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therealmidnite wrote

Here's my reddit post-history.

https://www.reddit.com/user/MisOes

I openly DARE you (or anyone on this site) to find me one example of me "denying" colonialism. It shouldn't be too difficult (if your summation is correct) - I spent most of my time on r/southafrica, and the subject of colonialism came up a lot there (well, it did until they banned me).

Engrained? No! It's almost as if this country was ruled by a violent, fascist, and openly white supremacist regime that spent an enormous amount of time, effort and resources to shove their beliefs down every light-skinned child's throat over a five-decade period! Compare that to the nazis - who barely had one decade. You know, when I tell people that my knowledge of fascism isn't based on theory... I actually mean it. And I don't view having that knowledge "ingrained" in me as a "privilege".

Speaking of white supremacism as a norm... I'd be more concerned about the "norms" of the countries white supremacists are fleeing to, than the one they are fleeing from.

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therealmidnite wrote

Considering that there's a good chance the gold used in this computer (and the gold inside the piece of IT you're using) was mined within walking distance of where I'm typing this right now, I'd think twice before lecturing any South African (whatever their skin-colour may be) about "South African property". You didn't pay the externalized costs of that mineral - the people over here did. And I don't mean South Africa in general - I mean the very people in this toxic little town I'm in. I didn't "colonize" it - I was born into it.

So, yes, I am an anarchist. And my "anarchism" doesn't take a leave of absence and gets replaced by drive-through convenience leftism just because some place I could only ever be a tourist in doesn't fit an imaginary racial profile that means absolutely nothing to the people that actually has to live there. Those people in cringeanarchy? Fascists? Most of them probably are... for all practical considerations. Farmers? Land owners? "Controllers of capitol"? I grew up with those kinds of people - I know them better than you ever could. Yet you can tell all these things about them, while I can't. Feel free to explain that.

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therealmidnite wrote

So... you backpedalled on calling me a colonialist (in that exchange). But now my mother is a colonialist for owning the house she is living in? I own stuff in South Africa, too, you know. The computer I'm typing this on, for one. So do tell... if I didn't own this computer, would I still qualify as a colonialist?

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therealmidnite wrote

Yeah, not going to happen. Keeping people alive (never mind healthy) in space (never mind an alien environment) is so ridiculously impractical and difficult that the "colonization" of other planets by anything resembling a human being will almost certainly never happen. The Elon Musks of this world is simply indulging the colonialist and expansionist fantasies of their forebears. That which is human is limited to this world, unfortunately.

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therealmidnite wrote (edited )

Mandela wasn't co-opted by capitalists. The ANC wanted to get their hands on the state-apparatus - and that's exactly what they did.

He also wasn't a sellout - the ANC was created to serve the interests of black capitalists and royalty, and to this day they have never strayed from serving those classes at the expense of everybody else. Everything else is just pr and realpolitik (which they are pretty good at). Mandela himself was a blue-blood. The people who brand Mandela a "sellout" simply doesn't know that he was never really one of them. Apparently, we don't have class in this country - only race.

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therealmidnite wrote

You mean, apart from the fact that he was a politician, and the ANC is a political party (with all that this implies)? The less said the better, in my opinion.

I have to mention this, though - the idea that the same brand of neoliberal turds who branded him a terrorist a mere decade before suddenly falling over themselves to rush over here and kiss his behind in public for a photo-op still gives me the giggles.

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therealmidnite wrote

I've never understood the point of these "fake" meats - why not just learn how to properly use soy (or whatever they use in this stuff) as a foodstuff instead of dressing it up as something it isn't? It just smacks of the intellect-insulting casual dishonesty that permeates Big Food. Well, that and the fact that it's "backed" by Bill Gates - the world's most glorified useless git.

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therealmidnite wrote

Lol! Well of course the pig launched a "manhunt" - they hate freelancers stealing their death-squad-for-hire moonlighting jobs.

I remember long ago being involved in a project to field-trial a public transport information scheme in a small town in the Cape province - however, we couldn't actually talk to the two local taxi groups involved, because they refused to be in the same building without their entourages bristling with firepower. That pretty much killed the project.