metocin

metocin wrote

Russia is anti imperialist

Written by the central committee of a subreddit

how do these people take themselves seriously. imagine being this fucking useless and thinking you are the vanguard of the working class.

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metocin wrote

I agree, I think it's interesting to know where you came from. I have always had an interest in history so genealogy followed from that. I don't even know or care about most of my extended family though, it's more so just a way for me to understand how I got here I guess.

As a settler from two pretty poor families in a rural area, there is very little oral or even written history about where our families came from, how they spread and survived here, etc. I am jealous of people from cultures with a strong oral history, and knowledge of their ancestors and their migration patterns and such. I think that the way one's self-image is affected by this is immense. As in, look at the way so many whites in the New World have a complete crisis of identity and look for self-identification in all sorts of subcultures and movements.

The proverb "Blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb" echoes the sentiments in this thread nicely.

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metocin wrote

Definitely heat, my local stores post pictures from the security camera of people who have lifted lol. If you can, do that at the grocery store. At least in my experience, there is a very low chance of getting caught there. I don't even worry about the cameras tbh cause as long as you didn't just walk out with a full cart, it's not likely anyone will notice or care.

I have to say though that cow's milk ice cream and chocolate are not ethically produced and stealing them doesn't make the consumption of them any bit more ethical, in my opinion.

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metocin wrote

Joining or checking our any anti-racist groups in your area. Also, supporting any immigrant or minority ethnic communities that may be marginalized/at risk in your area. Building solidarity is very important to making everyone feel safe.

creating and posting/sharing graffiti/propaganda/stickers/leaflets etc in visible places in your community. There are some good designs on etsy and other places with phrases like "make racists afraid again" and stuff like that.

I personally wear patches with dead Klan members and dead nazis and shit like that to be really blunt but thats not everybodies style either. But as afar as I'm concerned, the more extreme youre willing to go, the better.

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metocin wrote

I don't think a civil war is a possibility there, any time soon at least. There is an overwhelming amount of armed reactionaries that want blood, but who will oppose them? There is hardly any resistance to that threat and if violence broke out right now, it would be extremely one sided given that the reactionaries are generally aligned with the state.

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metocin wrote

They won't. The only thing that will actually change the culture of gun violence in the states is addressing the systemic issues i.e. social isolation (not just covid specific isolation) criminalization of drugs, mental health issues and of course, poverty.

The same thing is happening in Canada. Ignore the systemic issues and criminalize law-abiding citizens to appease victim groups and the liberal anti-gun movement. All they're really doing (and all the ruling classes care about) is disarming the lower classes. A disarmed society is a civil, safe society right? In fact it is a society completely subjugated by its ruling classes with any chances of effective resistance being removed.

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metocin wrote

My main issue with those tests is that the answers barely require any political literacy and it gives people the idea that your politics are something you figure out with a buzzfeed quiz and not through actual struggle and studies.

It also gives legitimacy to actual fascists by making them just another result in a silly personality quiz instead of something to outright reject.

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metocin wrote

Very insightful and I agree. It's a shame that many "critical" writers and activists end up with rhetoric that sounds like that of those they oppose.

It's just very hard to justify my position in my head with stuff like this because with the tone of the article, I often feel that a writer such as this would not even want a constructive conversation with a white man. So when I'm trying to analyze it on my own I'm constantly thinking that my identity prevents me from forming a critical opinion that isn't racist.

It's good to know that others take issues with pieces like this though. Thanks for the reply.

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metocin wrote (edited )

Reddit is a dumpster fire and I'm proud to say I deleted the app off of my phone yesterday. I've been a daily user for 10 years now and I'm sick of the time and energy I waste on there. I have always appreciated it as a place to find content, and I have to say that arguing with people on reddit has actually taught me a lot about myself and about debating/arguing. It was only through arguing with vegan anarchists that I became vegan myself.

I've realized however that most of the time I spend arguing with people goes nowhere. It's easy for me to call out some racist comment and get it removed or self-deleted but arguing on the internet is largely pointless unless youre getting something out of it yourself.

For a long time I would get very angry over things I would read on reddit. Over time I learned to emotionally detach myself from the argument and I found I had a lot more fun. I feel that now I am at a point where I'm not learning anything new and I am sick of seeing all of the bigotry and ignorance that comes with being one of the most popular sites on the internet. It just feels toxic and leads to more time spent staring at a screen.

Finding raddle was the nail in the coffin, because I get to have the meaningful discussions, content I care about, all with a pretty welcoming userbase that more or less shares my ideals.

So thanks everyone, for helping me get out of that flaming shithole of a website.

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metocin wrote (edited )

I feel there is some nuance and explanation lacking here. I understand the need to address white feminists, but what is being said here that hasn't been said before? Besides all the ranting the point is that white women can't talk about intersectionality? Like not even utter the word, lest they be 'stealing' the work of black women?

I find it difficult to interpret and internally respond to articles like this as a white man. I find it hard to be critical of pieces like this while still being aware of my own biases and privilege and how it affects my line of thought.

Personally I don't like the overall tone of this article, it feels counterproductive. Not to say that confronting white feminism isn't necessary but strawmanning and claiming a word (that describes a huge amount of theory, writing and activism) as a cultural product beyond appropriation doesn't seem like it is going to win over many white feminists.

In my experience, the white feminists who talk about intersectionality are the ones who are actually reading Crenshaw, bell hooks, Angela Davis, etc. They're the ones who are already listening to black women. So why is this author targeting this demographic over the more ignorant segments of white feminism?

I wonder if this author has thought of the implications of their demand. What if white women stop saying 'intersectionality' just to please this one writer? How will that affect the way they are able to communicate their ideas? What is the precedent being set then? That certain racialized groups can claim ownership over a theoretical term? What would this author say if Crenshaw herself asked this writer to stop using the term she invented?

I just have so many questions about pieces like this. I'd love for someone else to let me know if I've misinterpreted this or could help me understand this point of view better.

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