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“We live in capitalism,” said Le Guin, “Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings.” It’s up to authors, she explains in the video below, to spark the imagination of their readers and to help them envision alternatives to how we live.


"They have seen firsthand that while most people very much want to help their fellow humans after disasters, sustaining that empathetic impulse beyond the initial emergency takes more than good will. It takes good policy, alongside serious public investments."

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"It is experiences like these that have taught many Chico residents that, in the real world, climate action cannot be pried apart from the need to transform an economic model that systematically puts private profits above the public good."

Handy repository of template rejection letters to respond to recruiter inquiries citing specific unethical practices for different Big Tech cos. So far contains letters for Amazon, Facebook, Palantir and Uber.

Under capitalism, your wages are based on the profit your employers can make off of your labor power. This is largely unrelated to any reasonable notion of the value you provide.

It might be hard to stomach - runs contrary to many stories we tell ourselves. But it's a fact. 🤷‍♀️

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As someone who has brought immense remote value for nearly 14 years, I wholeheartedly agree with on this one.

My choice to raise a family away from city lights in *no way* reduces the value I provide. Asking for a reduction in rate is borderline insulting.


Of interest for those looking for more responsible retirement investing:

"The Next Egg creates resources, builds communities, and shares tools necessary so that millions of us can move our retirement savings out of Wall Street and into our local communities. These tools include self-directed IRAs, solo 401(k)s, and employee-directed 401(k)s. [...] If we succeed, we will see trillions flow into our communities and out of the global corporations."

"USPS could also return to providing affordable banking services, as it did from 1911 to 1967. "

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"The buildings themselves could be used to extend broadband infrastructure and be fitted with green technology like solar panels, electric car charging stations and rooftop farms. USPS’s Los Angeles mail processing facility has 31,000 solar panels, making it one of the city’s largest buildings generating electricity through solar. "

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"Post office locations could provide free Wi-Fi access, computers with access to government services, printers, and public meeting rooms. Clerks could provide drivers’ license renewal, multilingual translation, help with immigration processing and other services."

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"Republican-controlled Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, limiting its ability to innovate beyond the delivery of mail and packages, just as the internet began to boom."

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"In an era of little faith in government, a reimagined postal service could demonstrate how public solutions can solve many of our collective problems, from climate change to a predatory financial industry. That’s exactly what the post office did in the country’s early days."

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"a truly modern postal service would be more than the sum of its parts. It would help restore confidence in the public sector’s role in serving the common good, at a time when faith in government seems so hard to come by."

Who are we? How do we become a coherent community? How can we help new members feel they belong and are supported by membership? I am just getting off a Zoom call and group chat with other members of Social.Coop. We care about cooperatives. We want to expand the diversity of SC members. @mattcropp led the discussion! @Matt_Noyes @anaulin @emi @mike @clayton manuela, @LeoSammallahti, @bhaugen, John, Darren, Dzidzinism (spelling?) who else participated?

"The United States [...] has allowed a de facto aristocracy to bloom in our country, where low taxes on the rich, combined with meager welfare for the poor, lead to income inequality reminiscent of a feudal state. Tips are a tiny part of that big picture. But they’re a perfect representation of the philosophy that underlies it: Tipping survives because of the notion that industriousness must be coaxed from individuals through constant threat of their immiseration."

"We have a long way to go before we have a clear-cut, straightforward response to what restorative justice looks like, but we won’t ever get there if we declare that every time someone gets called out for their actions it’s a “witch hunt.” And, we also won’t get there if the standard is regardless of what they do, we get rid of them."

That was a cute puzzle game. Reminiscent of The X (but you don't have to wait until next Saturday for the next puzzle).

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