be hard to answer and give them hints about anti-authoritarianism and egalitarianism.

Hitchhiking out of town into a bigger city is another possibility if you're up for it.

Armchair activism and hacking are the only things I can thing of online.

Make art, work on creating community outside of politics and collective hate, and now I'm running out of ideas.