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OnActivism-The Beasley Layout.pdf
A rather wonderful collection of Discordian writings on activism. "If you can’t find any work that you admire, look harder and try to
be less of a hater."
discordianism  activism 
11 hours ago by tei
David Adams on Twitter: "The more power the left gains, the more vociferously will entrenched interests fight back. We better have a lot more in our arsenal than sarcasm and call-outs. Twitter is exactly the wrong place to prepare."
"The more power the left gains, the more vociferously will entrenched interests fight back. We better have a lot more in our arsenal than sarcasm and call-outs. Twitter is exactly the wrong place to prepare.

A few accounts miraculously navigate this poisoned discursive terrain adroitly. @BlackSocialists comes immediately to mind. They do Twitter "wrong" and it's wonderful to see.

That sort of patient, clear, drama- and hyperbole-free presentation is something to learn from. Stick to the principles, stick to the material analysis, dodge around the feints and discursive traps of the opposition.

These are skills we have to put real effort into learning, but then, they don't call it a fight or a struggle because it comes automatically, right? These rhetorical skills are part of our basic training.

Going for the sick own, the oh-snap fireworks, is about your own personal brand, your lil ego, & that, folks, is commodification in action. Socialism isn't about you-as-atomized-individual. It's about us, building understanding, seeing above the spectacle, gaining power together."
davidadams  twitter  socialism  activism  education  ego  personalbranding  solidarity  collectivism  bsa  blacksocialistsofamerica  socialmedia  individualism  howto  organizing  resistance  struggle  sarcasm  callouts  training  opposition 
13 hours ago by robertogreco
The Protests at Tucker Carlson's Home Crossed a Line - The Atlantic
The recent protests at homes, bars, and restaurants meet some aspects of Rawls’s test, but fail in one key respect. Some have violated the law, while others have skirted its boundaries. And, as Rawls demands, the recent demonstrations have also been largely nonviolent.

The problem is that they are not sufficiently “public” and “conscientious.” By public, Rawls meant that civil disobedience is a form of political argument. Normal criminals try to break the law without anyone knowing about it. People who commit civil disobedience, by contrast, publicize their infractions to dramatize the injustice they seek to change. For civil-rights activists, furtively sneaking a hamburger at a segregated lunch-counter served no purpose. The point was to demand service openly, and accept arrest, and thus communicate with the public. In his “Letter From Birmingham Jail”, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote that, “One who breaks an unjust law must do so openly, lovingly, and with a willingness to accept the penalty.” In so doing, they “arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice.”

There is a place for private protest. People have the right to quietly refuse to participate in actions they co
activism  america  politics  history 
20 hours ago by corrales
Cory Doctorow: Zuck’s Empire of Oily Rags – Locus Online
Facebook doesn’t have a mind-control problem, it has a corruption problem. Cambridge Analytica didn’t convince decent people to become racists; they convinced racists to become voters.
twitter  facebook  politics  surveillance  cyberculture  cyberpunk  activism  article  socialmedia  data 
21 hours ago by marcogomes
Kitchen Table Cult
"Kitchen Table Cult unpacks all the things Kieryn and Hännah learned at the kitchen tables of their childhoods in conservative Christian homeschooling families. Every week we take your questions and drill down on various topics about Quiverfull, the Religious Right, and our childhoods in high-demand groups (otherwise known as cults).

We’re not surprised about the rise of Trump, Christian fascism, or evangelical white women voting for someone like Mike Pence, and we want to take you back through the beginning of it all to explain why."

[Kieryn and Hännah on Twitter and elsewhere online:

Kieryn Darkwater

Hännah Hettinger ]

[Fascinating conversation with harrowing experiences. One apprehension (from Episode 1): seems to oversell public (and private) school education and doesn't mention the many, many terrible outcomes that come from it. ]

[Some other episodes of note:

Episode Three: Diligently Taught
"Hännah and Kieryn discuss the intersections of homeschooling, race, privilege, and children's rights."

Episode Five: What is HSLDA? (lots of refs in post)
"Hännah and Kieryn talk with Kathryn Brightbill, Legislative Policy Analyst at CRHE about the Homeschool Legal Defense Association – what their role is in the current state of things, where they came from, and why they’ve managed to win so far."

Episode 10: Educational Neglect
"Kieryn and Hännah delve into the negative aspects of their homeschool educations, and why they are so passionate about advocating for homeschool reform. When homeschooling goes wrong, it can go very very wrong..." ] ]

[more from Kieryn ]
homeschool  education  evangelical  school  schooling  learning  neglect  unschooling  howwelearn  christianity  children  parenting  2018  fundamentalism  girls  stayathomedaughters  women  gender  hslda  sexuality  politics  religion  hännahettinger  kieryndarkwater  christofascism  resistance  activism 
yesterday by robertogreco
The Ecological Crisis is a Political Crisis | MAHB
"To create a sustainable future, we must first learn the lessons of the past, and what archaeological research shows is that throughout history, civilizations that have been captive to the interests of an oligarchic elite have all collapsed. Today’s industrial, capitalist civilization is trapped in this same deadly cycle."
activism  ecology  economics  politics  doom  archaeology 
2 days ago by gominokouhai
The Earth is in a death spiral. It will take radical action to save us | George Monbiot | Guardian
Death spiral. Bold choice of words. Think about death spirals for a minute. "Decades of institutional failure ensures that only unrealistic proposals – the repurposing of economic life, with immediate effect – now have a realistic chance of stopping the planetary death spiral." There's that phrase again. Death spiral.
ecology  activism  politics  economics  economy 
2 days ago by gominokouhai
Analysis: From Glasgow to Berlin - how strikes, mutinies and revolutions ended WW1 | Common Space
An underrated, fascinating perspective. States use cenotaphs as shields against criticism; while I was vaguely aware of that before, I always thought it was metaphorical rather than literally as a physical barrier.
history  socialism  politics  activism  pacifism 
3 days ago by gominokouhai

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