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Cake day: Oct 17, 2021


Why would leftists support either side in this war? It’s essentially a proxy war between Russia and the US, and both countries are ruled by capitalist oligarchs.

I mean, isn’t Russia the “bad guy” because they invaded a sovereign nation. Doesn’t that also make the US a bad guy because sovereignty means nothing to them.

I think Aether is cool. It’s a P2P app that, with enough active users on a board, allows for mod elections. Only problem is that a fair amount of the active userbase is alt-right adjacent or straight up Fascist. I have seen some Leftists posting on there, but I think it’ll take more Leftist users to change the culture.

Anarchists can’t have a successful revolution because they can’t organize installing a light bulb, let alone organizing cross-industry production

What about Anarcho-Syndicalists? That structure is a sort of decentralized command economy, instead of the description given in that link of a “network of free contracts”.

Wait, what’s wrong with Anarchism and Democratic Socialists?

All of this needs to be broken down and discarded.

Do you have any good book recommendations?

I guess I’m just more of a fan of going about it through the use of industrial unionization, rather than using state power and hoping that centralized power doesn’t corrupt those who wield it.

I hope they do bring back some of that manufacturing stateside. From what I understand, the exporting of jobs overseas has really screwed over the workers here, and has screwed over workers overseas through additional exploitation and theft of their national resources.

AMD has made big moves against Intel in the CPU department, so I’d like to think they’d do the same against Nvidia. Handing over most of the GPU market to Nvidia is pretty shit overall. Hadn’t really even considered Intel making GPUs, and now I’m wondering why they haven’t really attempted to make moves in that department. Would’ve thought that with the growth of machine-learning tech, they would’ve at least started R&D for that kind of thing.

True enough. I know there’s some bad blood between Communists and Anarchists, but I can’t imagine a Communist party in a country across the globe is going to really care about that for a normal citizen. Can’t really say the same thing about America considering that documentation that came out half a year ago or so that considered Anarchists to be domestic terrorists.

Western narratives have given me terrible brainworms. Even if a Chinese GPU is proven to be better than AMD/Nvidia, and at a better price, I’d still have paranoia about there being some kind of hardware level spyware installed.

Hey now, I’m gonna need to upgrade my GPU in a couple years and prices are already real shit. Don’t make it worse please 😔

I’m actually kinda surprised about this move though. At first, when the article said US officials “asked” Nvidia to stop selling those chips to China, I thought it was a classic “oh pwease Capital owners, can you do this for us 🥺”. Later on in the article though, they’re actually banned from selling those chips. Didn’t really expect that kind of involvement to be honest.

Wasn’t there a bill called “CHIP” or something that had passed recently, whose entire point was to bring some chip manufacturing back stateside so Taiwan couldn’t be used like that? Or was that another one of those “here’s $50 billion dollars, could you maybe think about possibly building a factory here in the US sometime in the next 10-25 years?” sorta deals.

I find that hard to be true of all of Europe, at least compared to America. Doesn’t Europe have a considerably high unionization rate? Last I checked, about 10% of America’s workforce was in a union.

This is all rather concerning, though I’m not fully convinced. Granted, the archive link and struggle sessions link are quite long, so it’ll take some time for me to read through it all.

I have to question how supporting an independent Hong Kong is pro-imperialism though. Isn’t China assuming control a form of imperialism, or do I not fully understand what imperialism actually is?

Also, I don’t really have an opinion on the Uyghur situation, as I’m not well informed on the matter. From what I’ve read of that Jacobin article, comparing what China is doing to America’s “War on Terror” seems somewhat applicable, I guess? Not directly, since it’s not a literal war, but I can’t imagine there being much support from Leftists for America doing something similar; that is, rounding up Muslims in America and re-educating them with “Western “culture”” (whatever that means).

I hope this doesn’t come across badly, I unfortunately did not have (and am still having issues with finding) good Leftist sources to read a non American-dogmatic version of events for what occurred in Hong Kong and with the Uyghurs. So any information you have on the matter would be greatly appreciated.

I’ll be honest, my experience with Wikipedia is limited to minor spelling, grammar, and sentence structure changes. I only ever got more interested in Wikipedia, and trusting it a bit more, when I read into its governance structure and found it to be fairly democratic, supporting a consensus style of democracy for both edits and admin/bureaucrat positions.

I was under the impression that bots were either banned or maybe only used by sitewide admins for protection against graffiti and the like? I might be misremembering though.

Cool thing about Wikipedia is that anyone can edit it, as long as you give a source for edits more substantial than grammar/sentence structure changes. To prevent “edit wars” as they call them, it’s generally recommended to start a thread on the talk page prior to any large scale edits of an article, or in response to someone reverting your edit.

There’s also Aether, which is a P2P reddit-like program, which will have a form of democracy for community mods when a community gets large enough.

In regards to moderation, some form of democracy should be implemented for each community mod team. Of course, this should be built in a way as to prevent, or at the very least limit, voter fraud and hostile takeovers.

There could be limits set on the protocol level, like only allowing users to vote in elections on their homeserver (or allowing the homeserver admins to choose which servers’ users they’ll allow?). Each community could also vote (or the mods internally vote) on the requirements for voting, like: amount of time subscribed, activity level within the community, age of account, etc.

Perhaps each community could even choose the type of election/voting system. They could be for a set term, until they get voted out, or a constant approval vote where they lose their position if they piss off enough people.

Hell, if you wanted to go even further, an impeachment process could be included. Or maybe every mod action is publically available to be appealed by the community if need be and if enough actions are overturned they lose their position.

I’m really into governance structures, so people might not care for something like this, but I’ve spent some time writing out ideas for a Reddit alternative with heavy emphasis on governance, both community and site wide. Mainly for the purposes of preventing authoritarian behavior by mods and site admins alike. It’d be pretty cool to see Lemmy adopt things like this.