This kind of testimony about how (some) charities do not challenge structural issues just further confirms my general feeling about (many) charities being in a role supportive of capitalism, by picking up the pieces caused by its destructive tendencies, but not challenging the underlying mechanisms.
"They must be ready to confront the underlying structural causes of social injustice, inequality, and the climate emergency"
Just heading off now to join Ecotopia bike tour (https://www.ecotopiabiketour.net/). Quite excited. Also wondering how I'll be cycling with a group, I've done most of my cycle trips solo so far.
WHAT PEOPLE THINK ETHICAL ISSUES IN AI ARE: wow.... we're creating... new life........
WHAT ETHICAL ISSUES IN AI ACTUALLY ARE: techbros worshiping the almighty algorithm, not caring to look at what bad patterns the machines are picking up (racism, sexism, etc) and how to avert them, and overreliance on neural networks meaning that said algorithms are treated as magical black boxes where nobody wants to (or can, really) point out exactly how the equation works (and why it may be faulty)
one of capitalism’s basic tricks for selling stuff to you is to put the doubt into your head that you are WITHOUT something that you NEED
this isn’t a REAL need but it is a method of tricking you into believing that what capitalism wants you to buy is something you supposedly lack in your life
and with a lack of oversight and control on this system of propaganda delivery, capitalism could manage to sell our basic needs to us, and for those it has thrown into poverty it works to convince them that to climb the ladder is how they can acquire the more expensive ‘needs’ capitalism sells to them on top of their basic needs
I've heard criticisms about local democratic control, that it leads to small minded closed communities that won't address non-local issues (e.g. climate emergency, exploitation, capitalism).
I feel that it would go well if expanded, with appropriate structures in place (e.g. citizens assemblies).
Is this blind faith or are there some decent resources that can shed some light?
I can imagine there are specific examples of it working (or not), but I wonder about a more general analysis.
using freesoftware to map war producer, turkey, facism, rojava Show more
mapping our enemy using #freesoftware.
the following map marks manufactures that produce weapons that #turkey is using to attack people in #Rojava / democratic federation of northern syria)
(take in mind that some parts might be mapped wrong)
Those weapons are used by a facist state to attack an emancipatory revolution.
list of adresses from germany:
statement by the revolutionary ablishion movment:
some info by IGD:
latest news from rojava:
The greatest grift the privileged ever ran was convincing everybody that "Anarchy" was another word for "Chaos", and not an ideology based in the dismantling of hierarchy to be replaced with a system founded in equity. It’s almost like a small albeit powerful group of ppl´s privilege and influence depends on a strict pecking order they’d do literally anything to maintain . Almost .
this is still the most compelling piece of propaganda I think I've ever seen
I just added what I think is the coolest part to OcapPub... the "Composition" section! This especially shows off how cool ocap design is: Alyssa schedules a backup of her file to run twice a day, and yet the job scheduler which runs the backup has neither access to read the file nor write anything else to the backup service! https://gitlab.com/spritely/ocappub/blob/master/README.org
There are very simple reasons why our system is careening towards disaster:
One is that our system all about getting ahead, standing out, winning, out-competing.
The best way to do that, like any self help book will tell you, is to focus on that goal, your success, above all else.
And so cooperation, compassion, empathy become hindrances.
The higher you climb in a hierarchy the more effectively this pressure will reward those who only care about their success and weed out those who have any other priorities.
So of course the people at the top do not care about the common good or the health of our planet.
I've been thinking a lot about spheres of "value logic" whilst reading doughnut economics book. Something like this, in order of proximity to oneself:
Friends/family freeconomy → managed commons → state → market
Capitalism seems to like to move things from left to right, in general I'd like to move things from right to left.
The further left, the more non-monetary benefits seem to emerge. Like community. And enjoyment. Very effective if you calculated full value to people.
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I'm very proud that we implemented democratic features directly into https://karrot.world/ - currently there is a network of trust to gain editing rights, and discussion then score voting for group removal.
I'm not aware of other bits of software that use democratic processes to actually perform actions within the software. I'm sure there must be some others though...
Standalone democratic process tools kind of miss the point for me. I want to see democracy deeply embedded into our tools.
Just another wandering soul
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