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I swear to Gawd, some of the toots on here. I might seriously open a store that sells mugs and shirt with my faves. Starting with this one. @jacethechicken a month later and I am STILL laughing at this one.

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Land reform is my Exhibit B -- coops being Exhibit A -- of what happens when you attempt to introduce radical economic changes without the commensurate radical political transformation.

(BBC) South Africa risks 'Zimbabwe-style land chaos' -

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Unfortunately cooperativism is an economic project without any associated political project, so history has already borne out that the answer to this question is clearly NO.

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I have been involved in coops for 20 years and have mentors who've been involved in coops since the 70s. I struggle to point to examples of coops being forces for broader radical sociopolitical *systemic* change. I'm all ears/eyes if you know of any. But effecting sociopolitical change is not some thing that is "baked" into the cooperative structure and that is why I call for an accompanying explicitly political project.
@Antanicus @vfrmedia @alanz

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My point is that the lion's share of cooperatives in the world would not describe themselves this way. I believe the majority of the world's cooperatives are, indeed, capitalist and pro-capitalist. I don't have data at hand, but I welcome it and am enjoying this debate immensely.
@wu_lee @vfrmedia @alanz

Contracting/Freelancing/Working from home is not a sustainable cultural and societal model. We need nationalized transportation with well regulated disabled accessibility and worker owned spaces of production, socialization and creativity. Transforming us into nameless faceless dehumanized tools of corporate production in unaffordable tiny boxes will not end well.

"Joan Greenbaum on the Early Days of Tech Worker Organizing with the Computer People for Peace"

Me, watching "Tidying up" on Netflix: Wow, this Konmari thing is pretty awesome, I'm gonna clean up my space and declutter a bit.

Also me: Hmm, now this show's so popular, the thrift stores and flea markets are gonna have some niiiiiice stuff in them pretty soon...

I was wrong about Google and Facebook: there’s nothing wrong with them (so say we all)

It’s always difficult admitting you’re wrong. But sometimes you have to in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. So, today, I admit that I was wrong about Google, Facebook, & surveillance capitalism in general being toxic for our human rights and democracy … it simply cannot be true given how they are endorsed by some of the most well-respected organisations in the world.

Real talk though, the concept of nationalizing private companies, social media and communication companies in particular, is possibly one of the most fucked ideas someone could propose.

"If only we could tie the bastion of centralization to the almighty government! It's not like they've ever been unaccountable before."


Some father: "Can you lead us in prayer, Maicie?"

*they all bow their heads together*

Maycie: “Never be deceived that the rich will allow you to vote away their wealth"

A mom: would you like to say grace before dinner Susie?

Susie: yes mommy

[they hold hands]

Susie: To most Americans Anarchy is an evil-sounding word — another name for wickedness, perversity, and chaos. Anarchists are looked upon as a herd of uncombed, unwashed, and vile ruffians, bent on killing the rich and dividing their capital. Anarchy however, to its followers, actually signifies a social theory which regards the union of order with the absence of all government of man by man; in sh

Socialists (especially DSA socialists) drive me crazy but I am SO here for AOC. I came for the lipstick but I'm staying for the shade and hottakes. Yaaaasss!

I'll be passing the :greatcat: donation bucket around a little more this month due to hospitaling. Thank you for your boosts and love. ❤️

Great early morning conversation with my mom about how we respect Christianity but our cultural tradition of ancestor worship just makes more sense than blindly worshipping some coloniser-imposed deity to the exclusion of our ways. "If I'm gonna send a message, it's gonna be through someone I know. If I need help, it's gonna be from a friend or relative, not via some stranger in Jerusalem. I might end up on the line to Jerusalem later, but I wouldn't go direct. I'd go via my connection."

They put together a generic website that looks like everyone else's and then plug their information into ugly, cookie cutter profiles. The lack of more consistent, carefully-curated digital presences in cases where money and reputation are on the line may be the best evidence of the fact that people have too easily ceded ground to corporate, advertiser funded, communication platforms which falsely purport to have cracked the code about how we are best to present ourselves in the digital world.

All these platforms are about NOW and also the promise that something will be broadcast at us in the not-too-distant future, so we need to "plug in" so we don't miss that broadcast (which is such an analog concept).

I am always amazed at how little thought most brands -- products and people-- seem to put into the digital aspect of crafting a narrative not just moving forward but about the past. They just clean up Wikipedia pages and like that's it.

Like maybe a list of links to current accounts on various plaforms and then a list of archived accounts?

Most social media link list templates assume a default list of social accounts (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Snap?) but don't seem to support a concept of an archived account. Then again, archiving is not really a concept on most platforms, is it?

I don''t care about sports but I was just thinking that it'd be kinda cool if sports teams invested in branded Masto domains so a player could say be like and then later start a or something. The one account for one personality with one continuous stream despite changes in affiliation ust seems unnecessarily rigid. I would imagine official handles could be linked and/or listed on another platform. maybe on or something? or just not at all...

With white people being the literal creators of the concept of race and racism; it's striking that we do the least work when it comes to calling it out and tearing it down.

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