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This was one of my main takeaways after reading Lenin’s State and Revolution.

There’s a lot of bloviating, and throwing around of terms like ‘petite-bourgeois philistines’. But not a lot of substance when it comes to the details of why exactly we need a transitional state, and the particulars of how the withering away will begin.

He talks about the need for power to be in the hands of the armed workers - but it seems to be just talk. There’s also a lot naivety in the idea of having a minimal government who are paid a small sum - why do we need these people? And knowing what we know about the nature of capital won’t these people and positions become corrupted? It’s the state, and capital itself we’re trying to do away with - not a change to a more benevolent group of capitalists who somehow know what’s best for all of us.

It does all come off as very fanciful, idealistic, and wrapped up in the myth that humans are inherently greedy and stupid and in need of a patriarchal figure to guide them.

In comparison I find a lot of anarchist writing more visionary, but also more pragmatic and backed up by sound reasoning.


I think my take is similar to yours.

I was just reading this Jacobin article from 2018 concludes with:

The defense of Chinese minorities’ rights must go hand in hand with a firm antiwar stance on Western foreign policy, a determination to end Islamophobia, and vigilance toward anti-Chinese prejudice in our own communities. Linking the question of Xinjiang to these causes is not a distraction; it’s an opportunity.

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2018/05/xinjiang-uyghur-china-repression-surveillance-islamophobia


Zhongwen.com: Learn Chinese Characters

This is a good resource. If you click ‘Search’ you can look up characters by radical…


A good book to start with might be ‘The Anatomy of Fascism’ by Paxton.

https://libcom.org/library/anatomy-fascism


Ubuweb: resource for avant-garde art

This place is full of weird and wonderful art. I recommend just randomly clicking through some videos…




Thanks, I already watched most of that one. I think he should remove the propaganda at the start of the video and lose the over the top production because he makes a few good points.

I wouldn’t exactly call it a “debunking” though. It’s not as if oppression of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities is some made up thing.


Thread of sources on Uyghur oppression

I haven’t read a lot of these sources myself yet, but the first one at least by the Communist Party of India is worth a read…


I think you can set up your pihole with a VPN for remote use too.

I just searched and found this tutorial but there should be more around:

https://blog.crankshafttech.com/2021/03/how-to-setup-pihole-pivpn-unbound.html?m=1


In that case I would look into switching ISPs, or maybe connect another router and put the ISP-supplied one in bridge mode if possible.



However you feel about RMS, I think we can all agree that the FSF goofed up.

Whether it was a defiant announcement that they won’t let freedom-hating SJWs cancel Stallman, or an announcement of accountability, apology, or steps to address his behaviour — they should have made some kind of statement instead of just letting Stallman himself announce that he was returning without much explanation.


You shouldn’t be using an ISP-supplied router anyway, right?

You don’t know what they’ve put in the firmware for remote management.

Even buying the same model router from a store to replace the ISP one would be preferable.


I much prefer macOS to Windows, and Gnome is a good transition from macOS.

I use a trackpad, and never found the need to use min / max buttons. I use the upper left hot corner to display all windows, and lower left to display the desktop.

On Mac I use 4 finger swipes a lot to transition between workspaces for applications I want to use full screen. So those gestures in Gnome 40 sound like a welcome addition, and I’m sure they’ll go some ways to convince more Mac users to try Linux.

I know Gnome and especially Pop!_OS are meant to be very keyboard-centric. But I’m quite used to using a trackpad.

Well, I’m transitioning into using TWMs like Sway now, but Gnome is definitely my favorite DE.

I’m also forced to use Windows a lot, but don’t enjoy it at all.


If you have an nvidia card I think you should just go ahead and give Pop OS a try.

I’ve been using it for a few months, and it’s been very stable.

It’s a great distro and has options for graphics cards made specifically for System76 hardware, some of which come with nvidia graphics cards. It might just solve whatever problem you’re having.




Pretty cringe, hysterical, and whiny. “Cancel culture” isn’t a thing.

https://yewtu.be/watch?v=xe16MdERJxw

https://yewtu.be/watch?v=szybEhqUmVI

Minorities aren’t coming for your free software. It’s Capitalism. Always has been.


How’s does the build feel? Is it solid? How are the hinges, etc?



Thanks. I should probably add a VICE 🤢 warning too.






I’ll definitely read it ASAP, thanks.



Yeah, I think that’s true for anarchist theory in general. It’s not complex. To any working person, or anyone who’s been marginalized it’s very much self-evident that we shouldn’t be exploited or oppressed. The theory just helps strip away the bullshit and confirms what we suspected to be true - that we could in fact live in that world.

Also what you mentioned about crypto-currencies I find it kind of funny / sad that some people are able to see the absurdity of the power usage of Bitcoin and trading of thousands of useless cryptocurrencies and tokens - yet stop short of seeing the absurdity in capitalism itself.

Still, I think there could be some value in smart contracts in a world without capital. I can imagine a network of anarcho-communist neighbourhoods using smart contracts to help manage resources, contracts, disputes, housing, community duties, etc.


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