#SunDIY I made a new patch for my bag, it's not too bad I think for my first time sewing in a while.
"The spread of statistics is the spread of capitalism – which, running out of far flung lands and unexploited natural resources, now colonises our entire lives by mapping out and selling the aspects of existence once uncommodified."
A weird contradiction in liberalism is how it both places responsibility on and takes responsibility away from the individual. On the one hand you alone are responsible for the condition of your life whether it be poverty or riches, and on the other you have absolutely no control over the way society is run and such things can only be changed by so called great men of history.
And the way that this destroys the dignity of those in poverty is horrifying.
Just read Anarchy by Malatesta, and while I didn't learn much that I hadn't already learnt from breadtube, one thing I realised was that I was thinking of anarchy as much more standardised than it ought to be. Like I was thinking 'every town would have these specific organisations, and they would be structured like this' when really such organisations ought to just be created and organised in the way considered best by those in that situation. Perhaps even commonplace ideas such as federation would be booted in the face of a more suitable alternative.
I watched this video a little while ago, and while it's not directly about this, I found the reminder that anarchism is in its most basic sense, simply a method decentralised and horizontal organising, quite reassuring. Because sometimes anarchism seems so big and complex that it is difficult to think of myself as an anarchist. Like, how can I be an anarchist? I can hardly understand capitalism, let alone the oppression of women, the oppression of poc, the prison industrial complex, etc. And how am I supposed to stop these things if I can't even understand them?
And while it is important to think like this sometimes, it's just feels nicer to simplify these politics sometimes.
Climate crisis, Australian colonialism and racism, generally heavy
We came on eleven ships in January of 1788, numbering a bit over one thousand.
And we proceeded to unleash our special plan for this continent.
Civilisations eighty milennia years old, cooperatively and ecologically managing the land were no match for our steel, our hatred and our belief in our own righteousness.
A civilisation farming, hunting and expertly managing the land for milennia, tens of milennia, were locked up, stolen, beaten into submission, where they weren’t directly killed.
Over a hundred thousand Indigenous Australians were directly murdered in the frontier wars and “clearings” by the more recent counts. It may turn out to have been more still, the numbers keep being revised upwards.
We gave them smallpox-laden blankets and poison food when they wanted to be our friends, we rounded up and shot whole communities when they didn’t. We enslaved them, tortured them and used that knowledge in the form of the Native Trackers to track down and murder their peoples.
And we still deny we did much wrong. To most of Australia, we were bringers of light, whiteness and civilisation, bringers of peace and knowledge to a savage, black race.
Those of us who have even cursorily glanced at the evidence, at indigenous peoples testimony are under no such delusions.
And what is becoming of our little colonial experiment?
The Great Barrier Reef dying, our Kelp forests dying, swathes of country burning and drying out, pillaging of the Murray-Darling, the cattle stock being slaughtered for lack of food and water.
We are the Angels of Death.
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