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ecology & capitalism 

every time i see anything about the carbon footprint of anything computer-related... just focus on capitalism. it's the direct cause that makes the tools bad.

e-mail waste energy exclusively because of spam, which is a consequence of capitalism.
proof-of-work waste energy directly for capitalism.
most of the rest is either wasted to profit from large scale concurrency and markets, or tracking users and advertising.

e-mail is extremely energy-efficient, it's just used badly

Moi, en CE1 : Jules est un camarade de classe et…

Karl Marx, hochant de la tête : hmhm, continue

Remember folks, there are more of us than there are of them. We can do this! 👍​

'Just 100 companies have been the source of more than 70% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions since 1988, according to a new report.'

An excellent video from Angie Speaks on "eternal fascism", free speech and the dangers of forgetting the past!

FL/OSS is a utopian practice 

FL/OSS is a deeply utopian practice, post-scarcity to its bones, which is part of why and how it has been used against workers: by offloading training and QA labor to semi-public works and infrastructure. the problem here isn't FL/OSS, but the bosses who control what pays our rent.

"Competition is the law of the jungle, but cooperation is the law of civilization."
--Peter Kropotkin

the awkward future where AI unionize before sw devs do

@alxcndr I guess certain medical equipment. Treating patients has an obvious inherent value, but private medical companies under capitalism are reluctant to treat conditions that aren't profitable.

@alxcndr Modern news/reporting would be one thing, where the actual journalism is just a loss-leader and the income results from running ads alongside it

Under Capitalism a good has an use value (how useful it is?) and an exchange value (how much charge for it?).

Do you have any examples where the use value is in conflict with the exchange value? That is, something useful but not profitable?

When you know you can be unemployed because your lost wage is taken care of, you can fight your Boss.
When you know you can get sick and not loose income, you're less stressed.

Systemic solidarity improves the agency of the people involved.

And that's why every union should have a strike fund IMO. 😉


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What I call systemic solidarity is a system that enforces solidarity.
It can be an insurance to provide you with proper health care. It can be an allowance when you're disabled, sick, or unemployed.

The thing is, systems are more powerful than interpersonal bonds. Systems shape society, the way people live their lives, and ultimately shape the way we approach problems.


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Solidarity can be divided into two categories: charity and systemic solidarity.

Charity is quite simple, this is an interpersonal act. You need something? I provide you with it.
But charity is not systemic. You don't have any guarantee someone will provide for you.
However, charity might strengthen the bonds between the parties involved.


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Yesterday I went to the union's general assembly.
There was a discussion about the purpose of a strike fund.
Someone argued that anarcho-syndicalism value solidarity and a strike fund would be more an insurance rather than solidarity.

The following thread will explain my thoughts on this.


Morning folks.

Today is tough day for a lot of people. Put a little bit more effort into being kind to yourself and to others throughout they day.

Every bit counts.

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