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What if we shared the information, but put a disclaimer on it that individual stores / LP may break the rules, for the reasons you gave? I think it would be useful for people to know what the policies are, so they can choose between stores that they probably won't be chased at versus those that will chase.

Also, I don't know where you got the information that CVS abandoned their LP program, because I just found multiple job postings for LP agents at CVS. Here's one of them.

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Good idea. I know people have an impulse to brag about what they made off with, but it's really a bad idea to do that online, especially if you reveal the exact list of what you took, and where you took it from. Now that this forum is starting over, I think it would be a good idea to instill a good security culture here, and step one of that would be not to post hauls.

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This will only work if you can catch them early. Once they've gone into the "deep end" of conspiracy theories, they'll call anyone who argues against them a government shill, or something to that effect, which will only be further proof (in their mind) of the conspiracy. It's a vicious cycle. If you think they have not gone past the point of no return, then go ahead and engage with them. Otherwise, save your breath.

And I don't think we should leave it up, either. Not everyone has the critical thinking skills necessary to check sources, spot logical fallacies, etc. So, if one of these people is exposed to a conspiracy theory, they might fall for it, and become a conspiracy theorist themselves. I think it would be irresponsible of us to allow that to happen.

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I dislike the fact that I am, as far as I know, the only communist still here. I can't have any in-depth conversations with anyone about revolution, strategies to achieve revolution, etc, because they will all devolve into arguments about hierarchy and other anarchist principles I don't agree with. I don't want to be stuck arguing about the basics tenets of communism, so I just don't start these conversations. I would invite more communists, but Raddle has pretty much solidified itself as an anarchist website by now, so bringing in a bunch of communists might feel like an invasion. Besides, most communists would turn their noses up at the amount of anarchist ideology being espoused here.

If someone started a communist version of Raddle, I would join it in a heartbeat. Would that I could create one of my own, but I don't have the resources for that, at least not yet.

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The board’s statement acknowledged there would be “many differing opinions” on the decision, but said the society had committed to hold community consultations to determine the next steps forward to allow police and military to again participate as parade entrants.

I sure hope they'll actually listen at those consultations, because it sounds like they still don't get why police don't belong in pride.

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Not as long as you don't literally worship the ideology. "Swearing an oath" on something is just declaring, "Here is an ideology that I value highly; in accordance with that ideology, I will tell only the truth." I see nothing wrong with that. Though if it's a bourgeois court we're talking about, I wouldn't swear on anything - I don't owe them the time of day.

I assume you're about to say something like, "But you do worship communism, though," so if you're about to say that, then no, no I do not. Don't make assumptions about people you don't know.

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That's exactly what I'm suggesting, though "kept secret" isn't the right word for it. I would say "not brought up until the time is right". If you bring it up too soon, then they may dismiss everything you're saying, since they may believe that "violence isn't the answer". Once you've established with them that pacifism is being promoted by the bourgeoisie to dissuade people from revolution, and once you've established that allowing capitalism to exist would result in more violence than violently overthrowing it, then you can introduce the idea of a revolution.

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As of now, I'd say about 5% of the population support communism, and about 30% would cheer to see one of us shot. The rest don't hold any strong feelings either way. I have no illusions about the challenges we face. But my point is, through proper education, people's minds can be changed. Even the workers who are strongly anti-communist and will never change ("lumpenproletarians", as Marx calls them) I hold no ill will against, since they only hold those beliefs because they were taught them by the bourgeois media. It's not their fault, it's the fault of the bourgeoisie for lying to them about what communism really is. Our current goal is to educate the workers who will listen, "agitate" them (spur them to action), and organize them into a revolutionary party. It's difficult, thankless work, but it can be done.

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I believe insurrectionary cells have a lot of potential to push the envelope and I vehemently believe that "other violent tactics" outside of punching Nazis are extremely valuable. They can radicalize many people by putting the violence of the state on full display, by drawing attention to the very issues that groups like yours can use to radicalize through education.

I disagree. There is a time and a place for so-called "propaganda of the deed", but it isn't now. For example, take Micah Xavier Johnson and the Great Dallas Barbecue of 2016. His deeds were certainly heroic, for those who were already convinced that the police are evil. For everyone else, though, he seemed to be a violent, left-wing terrorist. The media certainly did their best to portray him as such. As a result, many people who could have joined the Black Lives Matter movement were dissuaded from doing so. Many BLM chapters had to bite their tongues and condemn his actions, in order to retain their public support. Even if Micah's actions were justified, they were a strategic mistake, because they cost the movement support.

For an example of good propaganda of the deed, I would point to Bree Newsome taking down the confederate flag in front of the South Carolina statehouse. In this case, most people were already convinced that symbols of the confederacy should be taken down. Her action served as a spark to move the public to action. After she (briefly) took the flag down, popular support for its removal doubled, and many protests against confederate symbolism were held. This eventually led to the state deciding to remove the flag once and for all. When the masses are already convinced of the necessity of doing a certain thing, then propaganda of the deed can be an excellent way to push people to act. But, when done prematurely, it can backfire, like with Micah Xavier, Marinus van der Lubbe, Narodnaya Volya, and so on. That's why it is absolutely necessary to think your actions through before going through with them. If someone wants to do direct action with the intent of agitating the masses, then I'd be willing to work with them to determine what to do, and when. But if they want to do direct action out of a petty desire for vengeance, and they purposefully ignore the effects their action will have on the masses, then they are no comrade of mine.