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Reply to comment by /u/leftous in Friday Free Talk by /u/ThreadBot

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I know you're right, and I know I should take your advice. I think I just needa work on really internalising that.

Thank you for your words, and thank you for the browser redirector idea/link. I'm not sure I'll be brave enough to use it, but I'll definitely keep it in my pocket

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My unrequited crush doesn't update their tumblr very regularly, so the past couple days whenever I've checked to see if there's anything new, I've been greeted by a post saying, "To heal a wound you need to stop touching it," and I feel targeted every time :P

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One important thing to consider is that UBI fundamentally changes the dynamic of a boss/worker relationship. Without UBI, if you don't have a job, you'll be left without food/shelter/etc, if not die outright. That means the capitalists can give you a worse deal and you'll still have to accept. It's like if you have a chronic illness and the medication costs $1/month to keep you alive, you will pay that much. If it costs you $10 or $100/month, you will still pay it (if you can afford to). With a UBI, if your boss is exploiting you more than you're comfortable with, you can safely quit without risking your life, and spend as long as you need looking for a different job that suits you better.

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My tucking gaff arrived this week. I knew it'd be nice to not have a bulge in my pants; but I've gotta say, I underestimated just how nice it'd be - It's really, really nice, folks.

I wasn't really expecting it to boost my confidence as much as it has, either. I kinda wish I could wear it all the time, now, but I definitely can't.

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This, to me, reads more like the opening sentences of a (not great) essay, rather than a definition of a term. Also, it's not a good definition. It'd be like me defining gender roles by saying, "Gender roles are an awful, awful idea. They harm men, women and people of other (or no) gender(s) each in unique ways all without serving any significant benefit in our society."

A better, actually useful, definition of gender roles might look more like, "Gender roles are a system of of societal rules, expectations, and norms put upon and reinforced by the members of that society." and then might also include a few examples from across different cultures and genders. Or you could just steal the first sentence or two from the wikipedia article. Oh, hey, look at that! There's an article on government, too

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Your UBI question is a good one. In the end, I'd prefer if necessities like food, clothes, housing, electricity/internet, time for and access to leisure/entertainment, etc, would be directly provided to everyone for free, rather than indirectly by giving people money to buy those things.

I think the root causes for why people don't have those things in our society come from hierarchy and capitalism. But if you're assuming capitalism is a given, you might see the root causes for those problems as being 'people not having enough money', in which case you would probably consider a UBI to be treating the root cause.

That said, I do think a UBI would be very lovely. As for whether it's 'revolutionary'? I think, in a roundabout way, it kind of is. I think a big change a UBI would cause is that a significant chunk of the population would suddenly have (more/any) free time on their hands. I think a UBI would give more freedom for people to think and change their mindsets on various ideas, which I could consider a kind of revolutionary.

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Is there much distinction between what anarchists mean when they say "(anarchist) praxis" vs when they say "direct action"? I'm struggling to think of examples of anarchist praxis that aren't also direct action. So far, I'm only coming up with 'having a vegan diet'

Reply to comment by /u/yaaqov in Friday Free Talk by /u/ThreadBot

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I've been reading this over today and yesterday. It is 54 pages (+ appendices, references, etc), so it might be more than you were expecting, but to be honest, since reaching the 'results' section, I've found it very relatable, and even kind of weirdly refreshing/validating to read (which I can't say I was really expecting). I can't say for sure, since I went into it knowing quite a bit about therianthropy, but I do think it conveys fairly well what it's like to be therian, since it's full of firsthand examples.

The results section is the meat of the paper, and it's only ~25 pages, so you can probably get away with skimming through the first sections if you don't really want to read the whole thing.

Reply to comment by /u/heckthepolice in Friday Free Talk by /u/ThreadBot

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I definitely agree it would be cool, but I don't really know how to have (or even start, tbh) a discussion. There aren't really a lot of articles or links I can think of to post other than PDFs of academic studies and the like, and those can be long and dry. Even when they are interesting, I don't know how much of a conversation they'd spark