CW: discussion of sexual violence.
A dear comrade of mine was recently sentenced to 7 years in prison for defending themself from a would be r*pist. This injustice must be protested and stopped! #FREERAE
So back to my original point, no humans have not always lived with capitalism, nor is capitalism equivalent to commerce which existed long before capitalism was developed. We created capitalism and we can get rid of it just as easily.
The man considered the "Father of Capitalism," Adam Smith published his work "The Wealth of Nations" in 1776. In it he described the extension of feudal property relations based on monetary ownership rather than aristocratic grant that had developed out of the mercantilism that developed under feudalism.
"During this period, the term 'capitalism'—originating from the Latin word 'capitalis,' which means 'head of cattle'—was first used by French socialist Louis Blanc in 1850, to signify a system of exclusive ownership of industrial means of production by private individuals rather than shared ownership."
So if capitalism isn't commerce, what is it? Capitalism is the system of property relations that states whoever provided the capital (money basically) for the establishment of a business owns everything that is produced by the business, even if that person's or other entity's (corporation etc.) only contribution to the business is limited to the initial capital outlay. http://libcom.org/library/capitalism-introduction
Image of a man holding a lit molotov cocktail
Text: Liberals only accomplish things because there's a radical standing behind them with a molotov in one hand and a gun in the other. So the "establishment" goes to the liberals with "I'll give you what you want so I don't have to deal with the other guy."
Capitalism is not "buying and selling things." Humans have been trading and exchanging goods and services (often without using money) for as long as we've been human. Capitalism has only existed since about the 16th century. There's entire millennia we didn't use capitalism but goods and services were still shared an exchanged. And no, we didn't barter everything, we're a social species, we mostly shared. Read a book that's not Harry Potter, Karen.
Update on Rae, we have found an appeal lawyer who it seems can handle their case. However, the cost is going to be $50,000 for now donations can be sent to: paypal.me/nmoring, venmo @nechama-moring
Please help our comrade
Okay, it looks like this accidentally got broken into two threads, part one is here: https://kolektiva.social/@AnarchyGrandpa/107327298397426892
Crypto-currency just gives us a more complicated form of access token. At it's worst, crypto is making the current problems in our society much worse on an increasing level, at best, it's a fucking distraction from the problem of meeting people's material needs.
As I wrote in one of my oldest memes, "Money isn't real." What this means is that money is not an actual resource. It is used to grant or limit access to actual resources: land, food, water, shelter .... We have confused an access token for the resources that exist regardless of access control.
Other than as an investment vehicle for those that already have monetary resources (of which there are many different types), what practical everyday use does crypto have? I have dared people to answer this question, but nobody ever does. Because crypto-currencies get us no closer to meeting people's material needs than money.
Because face it, Cypto meets no material needs of anyone, and meeting material needs and material conditions is the basis of most praxis. Crypto doesn't help with that at all.
At this point the hard core anarchist part of my brain is screaming, "What part of "moneyless, classless, stateless society" implies any fucking use for crypto?"
So of course the crypto-bro (they're always men, and almost always white, go figure) doubles down. "...thats a valid point, but lack of adoption by those in control of capital can have many causes...
Also, as a crypto fan from 2010ish, i like to point out that the ppl who like when its price go up and the ppl like myself who believe in decentralized unregulated free exchange of value(the reason it was created) r not the same ppl and should not be confused."
Now my standard response to crypto defense is: "If I can't buy a gallon of milk with it, or other life necessities, then any crypto is worthless to me. Which in the case of BTC would be the bulk of the time frame of it's existence from 2009-2020/2021, as it has only been within the past year or two that's it started to gain wide acceptance for purchases."
So of course some crypto bro has to defend bitcoin. "This criticism only applies to post-regulated btc, and investment-hype btc, not the original idea at all"
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