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veuzi wrote (edited )

If you're anti-hierarchy, use a hierarchical state against other hierarchical states, counter the bigger hierarchy of geopolitical dominion with another space of geopolitical dominion. That reduces the hierarchical power of elites, surely. Why yes, I definitely lean anarchist, but I can't be too committed to anarchy because that would be sectarian.

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veuzi wrote

Ok what's the best approach? The direct one? I.e. sledgehammer, jackhammer, big powered drill, things that go boom... Or the neolib strat? Gain favors with the local government through nepotism and bribery so that you can lobby them to defund road maintenance. A true long con, let the sinkholes make themself.

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veuzi wrote

i read it as a warning against the sort of anarchism you see on Reddit

Anarcho-redditors have definitely not taken that warning to heart. The Dispossessed is a wildly popular recommendation that's frequently presented as an accurate picture of anarchist "society". Or at least it was when I got the recommendation to read it on Reddit around 7 years ago. It set my expectations up to be something quite different from what I ended up reading.

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veuzi wrote

I downloaded FamiTracker the other day and have successfully managed to make some very short proof-of-concept chiptunes. Note that I was never into the tracker music scene and have never used any tracker software before. I was taught to sequence notes horizontally, not vertically, in FL Studio's piano roll.

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veuzi wrote

If you need that wording to convince someone who believes that there is a correct morality to things and a good and evil, then I guess that is the most suitable wording.

But for the purposes of another person who does not aknowledge good and evil, you can basically cap the sentence off at "to have the power to force another to do", and then add your own personal judgement. Mine would be that it sucks, or it could be any combination of limiting, unnecessary, oppressive and other such adjectives that describe suffering.

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veuzi wrote (edited )

I either do a boring ass earl gray or I mix two random teabags. White teas seem to mix well with fruity herbal teas. Sometimes I also make larger batch of mixed tea steeped for longer than usual, and let it cool so that I can turn it into ice tea.

But I'm more of a coffee person overall.

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veuzi wrote

It's not like you are gonna miss out by waiting. When it happens, it happens, and then I will find out.

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veuzi wrote (edited )

So how we are supposed to sabotage the Russian invasion from not-that-distant Dresden? By not heating up our houses with Russian gas?

To my knowledge, some German anarchists have conducted direct action style sabotage such as arson against vehicles owned by certain Russian companies, and have also be known to do the same towards companies involved with the Turkish defense industry in solidarity with the Kurds, so they could be referring to something like that. Not that it is very effective as sabotage, but it is a thing that anarchists have been known to do that isn't just a boycott.

In the stated context of anarchists donating money for equipment, they could also be suggesting that giving it to BOAK for example, or other clandestine partisan movements in Russia would be a better option for striking blows against the Russian war effort, than just giving it to the Ukranian military which is at this point well equipped.

Yes of course. But when you entirely leave out Russia's vested economic interests (coincidentally, Donbass, which Russia recently declared as hers, is the richest Ukrainian region), as well as the entire history of Ukraine as basically Russia's colony and Russia's continuing interventions in Ukraine's politics ever since the fall of the USSR, while also forgetting to mention that we saw, not that long ago, how Georgia and Chechnya's attempts at autonomy went, then it maybe might not be entirely out of line to propose that this is all rather quite distasteful tankie propaganda.

It would be better to elaborate on this part, yes, and it is somewhat telling that it doesn't. It is tonedeaf to rely on the "no war but class war" slogan in this context. It's bad but I still wouldn't say it's tankie level bad.

They are not talking about fascism but dictatorship. And coming from 'anarchists' whose entire programme is to advance towards the 'dictatorship of the proletariat', it is not difficult to see that this has very little to do with the criticism of liberalism. After all, they bring up how Czechia's 'democracy' hasn't helped the proletariat that much. But say nothing about how the workers are doing in, well, significantly less democratic Russia.

No love for the dogmatic politics of Marxist class distinctions, and I don't really know anything about these specific Czech anarchists. But from what little I know of post-Czechoslovakia political history, yeah I wouldn't be very enthusiastic for Czech democracy if I was from there either. There is value in calling out the "lesser evil" logic as well as the Marxist dogma.

But there is not that much disagreement otherwise, and I think I am at my limit of how much I'm willing to be the devils advocate for an ancom tract, so I'm fine with leaving it at that.

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veuzi wrote (edited )

The Ukrainian population had a choice

Yes, this is a problematic statement, because many Ukranians genuinely didn't have a choice. But that's not to say that war propaganda and nationalist rhetoric isn't a factor in how the Ukranian Army recruits those that volunteer (internationals especially) rather than those who got conscripted, and that is something that is rather inherent to any war.

So we are against the state but happy with what -- EU sanctions?

Not really seeing that in the quoted bit. Could you elaborate?

Notice how conveniently vague this article is every time it proposes alternatives.

Yeah, that I can see. I think it is more focused on critique than laying out alternatives. That's not necessarily a bad thing to me, that is the MO for a lot of post-left writing as well.

For the other bits that you quoted, I think that liberal democracy being better for anarchists than fascism isn't entirely speculative, but it is a common justification for well, not criticizing liberalism when fascism is the "bigger threat". We can see that same logic in, for example, American liberals trying to convince leftists and anarchists to vote for them.

Pointing out that the West has a vested economic interest in Ukranian resources and cheap labor isn't also wrong, even if Russia is the obvious military aggressor in the conflict. Defense industries in the West are also still making bank from this war as with any war the West have been involved in for the past 40 or so years.

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veuzi wrote (edited )

Honestly this article isn't horribly bad. It is very rooted in class-struggle politics which is obviously cringe, but I'm not seeing any takes that would inherently provide cover for Russian imperialism in there. I guess the issue is with which particular user that decided to post this and why.

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veuzi wrote

I like it better in noun form: "strife".

But there are fun things you can do with the word struggle. Like strugglismo, or struggalo.

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veuzi wrote

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It's in OK condition too, was probably sitting there unused for decades. The volume knob is crackly. I could fix that with contact cleaner but I just leave it on max and adjust the gain on my audio interface's preamp. The only other issue is a constant, low buzzing sound coming from the transformer that leaks to the audio output, so I have to use a noise gate when recording.

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veuzi wrote

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Easiest way to tell is to look up the record on Discogs. The sleeve will also sometimes indicate a year of production.

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veuzi wrote

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I have a Roland MP-600 analog synth/"electric piano". It's a fully polyphonic synth using divide-down oscillators, but it roughly emulates the sound of a Rhodes/Wurlitzer electric piano rather than being a string machine as is more common with that design.

It was produced from the late 70s to the early 80s. The serial number of mine indicates that it left the factory in 1981.

As for how I got it, I found it abandoned in the attic of the previous place I was living at.

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