capitalist economic theory: no one gives anything away without asking for something in return, and anything offered for free will be exploited by selfish people trying to profit from it
the anarchist free store in my town: please, come take more of our free stuff, we have too much. we're running out of space from all of these donations and don't know what to do
This one is for my #SolarPunk pals @sunbeam.city 🤟
So in July of 1974, the "old-timey hippie" generation (my parents' generation) was in their mid 20's to mid 30-ish. Those hippies had just barely just convinced the world that it probably wasn't the best idea to go on with the catastrophic pollution crisis which Mother Jones so bluntly captured here: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/12/smog-photos-1970s-america/
They were pioneers of their own right, showing that those toxic chemicals were a poor replacement for the natural energy of the sun, which can be used to meet all of our human needs for energy in one form or another.
From the magazine featured below, they shared a design of a #SolarOven. It's based on the concept of a Fresnel Lens, a sort of "grooved" lens that is specifically designed to concentrate rays into a high-heat situation to cook food or make an oven!
Just goes to show that high-tech does not need to be elite-tech.
Happy Memorial Day to the generation that knew we didn't need GUNS to make peace.
Here's something shitty about capitalism that I feel doesn't get talked about enough: It creates situations where you're just waiting for things to be over. Life is finite. Ideally you should cherish every moment. But a lot of us spend every work day waiting for the day to be over so we can go home. We start looking forward to the month being over because that's when we get paid. We spend most of the week waiting for the weekend. This isn't a good way to spend your life.
Me: I don't support the ideology and impact in the world my job makes.
Capitalism: How would you like destitution for yourself and your family?
Me: WTF capitalism, that's not a real choice!
Capitalism: Okay, how about starting your own business?
Me: *looks at capitalism*
Capitalism: Yeah, you don't really have capital for that. Go work for a different capitalist doing work that's still harmful.
Me: how does that help?
Capitalism: It doesn't, but I get to say you have choice.
The Indian Ocean Territory (.io) was created when the Chagos Archipelago was illegally split off from Mauritius during the fall of the British Empire.
Shortly after, the 3000 islanders who had been there for generations were forcibly evicted and deported to Seychelles, Mauritius and the UK. Their pets were killed and their belongings destroyed. This was all done to make way for a US military base, from which they bomb South Asia.
The islanders have been prevented from returning ever since. Using .io domain names directly supports ongoing colonialism.
future is decent(ralized)
let's build it while we can
Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.