covid, uspul, ventilators,
Trump invoking the Defense Production Act isn't going to 'speed up ventilator production'.
Those companies are already working at 10+ times their usual speed and nobody is withholding materials.
What the Defense Act mainly does is allow Trump to seize ventilators already sold to other countries and block other countries from placing new orders.
It's an 'American lives at the expense of everyone else' act, pure and simple.
I wanna stress that this process is largely not deliberate.
Most fascists really don't like thinking of themselves as the ideological siblings of Hitler and will cling tightly to the belief that they're not fascists. So they will warp their ideology to fit that.
Ecofascism too, mostly it's a 'trick'. Most ecofascists truly see themselves as environmental activists and care about that. But because of their fascistic thinking, their answer involves white supremacy and genocide.
That’s the form of fascism most European countries are facing now. It will not be the last face of fascism. Ecofascism is growing fast and may be the next one to become a mayor threat. And it will change again. As long as white supremacy and capitalism are mayor parts of our society, fascism will continue to spring from that source.
Fascists like red and black? They will wear green and blue. Fascists are antisemitic? They’ll focus on islamophobia for now. Fascists end elections? They’ll make elections into a farce. Fascists are nationalists? They’ll be localists instead.
Fascists most effective strategy in 2000-2020 is populism & a slow integration of their politics into mainstream capitalist policies. So more and more refugees, Muslims and POC die without most citizens thinking they live in a fascist state
It’s important to remember that since killing 12+ million people and starting a war that killed 60+ million more, fascists have mainly been trying to exist by not calling themselves fascists and even convincing themselves that they’re not.
This means that the moment you make a widespread, commonly understood definition of fascism, a form of fascism will form that escapes that definition.
That's a demonstration. The word you're looking for is demonstration.
A strike is when you shut something down. It has a direct, real impact. It isn't a show, it it an act of real power, with real consequences.
Stop claiming the language of direct action and labor struggles for your performative shit.
Also, next time you get gas, check to make sure your tires are inflated. If your car ends up sitting around for a few weeks or months due to Our Current Situation, you'll want to roll the car a foot or two every couple of weeks, to prevent uneven tire wear.
Now might also be a good time to invest in a gas can, a few bottles of oil, and jumper cables. Before everyone else does.
@erosdiscordia cars are not shelf-stable, gotta drive them every once in a while to keep stuff from settling/sedimenting/drying out/etc
Being blind is shit in a pandemic
Never mind touching my face, I'm used to touching /everything/ when I'm outside: to find out where it is, to read the label on something in a store...I've tried going up and down stairs without using the railing and that's a bad idea!
And food shopping. I did so little of this before but now it all has to be me! Can I not find a thing because it's missing or because I'm blind? I'm playing this game a lot now
And the screen thing. Ugh.
Anarchist Library: **Darya Rustamova - I never want to see the word “COVIDIOT” again**
"Author: Darya RustamovaTitle: I never want to see the word “COVIDIOT” againDate: March 24, 2020Source: Retrieved on 2020-03-31 from freedomnews.org.uk A disclaimer first. I have shit lungs and I’ve always had shit lungs, I’m ch…"
Can we stop equating 'essential in a crisis' with 'has value and deserves a living wage'? Thank you!
Sincerely, all the artists, craft workers, councilors, carpenters, construction workers, sex workers, electricians, writers, actors, bartenders, DJs, dancers, singers, printers, bicycle repairers, librarians, researchers, and more.
(if you wanna point out one of these is classified as 'essential' in your country, you're missing the point)
epidemics, anarchism, future (3/3)
We gotta be honest about this and more.
Wishful thinking will get us nowhere. Promising a paradise we can't deliver will get us no where. There’s no point in pretending that we can create a world without disasters or death.
We will still be vulnerable. That’s part of life. It is the quality of that vulnerable life that will be so so much better in an anarchist world.
epidemics, anarchism, future (2/3ish)
A global network of anarchists unhindered by patents and paywalls will be better at organizing health care in some ways. But our decentralization will also have disadvantages.
And while an anarchist society would be way better as supporting each other materially during a time in which ‘life as usual’ needs to be shut down, not using authoritarian measures also means we need to be more patient with each other as we communicate the need to take these measures.
epidemics, anarchism, future (1/3ish)
I think it's very important to acknowledge that an anarchism future will still have epidemics and people will still die.
In some ways things will be better. Not having millions of animals forced together for meat product will reduce risk of new viruses. Not having to go to work sick will reduce transmission.
But a move from cars to public transport and more collective living and community spaces will also bring new risks.
Amazon put their own workers at risk of the #coronavirus and then fired them for organizing - citing "social distancing" as the excuse. https://twitter.com/DaveLeeFT/status/1244774275854131200
History thing (4/4)
Many of the cliques did not engage in politics apart from the liberation of themselves. Most of their life was spend walking, swimming, collecting or stealing food, which they cooked in a collective ‘clique pot’.
Their values were autonomy, solidarity, freedom and their own enjoyment.
Jonas Kleindienst - Die Wilden Cliquen Berlins
Vanessa Falkenstein - Wilde Cliquen in der Weimarer Zeit
Anne Alex - Sozialrassisctische Verfolgung im deutschen Faschismus
History thing (3/4ish)
But they did not join communist organizations, did not participate in unions and rejected the idea of a future revolution. Instead, they saw their revolution as existing in the right now and pursued quality of life. Some declared that they were on a lifelong general strike.
History thing (2/4ish)
Unlike other unemployed organizing at the time, the Wild Cliques rejected the ‘right to work’. Instead, they celebrated their unemployment as freedom. All were anti-authoritarian and some cliques were explicitly left wing. When they show up in communist sources they are mostly working with communists and locals resisting evictions and fighting the Hitler Youth.
History thing (1/4ish)
Today I learned about Berlin’s ‘Wild Cliques’ of the 1930s. They left little writing apart from some songs, so we know them through police reports and writings by communists who occasionally worked with them.
The ‘Wild Cliques’ were groups of young people, almost all working class, uneducated, unemployed and homeless, who lived together and shared everything they had within their group. There were 600 cliques in Berlin, with about 5000 members (so roughly 9 per group).