jadedctrl

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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.

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jadedctrl wrote (edited )

You should start with Python— it's pretty simple, cuts out of the BS a lot of languages have, and is super-popular, so there's a huge amount of docs/questions online from other beginners if you need it.

I liked Learn Python the Hard Way (here's the PDF)— it really teaches you the language, and takes only about 20 minutes a day (eh, or whenever you have the time).

It doesn't get mathy at all. :D