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What if online groups ran on consensus by default, and mods and other hierarchies were adopted only with the consent of the governed?

I've been thinking about civil religion a lot since the insurrection. @BradleyOnishi nails why in @nytopinion:

Can someone spell out for me the advantage of a two monitor setup? Seems like a recipe for distraction and never getting anything worthwhile done.

I can understand the appeal for gaming at least.

Spending the evening learning to make my first Minetest mod, which I'll only admit here because geeks are forgiving.

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Interesting variant of - exit to nationalization. What if startups aimed toward successfully being bought out by the state?

It may happen to Alibaba/Ant, tho wielded as punishment:

If this turned into a civil war, as some insurrectionists say they want, what would it be about?

Trump vs. not Trump? Q vs. something? Freedom vs. liberation? Bigotry vs. cancel culture? Unlike slavery last time around, every grievance seems to be mostly fictional.

...To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything, is to succumb to violence. The frenzy of our activism neutralizes our work for peace. It destroys our own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of our own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful.”

― Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander

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My latest in @americamag on the legacy of legislature occupations.

The assault on the Capitol was horrific. But don’t let it give all occupations a bad name.

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As people resign, keep in mind that nobody deserves a medal for jumping from a sinking ship. The question is what you did when you could still gain from complicity.

We really need to get better at democracy cause this is getting silly and scary and sad.

Start in daily life: Work, neighborhood, online. Every day. Exercise. Practice commoning and cooperation. Build power the right way. Undermine demagogues. Live not by swords. And sleep well.

All this is to say: storming a legislature is a perfectly legitimate tactic. The illegitimacy here lies in the cause, not the act.

Another example in the recent history of legislature occupations: Taiwan, 2014. Done by antifascists, did some good.

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