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Shut it down.
  • A complete tear-down simply confirms the end of the status-quo, with no implication of anything better rising from the ashes.

    Most anarchists would advocate a strategy of 'prefiguration', often summarised as 'building the new world in the shell of the old'. You don't have to tear down the old system before you start building its replacement.

    In anarchy, those with power reign supreme over those without. Most power and resources are already consolidated in a tiny minority.

    Once a society has reached a condition of anarchy, there would, by definition not be a tiny minority with a concentration of power and resources. Anarchy means no rulers/authority.

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  • Shut it down.

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    Voting doesn't work!
  • Summary for those who haven't watched:

    • Vote, or don't, but it won't change the system
    • The system will not offer significant concessions unless its existence is credibly threatened

    Seems hard to argue with.

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  • Reading up

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    United Nations adopts resolution on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination
  • A right thing. And not a very substantial one. But don't sell the UK short. The government might be despicable, but the massive marches in London by the people have been inspiring. The power of that crowd needs to be channelled into direct action.

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    United Nations adopts resolution on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination
  • I’m pretty sure that the United States was founded on the principle of self determination

    Self determination for who? For rich, land-owning, white males.

    The US was founded on the same genocidal settler-colonialism as Israel.

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    'I am a Zionist,' says Biden at Hanukkah event, promises continued military assistance to Israel
  • Maybe it won't make an impact this election, but if people start voting for third parties regardless, the Democrats would be incentivised to do better and/or to introduce ranked-choice voting.

    In any case, people need to stop waiting for elections and to start taking action now.

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    HP TV ads claim its printers are 'made to be less hated'
  • Boycott HP: https://bdsmovement.net/boycott-hp

    HP-branded corporations play key roles in Israel’s oppression of Palestinians. They are complicit in Israel’s occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid regime. They provide computer hardware to the Israeli army and maintain data centers through their servers for the Israeli police. They provide the Itanium servers to operate the Aviv System, the computerized database of Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority. This forms the backbone of Israel’s racial segregation and apartheid.

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    ‘A mass assassination factory’: Inside Israel’s calculated bombing of Gaza
  • In case you - or anyone reading this - are unaware, the term covering the patterns you're describing is 'settler colonialism'. It differs from 'exploitation colonialism' in that it aims to not only profit from a territory, but to replace the population that is there with another population. What you describe are the logical consequences of that. I think your first two points are understating the history in Palestine/Israel, though. There was intentional displacement of the indigenous population from the start.

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  • (https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/henry-kissinger-war-criminal-dead-1234804748/)

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    Abolish 'The Left'
  • Did the people downvoting this post even watch the video?

    It's been a while since I watched it, but I think it'd be accurate to say the TL;DW is basically that we shouldn't care about 'left unity' if that means abandoning vulnerable people and reliquishing our deepest values. Essentially, if 'the left' doesn't deliver safety for us and the people we love, then 'the left' can suck it.

    I would have thought people on an anarchism community could appreciate that, and if they don't, then they need to do some thinking, and maybe learn some history to see how anarchists have responded to demands of 'unity' and been persecuted in its name.

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  • While there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free

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    Explanation: How the watermelon 🍉 became a symbol of Palestinian protest 🇵🇸

    It's especially relevant now, because Meta (i.e. Instagram and Facebook) is hiding posts and comments containing the Palestinian flag emoji, and people are turning to using the watermelon emoji as a substitute.

    As an aside, the Jordanian flag emoji 🇯🇴 and the Western Saharan flag emoji 🇪🇭 are visually similar enough to the Palestinian flag emoji to be good substitutes.

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    Any apps or websites that help find nearby protests and when they are happening?
  • You probably just want to get on the email lists of local organisations (activist groups, minor political parties, union councils, etc.).

    They will often cross-promote each other so you'll be made aware of other organisations through them.

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    Capitalism can't be anarchism

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    The scariest monster

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    Compost works too

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    At least 24 journalists have been killed in the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza
  • It's not both sides doing the same thing. Israel has been displacing, brutalising and killing Palestinians for 70 years. Israel has a modern army, a modern air force, nuclear weapons and a functional economy.

    Since 1948, Israel has taken the vast majority of the land and continues to chip away at what little remains to Palestinians through illegal settlements in the West Bank.

    Gaza is an open air prison that Israel constantly surveils and bombs, controls who and what gets in and out and even regulates how many calories per day Gazans are allowed.

    It's not both sides doing the same thing. It's a settler colonial apartheid state brutalising an indigenous people who are holding on for dear life.

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    One of the reasons they only teach whitewashed history at school

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    My new spirit animal

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    Cats and anticapitalism? Sign me up!

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    Don't use scary words

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