if i had medical care, unlimited access to a communal dining hall, and free room and board i would happily spend 30hrs/week laboring for my community however they needed support.
realistically 30hrs/week is probably double what would be needed. imagine how much more efficient that labor would be without capitalist middlemen stealing 99% of said labor's value.
the only barriers to this future are a) the leeches b) the bootlickers and c) the doomers.
like, i'm fucking burnt out as fuck and exhausted of working but that's not because i don't want to participate in my community/labor for my community, it's because there has been a deliberate effort on behalf of capitalism to completely divorce the average person from their community.
if we had any capacity to build and strengthen our communities we would have so much more capacity and passion for life.
pre-empting the eugenicists:
i'm disabled as fuck but i can think of hundreds of ways i would be a valuable community member, and the criticism of anticapitalism that relies on arguments about "laziness" or "mooching" are problematic in every context, but also just blatantly untrue. disabled folks are only excluded from labor when the labor asks us to sell our health and sanity. how much more could we achieve if we weren't deliberately exhausted as a bid to eliminate our ability to organize?
deeply exasperated with the artificial nihilism pushed by capitalism:
there /is/ more to life than late-stage capitalism and the creeping reality of ecological disasters. humans are so incredibly capable of empathy and community. that call of the void that infects young leftists isn't accidental.
if more people retained their genuine belief and hope for a better future, it would be that much harder for capitalism to prevent organized resistance and resilience.
i have to repeat it to myself on days like this:
my mental health is not a result of a personal failure to thrive. my exhaustion is a product of deliberate and systematic violence.
if we weren't isolated, starved, and abused, the collective power and empathy of humanity would have systems of oppression obliterated.
where i am and how i feel is a product of capitalism, not a personal circumstance.
liberalism is believing the master's tools can be used to deconstruct the master's house.
but universal basic human needs, like housing, food, or healthcare will never be achieved by working with or within a system that only functions because of the looming threat of their loss.
capitalists are aware of this: those who labor for them, whether liberal or conservative, are not.
the reason why i'm word-vomiting audre lorde's core thesis(s) on the TL is because we are at a point where the veil is thin. there is a labor shortage, an overwhelming discontent among the working class, and an opportunity to seize power.
organize and unionize your workplace. encourage strikes. work slower. take time to build relationships with your neighbors. look for new work and quit your old job without notice.
they're weak right now. hit them where it hurts.
deliberately take time to engage with joy, with nature, with your community. deliberately take that extra 30 minutes to reply to your boss. make your morning coffee and take your morning shit on company time. set up a free market for clothes and essentials in your area. weaponize "laziness". do the bare minimum. fuck over your company whenever possible.
don't let them break you. congratulate yourself for moving slowly today. acknowledge that feeling defeated by capitalism serves no one but those who orchestrate it. be unfailingly, irrepressibly, loudly enthusiastic about the end of capitalism and the dawn of what will come after. bully wealthy people whenever possible.
also, i don’t know who needs to hear this, but sex strikes work *really* well. if you or your buddies have sex with people who aren’t radical anticapitalists, cut that shit out. it’s not like the sex was even that good in the first place.
conservatives, liberals, rich people…. don’t have sex with them unless you’re getting paid.
@bee Yup printing this out. Blowing it up on a poster and hanging it on my wall. Best thing I've read in a while and inspiration to keep going on those days when it feels like I'm not making any progress. Thank you so much for this. <3
@louisrcouture why would we need to maximize efficiency? in the status quo 99.99% of the product of our labor is stolen from the working class. efficiency only matters if we’re either a) dealing with scarcity or b) trying to make a profit. lmfao.
@bee there would be scarcity If we weren’t efficient enough.
Back before industrialization there were far less people and the people there had far less and has way less food as well.
@louisrcouture I can’t tell if you’re unaware of both how many people in the world are starving and how much food is wasted, or if you’re just trolling. Do you have any other copy and paste anticommunism talking points up your sleeve? If communism no iphone? Do you legitimately believe that outside of capitalism we are unable to be self-sustaining? Scarcity is a myth in a post-profit world.
@bee yes I am 100% aware of hunger in the world.
However most famines are caused by
-Bad government policies (this has been the case in many communist countries, such as Ukraine, China, and monarchists governments (UK, with Ireland)
-Natural disasters (including climate change)
-> yes inequality as well, but this part can be addressed easily, unlike the first two, and after all, the biggest cause of hunger is conflicts.
@louisrcouture Consider what recovery from conflict, natural disasters, or poor government policy would look like if we prioritized distributing resources to those in need. We have the resources to end housing instability and food scarcity, but those who have them would lose wealth if they did.
Post-profit: a term coined by Aaron Sitton to describe an economy that strives for net-zero profit- everything produced is distributed equally amongst the community.
@bee many people around the world are already providing food assistance to other who do not have as much, but the problems persists today. It is because we need to build an economy where everyone can provide to the world what they are the best at providing while getting what they are not so great at providing.
To address housing inequality, we can build more housing where needed so the price of it lowers as supply goes up and demands stay the same. Some people will lose money, but it’s fair
@louisrcouture If you’d read Sitton’s work, you’d understand that housing is an unalienable right. No one should profit off of it.
And the only people providing resources are those who make money off of doing so or who barely enough to survive on their own. We already have the resources necessary. But capitalism doesn’t function unless there’s a threat keeping the working poor working. Have you had enough free education from me yet? Are you ready to do a google?
@bee also in a capitalist society, prices are as low as they can be, and as high as they can be. It is a state of equilibrium. Unless, of course, some government forbid people to compete against a business, which they do often.
When someone charge too much of a price, other businesses will compete for an even lower profit, price then goes down, and it’s vice versa
@louisrcouture lmfao in what fantasy is that true? if they were as low as they could be then there wouldn’t be billionaires.
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