US Politics (+++)
This is Joshua Collins' campaign platform on Trans Rights. He's a socialist trucker running for our 2020 congress in Washington's 10th district (Olympia to south Tacoma), and I am in love with him.
(Transcript in link)
AnarchoCommunism and the problem of hard currency, long, thread.
One criticism levelled against ancoms is that we don't understand Marxist theory well enough. And one of the points in Das Kapital is a significant barrier to any idea of an anarchist society.
Trade in the modern world depends on "hard currency," either backed by a standard such as gold or a bank. Experiments in cryptocurrency have shown that decentralizing currency hasn't really changed this. Nations need to trade with each other on a basis they can trust. This is a problem for an anarchist society, as there is no government to issue currency. This leaves us with two options:
A. A simultaneous global anarchist revolution, or
B. Getting rid of hard currency.
The former is impossible, the latter hard to imagine. But not impossible, I would argue. It will take work, but we can do it.
Most anarchist experiments exist in isolation, and strive for self-sufficiency. In a centralized economy, they don't really have a choice. But what if we were able to have them communicate and trade with each other on the basis of mutual trust? What if they formed a decentralized network?
Such a network could conceivably start based on shared hard currency, but it could then work out to trade in goods. Now suppose such a network grew and grew. It would inevitably weaken the hold of hard currency on the idea of trade.
Now imagine if other such networks sprouted world wide. And began to trade with each other.
So our solution is in fact something we know all too well on here: the communes must federate.
like i know i really shouldn't make assumptions and it is something I really do need to work on but honestly i've known a few people who IN PERSON have literally said "omg i'm totally disassociating right now" on multiple occassions when they are very... clearly... not...
so needless to say i have clearly made some bad associations with that particular misnomer.
sometimes i see people say "disassociating" in reference to themselves and their ocs and whatnot it just really... sets me off for some reason? because dissociation is something i've really struggled with for a long time and seeing that always makes me feel like it's been used like... too loosely, or like it's synonymous with uncomfortable or something, and I know I don't really know what other people are struggling with but still it instantly puts me on the defensive.
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