nbdy

nbdy wrote

Pihole to block ads? Vpn server? Airsonic server? Tbh theres a million ideas and likely a million articles about what you could do. The pi is a super useful device and I’d recommend thinking about what you or you network could use, be it for learning or utilitarian purposes and then go fron there.

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Reply to comment by nbdy in Let's talk about Nihilism! by nbdy

nbdy OP wrote

Sounds pretty Nihilisticey to me! Love that last sentence also. Out of curiosity what is it that people say you aren’t pessimistic enough about?

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nbdy OP wrote

Ooh I hope this turns into a book suggesting thread too! :) I think Desert and Blessed is the Flame are fantastic books for a modern(-ish) analysis. Do you know about any Nihilists in history? Someone who is incredibly important to me is the woman I named in the op. There’s an amazing audio essay here about her, that really put a lot of my feelings into words.

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Reply to comment by nbdy in by ziq

nbdy wrote

Well maybe anarchy is “against sloganeering!”

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nbdy wrote

Anarchy is something thats gonna get me outta this damn depression hopefully.

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nbdy wrote (edited )

“If we can teach anarchists about imperialism, class, material dialectics etc, they will become communists. Just dont let them spread western propaganda.”
LOOOL I’m fucking done. If modern marxist-leninism isn’t the new catholicism then I’m actually 6 babies in a trench coat. Call yourself a communist and I’m grabbing my mace.

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nbdy OP wrote

Seems excessively high tbh, perhaps the /r/anarchism users diverge from the average reddit nationality user metrics. Also, your math is a bit off. Going off those numbers there’s 78,300 US based subscriptions to /r/anarchism. And I imagine an amount of those are not anarchists. Your other factors I don’t really understand. Are you thinking that because 0.04% of Americans use reddit they will see that sub and identify with anarchism?

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Reply to comment by nbdy in Should we sue? by nbdy

nbdy OP wrote (edited )

It’s so corny lol. On the same note, the amount of sons of anarchy t-shirts I see around my town makes me sad.

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nbdy wrote (edited )

This aint TV but I just discovered the popular front Youtube channel and I really dig it. Reporting on anarchist movements, syria, ITS, and I've heard them complain about stalinists so thats a bonus. Plus a cute british dude is the host.

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Reply to comment by nbdy in Are you a pragmatist or an idealist? by nbdy

nbdy OP wrote

I agree with you in that building a rigidly defined system for yourself and maintaining that as a consistent ideal has inherent issues. Nobody can know everything. I don't think using my imagination for a moments reflection will have a generational impact. I think it's beneficial to imagine a world in which your values are being lived, to try and pick it apart and think about the consequences. Aiming for an invented Utopia is pretty silly though. We can never get rid of tragedy, or disease, or violence and these things also can't be predicted. I guess it is be impossible to predict the future I'd like to create but if I'm imagining something I would be around for I wouldn't call that self-policing as long as I continue to grow.

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nbdy OP wrote

I think the “left unity” example is interesting. Is organizing with tankies or even marxists at all pragmatic? It’s been tried before a number of times and not only has it not been a compromise of what Anarchism seems to mean to me, it also hasn’t created any meaningful change. So maybe that suggests something of people who take part in the “left unity” stuff?

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nbdy OP wrote (edited )

I don’t think imagining an ideal world is authoritarian. Requiring that other people share yours is though.
I believe similar things to you about our situation actually, though I am not especially hopeful about our ability to change the world. I think that’s why I was wondering about this. I’ve seen plenty of idealistic activists hurt people in pursuit of their ideals, and I think a more pragmatic approach to building(or destroying) a world is something I value. But symbolic action has it’s place so idk.

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