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radicals win when we're the people our communities come to for help

our politics must be the politics of love and care and hard work for our communities not only because that's what we believe but because that's how we win

that means building networks so each person with skills and resources can share them with people who have needs and problems

this means building friendships and trust networks so they have some confidence when they

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and most of all it means working on ourselves, making our personalities mirror our politics

"be the change you want to see in the world" is perhaps a tired saying but i suggest we take it literally and apply it constantly

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perhaps the best example of this i've experienced in my life is the FreeGeek Chicago tech collective

people who donate time, money, and gear to build functional Linux computers and teach people to use them for what they need. functional within the system but decidedly building against it.

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@tindall Awww... But that is hard... 🙍🏽‍♀️ (Scuffs the ground with her hands in her pockets like a petulant child.)

@tindall I totally agree but I think we're preaching to the choir here. There's an unfortunately large population of loud, self-labelled “leftists” out there who are just right-wing fascists by any objective measure.

Those with a mindset of “annihilate the life of anyone who slights you online” aren't going to be swayed by this; if anything it's just going to enrage them further. I've tried.

@flussence > There's an unfortunately large population of loud, self-labelled “leftists” out there who are just right-wing fascists by any objective measure.

wat

@tindall ...now I think of it I don't think I've seen anyone in that area of politics identify as that word.

They're not the only ones that behave that way though, and that's the fucked up part. It's a constant struggle to get any positive momentum going because shitty people invariably show up to co-opt any movement and use it as cover for their own cruel motives.

@tindall Anyone wins when they control access to key infrastructure. That includes social infrastructure.

As a corollary, if everyone has access, everyone wins.

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