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Thanks for the kind words. It was not only me but also other people from ~fr.

If you’d like to play Mr. Robot in the hackbloc that’s a perfectly fine strategy, just be careful. I’m personally not into such things because i don’t have the knowhow and the operational security.

Personally i’m more interested in hosting cooperatives and collectivized production/learning spaces (hackerspaces). It’s a shame it’s so hard even for people who want to do without GAFAM services to actually do it. By pooling resources we can develop entirely free ecosystems so that militant folks worldwide don’t have to (entirely) betray their ideals in order to use the computer or the Internet.

Get the tech people you know to release their source code, and to operate radical and friendly communities. Get them to follow standards (or make up new ones) so that their services can interoperate with others and users don’t get trapped in walled gardens. Get them to organize on their workplace to defend their own interests and that of the users against the managers. Get them to unionize and maybe evolve into worker-owned/people-owned cooperatives… just like non-tech people.

With some secondhand hardware and an Internet access you can start your own servers. If you feel like that’s beyond your reach, you can join and help build a hosting cooperative. With a room and some hardware donations you can kick off a hackerspace so that more folks can learn about the dangers of computing and what digital emancipation can look like in practice, experiment and build new tools. Or build a non-profit Internet Service Provider like freifunk that offers free services for all and does not offer avenues for surveillance.

Get your militant circles involved in “digital self-defense” and “digital autonomy” concerns. Even better, get your non-militant geek friends to open their eyes and see this fucked up society for what it is. Get you and your surroundings organized to fight against injustice and oppression. Never give up, ever. And try not to reproduce unhealthy power structures along the way ;)

No state, no bosses, no owners and no borders. So that’s a very generic answer sorry about that if you have more precise questions i’d be happy to go into more details.


Soooo to answer this question i’ve started to translate Emilie Lamotte’s “Birth limitation, or how to avoid Big Families”, in which she has strong arguments against having children. Not finished yet, but you can check it out here: https://pad.riseup.net/p/lamotte

i’ll publish it once translated is finished and reviewed by native english speakers :)












What difference do you make between “anarchists” and “anarcho-communists”? Apart from nihilists, i don’t know any branch of anarchism that would not fall into communism as well.


For federated app stores… On Android, there’s F-Droid. On free desktop systems (GNU/Linux, BSD) there’s Flatpak. I don’t know of a cross-platform solution, though. An emerging alternative to Flatpak is GNU guix which is way more reliable/secure/consistent, but it doesn’t have a graphical user interface yet.

For non-federated, but multi-provider software “stores”, there’s gamehub, pegasus, athenaeum, lutris and a bunch of others. I don’t think any of those has a free-software, selfhostable server code (to distribute your own games) yet. But one or two have a Windows/Mac version i believe.

An open standard protocol could help improve the ecosystem, but i don’t know anyone working on that.


Fair enough question. I’m in the same situation as you. To be honest i don’t think polluting processes like manufacturing computers should be ENTIRELY stopped. Maybe if we built more durable computing and reduced software bloat we could enjoy using the same computers for decades, not months/years? There’s more smartphones in circulation than human beings on earth, so i would argue planned obsolescence is a crime against nature/humanity.


Literally all the countries you have cited have a history of conquest, subjugating people, and repressing popular movements. Yes, even India, China and Russia. India has hindu nationalism. China has han nationalism. Russia has whatever they call their brand of christian-orthodox authoritarianism. All three countries have severe political repression against minorities.


The political refugees i know who have been subjected to torture from the FSB and other secret services do not consider russian fascism “a very light shade”. Electric torture in particular is very cruel. Also neonazi groups in Russia are not exactly uncommon. Looking for “nazi russia” or “russian nationalists” on any video platform will prompt videos of nazi bands beating up folks they deem too gay or too brown in public spaces like the subway


Well their server-side source code, plus installation instructions. They have published some tiny bits, but not the whole. The closest i found was this which is a fake (mock) implementation of the server-side API.

If you are close to the itch folks, it’d be interesting to see if they’d be interested in making itch free-software and selfhostable, even federated so that authors can choose where to publish their games.


Yes, tell me more about how China is not (yet another) colonial empire with its Belt Road Initiative /s

Not that i’m defending other colonizing nations. But the whole “civilizing mission” of “superior cultures” to build useful infrastructure and such is so cliché in the history of colonization.


To my knowledge there’s plenty of nazis in both countries. I don’t know much about Ukraine, but i know for sure nazis and other fascists are NOT enemies of Putin, and the Russian governments has some policy points that align with fascism: restriction of sexuality/queerness, censorship, anti-demonstration…


Well it’s not impossible but it’s not automatic either. All shops account for 2-20% of broken/lost/stolen/unsold goods in their accounting. As long as you stay under that number there should not be raised prices, although it’s not exactly something you control as a shoplifter :)


That is an alternative client for itch, not the platform’s code itself unfortuantely :'(

Why can’t we have decentralized itch like we have decentralized lemmy? Hypothetically, let me public my games on my instance and you yours on your instance and we can federate comments/subscriptions/etc :)


O wait, so you are looking that hosts exclusively FOSS games, not something that is a FOSS platform?

Ideally, both :)

it would be very very small niche

Indeed. But it could grow. I mean i’m asking on /c/itch_io because there’s a lot of non-profit development taking place on itch. In my view all these developments should be free-software and should encourage cooperation between artists/projects. Like a tiny ecosystem growing horizontally :)


Interesting, i had no idea about BUR! What about “Nechaev”? The word is not really introduced in the text…


Bosses are assholes, and shoplifting has nothing to do with it. A boss who places too much pressure on employees “because” of theft will do it even once theft is rooted out.

If you need/want to shoplift, please do it from corporations who can afford it, expropriate the supermarkets, not your local markets. Not that i exactly defend small entrepreneurship as ethical, but i don’t think stealing from your neighbors is the same as stealing from a soulless corporation fucking up the entire planet.

Please stay safe. Don’t take too much risks.


On the other hand, people have worked to produce the things in shops and should arguably be compensated.

Sure, which is why stealing from a smaller shop is unethical. On the other hand, stealing from a supermarket megacorporation whose products were assembled by quasi-slaves (who are not fairly compensated) sounds very ethical: in my view expropriating the thieves doesn’t make you a thief.

Also worth noting, theft is accounted for in every shop, and the shop WILL pay its bills to its providers. So whatever product you’re stealing from a supermarket will be paid to the producer, therefore stealing animal products is not vegan (i’ve heard people argue otherwise) because the animal exploiter will be paid. On the other hand, every more expensive/fair product you steal from the supermarket will take money from the pockets of the supermarket shareholders into the producers, which is laudable.



anarchism and pacifism aren’t really directly related at all.

What do you mean? To my knowledge, before the hippie movement overtook it and completely depoliticized it, pacifism was a major branch of the anarchist movement. For example Emma Goldman spent quite some time in jail for her pacifist, anti-nation/anti-war activities during the first World War.

Also worth noting, pacifist does not mean strongly opposed to any form of violence. Most pacifist anarchists for instance understand collective self-defense to be perfectly acceptable when deescalating the conflict has failed.


Personally, i argue for a diversity of tactics. If you stand in solidarity with folks engaging in sabotage and other direct actions, then i believe you have a place here.

“It’s not strategic” and other bullshit reflections i leave to the marxist-leninist vanguards. Anti-authoritarian communists, let’s unite! Our enemies are the State, the Corporations, the Patriarchs, the White supremacists and Colonizers… not other anarchists from a different branch.

Likewise, i encourage people engaging in more violent action to not judge pacifist comrades who do not feel like it. Virilist judgement of raw might and courage is definitely not my vision of anarchism, either.


Free-software (alternative to) Itch?

I love the cool DIY vibes on itch, but it’s troubling how much commercial closed-source tech you see on there. Also itch itself is not a free-software platform. They encourage gamedevs to share their games, but themselves don’t share their software… just as hypocrit as evil Github! …


Hello for sure you can’t release assets under a free license without the authors’ agreement. I encourage you to ask your friends who helped with it if they would be ok with releasing their artwork under a free license like CC BY-SA.

Remix culture is very important to bring new ideas to life. There’s pretty cool games developed and released as free-software and free-assets, like 0ad, SuperTuxKart. There’s also platforms like OpenGameArt (and others) for sharing assets/sprites to make new games with, and that’s really amazing.

If your game is free software, you can still sell it to make money if that’s your thing. But you ensure:

  • that your users’ freedoms are respected, and that they can be sure there’s no virus/malware hidden inside the game
  • that a new generation of gamedevs can take a look at how your game was built, to learn the craft and build new things
  • that new features and bugfixes can be implemented, without you having to do everything
  • that the game can be ported to newer platforms and technology in the future, even if you’re not around anymore (see OpenMW project for example)

Let us know if you need more information on licensing and/or why software freedom is important to many of us. I really love the DIY gamedev scene but it could really use some free-software vibes ;-)

Can’t wait to try your game once the source code is released!


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