haystacks_

haystacks_ wrote

Reply to by !deleted20293

Because you're using technologies that were developed and evolved to be the exact opposite of private. They were built to be resilient and open (to a degree, obviously).

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haystacks_ wrote

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I'd argue that the majority of poor people living away from their parents frequently live in de facto communal settings.

The last stable place I had was 6 of us in an apartment, as well as 2 children under 3 years old. Maybe half of us worked at a given time. The necessity of the situation meant we had to look out for each other if we wanted to continue living there. We were all friendly with each other, and would frequently cook for everyone living there instead of individually. But we were never each other's primary friends or company. We all did our own thing. Had our own circles. And that's one of the main factors I think really fucks with those attempting to thoughtfully and intentionally engage in communal living. You can't be with the same few people every single minute of every single day: that's prison. At best, y'all are more akin to workplace friends. You have fun with each other, but you don't really see each other outside of work. And do not ever underestimate how much having your own room and door is good for you. Privacy is important.

It sounds kinda cold reading it, but it was a very warm home. Had the slumlords not evicted all of the block, I'd likely still be there. It's not acoustic guitars and organic herb gardens, but for those of us too poor, or too rooted, to disappear to some farm, it's likely the closest thing to a commune as we'll see.

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haystacks_ OP wrote

Reply to comment by incendialhumano in VoIP + PSTN by haystacks_

I was planning on Straight Talk or something anyway. This just turned into a thought experiment -- maybe it'll happen, maybe not. The idea of having non-location based comms (ie, not tied to a landline or cell towers) that is still able to work with traditional phone networks is just an enticing idea at this point. I just figured the services for such a thing would already be in place. I mean, they are, but the providers are either Google, Microsoft, or Facebook. And that's just not okay.

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haystacks_ wrote

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I've been trying, but years of working on my feet in steel toe shoes have resulted in a couple of corns that make walking barefoot on hard surfaces absolutely unbearable. But I do recommend some minimal sandals. One of my friends and I made some out of cord we made from some tree roots, and they were amazing while camping. Kept our ankles limber while protecting the soles of our feet from stones or sharp debris. Plus since they were made solely for our feet by us, they were a perfect fit. Only downside was they wore out fairly rapidly and needed regular replacing. If you have the time and means, I highly recommend.

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haystacks_ wrote

Truth. I split with the an-coms and an-syns for the same reason. Because all these destructive systems in place will be romantically fixed once the same production-oriented models are worker-controlled. It may be nicer than now, but it will still foretell ecological catastrophe.

Plus I just don't like the fethishization of labor and work that is so common with Marxist/communistic ideologies.

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haystacks_ wrote

I am in no way suggesting they don't care. Hell, that's almost me. But fighting for revolution ought to be central to the thoughts and actions of the individual, whether it be through teaching or direct actions. I think that's what differentiates it from a liberal mindset, and, in turn, the "no ethical consumption" argument.

As for Bookchin's strawman, I'll concede that point. I was just being hyperbolic because it's early and I want to go back to sleep.

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haystacks_ wrote

I always thought the objection was more about how personal action alone can't solve anything. As in, you can't just be a bicycle eschewing, dumpster diving, straight edge vegan and expect anything widespread to happen as a result of that behavior. Just as retreating to the woods and detaching from society as a whole doesn't solve anything. Those behaviors are liberal to the core-- "fuck them, I got mine."

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haystacks_ wrote

Man, there are some great love songs out there.

An Eskimo showed me a movie he'd recently taken of you

The poor man could hardly stop shivering, his lips and his fingers were blue

I suppose that he froze when the wind tore off your clothes

And I guess he just never got warm, but you stand there so nice in your blizzard of ice

Oh please let me come into the storm

Not enough Leonard Cohen in the world. Also, Harvey Milk does a fantastic cover of it

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haystacks_ wrote

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I got caught at Dollar Tree one time trying to lift some groceries. Store was empty. No employees, no customers. Just me. I just straight walked out with food ... as the employees and manager were rounding the corner outside coming in from a smoke break.

"HEY! What are you doing?" the manager barked.

"Walking to my car."

"You gonna pay for that?"

"Is someone gonna cash me out, or will I have to wait in an unattended store for a while longer? Because I gotta make dinner."

She gave me such a stink eye the whole time, and I did end up paying for the goods, but it taught me to just throw shade right back at them. At least that time I wasn't wrong.

Follow up, one of my friends ended up working at that same location a few months later and would help me and my girl walk out with shit.

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