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Refers to the Forgotten soldiers

When Europe went to war the so-called ‘great powers’ took their colonial subjects with them. Hundreds of millions of people in Asia, Africa and the Pacific were dragged into the conflict with no say in the matter. France mobilized her colonial armies immediately and men from West Africa and North Africa were thrust into in action within days of the start of the war.

French recruitment of West Africans was governed by racial theories that suggested that some Africans were naturally warlike and naturally violent and should, therefore, be used as shock troops, units that took part in the most dangerous aspects of offensive operations and suffered the highest casualty rates.

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I come here precisely because the rest of the internet is full of distractions and feelgood nonsense to keep comfortable westerners complacent.

Though I do agree that people in general could be more relaxed and patient with new people who are unfamiliar with anarchist/leftist spaces. Also I wish the users here would feel more free to share their unfiltered thoughts to generate discussion.

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I really recommend reading bell hooks who emphasizes this welcoming, understanding, and loving approach to feminism.

Feminism is For Everybody: https://libcom.org/files/hooks%20-%20Feminism%20is%20for%20Everybody.pdf (PDF)

Will to Change (my personal favourite):http://libgen.io/book/index.php?md5=70DAC0ED0FAB9CE1F7AB3CE2BB070784

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It is important to understand that men are victims of patriarchy just as women are. But obviously to a lesser degree. In fact, I think men understanding this point is just as crucial to achieving feminist goals as anything.

The reason men are the ones sent off to war is the exact same reason "male privilege" exists. The world, business, war, etc is designed around toxic male traits and these traits being the key to any success in these environments. The model of a successful business has at its head its own authoritarian general that demands absolute obedience and loyalty - as you would see in any army.

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Awesome concise article, worth a read. Thanks for sharing, ziq.

Some parts I liked:

The ultimate tool for corporations to sustain a culture of this sort is to develop the 40-hour workweek as the normal lifestyle. Under these working conditions people have to build a life in the evenings and on weekends. This arrangement makes us naturally more inclined to spend heavily on entertainment and conveniences because our free time is so scarce.

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the 8-hour workday is too profitable for big business, not because of the amount of work people get done in eight hours (the average office worker gets less than three hours of actual work done in 8 hours) but because it makes for such a purchase-happy public. Keeping free time scarce means people pay a lot more for convenience, gratification, and any other relief they can buy. It keeps them watching television, and its commercials. It keeps them unambitious outside of work.

We’ve been led into a culture that has been engineered to leave us tired, hungry for indulgence, willing to pay a lot for convenience and entertainment, and most importantly, vaguely dissatisfied with our lives so that we continue wanting things we don’t have. We buy so much because it always seems like something is still missing.

Western economies, particularly that of the United States, have been built in a very calculated manner on gratification, addiction, and unnecessary spending. We spend to cheer ourselves up, to reward ourselves, to celebrate, to fix problems, to elevate our status, and to alleviate boredom.

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The perfect customer is dissatisfied but hopeful, uninterested in serious personal development, highly habituated to the television, working full-time, earning a fair amount, indulging during their free time, and somehow just getting by.

I think these are the kind of thoughts that any western worker can relate to, and might be worth sharing with people who are skeptical of anti-work or general anti-consumerist/capitalist thought.