Hopefully this is a "safe" thing to ask: is there something like the Socialist Rifle Association in Canada? I feel like people here have a quite different attitude toward guns that is, usually, healthier. But the world is changing. Fascism is rising. We're going to need to know how to defend our communities.

Liberalism is bad. Sadly, my own friends make me realize this regularly.

Capitalism 

Capitalism should have crashed and failed in 2008. Socialism for the capitalists bailed out the bourgeoisie.
I guess this is an example of socialism being bad... but also capitalism being bad...

I've been playing around with different themes this afternoon and now I want to re-theme my blog to have a more brutalist design...maybe even quit WordPress in favour of static pages...but maybe that's going too far.

cold: reducing your personal energy use and upcycling your trash because it'll save the planet
bold: reducing your personal energy use and upcycling your trash to reduce your dependence on capitalism
gold: working together with your community to build sustainable alternative infrastructure to reduce your dependence on capitalism AND save the planet

"Google wants to kill the URL"

No

"People have a really hard time understanding URLs" is not a good enough reason to get rid of URLs

To this day, I refuse to use an AMP specific webpage as it breaks the open web. When I'm presented with an AMP link, I edit the URL to remove that component so I get the full page. "Safe" URLs will similarly cater to Google interests and I will not be using it

If other vendors go along with this, I'll write my own browser if I have to

wired.com/story/google-wants-t

Sometimes, all the infighting on the left makes me feel like democratic centralism is actually a good thing. Fight behind closed doors, but then present a united front publicly. At least we look like we have our shit together that way.

How to organize a reading group (that will hopefully evolve into something more, perhaps even a proper affinity group)? I think, for me, a good starting point would be my church (I'm Unitarian Universalist), since most people there are left leaning and many are probably socialists (at least one is a full blown anarchist communist). That might even be a big enough group. But how does one safely advertise this type of thing to strangers? I don't really have many comrades nor a good way to connect.

I'm part way through listening to the Revleft episode with Demand Utopia and, wow, these cats are even cooler than I thought. Contemplating starting a local chapter, perhaps as a reading group at first, with movement into direct action once everyone is feeling comradery and trust.

I've started to notice that, often, when ordinary people talk about "capitalism," they actually just mean markets. Does anyone have some good propaganda to help people understand the difference, and maybe turn them on to market socialism, if they feel strongly that markets are a good and important economic mechanism?

Traditional Marxists often writeoff the lumpenproletariat. If visions of a fully automated capitalism come true, putting most people out of work, we can't afford to write those people off. Most of us will be those people, in this dystopia.

Demand utopia. It's the only way. But, actually, don't demand it. Take it. Make it. That's the only way we'll get it.

I'm pretty sure I'm secretly a mutualist. I keep coming back to the idea of market socialism. Particularly for luxury items, it makes sense (basics like food, clothing and medicine should probably be communized and not market-based, or at least not commodified), but I don't know if this is just a lack of imagination because I'm so brainwashed by capitalism that I can't conceive of a non-market economy, even if it's one that isn't capitalist. Not sure how it jives with social ecology, either.

As all these so-called socialists in the Democratic Party water down the term to just be a synonym for social democrat, "tankie" will soon be a slur to describe literally any anticapitalist, even the most milquetoast democratic socialists.

On this day in 1791, the Haitian revolution began. The slaves overthrew their colonial oppressors and the eventual result was the first black republic. Unfortunately, the rest of the world has been fucking Haiti over ever since.

(Side note: why does my spellcheck insist on capitalizing the word "republic?" I had to force it not to, cuz it kept autocorrecting.)

Capital is in crisis. Labour unions are starting to become militant again (e.g., all those teachers on wildcat strikes; the Mexican labourers who walked off the job after a racist boss fired some of them). This is good. Socialism in my lifetime, I hope!

I've decided, after following a few socialist, anarchist and communist accounts for a few weeks now, that Instagram is a shitty propaganda tool and I should stop following them.

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