economy, depression 

Partly I think I’m having a depressive bout due to personal stuff like my relationship ending. But partly I’m bricking it because we’re staring down the barrel of a heist to steal our future and we’re individually at the mercy of the owning class.

They are coming for your savings, and for your debt, and for your buying power, and for your job security. All four. How do we individually defend against that? We can’t! But where is the class consciousness?

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Your savings will get eaten up, either by inflation or KiwiSaver shenanigans or by haircuts. Your earnings go bye bye as inflation is turned up, and employers are pulling every dirty trick to undermine labour, even though they killed enough people to create a labour shortage.

Your debt is in some ways safer than your assets, but not if the debt interest rates go up. You better be able to service it or say goodbye to the mortgage.

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And who have we got in our court? Some (not all) of the unions. A couple of politicians within broadly Liberal parties.

A socialist network largely dismantled and sidelined by a labour peace that is now dead. The next few years are going to HURT, and not hurt equally, which is the point.

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And this in the context of a global pandemic (and death cult response), climate extinction, energy crisis, and the deliberate turn towards fascism to protect Capital in case the Left get too powerful.

And meanwhile I’m trying to convince my Liberal friends to become Leftists before it’s too late, but they don’t want to “contribute to polarisation or radicalisation” when it’s “a complex and nuanced situation”. Fuuuuuuuuck

economy, depression 

And we don’t have the luxury of 20th Communism as a successful model to reach towards. To be a socialist of any flavour today is to believe in values like universalism and integrity that mean we don’t get to lie, cheat or take short cuts, but to not have a surviving model to work towards. We can’t be utopians, and we can’t rely on 20thC ideology and vision. We’re back to improvising with the few tools we know can’t be coopted.

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So materially it comes down to harm reduction and risk mitigation. But there’s just no fucking money for it, so its all scraps and personal virtue. How many refugees can you shelter? How much of your income can you put aside for ko-fi and patreon and give a little? It’s not enough, never enough.

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And every regular, neurotypical person I talk to is like "you are correct, but don't worry about it, like me." and it's like... but people are going to suffer and die, and "people" doesn't mean "other people far enough away to pretend it doesn't matter" here, it means all of us. It's not a hypothetical, Darren.

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We don't even have a fucking newspaper, that's how bad it is. In Aotearoa NZ, we've got the basically-liberal Spinoff, and they are as likely to run a soft piece about riding along with the fucking police helicopter as to call out the RW.

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@dznz Yes, things are grim 😬 I do sense a growing intolerance towards the super rich and the extremes of inequality though. And climate activism is gathering force. 🤔 I find choosing a life of voluntary simplicity has helped my mental health, but I acknowledge my privilege to be able to do this. All the best to you :birdheart:

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@simplicitarian I agree we're seeing some positive movement, though half the climate activism is run by liberals like XR who just endorsed an NFT project.

I'll be okay, just needed to rant.

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@dznz @simplicitarian I share your discontent. The hypocrisy and inherent cognitive dissonance we all accommodate is staggering. And some of us have done a lot of work to be true to our values. In the end, all we can do is provide an example of the behaviour we want to see. And rant a bit, given the opportunity.

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@lightweight @dznz Yes! Modelling a different way of living might make us eccentric, but it definitely challenges people to reflect on their own lives 🤔

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@simplicitarian @lightweight @dznz In _The Nutmeg's Curse_ Amitav Ghosh mentions how important a new conception of "The Good Life" is, and how "mimetic" it is. He mentions XR and Pope Francis's Fratelli Tutti as important examples. I guess if the richer people in richer countries start leading satisfying lives without energy-guzzling McMansions and cars and polluting consumer products, the up-and-coming folks would strive for other betterments?
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@lightweight @dznz @bsmall2 Yes! And a key part of the Transition Towns movement is imagining a good sustainable future, and then building communities that start living in that way now.

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@simplicitarian @lightweight @dznz Do you have a good link that explains the Transition Towns movement. I imagine the real solutions are decent town planning, compact cities.. Something like Murray Bookchin's approach to politics.. But it's hard to get motivated to do the necessary organizing and politics.

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@dznz @lightweight @bsmall2 Rob Hopkins was an initiator of the concept in England and has written several books. Check out his own website and podcast for some inspiration! It’s really a community-led thing rather than a top-down one. An example in Dunedin is The Valley Project - see www.northeastvalley.org

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Thanks for the name and link. The link will help me talk with nice local people. The local welfare office, a buddhist temple, and local volunteers are doing some of the stuff mentioned on link's site. I'll have to ask if the locals are part of a larger movement, or organization. Until now it seemed like mostly one guy running himself into the ground doing half of it. The Children's Cafeteria movement is associatedwith anti-poverty activist Yuasa Makato...

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