Nationalism Show more
Big nationalist rally (that ended in riot) in Athens today against a compromise agreement between Greece and the Republic of Macedonia.
The nationalists, including leading conservative politicians, are rallying behind the ridiculous slogan "Macedonia is Greek". Well, no it isn't, it's a geographical region that is shared between 5 countries. But who said nationalists have brains?
Somehow, there is always money for a war, for being tough on crime, or for subsidizing the oil industry. Basically a conservative/reactionary policy is always and by definition "financially responsible":
The union of Canada Post employees purposes turning the corporation into an engine towards a solarpunk future. The CBC, another crown corporation, worries about who is going to pay for saving the planet:
"Union wants Canada Post to start low-income bank and green shift. Sounds nice, but who pays?"
NTM - Police https://youtu.be/thaLl-fyNQ0
Quoi faire avec une baguette de pain sèche ? https://youtu.be/NQb8KQ_7ha8
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The Wess'har Wars series by Karen Traviss https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wess%27Har albeit having a bit of an anticlimactic ending is the best sci-fi I've read that seriously tackles the problematic of speciesism.
Cultural Appropriation Show more
I'm having an incredibly nourishing discussion with comrade @piponfishing about the above topic. Some points they gave me, as an easy way to decide if something is appropriation are:
1. Will people think I (a white person) came up with this?
2. Does me doing this redefine its origins/usage in other people's eyes?
3. Are marginalized people safely able to openly do what I am doing?
This is very simplistic, and appropriation is incredibly complex, but this is a very good way to quickly determine if something is going to be harmful or not.
That's not to say there is no link in our Greek culture(s) going all the way back to the bronze age. It's the goddam Greek language and it perfectly illustrates that greekness has evolved and changed in a 3000 year old way. That's a lot of fucking change, a lot of fucking complexity to hide under the word "descendants". We have way way waaaaaaay more in common with 21st century Turks, Bulgarians, Italians etc than we do with the ancients.
Greeks don't normally get to complain about cultural appropriation because the things we usually think are being appropriated from us were never really "ours" in the first place. We were happy fishermen and goat herders calling ourselves "romioi" (romans) and then a bunch of westerners who read some books came and started calling us descendants of the ancients. And to be free from the Turks, we played along and learned from them how to be "proper" descendants of the ancients.
I recently found out about the "Semiotic Square" (see http://www.signosemio.com/greimas/semiotic-square.asp and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semiotic_square ) and I've been trying to understand where #solarpunk fits in. This is far in as I've managed to go, starting from the category of Utopia. Can anyone help? What do people think?
"We need new utopias."
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