pol, Democracy and Socialism 

Nothing about Democracy makes it socialist. The outcomes of Democracy are random and majoritarian and in no way inherently socialist. If anything the outcomes are the result of sectarianism, fascism, and/or class organization and class warfare (neoliberalism). The question of whether you want Democracy versus Anarchy, or even Authoritarianism (which I'd also firmly denounce), is never weighed in terms of outcomes. Anarchy has a very idealized outcome whereas Democracy is a ideologically-barren organizational machine with inconsistent outcomes only consistently serving to reproduce itself. The means should shape the ends, think about whether you think Democracy has anything to do with that, or if you just still have some capitalist ideological programming to wash off.

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A Manifesto for designing "Unscale" - against Scale 

"Scale" is often code for "manageable centralization" and the alternative of decentralizing using collective common resources to increase autonomy and reduce waste never comes up as a design alternative.

We should seek systems that don't "scale" in this sense, but instead manages increased complexity by relinquishing levers of centralized management in exchange for the benefits of a cooperating plurality of autonomous systems. An example of this would be giving up centralized mutability of webpages on a server to instead embrace immutable content served via IPFS or similar technologies to the greatest extent possible. The opposite of this would be to instead insist on an increased level of control (central web server handles everything) and invest more money into scaling up your hosting capabilities with a cloud provider or CDN as demands on your centralized host accrue.

The problem is that the internet's physical infrastructure is increasingly favoring asymmetrical power relations by offering users higher download speeds at the expense of upload speeds, while physically centralizing the machines with access to fast upload speeds in datacenters and other centralized facilities. If we are going to see viable systems of "Unscale", this must change.

Design against the resource and power hoarding of Scale and Capital's demands for it, or reduce every user to a thin client chained to the central authority! Unscale, for the powers that aren't and will never be!

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The Meta-anarchist politics is a politics of love and negotiating fulfillment of differing goals to the fullest extent and that's beautiful

freeciv posting 

I thought I'd share the civ select screen for freeciv-anarchy and then I ended up 40 turns into a new game whoops.

Can anyone good with mapmaking help with this?

I have this description of what the territory of the Korean People’s Association in Manchuria (KPAM) ultimately came to control before being wiped out by imperial Japan and the soviets:

"It came to enclose a triangular area bounded by the Amur on the east, the Sungchangho River to the west and the \ Harbin-Hunchun highway to the south. It comprised 35,000 square kilometers—three times the size of the area \ controlled by the Makhnovtchina in the south of Ukraine from 1918 to 1921."

Does anyone know an easy way to map that territory and overlay it onto a modern map showing geography and placenames?

silly freeciv-posting 

In breaking news the cities of Ashqelon, Tel Aviv, and Yafo decide to become autonomous regions and join sides with the Zapatistas!
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Announcing freeciv-anarchy! A mod adding 5 anarchist "civs" to freeciv.

Working on S3_1 branch. Install guide included.

git.pixie.town/thufie/freeciv-

pictures:
social.pixie.town/@thufie/1060


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decided I'd play a little game just to make sure the mod was stable. Got two settlers from huts right away! Just one more turn...

I'm adding some anarchist "civs" to freeciv and I'll probably release it as a mod if I add more. Anybody have suggestions for what I should add. Ideally with a link to an svg of their flag and a page with some info on them such as city names or what territory they controlled (if documentation is scarce and no wikipedia page on it exists), but if you don't have the time feel free to just reply.

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Something about capitalism that particularly grinds my gears is when corporations make threats to their business model illegal through shit like DRM and anti-piracy laws, halting egalitarian technological progress through the coercive force of the state.

We could all have full control of the technology we're sold and the information we have, for sharing, repairing and improving, with our current technology. The law and the interests of those in power are holding us back as much as old monarchs who tried banning the printing press for undermining their stranglehold on knowledge.

We could live in a world where technology serves us and not someone in a position of power, and where knowledge is freely available to everyone regardless of status, but capitalism, the state, and hierarchical debt arrangements which depend on coercion hold us back.

So fuck this shit, become a pirate and practice radical mutual aid with your favorite and most needful creators supporting them directly.

piracy.now.sh/

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addendum:

If people just wait for the next DRM, the next antipiracy crackdown, etc instead of taking a social analysis with a stated ideal position and seeking it, then we're always on the back-foot trying to regather support for every slightly rehashed attack on autonomy. It is reactionary, and for every step forward there are two steps back. Take a position with a stated end goal and a way to identify threats to autonomy within an ideological framework before they have a chance to take hold, and we begin to have real power.

I want a society which doesn't embed social hierarchies in the operation of machines and seeks an egalitarian universal right to information for all. Not just another fight against new DRM laws.

authcom historical revisionism 

I feel like when authcoms call Kim Jong Un "capitalist" to denounce him as a dictator, that's just deflection. They'll say shit like "these dictators are actually all capitalist" which is disingenuous, am I expected to believe that Kim Jong Un, Stalin, and Mao are fucking free-market liberals or something (see image)?? They may take a step back and say "oh, well they're State-Capitalist which is just as bad", but I think ultimately they are missing the point.

I think they're trying to say that these dictators are illegitimate because they are controlling and coercive statists, but simply refuse to use anarchist vocabulary to legitimize a wider critique of the state. You label them as capitalists after the fact when they were revealed as dictators and bought their anticapitalist rhetoric in the meanwhile while the anarchists weren't fooled from the start. So let me help y'all out: the one thing all dictators have in common, is that they are statists. And calling fucking Mao a capitalist is just petty historical revisionism.

Democracy itself is a problem and the problem won't solve itself. You can't elect away the issue of elections itself. The wide array of configurations of corruptions of its hierarchies there are, are all there by nature of its hierarchical design. A hierarchy in serving its interests as a growing and controlling system will never willingly allow for reform of its own powers without exceptional persuasion from powers it has no control over. It will never willingly gut its powers. The bureaucracy won't fire themselves or take away from their loot. What is a majority of people who fall for jingoistic nationalist and capitalist garbage with their involvement in the political process merely being easily swayed by an advertising and surveillance mega corporation, but tyranny with extra steps? It's a cyberpunk dystopia, and you trust it?

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So you've heard about these "anarchist jurisdictions", and you know it is a joke, meaningless usage of the word Anarchism as a pejorative much the same way these TV dictators froth at the mouth at the mere mention of Communism.

Many people who assume it to be synonymous with chaos and mindless acts of destruction, or maybe just a general air of anti-authoritarianism will skim past this headline and ones like it in the future, but Anarchism is not these things, it is a different way of looking at the world entirely.

If you're curious about what anarchism actually is, consider reading this FAQ to get started with the general principles and some history: theanarchistlibrary.org/librar

Share this around with your friends in case they are similarly unfamiliar and are also a bit curious what all this fear-mongering fuss is about!

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nuclear take part 3: Synthesis 

Maybe we should try not to leave matters of importance up to feedback loops which are controlled by a hierarchical elite at all, and become the feedback loop ourselves

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ableist slur in quote / critique of ableism in critiques of power 

Power bases are very dangerous because they attract people who are truly insane, people who seek power only for the sake of power.

- God Emperor of Dune

I used to like this quote, but there is nothing irrational (or tied to mental illness) about those who seek power. Within a hierarchical system anyone seeking power for its own sake are actually acting with a deadly rationality. It is an indictment of the system of power accumulation moreso than the individual that by operating purely within its logic you arrive at oppressive regimes. An individual buying fully into the system in spite of better judgement is a lesser evil than the system, but only barely. They still must have along the way ignored alternative logics of their relationship to other beings and rejected them, deeming absolute authority more important than anything else. So when the system exists, it still attracts a certain nasty kind of person after they filter through alternative approaches to life.

I do still occasionally see this kind of "power attracts the *ableist terms*" shit in anarchist media, so in case you needed a reminder: stop.

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Voting is only harm reduction for the people who are privileged enough to see one candidate treat them better than the other and at the end of the day a fine line is drawn as to whom gets those benefits of harm reduction at all which is just a manifestation of the ruling classes' interests.

A Puerto Rican and a Yemeni are not going to see much "harm reduction" and are fundamentally excluded (in the case of a U.S. election for example).

Recognize that voting as a form of harm reduction is a privilege of the colonialist victors of the imperial core. Fight for real change for the sake of the people who will never see a Democrat unwilling to bomb them, starve them, uproot their settlement, or otherwise oppress them and deprive them of their rights.

Voting will never allow the empire to step outside the confines of the massive profits of the imperialists who filter the candidates. You have to do more for the sake of those who don't have the cushion of settler-colonial status and imperial adjacency to fall back on (like being white in North America). Recognize that your privilege offers you a better opportunity than anyone outside the sphere of voting as a means of "harm reduction" and do something about it, because often they can't!
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Showing with facts and logic that ACAB :acab: 

In classical logic, using the regular material conditional.

p = cops think their job is bad
q = cops quit

If cops think their jobs were bad they quit.
p>q
Cops have not quit
~q

Alright lets do some logic now.

1 p > q Given (by Bootlickers)
2 ~(p and ~q) from 1
3 ~p or q DeMorgan's Law on 2
4 ~q Given
Contradiction between 3 and 4

Which given is false:
- The one we know is fact, cops have not quit.
- The liberal faith that cops are here to serve our communities. Take a guess.

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The state of Israel - Trash
Hamas - Trash
The United States - Trash
Assadist Syria - Trash

There are no special cases, all states are garbage, amongst them there are no heroes, villains, or victims, just unknowing co-conspirators in tyranny. Attempting to impose such a narrative to the contrary is just statist. Palestinians deserve better than y'all bickering over which oppressive regime is better, they need relief.

Make states as irrelevant as the government of the republic of Texas which was technically never dissolved and still exists but cannot actually do anything. Turn states into daycare for the people who think they can run the world from a pedestal. Make every government representative a paper-pushing failson who has no impact on the world. Negate the power of the state, don't replace it. Let them have their daydreams of tyranny so long as we have what matters. One piece at a time.

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