veuzi

veuzi wrote

I take it with me out to my balcony when I go out to smoke, so that I don't have to disconnect my laptop from my monitor and speakers while I'm watching a livestream or something. Sometimes I carry it in my bag as a laptop replacement

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veuzi wrote

  • Wermacht battle flag
  • 45-degree angled swastika
  • Modified reichsadler/parteiadler (eagle holding the swastika with its feet)
  • SS totenkopf flag
  • Modern German flag just to drive the nationalism home

This nerd: "SwAsTiKa IsN't A nAzI sYmBoL"

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veuzi wrote

Reply to Rebellion bad by ziq

Well of course, you would only care this much about someone else's hair color when your entire politics is aesthetics.

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veuzi wrote

The final line, "The sooner anarchists completely detach ourselves from the rotting carcass that remains of the left, the sooner we can stop being weighed down by the virulently irrational superstitions that are the basis for their reactionary green-scare campaigns." is strong on its own. But it gets somewhat lost in the tl;dr bullet points. I think it should be connected with a paragraph that moves on neatly from all that stuff about Alexander Reid Ross and a more general thought like that.

Summarizing each section in place of the tl;dr is a good idea.

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veuzi wrote (edited )

I mean, are you trying to hold yourself to some moral standard of "wildness"? Are you afraid that if you keep studying hacking and programming that you will go back to being some techbro?

We're all hypocrites to some extent in this fucked up society. I may not obsess consumeristically over audio hardware and synthesizers like I did 10 years ago but I'm still producing mostly electronic music with the same proprietary DAW I have been using since forever on a laptop manufactured by a multi-national corporation that I hate. I do it because I enjoy it, even if it means using mass-produced tech dug out of the ground and assembled by slaves.

Maybe you just need more of a balance? Maybe you just find that the tech/hacking stuff is easier to default to compared to going out to the mountains, and so to adjust your effort accordingly? In the end, It's up to you to curate your passions, I guess.

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veuzi wrote (edited )

There is one more distinct thing that mutualism has going for it, and that is what is implied by its name: reciprocal relations. But even this ties into the economic side of things somewhat whereby economic exchanges that are seen as fair or in mutual self-interest by both parties are as reciprocal as mutual aid is.

So whether I do a thing for you today and you do a thing for me next week then that's cool, but we could also trade a block of hashish and a crate of beer for some loaves of bread and a couple kilos of fresh produce and that would be all cool and good for both of us.

But to be fair, it's been a long time since I've read any of this theory. There's probably more to it.

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veuzi wrote

As I hinted at elsewhere in this thread, I'm primarily drawn to the synthesist, 'leaving options open' type mutualism.

Yeah that's more or less Wilbur's school of thought. But I don't think even he uses the mutualist label for himself.

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veuzi wrote

Well, how much do you care about markets and economics in general is my only question.

I used to call myself a mutualist back when I was a baby anarchist because I didn't really vibe with communism, and like you, I found that Shawn Wilbur's online presence (on reddit and his blog) illustrated a far more consistent approach to anarchism than what I saw in the syndicalists and ancoms. But to be real, I never really cared about economics and markets. As soon as I discovered that economic nihilism was a thing I just abandoned any pretense of prescribing economics for an anarchic context, and accordingly dropped the mutualist label.

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