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Cake day: Apr 05, 2020


Not doxxing myself but where I live in the US, both cases and hospitalizations are spiking past their peak last summer. Omicron may not be as deadly right now as with the first two strains that hit big here, but it’s still an issue.

Quoting how the workers in New York are against mandates should not affect our thinking. As Marxists-Leninists, we don’t take current working class sentiment/opinions/rhetoric as law. The majority in this country believe socialism to be evil at worst or “good on paper” at best; does this mean we drop the idea of a working-class revolution because the majority of the working class is seemingly against it? It’s an exaggerated example but the logic still fits.

There is also zero “blind trust” for pharmaceutical companies. I have comrades in the medical field who face centrist excuses of “vaccine hesitancy” hidden under the guise of “levelheadedness” on a constant basis, and it’s absolutely infuriating. So what, should we just ignore doctors as science can become politicized and form our own opinion? No, serious health officials in this country AND in general in AES countries know that pandemic protocols must be in place to deter this. Going with “it’s never going away, might as well get used to it” is defeatist and explicitly anti-Marxist, while the thinking is “this is potentially never going away, protocols need to be in place to prevent more outbreaks.”

Being a communist isn’t about being contrarian to anything that happens under a bourgeois capitalist society, it’s about looking at the situation critically and dialectically.

Has anyone noticed an alarming amount of anti-vax type rhetoric among communists?

From discussions online and articles from communist or “leftist” publications, I’ve seen an increase of anti-vax/mandate thinking, either being framed as …

f-strings are so comfy in python so glad the core of it is making its way to rust and we see them soon

It’s one of the distros I’ve had in my “one day will test in a VM” list for a while, but so much turbulence makes me wonder how long it’ll last.

I pull the COVID numbers daily so I can see the disasters that are the US/UK vs a few other countries. If I really hated myself I’d set it as my fish greeting lmao

                Confirmed  Deaths
China              115597    4849
Cuba               967498    8324
US               56189547  827748
United Kingdom   13497515  149367
Venezuela          445082    5335
Vietnam           1778976   33021

Yeah technically there wasn’t, a slowdown for sure at the start of the pandemic becoming global in 2020 but that’s about it. There’s definitely one coming soon for sure.

However I always take issue with bourgeois economists saying that a few years after 2008 was when the economy began to rise again. Sure if you go by the stock market and other such metrics it wasn’t 2008, but the rebound basically affected businesses; I saw very little difference in improvement for the working class post-2008.

Which is a huge thorn in the side of the Rust community. Moving from IRC to Discord as their official platform for help/development is laughable when they could’ve simply moved to Libera.Chat or done the switch to Matrix.

I’m just glad whenver Void gets more attention, it’s honestly incredible. Definitely not for inexperienced Linux users, but it’s a more sound choice for “minimalism” than Arch is. And an AUR-type repo could easily be maintained if users wanted it given how flexible xbps-src is.

Mom, can we have COVID legislature?

We have COVID legislature at home.

COVID legislature at home:

Hell yeah, the people’s republic should never rely on closed-source software, especially Western

The Dems never have tried to hide it really, but like this is laughable

It’s all relative and obfuscated given we’re trying to place software development under definitions of social thought, and similar as to how Marxism isn’t about trying to place your family’s store in either the bourgeois or petit-bourgeois bucket, it makes it even harder to place specific software under definitions as well. So take this as just a fun exercise!

But I guess based off my previous examples, you could say that Signal would fall under a category of more “socialized” means of production but for the profit (in this case “profit” as Signal’s dealings are murkier, this is a good read on it) in the end for someone else, or “socialized” production under a capitalist system, which is still exploitation; the closest real-world example would be co-ops. While co-ops are those specific workers technically owning the means of production for that specific company, but it still being a company working within capitalism, it doesn’t change anything as it’s not societal.

One could argue that, and it’s something that makes sense on the surface. But anarchism at its core is about the destruction of what’s seen as unjust hierarchies, with decentralization a part of that. Anarchism is in the end about the individual: it places individual freedom over collective freedom, as can be seen , for example, at their dismissal of every socialist project due to apparent “authoritarianism” over structures in place (i.e. “hierarchy”) to maintain collective freedom of the masses.

Each lemmy instance has a hierarchy and rules put in place by that hierarchy that limit individual freedoms. All users aren’t congregated together to jointly come up with instance or community rules, etc. Even in the most “open” forum we have, the internet, hierarchies are still in place to maintain a smoothly functioning community.

The argument to make is that libre software is more communist as every person has the means of production in hand (a computer) and strong copy-left licenses limit individual freedom (you can’t take the source code and use it for profit without making it open) for collective freedom (the code is always open source for people to use/audit).

Wait until companies start to have this on the phones and laptops they issue

I don’t have my dotfiles public quite yet (on my list) but here’s my neovim config. It’s kind of a mess of looking up others and from the docs, but it works. I’ve only recently moved to neovim’s built-in LSP (was previously using coc.vim and ALE) so I doubt it’s perfect but I haven’t had any issue yet!

It’s technically not an IDE, but neovim. With the built-in LSP, treesitter, and paired with tmux, it’s more powerful than any IDE. Plus a lot lighter and you never have to leave the comfy confines of your terminal

Excel go brrrr

The amount of sheer evidence at the failure of anarchism, on top of documents from the imperial core stating it’s ineptitude and a way to counter true proletarian struggle, and Western “leftists” still don’t see it.

It’s not even blind ignorance, although many might be. They just care about themselves and the benefits of living in a society that extracts wealth from the Global South.

It’s just hard to make that argument in my mind when all these big companies that suck up the wealth of the entire world are built off FOSS software.

There’s truth there for sure, but any sort of mode of production can be taken and used in a different system. Post-Mao China has clearly taken advantage of capitalist means of production but under the guise of a workers state as businesses cannot run in the country without being overseen by the CPC. So in reverse, capitalist entities can take FOSS and use them for their own benefit, especially if the software in question isn’t using staunch copy-left licensing like GPLv3.

Exactly, the biggest issues with Linux are always hardware support. Microsoft was the first to hit it big in the consumer world, so along with their monopolization and the MaRkEt they were cemented as the platform that everything focuses on.

Yeah that argument is shit. Nobody is asking companies to support everything possible. Honestly as long as software is created with actual effort and packaged with .deb and .rpm, the community will figure out the rest. If it’s on Linux I’ve been able to install it on Void regardless of how it’s delivered.

The biggest issue though I see in Linux and general FOSS software adoption is capitalism. Companies will never put full effort in a large scale to put capital into development of solutions that make them less money. Until a proletarian state apparatus is implemented, where FOSS is mandated, Linux will never gain widespread adoption. Because let’s be honest, FOSS ideals are communist - much to the anger and denial of techbros who bang on about “don’t tread on me”