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ycymroflin wrote

Personally, I'm of the opinion that anybody who can demonstrate to the rest of the community that they can be trusted with the responsibility that possessing weaponry brings should be allowed to possess whatever weaponry they consider appropriate. What that demonstration entails would be down to any given community, but ultimately I believe it should include basic principles of responsible firearm ownership (e.g. the safe storage of firearms and ammunition, if that's the kind of weaponry they intend to possess), target identification in a timed and stressful environment, and general proficiency with the weapon in question.

Before we get to that point, however, there's one thing that needs to be understood: we don't need to attempt to overthrow the state for the revolution to become violent. We can be entirely peaceful in our action, but eventually, if we're successful, we'll be seen as a threat and the state will use violence against us. We need to be able to defend ourselves against that.

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ycymroflin wrote

Improved physical fitness also creates an imbalance of power, as does one person being physical disabled and the other not being, or one person having had boxing lessons and the other hasn't. In such situations, firearms can themselves be an equaliser. Firearms only create an imbalance of power when one side has them and the other does not.

The other thing to remember is that an anarchist society can only remain so for as long as it can defend itself from outside influences attempting to assert control over them, and that potential exists so long as any given society chooses not to disarm. Given that there is no way that you'd be able to get literally everybody on the planet to disarm without the use of force (which would necessarily require access to firearms), this would obviously be the case.

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ycymroflin wrote

I use Linux - the tor browser used to update as a package, which made it a problem. I started using keepass before the self update was the default.

Still, my bookmarks are easily transferable in an encrypted keyfile, so if I need to change OS for whatever reason, I won't lose them all...

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ycymroflin wrote

Personally, I use keepass. That way, I have a number of different, complex passwords that I don't need to remember, a single complex password that I do remember, and a list of bookmarks that doesn't disappear every time I update the tor browser.

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ycymroflin wrote

However, not only do they have no intention of debating in good faith, attempting to do so legitimises them by implying that it is a perfectly valid standpoint to have. Frankly, as much as I detest violence, I do not believe there is an entirely non-violent solution to this problem. They cannot be allowed to organise - and make no mistake; that's what they're doing with their demonstrations and their presentations. They're recruiting.

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ycymroflin wrote

I generally agree. That said, race does play a big role here - the bartender's colour doesn't matter in terms of how they're treated by their employers, but you bet your ass a white bartender will get better tips than a black one, and the way black kids are treated in some schools leads them to worse academic results, making them more likely to be working in low paid jobs in the first place...

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ycymroflin wrote

Used pirated versions of Windows on pretty much all the computers I've owned until such time as I either got a free copy from university, or used Linux instead. Without that, I'd have never had the opportunity to learn programming.

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ycymroflin wrote

As in you don't consider it a good reason to use violence, or you don't think that's the reason that violence is used?

Far as I can tell, the only thing that has ever prevented fascists from taking power has been an immediate show of "We will not stand for this in our country", using violence if necessary. While violence is never a good answer, sometimes it's the least bad one.

Of course, if your opinion is the second one, well, honestly, I don't think there's anything I could say that would convince you.