I only work in theory
‘E questo è il fiore del partigiano, morto per la libertà’
Was dealing with some feelings of anxiety for the last two months, which focussed on money related thing and a fear of poverty. But the thing is, there was no real reason for it. I’m okay money wise.
Decided to talk to someone last week and they suggested taking a vitamin B complex supplement. I already take B12 but they said it might not be enough to cover for the rest of the B vitamins.
I didn’t feel like my problems were taken seriously, but I tried it anyway because I figured it wouldn’t hurt me. I’ve been taking the supplement for a couple of days now and no joke I feel so much better. It’s like a 10kg weight is lifted from my chest and the fog in my head is going away.
Who woulda thunk.
So, on my action group’s turf, a queer iftar (diner after Ramadan) has been canceled because it received threats from different groups (both muslim and far right).
Naturally, the far right is jumping on the islam hate train right now, saying muslims don’t belong here.
I’m not really sure what action to take right now. The hate this queer muslim group receives by both far right and other muslims can’t be ignored but to give the far right a hall pass to now just become openly racist and defenders of queer rights (while at the same time yelling woke) is not an option.
We have mandatory marxist training for new members and members that want to be a part of our action groups have to do some sort of job interview to see what they are up to. Is that 100% safe? No, you can have people with bad intentions anyway. But it’s so far no problem it seems. No leaks, no major fights or splits, everything seems to be going okay.
46.7% of Belgian people say they are currently struggling to make ends meet. Now, the research didn’t specify how these people spend their money but it’s safe to say that you don’t have to go all boomer avocado toast to see how this is a very problematic thing (I’m saying this because out of the top 10% earners, 22% say they can’t make ends meet as well and that’s just stupidity most of the time).
But so far the people in charge seem to be worried about making nationalist propaganda and woke.
Sometimes I wonder what will happen if our Marxist party will somehow manage to get a huge electoral victory. We’re not focussing on electoral politics because that’s not how a working class revolution happens, but it could happen.
We’re the home of both the EU and NATO HQ. That can’t go right in any way lol.
That’s the one. People ask me if I our party keeps growing (or even if a successful revolution happens) if I want to be a politician. Or if my job as a social worker isn’t needed anymore, what would I do? I don’t know man, picking up carpentry again sounds nice. It’s not as if I can’t do anything else. I just want to be useful whichever way I can while not being afraid of being fired, homeless or starving to death or something.
Due to me being active in politics a lot people think I have political ambitions or a passion for politics, which I really don’t. I’m not even that interested in leftist literature to be honest . I just do these things because I feel like not doing anything isn’t an option.
But I do sometimes not feel like doing anything (privileged I know). I just wanna enjoy my real passions of nature, art, sports, photography, travel, music etc. I guess all this political stuff can be overwhelming sometimes and I need to find more balance in my life.
One of Belgium’s largest supermarkets is changing their business model to franchise, selling of all their stores to the highest bidder, basically adopting the Dutch model of supermarkets. All their employees are now striking because they rightfully oppose this. If it will be anything like the Dutch model we will soon see supermarkets where only 16-20 year olds work for the lowest pay possible and a lot of people who have been working at the company for decades now are worried that they will lose their job.
My two cents is that it worked because they are there. There are a lot of angry and disappointed people in The Netherlands. The country is facing many different crises and faith in the traditional parties is low after years of scandals.
Last year we saw a lot of protests and even strikes, which is huge for The Netherlands as no one ever strikes over there. The one party who was everywhere to lure people in was the BBB (Farmers’ Party). They are led by a down to earth looking woman who ‘tells it like it is’ and she managed to persuade the people.
Green and Labour Party weren’t there. They weren’t with their voter base. They have elite, educated looking politicians at the top. They are socdem at best and don’t really care for the people outside of the Western urbanized part of the country it seems. That’s where they lost.
I sometimes joke about our Belgian marxist party being everywhere, but that’s how you reach out to the people. Be at the picket lines, protests, strikes, actions etc. Go door to door to talk to the people. Reach out. Dutch left didn’t, and now many potential voters fell into a right wing trap.
The best part is: most of the pollution comes from meat farms. 75% of their production is meant for export, with a total value of 9 billion euro’s a year. Which is 1,5% of our total export value as a country.
So farmers who control 1,5% of our export value now managed to influence a majority of the country to vote for a party that benefits them and goes against the interests of the vast majority of our country.
Due to emission caps we can’t build houses for example because farmers take up a majority of our nitrogen limits, so the housing crisis gets worse because of them. Immigrants are blamed though.
And our politicians knew for over a decade that this would happen but they don’t feel like doing anything. And now it’s too late. The Farmers’ Party is taking control and will make the next few years very difficult for the rest.
Imagine a housing crisis. Image a climate crisis. Imagine a right wing government that fucked over tens of thousands of people by labeling them as a fraud, putting them in thousands of euro’s of debt, finally after years of left wing pushing admitting guilt, but still not fully compensating people involved. Imagine growing inequality. Imagine no future for young people.
What do you vote? Left wing? No, you vote right wing Farmers’ Party, who are only yelling ‘it’s not right!’ while having no actual plans aside from supporting farmers who want to build mega industrial scale animal farms, fucking up nature and being fascist.
I’m just done with this country, lads. There’s no compassion at all. I’m mad. Young people are mad. But we’re told to just stay quiet and stop being idiots.
Dutch democracy is so supreme that the current government (which is the same as the previous four governments) hasn’t completed a single term in 10+ years. Each government had to resign because of scandals, and everytime the same people got back in power.
And now the country is facing several gigantic crises.
A while back, Reddit removed the option to filter comments by top, hot and controversial etc. That totally coincidentally comes in handy with all these topics about Russia and Ukraine, where controversial opinions (read: anti-western) are now impossible to find in between all the Slava Ukraini people.
State election day today in The Netherlands. Deputies of the state will in turn elect officials to the First Chamber (not to be confused with Second Chamber aka Parliament) who approve laws made by Parliament.
Can’t vote myself as I live in Belgium and there isn’t a marxist party anyway. At least the voting help suggested that I vote for one of the left leaning parties, so it’s nice to confirm I’m actually left wing.
Even shows like The Handmaid’s Tale, which takes places in a literal fascist version of the US, has these tropes of ‘violence isn’t always the answer, remember when the fascist did some nice thing this one time?’. They make us feel bad for the fascists when they have a piece of their own cake. No, if you are a fascist that helped to bring about fascism, I don’t care if you were nice to me this one time. You’ll be killed.
The US, like with everything, is going over the top with their weed culture imo. It’s one thing wanting to smoke joints but to make it your entire identity is just weird. In The Netherlands, where it has been semi legal for decades now, you don’t have such a prominent weed culture. Apart from tourists in Amsterdam I’ve never been bothered by anyone smoking weed. I sometimes forget we’re allowed to smoke it because of the absence of people doing it out in public, bothering others. I’ve been around the block a few times with drugs, being part of multiple subcultures who are known for their drug usage, and I’ve never met a single person making an identity of smoking weed. Not saying whatever the Dutch are doing is the perfect way, but it’s very different compared to the US.