I had an epiphany recently when an activist on a ventilator pointed out that it wasn’t their revolution if they died because you couldn’t keep the hospitals running.

Criticising “capitalism” only gets so far: you have to slide the better version underneath it while it’s running. You have to save everybody.

Otherwise you’ll need to remind me - and then - why you thought you’d be better.

This is why I like to watch “capitalism” closely (and lift everything that works).

@mala I have many and complicated Thoughts on this whole thing.

One: anti-capitalists need to understand a LOT more than they do about the massive and obvious failure state of anti-capitalism, the Soviet Union. I mean it's right there and yet so many anticaps keep just ignoring it like it won't happen a second time if we do the same things.

Two: some of the worst fails in the USSR came from drawing too many 'best practices' from the capitalists. Taylorist 'scientific management', for instance.

@mala Three: The USSR and Nazi Germany / Italian Fascism aren't opposite poles on a line. They're two out of a whole cluster of failure states in the 20th and 21st centuries and share much more in common than either liked to think.

it's not enough to be against fascism, in other words, if you're still hero-worshipping a bunch of dead German and Russian guys who built a 'utopian society' that ended up looking remarkably like their worst enemy.

@mala Four: A world ruled by Amazon and Apple and Uber and Wal-Mart ends up looking remarkably similar to a world ruled by the USSR or Nazi Germany.

Because they all shared that love of Italian Futurism and Taylorist workplace discipline and shining, clean machines making humans work faster and better. And if the humans can't keep up, sad.

Silicon Valley, the home of the weid eccentrics and free thinkers, sure loves to surveil and discipline and punish. Whoa boy. Loves it a LOT.

@mala Five: A complete breakdown of social order (civil war, anarchy, economic crash) with random failures and smashups is as bad or worse as having some big super-focused guy organising face-stomping parades with mechanical precision.

There's a reason people run away from warzones and don't go 'yay, finally the end of all those annoying social rules, a man and his AK-47 can at last roam free!!'

@mala ultimately, the evolution of Capitalism into a system that distributes wealth effectively is the only way to prevent periodical revolution/appalling human rights violation as standard, etc, etc. James asked me a sad question last night. If humans know everything is being destroyed, why don't we just stop it?

@mala Healthcare fails millions of Americans per year with 'running' hospitals... but we all should all sit on our hands to forstall loss of access for those by circumstance or privilege that have access?

The persistance 'as is' of these types of ursurious institutions is the definition of status quo. These intititions also have existential impetus to withold services for regressive political reasons. I persoanlly hope doctors side with the people, but... 1/2

@mala I have zero faith that trying to tear down the master's house using the master's tools will be an effective strategy.


#stacktivism: "owning the means of not-dying"


To wit: an aim to simply "own the means of production" is aiming too low if you can still be held hostage by being denied access to the infrastructure you need to survive (food, water, medicine, housing).

An interesting line of thought from a few years back. An intellectual ancestor of #solarpunk?

@wu_lee Than you! This looks fascinating! And so many links!

@mala I think part of the issue is that there is trackable mob behavior here in the form of market forces.

Capitalism isn't market forces. It's a philosophy about them. There are other philosophies that either deny or mischaracterize market forces. If you try to make those philosophies reality, everything goes pear shaped. See Bolshevik Revolution.

A realistic economic philosophy IMHO, includes study and realistic response to market forces toward the goal you are trying to achieve.

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