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
@bee There's been a lot said over lockdown about moving to a four day week at current 5 day pay. Companies who already do that report better satisfaction, productivity & retention. It would be a good step, but far from the idyll you suggest, which is not so different from our ancient ancestors who did almost everything communally to survive and prosper.
I've often felt a monastic life would be satisfying, thought have no religious inclination, just a socially just one.
honey.town is a small hive of 6,001 bees, most of which are in a trenchcoat, and one that's simply buzzing around.