i hope certain people start to understand that the #PunchANazi movement isn’t something we purposely support to “fight hate with hate”,, nazis literally do not give a flying fuck about minorities or their well being, and there is no fucking reason to “make peace and sing kum-ba-yah with them!! uwu ^-^”, richard spencer literally posted a comic about putting Jewish people in concentration camps, they want the “Aryan race” to thrive, they make fun of slain black teens and their grieving mothers, they are a literal ass threat to the country so if punching them is a way for them to fuck off then you best believe we’re gonna be an advocate for it
hey so i know that dismissing all the “this is just like when ___ happened in ___ book/movie/tv show” posts as “white privileged liberalism” is real popular right now but like
a lot of autistic ppl process real life events through fiction
and comparisons are the only way we can understand the severity of something
(heck my four year old brother is autistic and he only speaks referentially he literally can’t understand something you’re saying unless someone has said it in a tv show)
so like when i say “oh this is just like when umbridge took over at hogwarts” what i mean is “this is a funny thing to say, yes, but im also contextualizing my experience in a way that means i can understand fully the emotions and social context involved because i’m autistic and don’t understand these things like allistics do”
You are anti capitalist. The other end is communism. Is that what you support? If a person chooses not to work in your ideal economy what happens to them?
I feel like the reason you’re asking this is because you’re assuming that communism would entail “the collective” forcing a person to perform labor and then extracting their labor product when finished, yes? As if to imply that starvation in a capitalist economy is significantly better? Nah, we don’t want some collective committee forcing an individual to perform labor – and if you think that’s what the anti-capitalist critique boils down to, you’re denying yourself a layered understanding of capitalism itself, as well.
Are you under some sort of impression that workers get to control the full product of their labor under capitalism? That the critique of capitalism is merely “do basically everything the same as capitalism except have a significant place for the state sector and regulation”? Or, like, “the state does everything”?
C'mon mate, read a bit on historical materialism – the social structure of society is overwhelmingly dependent on technology, the material conditions, and our relationships to the means of production. For instance, we had feudalism when there was the windmill, we developed capitalism as the steam engine and the commercial factory took off, and now we’re fast approaching a scenario where extensive automation could free millions upon millions of people from even needing to work a job beyond couple-hour shifts, if that. The changing technology will necessitate a change in social structure, as history has shown, or we’ll continue to slip further into obfuscating barbarism managed by a ruling class of capitalists and state bureaucrats. Rather than continue to compel people to work 8+ hour shifts, starve, or have their jobs lost to machines, machines ought to replace every job they feasibly could; at that point, society should democratically control the abundance-producing machines. Figure out what jobs need to be done to satisfy needs, cut out the many jobs that literally aren’t needed to sustain society (and are just there to help with profit extraction and bureaucracy), automate wherever possible, divvy up the work that can’t be automated, and then people get to pursue whatever they want once those economic faculties are covered. In the end, people have bountiful leisure time, thus expanding their freedom (ya know, the fetishized but actually-neglected concept of capitalism). I’m simplifying the process a bit, but that’s the general trajectory that ought to be embraced.
The capitalist system has many innate tensions within it, but that automation conundrum is HUGE – capitalists want the most profit possible, and soon they will automate away jobs as wages start to increase again. This is why liberals miss the point in the grand scheme of things – yes, increased minimum wages CAN lead to job loss, and automation WILL consume jobs left and right in the coming decades. But that’s not due to the “greedy workers wanting more” or whatever bullshit right-wingers argue – it’s because the system is not structurally designed to meet everyone’s needs. It’s not about freedom or individualism or serving human need; it’s about profit extraction for a small caste of elites.
Zoom out and consider where humanity has gone and will continue to go as time moves forward. You’re sitting in an idealistic fantasyland if you think capitalism can maintain itself forever as the modes of production change and as we slip further into environmental collapse. I implore you to dig past surface ideology you’ve been fed since childhood and locate the true source of tyranny and widespread human suffering.
We’ve tried peaceful protests and nobody listens. Every liberal peaceful protest is met with a flood of people calling us whiners and mocking us. If they won’t listen to peaceful protests the only option is militancy. Make it so that they have no other option but to address our concerns, they have ignored us too long.
I support the actions taken by the citizens of Berkeley to stand up for what they believe in.
People who try to play a game of “Not All Muslims” or “Not Real Muslims” in order to spare themselves the discomfort of realizing that an extremist organization like Daesh rose from groups of muslims who felt like they were inherently superior to other human beings by virtue of their faith, do nothing but spit in the face of persecuted religious and ethnic minorities in MENA who have faced persecution long before groups such as these existed.
These groups were able to come into existence in part because there is a culture of persecution within MENA that unfairly targets minorities while privileging the muslim majority, particularly in the case of sunni muslims, which encourages this kind of behavior.
Militant radicals can take things to extremes because it is for the most part already an institutionalized form of bigotry in MENA and there is no point in denying this. All you would be doing is wasting your time when you could be doing something to try and correct the situation by dismantling the institutions that allow this persecution to happen in the first place.
Basically, when people make statements like “Daesh aren’t muslims, no real muslim would do that” you sound like a white denying their white privilege in the face of institutionalized racism by saying “not all white people, i’m not like that,” or a man denying his role in rape culture by saying “not all men, not real men, only boys do that,” or a christian of any background denying the white christian origins of the kkk by saying “not all christians, not real christians,” for the sake of preserving your own comfort with the minimal amount of work.
tl;dr daesh doesn’t represent islam, but daesh is muslim. If you don’t like that reality and want to be an ally to persecuted minorities in MENA, then you got to work at dismantling the institutions and personal prejudices that allows this persecution to happen. if you don’t like that but don’t want to be an ally to persecuted minorities in MENA, then you are the problem.
just because a few republicans are against trump and speaking on that doesn’t mean they’re on your side or for you? they’re literally no fucking better, they just see an opportunity to get political attention and fucking seize it. theyre scum, nothing more. do not be fooled into concerning yourself with them or their politics. they aren’t fighting for you.