Rolling my eyes to the sun at able-bodied people with cars doubling down on Jacobin "using gig worker services is lazy millennial decadence, abolish those services" conscious consumerism nonsense.
"Oh, you need groceries? Use a a limo service, bourgeois scum!"

The reality is that any non-luxury urban taxi service is going to be a ghost of it once was, and what they once were wasn't that great.

There aren't really cabs to hail anymore, & even before Lyft and Uber there was maybe a 70% chance a cab ever showed up if you call a service.
If you're a working person trying to get to a job outside public transit routes (which have been reduced, cut, and even canceled in my city during the pandemic), those aren't odds you can afford to take.

Showing up on time only 70% of the time = getting fired.
And again, if you're disabled, grocery delivery is a lifesaver.

What services are available vary greatly store to store, and a lot of stores that used to offer delivery stopped long ago.

If you're in a food desert, there's a good chance you're out of delivery range.
I'm very, very tired of these smug white dude urbanist socialists who think they've discovered some magical utopian consumerism that the rest of us are just not worker justice-y enough to climb on to.
Like, your urban experience of being able to hop on a bike to get to work or a local grocery store is not accessible to everyone, actually.

Not to people tasked with caring with kids (disproportionately women, btw).

Not to people who don't *have* local grocery stores.
Not to people who commute to wealthier car-based suburbs to work domestic labor jobs (disproportionately women of color, btw).

Not to people who don't have facilities at their worksite to get cleaned up after a sweaty summer bike ride.
And especially not to people with mobility issues.

I'm *very* done with the way this sort of discourse acts like disabled people are magical rare unicorns that folks who practice intersectionality invented.

Disability is... not rare.
I just spent three months trapped on a couch in agony with a slipped disc, because pregnancy turned my joints to jello.

It's doing the same thing to my hip right now; it's painful to walk the length of my apartment, much less make a trip to a grocery store.
Underlying all of this Jacobin-style smugness is the misguided belief that conscious consumerism is an effective way to affect structural economic change, which...

Lololololol, nope.

That is some corporate bullshit I thought we got over during the 2000's greenwashing era.
Conscious consumerism is just lifestyle branding.

Unless your consumer choices are part of an organized direct action to pressure a *specific* target (a boycott of a specific company, refusing to cross a picket line), it feels good but doesn't do much else.
It also decenters the people who *should* be leading the fight, workers doing actual organizing.

Speaking as someone who did labor organizing for a decade, it is VANISHINGLY rare for workers to support calls to simply abolish the industry that they depend on for income.
When armchair socialists appoint themselves callers of casual industry-wide boycotts, it undermines the ability of the actual workers to use targetted boycotts as an escalation tactic to call attention to a specific employer and pressure them into a specific campaign goal.
The gig economy is a shitty anti-worker development that needs to be transformed out of existence.

That transformation will only ever come through community-supported direct action led by the workers themselves, though.
Shitty privileged lifestylism isn't community support of worker action.

It's just unhelpful performance that centers the people farthest from the struggle and encourages those with a plethora options to look down on those whose options are limited through no choice of their own.
If you want to support gig workers, amplify *their* voices and promote *their* campaign calls instead of using their exploitation as a platform to launch shitty hot takes about what a little socialist savior you are for having a brick/mortar Whole Foods down the street from you.
And maybe just like... read a book on how organizing works.

I mean, really.

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10 Jun

And frankly, the idea that wage work in and of itself is somehow now the conscious consumerism ideal for Jacobin socialists is pretty depressing, too.

Like, gig work sucks but non-union wage work (or struggling to pay off a taxi medallion) isn't exactly the good life.
And caught up in all this there's also a pretty fundamental failure to understand why some folks choose gig work over wage work.

Structured wage work can feel just as or more oppressive if you need flexibility to tend to medical or childcare needs, for example.
Or like, I took taxis over rideshares for a long time, and *so* many drivers would say they were already planning to switch to Uber/Lyft despite the liability issues, because medallion payments meant they were breaking even at best doing taxi service.
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10 Jun
Also just in general, "[industry x] is bad to workers, so we should try and starve [industry x] out of existence so those jobs don't exist anymore" is not actually a pro-worker stance
I just get such Walmart deja vu.

Like, we'd do campaign work with workers to unionize Walmart all the time back when I was at JwJ, but the call was never "eliminate Walmart," because the whole point was to turn the bad jobs into good jobs, not turn the workers unemployed.
In a liberatory utopia, none of these shit corporations and their shit labor practices would exist, and no one would depend on their services because better and free services would exist.

But that world does not exist and cosplaying that it does won't consume it into existence.
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7 Jun
I have such complicated feelings about this question.

It was only a few months ago that I was seriously discussing w my family what would happen if Trump won & Barr accelerated "counterterrorism" efforts against antifascists.

Like, "what if I get pregnant, then jailed" talks.
Biden ran on the restoration of "normality," and with the lack of Trumpian drama and pandemic restrictions easing I think it's very easy to get lulled into a sense that the fascism of the Trump years was an aberration and is now over.
That's a very soothing and tempting illusion, and it's very easy to will ourselves to forget that "normal" is what set the stage for a very genuine and deep shift to fascism by large swaths of this country.

And they didn't just stop being fascist when Trump lost.
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3 Jun
Andy Ngo helps Nazis target researchers and journalists.

Since I ended up on the Ngo-inspired "Media Sundown" list, I've had Nazis show up to my home, threaten my parents, photoshop me with meathooks in my head, and publicly plot my assassination.

He knows what he's doing.
He's an expert propagandist and he's trying to turn a skinned knee he got running from a group of activists he was trying to infiltrate and doxx into "proof" of his journalistic martyrdom.

Yeah, no.
Ngo is not a journalist, and he is certainly not a martyr for journalist safety.

Again, he is deeply complicit in trying to get journalists KILLED.

Not embarrassed with a milkshake or smarting from a skinned knee.

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3 Jun
Imagine being this self-righteous about defending Andy Ngo's bullshit in the name of "journalism" while self-admittedly knowing nothing about the Sundown the Media kill lists
Some of us have had to deal with actual Nazis coming to our homes and threatening to kill our families.

Some of us have actually had to flee our homes and go into hiding.

Some of us more than once.
Andy didn't personally write the list, but he sure as fuck did the footwork of making sure that some of the most dangerous people in this country knew where we live and what we look like.
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3 Jun
Never pursue a job with a nonprofit that thinks it's okay to make you create work product for free as a part of the interview process
I did this bullshit for a couple of different job "opportunities" with a couple organizations back a few years ago, when I was trying to transition to national organizing work.
I was getting interviews with fancier orgs at the time.

The ones that made me create content as an application pre-req, though?

Never moved past that step one of "do work for us for free."
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