“Young people don’t realize that there are big, powerful, multi-billion dollar co-ops all around them, and if we don’t participate in that legacy, we can’t build upon it,” says Schneider. “Reigniting those older co-ops is a way of igniting the possibility of younger ones.”
New toolkit aims to inform and empower Rural Electric Cooperative member-owners https://www.shareable.net/new-toolkit-aims-to-inform-and-empower-rural-electric-cooperative-member-owners/
“So, now, the world is facing a material and psychic crisis.
But, Afrikan members of this planet have had to exist and persist under a state of existential crisis and environmental death since the dawn of the modern globalized capitalist world.”
Burnin’ Down Massa’s House: Notes Toward a Black Radical Ecology
I've officially gone from "oh hey, it's the lofi-hiphop radio image but on mastodon" to "oh hey, it's @interneteh on youtube"
#introductions hi i’m connor or evi!! i’m 17, nonbinary, and autistic & adhd! she/they pronouns please!! s.c was actually the first instance i ever joined, probably about a year ago, but i rarely used it so i’m back now! i’m very interested in learning more about individual sustainability, anarchy, etc!!
That's the idea you're repeating when you operate blindly according to the belief that the Middle Ages were dirty, ignorant, excessively pious compared to the Roman Empire and the early modern era. You're identifying culture and freedom with the extreme subjugation and systematic violence of colonialism.
These two events indicate the reason why the Renaissance is constructed as a moment of sudden renewal after a millenium of misery: you're taught to identify "progress" and "culture" with the establishment of colonialism, the reinvigoration of slavery, and the movement towards a uniformly "white" Europe.
You just have to look at which periods you're told to admire: the Roman Empire, and the Renaissance. The Roman Empire is presented as a "civilising force", that brought "democracy" and "knowledge" to the uncultured lands it conquered, and established great infrastructure at the slight cost of large-scale slavery. The Renaissance, meanwhile, is often taught as beginning in 1492, the year of Columbus's encounter with the so-called New World and of the Spanish Reconquista.
I won't go into the miriad reasons why this narrative is absolutely ridiculous, I just want to focus on why it's the narrative you're taught. Why is it that we're taught to think of medieval people as stinky and disgusting, and of ancient Romans as glittering Adonises, even though soap was invented (and widely used) in the Middle Ages? The answer is very simple.
I spend a lot of time on here getting pissed off at myths about the Middle Ages, whether it's the idea that they didn't do philosophy, or that they were idiots who couldn't draw. These misconceptions are down to the myth of the Dark Ages. The Dark Ages is the way the medieval period is taught at school: you had the enlightened Roman Empire, a golden era of wisdom and liberty, then you had a millenium of pure wretchedness before the Renaissance kicked "Western civilisation" back into high gear.
jacobin article, labor power + renter power
good article from jacobin (!) about labor power and renter power working together
“Workers and Renters of the World, Unite!”
> For all of this, we’ll need genuine social movement unionism — a strategy for workers’ power that looks beyond the conditions of any one occupational sector. In this strategy, unions draw strength not just from their power in the workplace, but from the power of their members’ communities — understanding that the people who workers educate, heal, protect, and service on the job, or who buy the products of their labor, are also, in vast numbers, worker-renters, too.
I bum around the country sailing on tall ships and doing volunteer work for citizen science and environmental advocacy organizations. I read a lot.
Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.