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Cake day: ago. 27, 2019


Yeah, this. It’s a sacred landmark on land that belongs to Native Americans. Give it back to them, let them decide.

Nothing spectacular for me, but I worked a 0-hour contract for 9 years. It’s not too bad if you’re still called in regularly, but it wears you down after a while. You’re never fully part of the team, you have very limited rights, you’re the first to be disposed of, you’re never entirely sure of income, etc. I decided to get a teacher’s degree after a while to have something on the backburner. When I wanted to go for an interview my boss gave me pain because, even though I wasn’t scheduled to work, I had to keep the day free for them! That was the final straw, decided to quit. We have a decent welfare system where I live, but it’s been crushed by decades of neoliberalism, so I expected nothing of it. Amazingly, they decided that I had a good reason to quit and I was still entitled to unemployment benefits based on the last weeks of salary. Nothing came of the teaching job (too many people with my degree and too little openings) so no luck there. But then I moved two years ago and now I’m at a new employer, a very small one, and this time it’s on a good and steady contract. Glad I said “fuck you” to my employer and left. I get that that’s not a luxury that every worker can afford though, so solidarity to anyone who is in the situation I was in.

Talking about work and money to my son
I was talking to my son (6y) the other day before bedtime. He wanted to know why I need to go to work (I come home after dinner, about the time he needs to go to bed, so on my workdays, 3 days a week, I only see him just before bed, and this makes him sad sometimes). I told him we *have* to because we have to make money (emphasis on the *having* to, i.e. we're forced to). He said, "yeah we do need money". I thought this was a good time to get hims started to question *why* we need money, so I asked him that. He said "to buys things". "But why do we need money for that?" I asked. "Otherwise the lady at the checkout gets angry" All I could muster at that point was "I'll talk to you about maybe other ways than needing money to get people things when you're a bit older". I was too tired and so was he, to give him a better answer. But it got me thinking. Kids accept everything so easily as a given. I wanted him to question things. Play Socrates a bit, you know. But maybe that's not the right approach, I don't know. Obviously, I'm not against work. I'm against work *for profit*. But this whole "we need money" bothered me. I want him to see that alternatives are possible. But the "we need money" is all around us. They are so easily indoctrinated into the capitalist / liberal mindset. Anyway, this was a moment of being a communist dad where I scratched my head where to begin. Thought I'd share.

While it’s great to make this a big community, it would be a shame to lose contact with the reddit community altogether. I’m not afraid of isolation, but as communists, we should agitate where the masses are. That is and has always been our strategy, because it works. A big safe space for communists to come together is vital. But imo we should still keep going to where the masses are.

Not even the guts to sign with their own name. Afraid you might actually have to face real people if they find out who wrote this garbage? Hide behind your anonymity, coward, that’s all you can do.

BTW as someone with quite a lot of experience with kids, I can testify that the last thing children will get scared about is the colour of someone’s skin. It’s people’s hateful demeanor that scares the living shit out of kids.

It didn’t convert me to anarchism (I’m ML), but I still found this book a very interesting read when I read it a couple years ago. Recommended.

He asked me the other day what I was reading. Marx’s biography. So I asked him if he would like me to read a bit to him. Sure, he said. “Do you understand any of it?” I asked after a while. “Yes!” was his response. Not sure, though, but it’s never too early to start.

As to how my theory has shaped and is shaping my parenting, well, lots of ways. Don’t buy into the whole boy / girl thing, for one. Don’t let him get attached to branding, that sort of thing. Try to illuminate when something is just a marketing ploy, and not something he should fall for, although that’s kind of hard, with all the bright colours and stuff.

Oh, and these two messages I’m trying to subtly put in every chance I get: “rich people steal” and “ACAB”.

Same here. We adopted our son last October, but he turned 6 last week. We just had his birthday. My wife and I are really trying to reduce all the plastic toys he gets. Try to get family on our side. Not give him too much tv with Disney TM shit on, that kind of thing. Buy second hand as much as we can. But it’s like sailing in a storm. Everywhere you turn, there’s a new challenge to my ideal non-capitalist parenting.

“New”. The old one was working fine. No clue what happened there, eh?

And then you’re happy. Until your boss finds a cheaper replacement. Capitalism creates instability.

GETChan, THE youtube archive for worker’s songs from around the world.
Find your country and listen to worker's songs in your own language, wherever you are. Or put on a playlist and enjoy listening to your international comrades sing for hours on end. Workers of the world, unite in song!

https://librivox.org for audiobooks, both leftist and otherwise, read by volunteers. All audiobooks are in the public domain.

This is a great addition. I’m a new parent myself and it’s one of those things I’m eager to hear other leftists’ opinions on.

So glad with this community
Since I've become a father myself in October, this is the one topic I felt I couldn't share much about on other communities. Mainly because most leftists I meet there don't have children (yet). So I'm looking forward to hearing from other (new) parents and how you all try to be a leftist parent in a rotten capitalist world.