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Comment Re: Are you a farmer (Score 2) 698

I was at OWS, and there had met a man who now is part of an anarcho-communist farm (which doesnt mean there are no rules or enforcement, but that the members all share in creating the rules, and holding equal standing with other members). This farm is within a half hour drive from New York City, where most of the collective members lived prior to the farm. They raise plants and meat to eat, trade, and sell as needed, and have other skills which they work share, and hire out when here is something they need which they cannot gain in the more broad context of capitalist society. The farm has been in opperation for multiple years now.

Furthermore, as regards Anarchists, there is no ban on using force ( see Spanish Civil War where Anarchists held Barcelona, or the Zapatista movement in Southern Mexico where there has been sucessful active militant resistance to the Mexican National military for almost two decades despite the best efforts of the Mexican government to murder anyone they think are "leading" the movement. There is quite the robust mechanism for widespread collective decision making in S. mexico as well)

Comment Re:It's Ironic (Score 2) 609

dude, you're missing the point of pro-labor laws. Higher wages shouldn't make things cost more, they should make anyone not directly providing the work have less profit. Of course, under a pro-capitalist economic system, this isn't what happens.

A person may be free to not have a job with a low wage, but really that can become a life-or-death choice, and thus really isn't a choice.

"Free markets" only provide freedom to the people who control the means of production, not freedom for the people who actually provide the labor of production.

Comment Re:Sounds more like (Score 1) 370

see, I think that if you take the exact example given then you'd be correct: such an exercise might not work. (really really might not work).

but the premise given is probably fairly accurate:
real life situations that require a small group to work in concert to solve a problem will likely make them closer than a soft-situation that's been engineered to make them co-operate with results that are generally meaningless.

example: who are your closest friends? Myself -> I feel more close to the people who've been around through some fairly hairy times (and not just because I usually grow out a beard in those periods). Ya dig?


Submission + - Zubbles, the wonderful colored bubbles (zubbles.com)

thebigbadme writes: Zubbles, the wonderful colored bubbles previously discussed here and here, are finally available for pre-order over here, at zubbles.com. I received an e-mail about this just before noon EDT, having given up hope a while ago that these would see the light-of-public-day. They are currently available in two colors: Presto Pink and Blazing Blue. The site claims they should be shipping two weeks after the order is placed.

I don't know about anyone else, but I'm really excited that these things are actually being sold to the public after all this time.

Comment Re:I feel anger. (Score 1) 402

Money isn't the problem.

Money is an amplifier.

As psychedelics to a personality, so to is money to one's ability to act upon the things around them.

You're right that people aren't fair. At least not all of them. My older brother, who has provided quite a support base for me over the last 8 months is not fair. He favored myself and my younger brother, helped us with gainful employment while subsidizing our living needs. This was not to the detriment of anyone else, at-least not specifically, but was not fair.

Then again, the devil will demand what is his... My brother, again for example, uses his money as clout to try to push people around, myself included.
This doesn't work as well against me as it does most people that he interacts with, but that is because I don't have any more economic needs: I am, as of last month, debt free.
But it isn't the money that made my older brother into a manipulative dick, yes even though he helped me a great deal and I love him, he is still a dick, it's his personality to be this way.

"Today's robots are very primitive, capable of understanding only a few simple instructions such as 'go left', 'go right', and 'build car'." --John Sladek