“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

Whenever someone describes masto as that "webbed site" I pronounce it in my head as "webbéd site"

♲ The main problem with mainstream post-apocalyptic fiction is that it conflates civilization and society, thereby assuming that if the former collapses, so must the latter. Thankfully, our social nature cannot be extinguished through nuclear arms.

I didn't realize how often I would see the word "mesh" when I decided to get on masto

When it's self boost hour and my TL is just flooded with souvlaki

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"

It's time we stop fussing about source code.

It's time to start fussing about the incredible range of humans that have always made it possible.

News orcs are saying that striking GM workers make $250/day while on strike.

That is because they have a strike fund.

That is why they pay dues to a union.

So they can put money in a strike fund, and support each other in emergencies.

What the fuck is wrong with you.

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 

By cutting Saudi Arabia's oil production in half for a week or so, the Yemeni Houthis have done more to promote renewable energy investment than the UNFCCC has achieved in 27 years.

We stan some droney boiz.

I spend a lot of time on the Hudson River, but am always learning something new...yesterday, for instance, I learned that there is a place on the river called "Buttock Island" and I was pleased to know

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