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tnstaec wrote

This is a hard one. On one hand respecting others' autonomy has to include respect for a rational, determined choice to end their lives. This is especially true for people who are in extreme chronic pain and have no other options. But on the other hand there is something of an epidemic of suicide. I wouldn't want to encourage people to choose suicide when other options that might not be as apparent are open to them. Living in contemporary society is fucking unbearable much of the time, but a human life is so short in the scheme of things. Personally, I'd rather spend a few decades trying to unfuck the world as much as possible, and even failing, than to just end it all prematurely.

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tnstaec wrote

Most religious anarchists I know avoid institutionalized forms of religion. Some people call this "spiritual, not religious" but I don't like that semantic formulation. The Christian anarchists I know focus on the collectivist teachings of Jesus and the early Christian community. They emphasize that Christianity was hijacked by the Roman empire and turned into a hierarchical institution, but wan't so originally.

I've been getting into Daoist anarchism more recently. I read a book about the lives of prominent Daoists. About half of them became members of the bureaucracy of whichever state/ dynasty they lived in, but the other half went to great lengths to avoid the state entirely.

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tnstaec wrote

A gender-exploring grandson is one of several ways that the producers and writers (who include comedian and sitcom veteran Whitney Cummings) have checked off some current (and increasingly cliche) boxes, so that "Roseanne" will not only look like a show in 2018, but will give Roseanne and Dan an opportunity to examine their beliefs.

I hope this means Rosanne Barr has moved away from her TREF positions.

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tnstaec wrote

I'm not trans myself, but I've interacted with anti- and pro-civ trans people online. However, I haven't really seen a specifically trans anti-civ position elaborated yet. The thing is, many non-civilized societies have recognized we would call LGBT. I've posted a bit about it here: https://raddle.me/f/anticiv/7324/civilization-and-gender

A lot of the trans discourse is couched in a highly medicalized language. And to be honest, I find some of it to be a little bit creepy and gatekeeper-ish ("if you don't have dysphoria, you're not trans"). As a non-trans person, I haven't involved myself in these debates, but I have been keeping an eye on them.

Also, there's the DGR who are sometimes mistaken as anarcho-primitivist and they are virulently tansphobic.

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tnstaec wrote

I still don't get how international courts are even a thing. It's a human rights court, so ostensibly it's doing good work. But then there's stuff like:

Every person has the right to have his life respected. This right shall be protected by law and, in general, from the moment of conception. No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his life.

So this court could potentially undo abortion rights in Latin America.

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tnstaec wrote

I would have been the target audience of this Red Pill crap when I was in my teens - early twenties. Luckily it didn't exist then. I had very low self-confidence, was not at all assertive, and had low social skills. Add to that, I wasn't athletic and didn't give a shit about cars, though I was embarrassed about not wearing the trendy clothing brands. I was also raised in a pretty feminist household.

So navigating the dating world was difficult for me. RP has a bit of a point in that assholes do seem to have the competitive advantage in the youth dating culture. But that should be seen as an indictment of a fucked up culture, not of being a (genuinely and not entitled) nice guy.

RP is so appealing to young guys because it freely mixes self-improvement with warped reactionary toxic masculinity. Heck, even a lot of their ideas about self-improvement are just buying into capitalist society's commodity-based "values."

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tnstaec wrote

Deep ecology and anarcho primitivism are worldviews that have been thoroughly discredited. Despite the fact that they exist, mainly in PNW anarchist milieus, they lost the debate decades ago for anyone who wants to look into it.

Translation: "Bookchin's hatchet-job was as deep as I ever read into it. "

Pro-civvers have never bothered to even understand anti-civ premises, which this article demonstrates pretty clearly.