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Individualism 

It'd be really peachy if people stopped equating individualism with neoliberalism and a need for solitude with nuclear family nonsense.

My individualism is collectivist, and my collectivism is individualist, and that's neither a contradiction nor meant as some kind of dialectic.
If your collectivism is not rooted in individualism, I don't want to have anything to do with it.

The isolation, exploitation, and burdening of the individual is what makes up neoliberal(!) individualism.
But conflating individualist thought and action with neoliberalism plays right into the latter's mode of operation, just like conflating all collectivism with authoritarianism or statism does.

No, my severe need for solitude does not mean I have been brainwashed by capitalism. (On the contrary, it clashes hard with most of the capitalist realities I have been facing.)
It means we are different individuals with different needs, and together we need to build societal structures that enable and empower all individuals involved as much as possible.

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Please try to explain these things to me in tangible terms, especially if you're a full-blown introvert! Thanks! :boost_ok: 

I'm still trying to understand a couple of phrases and concepts that people use as though they were self-explanatory.

If you have a firm grasp of what these mean and can explain them in tangible terms instead of more vague, abstract, and/or metaphysical concepts, I'd really appreciate it if you'd help me understand:

- "a profound/deep/special connection"
- "emotional needs"

(No, I'm not neurodivergent. Yes, I do have feelings. Yes, I understand my own feelings very well. Feelings are something very tangible and clear to me. Yes, I can gauge other people's emotional states pretty well.)

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Hardware question. Please boost! 

I'm still looking for a free software analog telephone adapter (ATA).

I tried to find a Dragino DT01 because it seemed to fit the bill, but they're out of stock everywhere.

The MeshPotato "MP02 Phone" seems to be the same thing, basically.

store.villagetelco.com/mesh-po

dragino.com/products/mother-bo

Does anyone know of a similar device that's actually still available?

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In my book any kind of socialism that is not actually libertarian and thus disregards individuals is inherently unethical, especially explicit state socialism, which is by design authoritarian and centralist.
If someone's communal socialism is organized bottom-up and decentralized, i.e. based on the needs and decisions of the individuals concerned, then indeed it's not inherently unethical or unjust (but pretty much anarchist).
State socialism, however, is.

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There's nothing anarchist about controlling others through value extraction.
"Anarchist" capitalists are just anti-state proponents of the "freedom" to exploit those who happen to find themselves on the disadvantaged side of a power imbalance.

As far as I am concerned, "anarcho"-capitalism and capitalist "libertarianism" is nothing but plutocratism.

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The lack of revolutionary potential in most existing co-ops is one of the many reasons why cooperative/collective economic projects should already incorporate an inherently anarchist approach at the founding level, and options for long-term horizontal scalability via federation with politically & structurally compatible projects shouldn't be an afterthought.
Worker co-ops shouldn't be isolated. Instead, they should have the clear potential to be integral parts of a bottom-up needs-based economy.

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Members of a police force are humans who let themselves be employed as executives of a state's monopoly on violence.

Pigs are one of the largest groups of victims of violent speciesist exploitation.

Please stop conflating the two and stop victimizing pigs even more by using them in your awful attempts at dehumanizing members of the police!

Pigs are not to blame.

re: Please try to explain these things to me in tangible terms, especially if you're a full-blown introvert! Thanks! :boost_ok: 

I'm trying to understand the metaphor.

For example, if I were to say "That party was great. I really enjoyed the vibe," I wouldn't be talking about (meta)physical vibrations. "Great vibe" would be metaphorical shorthand for: people were kind and welcoming to each other, they were considerate and made sure everyone was okay.

So, when people use "connection" as metaphorical shorthand, what kinds of interactions are meant by that?

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If anyone wants to to help affectees of the flood in Pakistan, pls donate to this fundraiser.

gofundme.com/f/solidarity-appe

It is organized by socialist-feminist collective with a long history of grassroots struggle.

I can vouch for the people behind it. They are always there in times of crisis, standing up to the militarized state dispossessing people of their land and their homes.

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This is my bank account right now...
I'm still terribly in need of 300€ to pay bills. I still owe 155€ to my landlord from last month's rent.

If you have any spare. Any amount helps as well as shares. 🙏🏼
Thank you 🥺

paypal.me/melissalaguel

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deportation, maya, pls boost 

Maya was visiting the US from the UK, but was deemed to be seeking asylum and I assume is now awaiting deportation. We lost contact when she was being transported from the airport to a facility where she was awaiting her trial(? not sure the proper word). We have not had contact for 2 weeks now.

I am looking for an org that could either help expedite the process so she's out of there faster, or ideally get her into the US to stay with a partner for a month as was planned

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re: Please try to explain these things to me in tangible terms, especially if you're a full-blown introvert! Thanks! :boost_ok: 

I'm trying to understand the metaphor.

For example, if I were to say "That party was great. I really enjoyed the vibe," I wouldn't be talking about (meta)physical vibrations. "Great vibe" would be metaphorical shorthand for: people were kind and welcoming to each other, they were considerate and made sure everyone was okay.

So, when people use "connection" as metaphorical shorthand, what kinds of interactions are meant by that?

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Michael Kimble is a passionate freedom fighter who has been held captive for nearly 35 years for defending himself during a homophobic attack. A long-time anarchist writer and activist, help Kimble and his support crew hire a new legal team! itsgoingdown.org/help-michael-

(please boost) asking for money help 

hello! i need $80 to order groceries and $60 for medical weed -- $140 in total

i have to work from home because i have asthma and catching covid is a major health risk for me. waiting on a friend to help me revise my resume w/ a better work history at their company

paypal: paypal.me/v33b33

cashapp: cash.app/$vantablack420

venmo: venmo.com/vantablack420

liberapay: liberapay.com/v4nt4bl4ck

thank you 🖤

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food (vegan) 

Posted 7 photos: This is the best one yet. Sweet and sour chicken of the woods balls. I read a bunch of recipes, then improvised. Blitzed the chicken of the woods and stirred in Chinese 5 spice and vegeta. Bound it with soy sauce, cooking sake, cornflour, plain flour and chickpea flour. Mushed into balls, and deep fried. They held together perfectly. Then stir fried them along with veg from the garden, and sweet and sour sauce (ketchup, white/coconut sugar, rice/apple cider vinegar). Reviews included: "this tastes like KFC?!".

I also made matcha chop chip cookies, cos I had a craving, and courgette and rhubarb cake, cos I had a glut. #foraging #vegan #food rhiaro.co.uk/2022/08/photos-fo

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Vegan food 

Maitiake mushrooms freeze really well, these are foraged from last year and I made asada with them for the burrito in the second picture. Salsa Verde is from the tomatillos and jalapeños I grew, I grew everything for the pico but the onions. Its nice to be at that part of the season where you have lots of free food coming in.

#vegan

Please send solidarity and support to @karachibachaotehreek

The situation in Pakistan atm is really rough with this awful flooding.

They're a collective that are organising around housing rights in Karachi.

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