Another year, another orbit. Not sure how many more of these I have remaining as an tea-quaffing ape descendant inhabiting the pale blue dot, but I'll try to make it count.
In the 2020s re-decentralizing the internet ought to be a priority. If we don't succeed then many other possibilities for organizing will shut down. Something that's painfully obvious is that we don't just need communications systems for casual banter or observing interesting feline photography but also systems for organizing and sharing in a coherent way, but without layers of management or benevolent dictators.
Capitalism is in long term decline. Unlike Mastodon, it's crumbling and looking shabby. Fascism is a symptom of capitalism in decay. We need to do better than this. Not just as a political aesthetic but as a matter of survival.
What a stitch-up. Man who has presided over the significant worsening of many people's lives - here, have a knighthood.
Nice little article about Salford, socialism and Rebecca Long Bailey – obviously Tribune’s pick for next Labour leader. She’s already being hammered by the right-wing press.
Interesting description of Salford as "somewhere between the Manchester metropolis and the surrounding Lancashire towns" – obviously geographically, but politically too, hadn’t really thought about it like that before.
The realities of community organising. It takes serious time. And potentially money for paid organisers.
Today I released TidalCycles version 1.4.6, codename "megatron" https://github.com/tidalcycles/Tidal/releases/tag/1.4.6
This episode of Rev Left Radio sums up most of my views around the recent election pretty well: on Corbyn, the media, Brexit, limits of our electoral system, where to focus for these next five years.
I feel back to my roots, but I am far from being a Workington Man. Let’s see how things transpire. I want to be close to my family for a while. And while I’m here, let’s make the most of it. To paraphrase the saw – if you can’t change your town, then change your town.
With the monumental fuckup of the recent election, I feel like a local, community focus is the best place to focus and make a difference for the short-term.
Go slow and fix things.
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