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intoxicated ideology, alcohol weed poppers 

Liberalism gets a lotta shit from the left, but it's foundational to all left wing thought. Basically all leftism comes from ghe French Revolution. That revolution was founded by liberalism. Liberalism isn't bad, it's stunted. If you took liberal principles to their ligical conclusion, you arrive at anarchism. If you belive in Equality, liberty, democracy and capitalism, If you're actually committed to tjosr ideas, you'll (eventually)abandon capitalism for the sake of the others

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@restioson @CornishRepublicanArmy @celesteh what it does is to attract the wrong kind of people to the cause: guys (because they are mainly guys) that want to be the ones in charge, and see the abolition of traditional hierarchies as the opportunity to climb to the top once the structure crumbles down enough.
Most of them are easy to pick soon enough, as they start abusing every drop of power they get, but some are more dangerous, because they can wait for long.

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@restioson @CornishRepublicanArmy @celesteh because many of them arrive at anarchism looking for some environment where nobody can tell them how to act. There isn't a sincere reflection on authority, only the urge to feel boundless and unaccountable to anybody.
And guess what: that's completely toxic to communities, specially if the people behaving like that are privileged enough to get away with what they should be accountable about.

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@CornishRepublicanArmy @celesteh yep. idk how anarchists advocating no structure at all manage to not explode from the cognitive dissonance of like all anarchists theorists saying "that shit's a bad idea yo"

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@celesteh very true and this took me a while to get after coming from a ""rational"" atheist past. i dont think that slogan helped either particularly. but it originated to be anti-hegemony through religion afaik but is easily construed to be "yeah all religion is bad"

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What should we do concretely?

This is something that needs to be decided collectively and people who have historically faced exclusion should have the loudest voices on this.

I will boost replies to this toot.

My thoughts are:

* Decolonise. Every left group that has not already done this should start doing workshops on this urgently.

* Agree and adhere to a code of conduct. Have procedures for when comrades fail and then follow them.

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Some of the problem is that the far left is widely perceived as extremist and some of the people drawn to that are . . . not good comrades.

In addition to people seeking extremism for it's own sake, we also draw a lot of cops and corporate spies. There is literally no way to tell who they are and trying to identify them does not make our environment more welcoming.

The only way to deal with bad actors is to hold them to account for bad actions.

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Another is that people were really resistant to intersectionality. This is so evident, I feel the term "manarchist" just about covers it. But also nobody wanted to think about how the phrase "no gods no masters might have a really different context around minority religions, for example.

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Many anarchist organisations have historical and (possibly current) problems with the tyranny of structurelessness which can easily devolve into bullying. I know a neurodiverse person who suffered terribly in such places and became a liberal because it was safer and more accepting.

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I want to talk about some historical problems in the far left and the implications and lessons for now.

A lot of my gen X and boomer friends in the UK actually have a background where they were part of the organised far left and most of them are not now. The reasons for this are largely because of the toxicity that was - and often still is - present in that scene.

A lot of left organisations have a history of cultishness and seeking to control people's behaviour.

Me: Observes quirky trait that US Americans exhibit.
Someone, inevitably: Oh, that comes from the US being a dystopia.

All these Pete Buttigieg memes are inadvertently helping me get over my phobia of rats.

Ash Wednesday has never fallen on February 29th and won't do so until 2096

incels, hot take, JK Rowling 

By humanising Snape, JK Rowling is responsible for the exisistsnce of incels.

Liquid Democracy is a really interesting idea. If an issue comes up for a vote, and you know it's important, but it's out of your depth of knowledge or understanding to make a good decision, or you just don't care, it allows you to trust someone of your choosing and delegate your vote to them. But you're not *forced* to trust that person like in a "representative democracy" like the US legislative system. You're allowed to vote on every issue.

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“I’m skeptical of everything”

“Wow, you’re so right to be skeptical! Being skeptical is important to me too! Here’s this bonkers conspiracy theory, that I found because I was skeptical”

“Oh wow great! I will believe this uncritically, because I too am a skeptic!”

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Teaching people to be skeptical is not enough

We must also teach people to be skeptical of the skeptics

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