plast

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If you want to "affect change" you have to encourage people to organize and do something other than read together. If you want to make the site more entertaining you'll have to be patient and let the site grow organically. If you want to speed this growth, you'll have to shill the site on other lefitst platforms. Places like /leftypol/ on 8chan, /leftpol/, libcom.org, reddit etc etc all have people looking for foss forums. One of your problems however is the fact that, other than being foss, raddle.me brings nothing new to the table. Shit like peertube is federated and decentralized and so is mastadon. But raddle.me is highly centralized and subject to the whims of one person. People here also enforce a very narrow view of opinion, causing conversation to be boring. So to sum it up here's what I'd suggest

1). Shill this site on other sites

2). Try to a create a culture here that encourages different species of leftists rather than tries to make them conform

3). Look into make the site more like mastadon(basically by making it easier to host your own instance and connecting them, maybe by having some universal front page common between all instances)

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plast wrote

1). The constant calls for "action" and "organization"

2). The tendency to consolidate opinions to a narrow acceptable window and punishing those who deviate

3). Banning people who arent trolls or spam

4). Posts that focus more on ingroup virtue signalling(like preaching to the choir) rather than original thought and implementation of ideas.

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Clearly the puerto ricans see this as a cheap trick to exploit a ravaged country. Yet they keep on saying their bullshit like "lol these dumb savages dont wont our help??? fuck em". For those who dont know this a common crypto scam. Here's a guide, so you can scam innocent people! 1). Create some bullshit project, whether it be seasteading or regernerating a community. Just make sure its a "change the world type of deal"

2). Make the cryptocurrency the project is centered around is something you have a large stake in

3). Make small useless prototypes of your bullshit project to show how great its all gonna be

4). Have investors see this, and buy a shit ton of your currency so they dont miss out on the next big thing

5). Have the value of your stake in the crypto massively go up then cash out.

These people make me sick.

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plast wrote

Holy shit youre a smug one. Intersectional theory, at its core, is a perspective that suggests that things like race and gender are not isolated in systems. Instead they are very much intermeshed. Many anarchists believe it is possible to "fight the the class struggle" and the "Race/gender struggle". Examples of intersectionality can be seen in the crusade against white feminism, which seeks only to improve the lives of an already privileged demographic. While it ignores the struggles of other women of colour. Intersectionality, when done right, is extremely important. Its critical to acknowledge that it isnt always "Rich v. not Rich", but rather a complex ordeal that involves gender and race. The "class struggle" and fighting for minorities doesnt have to be mutually exclusive, in fact, many say they should be heavily intertwined. Idpol is the shittier version of intersectionality. Like i said to /u/Anarcropolis idpol is essentially viewing politics through the lenses of ones identity, whether that be being black or a woman. Idpol in practice often means different groups competing to be the most "oppressed" and the creation of victim mentality that prevents real progress. It also often results in people going after specific issues related to their group and ignoring the cause. For instance, idpol in regards skin whitening products and the white beauty standard, would most likely mean a demand to see more diversity and body positivity in advertising. Should those companies concede, it would be considered a win. Intersectionality, when responding to that same issue, would recognize that by making people insecure about their skin color more products can be sold and see capitalism as the main issue instead of racism. The solution for them would be to work towards a post-capitalist society or implement socialism.

To be crystal clear: I hate idpol and support intersectionality.

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Politics through the lenses of different groups people identify as. But in reality, it often means liberal style oppression olympics rather than actual progress. Idpol encourages a victim mentality and actions that are meant more for getting more social capital rather than actually helping people. From the marxist perpespective, idpol serves as an obstacle as it cause people to see themselves as a member of an oppressed specific group rather than as part of the lower class. I dont use idpol as a synonym for "lol stop complaining minorities".

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If you step outside the anarcho-bubble there are some promising things. But you have to understand a few things first.

1). Collapse is a continuous process not a future event

People often refer to collapse as some far away thing, its usually said by people living comfy in the west. For them it isnt collapse until it affects them.

2). Theres two views, hope and no hope.

If you think there's a chance then you can get to work. If you dont, then you dont have to care, as there's nothing you can do. Either way you can cope.

3). No "revolution" will come at all. Leftists have this idea that once things get really bad people will "come to their senses" and see the glory of communism. This will not happen. You can tell because things right now are essentially a dystopia and get more dystopian every day with nothing new. Change will be conscious and planned out, not spontaneous

So now lets get to projections:

Climate is gonna be rough in alot of ways but not something that cant be dealt with. We will survive and maybe be better off, but its gonna hurt everyone. Politics have been showing a trend of simmering down. If you look at the day to day, media always makes it seem like its getting worse, but in terms of broad historical trends its getting more peaceful. Most conflict is proxy wars and we'll likely not see any major war anytime soon. Economically, we're fucked.

Action you can take:

On the climate side of things, all we can do is either slow it down or setup better shit in the future. Remember to focus less on "ethical" consumerism and actually change large institutions. For instance, rather than telling everyone to recycle the focus should be on getting companies to use more renewable methods of reusing containers. Or taking it into our own hands and cutting them out. Poltically, theres not much you can do other encourage self-reliance and "solidarity". People have no control in large elections, as its entire up to the money. Try to pick up skills and teach others. Remember to not shove any idea down anyone's throat. This will only build resentment. Just present your view and see if they take to it.

Final Verdict: Things are capable of getting better. Whether that happens mostly depends on us. But its really anyone's guess.

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disroot.org hands down. They say they dont track you. But you have to consider that even with most email providers you'll just have to take their word for it. Thats why you use PGP to encrypt your emails. Protonmail looks nice, but if you want to use something other than their website to read email, you'll have to use a paid, proprietary application. Disroot.org has IMAP support right off the bat so you can use any client.

Reply to comment by /u/ziq in A Review of Anarchism by /u/plast

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Thanks for giving it a read ziq.

My perspective is from someone who is relatively on the outside in regards to anarchism. And I get to see how anarchism affects the outside world. Anarchism was put down most of the time in the past, but in the modern age anarchist media and history is really only meaningful for anarchists.

Also anarchism has had some cultural influence, but in terms of real world improvements, has not really done that much other than "radicalize" some liberals and result and a few isolated pockets of anarchist territory.

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Morally, being fat is okay

Promotion of destructive culture and higher healthcare costs for me. I'm not disgusted by fat people by the way. Some people are fat that I find attractive. Some people are medically obese and I cant tell. My issue is when people reify things like fatphobia and say being obese and healthy is possible.