Repeating because this is still relevant: we will always need a front line. But the front line is useless if there is nothing to protect. We, leftists, radicals, comrades, need to STOP romanticizing and prioritizing massive rowdy street protest as the zenith of resistance tactics. It's inherently exclusive and an ideology fascists share, and it puts us at the disadvantage. We need to be able to use all our abilities, and so far "punching them in the face" only makes up a small percentage of what has been proven as effective. Widen your scope of praxis, yesterday.
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The tragedy of communism is that the communists failed to live up to their ideals.
The tragedy of fascism is that the fascists succeeded in doing exactly what they said they would do and more.
That's the difference.
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Let's all be nice to each other for the rest of the day!
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Humans are the most intelligent animal and so we conceptualize the animal kingdom as a hierarchy of intelligence. This is not an actually existing hierarchy, it's an attempt at justifying our domination over other species. There is nothing inherent in intelligence that makes it correlate with superiority. A cheetah would without a doubt equate superiority with speed, a blue whale would equate it with size, a honey bee with honey-making ability.
Furthermore, the notion that intelligent equals superior has some unsavory implications for inter-human relations. If humans are superior to other animals because they're smarter, would that not imply that smarter people are superior to less smart people? You cannot accept the rhetoric of human supremacy based in intelligence without descending into ableism.
Not only are trans men real men, they are more real men than cis men.
I'm a cis man and my relationship with my own gender is that when I was a kid I was told I was a boy and I basically just went with that. My boyfriend on the other hand is a trans man, which means he's actually thought very seriously about his gender and come to a conclusion that he's insisted on despite a huge portion of our society telling him he's wrong.
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And for all my fellow anarchists: When we call everyone who's not an anarchist an "authoritarian", we conflate a bunch of different ideologies that really don't have anything in common other than not being full on anti-hierarchy. There are very few people who are pro-hierarchy for hierarchy's sake. Most people who aren't anarchists cling to specific hierarchies for specific reasons. Just like how with the libertarian version of this, nobody wants government for the sake of government. They want a specific form of government doing specific things.
When we conflate all non-anarchists as simply pro-hierarchy authoritarians, the non-anarchists see that argument for what it is: a strawman.
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When we conflate everyone who's not aboard with getting rid of capitalism as a part of the big, monolithic "liberalism", we fail to acknowledge that people have different reasons for being pro-capitalism. There's a difference between a progressive who wants to "reform capitalism" and a straight up reactionary who thinks poor people are poor because they deserve it. One is holding on to capitalism despite it's apparent flaws because they haven't seen how an alternative might actually work, the other doesn't see capitalism's flaws as flaws at all. One is a potential ally to be persuaded, the other is an enemy to be destroyed.
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The problem with this rhetoric is that you don't really capture why your opponents disagree with you, which leaves their reasonings unaddressed.
As an example; when libertarians characterise all their opponents as "statists" or "collectivists" they are implying that anyone who is not a libertarian has the same reasons for rejecting libertarianism. This is an obviously flawed premise to work from. A social democrat and a fascist both want big government, but their reasons for wanting big government and what they intend to do with it are completely different.
"He talks revolution for an hour without using any verbs"
Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.