I was thinking of making a parenti bot and noticed that lemmy’s settings allow you to mark an account as a bot. Doing a search for “bot” in the server side code shows options for showing/hiding content posted by bots when viewing communities, but I didn’t see anything for actually having an account run a script.

I’m sure people viewing this from lemmygrad may recall Comarade Rose, who was likely a bot, regularly posting content from communist subreddits; I’m sure making a bot is possible.

In settings there is a checkbox “Bot Account”. Just check it and save.

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I meant making a bot that does things, not just designating an account as a bot account. Fortunately, I’ve since figured that out. See @ParentiBot@lemmygrad.ml.

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Nice.Care to share details on how to make it work ?

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In the United States, for over a hundred years, the ruling interests tirelessly propagated anticommunism among the populace, until it became more like a religious orthodoxy than a political analysis. During the Cold War, the anticommunist ideological framework could transform any data about existing communist societies into hostile evidence. If the Soviets refused to negotiate a point, they were intransigent and belligerent; if they appeared willing to make concessions, this was but a skillful ploy to put us off our guard. By opposing arms limitations, they would have demonstrated their aggressive intent; but when in fact they supported most armament treaties, it was because they were mendacious and manipulative. If the churches in the USSR were empty, this demonstrated that religion was suppressed; but if the churches were full, this meant the people were rejecting the regime’s atheistic ideology. If the workers went on strike (as happened on infrequent occasions), this was evidence of their alienation from the collectivist system; if they didn’t go on strike, this was because they were intimidated and lacked freedom. A scarcity of consumer goods demonstrated the failure of the economic system; an improvement in consumer supplies meant only that the leaders were attempting to placate a restive population and so maintain a firmer hold over them. If communists in the United States played an important role struggling for the rights of workers, the poor, African-Americans, women, and others, this was only their guileful way of gathering support among disfranchised groups and gaining power for themselves. How one gained power by fighting for the rights of powerless groups was never explained. What we are dealing with is a nonfalsifiable orthodoxy, so assiduously marketed by the ruling interests that it affected people across the entire political spectrum.

– Michael Parenti, Blackshirts And Reds

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