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jadedctrl wrote (edited )

I was in that cringy "atheist community" bit on YouTube, which got me into liberal politics. At the same time, I started getting into the Free Software community.
Because of my interest in liberal politics and Free Software, I read some of Aaron Swartz'es essays— one of them on socialism. While that essay didn't have much substance in the end, it let me be a bit more curious and open-minded about what was drilled into me as “evil” for my entire life.
After that, I started reading more leftist texts, got into the leftist subs on Reddit, then eventually jumped ship to Raddle.
I wouldn't consider myself an anarchist right now, but I've been becoming more and more questioning of authority since coming here. :p

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jadedctrl wrote

It might be a social good in the very short term, but you'll see welfare and important public services being cut almost immediately— and the UBI given to people won't be enough to make up for it. It will hurt people more than help them at that point— and even then, it'll dwindle to a smaller and smaller amount until it's almost useless, like every other safety net eventually does. We'll be stuck in this terrible loop until we abolish Capitalism.

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jadedctrl wrote

It helps hammers-in the idea of individualism & the idolization of people: that a single person does brilliant things (when that's not the case, not nearly— they just end up getting the credit), and that such people should be given positions of authority, etc.

Even worse, The Chosen One trope tends to promote that the reason the person is brilliant isn't because of something they did, but because of some inherent trait, or some binding “destiny”.

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jadedctrl wrote

If free will isn't real (and we are entirely products of the systems we live in, acting only in reaction to our environments), we can still establish a culture of cooperation necessary to establish anarchism. Freedom might not exist, but we can still use our individual autonomy to change our environments, even if it's just a bit at a time.

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jadedctrl wrote (edited )

Meme formats are kind of a “running gag.” Yea, it might seem kind of ridiculous, but they work.
Besides, it's kind of cool how some meme formats can be seen across language barriers. They're an important part of “Internet culture“, whatever the hell that means.