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A lot of Solarpunk focuses on imagining the future solar utopia, and neglects the DIY punk action required to build it.
With that in mind, how do we fight technocapital?
What punk things have you done IRL?
Remember: The NSA stores everything! Never post anything that would incriminate yourself over clearnet.>
I once helped some hippie friends of friends plant garlic. It was really fun, but it felt like relatively well off people larping more then something that could actually help the system of the world.
Which do you think is better, to become a homesteader, or a technologist at a large research lab working on more efficient automation? Probably going into political theory is the way to make the biggest difference, but doesn't it just feel slimy and futile? Also seems like the polititions work with the world built by technologists and folk. Like maybe nice human rights are a result of efficient means of producing food and housing, more then some legal documents.
I'd like to hear peoples stories of comfy hippie activities though, even if they don't really make sense as a path to a better world.
> Probably going into political theory is the way to make the biggest difference, but doesn't it just feel slimy and futile?
As someone with a degree in political theory & working in the field, let me tell you it makes no difference.
The people with actual power don't care, and the masses continue to believe what the (corporate funded) media tell them.
If we want to improve the world, I believe we should start at the local level where we can actually make a difference (however small).
Keep informed of the big picture and if you see a chance to make a big difference definitely take it, but don't waste all your energy on the big stuff you can't control and neglect the smaller stuff you actually can change.
> people with actual power don't care
Wouldn't it make sense to try and become someone with actual power and care? That seems to be what Elon Musk is doing, if you believe he cares about anything or not, I certainly see more electric cars on the road because of him.>
>Wouldn't it make sense to try and become someone with actual power and care?
Sure, if you inherit an emerald mine you should use that wealth for good.
The rest of us should focus our efforts where they're most likely to be successful, rather than burning out chasing an impossible dream.>
Mmm, I see what you mean. Perhaps a better sentiment would be to become "some people" with power, rather than "some person" with power. I dont think limiting your search for allies to just where you live makes sense. However paying attention to where you live is surely some kind of solarpunk virtue.
> how do we fight technocapital?
One angle is to disconnect from the matrix.
Use uBlock Origin, put LineageOS on your phone, try to avoid using proprietary services, feed Google and Facebook fake info to confuse their algorithms.
There's a great list of alternative services at Prism Break.
Obviously this is insufficient and we still need to organize as communities, but it goes a little way towards undermining the control the hierarchy has over our lives.>
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