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exhaled-spirals · a day ago
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— Sally Rooney, Beautiful World, Where Are You
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max1461 · 20 hours ago
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Broadly speaking, I dislike it when sanctity of private property is framed as "economic liberty". It's a bit like saying that a society without a bill of rights has greater "political liberty", because that society's political leaders are free to crack down on dissent and arrest their opponents and so on, whereas in a country with a strong bill of rights politicians are not allowed to do that. I mean, it's technically true, but generally not what we care about when we talk about liberty!
If a politician wants to send a political opponent to jail, they only have the power to do that by way of the state and its monopoly on violence. The politician requests of the state that it send its armed goons (military, police) to the opponent's house to have them locked up, and the state obliges. Having a bill of rights which proscribes this kind of thing, i.e. designing a state that is simply not permitted to answer that kind of request, is in no way impinging on the politician's personal freedom! Rather, it would be a violation of everyone else's personal freedom for society to be organized otherwise.
This is simply a special case of a broader claim —I think a claim which lies at the very heart of liberalism— which says that institutions should be barred from arbitrarily restricting the actions of individuals. The people who run those institutions might protest "my freedom to organize with my buddies and capture you and tie you to a tree is being violated!", and they may indeed be correct, but in a free society the freedom to take away others' freedom must not be recognized. The freedom to take away others' freedom is precisely what authority is, and it is exactly that which we are trying to avoid!
And anyway, this is all exactly descriptive of private property ownership. The "freedom" to have you arrested for trespassing on my land is precisely analogous to the politicians "freedom" to have you arrested for saying you won't vote for him. Property ownership is a sort of contract with the state by which the state will enforce your exclusive usage of a certain thing. Substitute "state" for "network of armed private insurance companies" if you're an ancap. This is not a personal freedom in any traditional sense, this is an organized system to restrict the freedom of others.
Now, this doesn't mean it's necessarily, unilaterally bad. Perhaps the state should be able to arrest some people for some things, that's very much a matter of debate. And perhaps the state (or the network of armed private insurance companies) should able to to sequester certain chunks of land or food or whatever and say "only X, Y, and Z people are allowed to use these". But at a fundamental level we must conceptualize this as the restriction on personal liberty that it is, or we'll end up reasoning about it all wrong!
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zen-luna · a day ago
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I will never be able to understand this whole concept of "I'm getting older, I still didn't get admitted in university" or any stuff like that. Is there a specific age where you get knowledge at and after that age it becomes illegal for you to get knowledge? What's the issue if a 35 years old person wants to get admitted in university or high school even?
This also happens while taking life decisions, is there a specific age to get married at? If you marry after it, you become a sinner? "Oh she married st 45? Off with her head, that's illegal!"
This whole concept of age has ruined so many things. People worry so much, unnecessarily btw that they're going to graduate at an older age, SO WHAT? SO WHAT IF YOU DO? Is hell going to break lose? What are you going to do after finishing degree at 21 and getting a job? Work for the next 40 years? Calm down champ.
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pajaentrecolegas · 4 months ago
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- SCREAM (1996), dir. Wes Craven - VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN (2015), dir. Paul McGuigan - FRIGHT NIGHT (1985), dir. Tom Holland - A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE (1985), dir. Jack Sholder - NEAR DARK (1987), dir. Kathryn Bigelow - THE COVENANT (2006), dir. Renny Harlin - INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE (1994), dir. Neil Jordan - SOCIETY (1989), dir. Brian Yuzna - THE HITCHER (1986), Robert Harmon - THE LOST BOYS (1987), dir. Joel Schumacher
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haute-honey · a year ago
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Shout out to all the people who are still social distancing and wearing masks. Thank you for still taking this pandemic seriously and understanding how an illness can spread from person to person. I pray that the universe provides you with an infinite amount of abundance. 
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picturepowderinabottle · 11 months ago
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26.10.20 - the fifth consecutive day of protests against Poland’s court's near-total ban on abortion.
they follow a ruling by Poland's Constitutional Court that abortions, even in cases of foetal defects, are illegal.
it means that abortion is now only valid in cases of rape or incest.
the fight is about the right to choose.
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derharlekin · a month ago
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This is just as relevant for tumblr as for twitter, so I share it here. Fully agree
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vortexsophia · 16 days ago
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Here’s our lovely @lady-feral
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max1461 · 29 days ago
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something that i think most leftists fundamentally do not understand is this: the basic seed of white supremacism is not and has never been “white people are good and everyone else is bad”. the basic seed of white supremacism has always been “white people are capable and everyone else is incapable”. when explicit arguments in favor of white supremacy are put forth, they are almost always take this form. never “white people are the kindest and the most virtuous” always “white people have achieved, they have conquered, where no others have”. this is why the liberal idpol thing of “all badness in the world is the result of european imperialism” actually more or less supports a white supremacist narrative. sure, the value judgements are different, but the basic belief that white people are the driving force of history is almost identical. stop it! this shit is not helpful!
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mr-entj · a year ago
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A student once asked anthropologist Margaret Mead, “What is the earliest sign of civilization?” The student expected her to say a clay pot, a grinding stone, or maybe a weapon. Margaret Mead thought for a moment, then she said, “A healed femur.” A femur is the longest bone in the body, linking hip to knee. In societies without the benefits of modern medicine, it takes about six weeks of rest for a fractured femur to heal. A healed femur shows that someone cared for the injured person, did their hunting and gathering, stayed with them, and offered physical protection and human companionship until the injury could mend. Mead explained that where the law of the jungle—the survival of the fittest—rules, no healed femurs are found. The first sign of civilization is compassion, seen in a healed femur.
— Ira Byock, The Best Care Possible: A Physician’s Quest to Transform Care Through the End of Life
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macrolit · 2 months ago
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The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.
Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) Russian-American author, polymath, biochemist
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