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"It’s strange, isn’t it? The ideology of capitalism is that it is a system that generates immense abundance (so much stuff!). But in reality it is a system that relies on the constant production of scarcity.

This conundrum was first noticed back in 1804, and became known as the Lauderdale Paradox. Lauderdale pointed out that the only way to increase “private riches” (basically, GDP) was to reduce what he called “public wealth”, or the commons. To enclose things that were once free so that people have to pay in order to access them. To illustrate, he noted that colonialists would often even burn down trees that produced nuts and fruits so that local inhabitants wouldn’t be able to live off of the natural abundance of the earth, but would be forced to work for wages in order to feed themselves. "

Degrowth: A Call for Radical Abundance

Guardare come il Partito Pirata si stia facendo mangiare dal Partito Radicale mi deprime profondamente.

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@codewiz @lightweight

Ads are far more than annoying. Name any ill in our modern world that wasn't an issue thousands of years ago, and I can probably tie it to *dependency* on advertising (especially when you consider that political campaigns are driven by ads).

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"you can't just give people homes for free"

actually you can and it turns out to be a cheaper alternative for cities and communities than having a homeless population

"but no one wants to have to pay for all this"

its literally cheaper and benefits everyone in the community


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@Shamar I think that we share the same vision, in my opinion the only way to change things is to start from local nodes, work together with the community and educate people so that we get control of technology, never forgetting our values and the society we are walking towards.

We need to learn to discuss and work with people that don't agree with us, find common land. Diversity is key to advance and it's the weakest point of political parties.

What you describe is the way to go.

A tutti coloro che masticano di informatica e parlano italiano: vi piacerebbe un Partito Politico come questo?


I'd like your opinion on this (long, sorry) Italian text:

It's my proposal for a new identity of the Italian Pirate Party.

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Come il neoliberismo ha reinventato la democrazia - Tracciando un parallelismo tra scelta di mercato e urna elettorale, i neoliberisti hanno sostituito il cittadino con il consumatore, sostituendo l'economia alla politica. Un modello che ha colonizzato anche il linguaggio della sinistra liberale

Thare's something mind blowing when you talk about the similarities and differences between and over the .

Thanks @abs! 😉

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Actually guys, I'd really like your take on this topic.

@enkiv2 @aral @natecull @bob

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@Shamar That bugtracker does seem to increasingly rule the web.

But even giving Google the benefit of the doubt here, I do not think it's appropriate to say "that bug should be filed elsewhere" without specifying where that elsewhere is. While I understand why devs might say that, it is actively hostile.

Unfortunately those channels seem to be closing off more than they already were, I have less hope of getting heard at WHATWG than I do at W3C.

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"Thing is, web developers don’t believe in performance. They say they do, but in reality, they don’t. What they believe in is hype."

A bit harsh, but I can't disagree.

Also: "Think about it: web, in general, failed to be fast, so Google invents a parallel web where they simply don’t let you use JavaScript."

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@Shamar Fantastic article! Congratulations!

We need to stop thinking technology is neutral and that we as engineers are not doing politics.


Mi ricordi gli altri collettivi che Bida ha aiutato a metter su server fediverse?

Vorrei citarli qui: (se ti fa piacere puoi farlo tu stesso, l'iscrizione al forum non comporta l'iscrizione al partito)

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Una bella intervista all'avvocato Carlo Piana del Partito Pirata, che ho conosciuto anni fa per la sua collaborazione con la #FSFE e con l'#OSI.

Per chi fosse curioso di sentire un avvocato in gambissima, attivista del software libero con diversi successi istitituzionali alle spalle parlare a Porta A Porta (!!!), stasera dalle 23.30 su una qualche Rai che non so, Marco Ciurcina parlerà del Partito Pirata per cui si presenta alle Europee.

Lui, Maria Chiara Pievatolo (prof. di Filosofia dell'Informazione) e Carlo Piana (altro avvocato che collabora spesso con FSFE e OSI) sono i candidati che voterò domenica 26.

Tendete un orecchio stasera.
Non ci vorrà molto.

Ma questi 3 in UE valgono un PD intero con tutte le comparse.

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QOTO Mastodon

Welcome to the QOTO instance

QOTO: Question Others, Teach Others

A Mastodon instance for scholars in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and all yearning to learn.

A free speech space. No censorship here.
We do not silence or block any instances.

Unique Features
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  • light modern theme with full width columns (not fixed)
  • Several extra themes - including mastodon default and mastodon default with full width columns (not fixed)

Message to New Members

Welcome to the Qoto Mastodon instance, its like twitter but better!

Please don't hesitate to Direct Message me or tag me in Toots (what we call tweets here) if you have any questions or even if you just want to chat.

If you are new to Mastodon you may want to check out this official getting started guide:

We are a free speech, no censorship zone. Feel free to talk about whatever you want, say whatever you want, as long as it is legal you wont ever get banned from the server. With that said we do have a few rules: No spam, and no using multiple accounts to circumvent personal bans.

This server isnt a typical mastodon server either. I have personally modified the code on this server to give it several unique features you wont find on other servers.

If you are new to Mastodon here is some useful info.

First off, if your coming from Twitter and you'd prefer an interface that looks exactly like twitter, then just go here and login with your Qoto credential: No need to create an account there, your account on this server will work just fine. Just enter your username in the following format @[username] so for me it would be @freemo But personally I think our default skin here is way better.

Basically Mastodon is a decentralized twitter. That means anyone can run a server (like Qoto) that people can sign up to and use just like twitter. The unique part is how the servers talk to each other.

If you want to tag someone on the same server as you then you can just do @user however if you want to specify someone on a different server you can do @user@server. If someone follows you or mentions you on any server on the internet you'll get notified right here. So my full tag is

So now a bit about the timelines, there are three (unlike twitter there is just one): Home, Local, Federated.

The Home timeline is just like what you'd expect on twitter, that is, everyone you are following.

The local timeline is any post made by anyone on your local server.

The federated timeline is what is cool. It combines the timeline of everyone on the server into one. This way you can see the posts of everyone that is followed by anyone on the server (assuming the post is public). So this timeline is a close representation of everyone on the internet who has Mastadon (though not really). Moreover we have a bot here that goes around and federates with everyone it can find, so our Federated Feed is rather robust covering thousands of instances.

Only other thing that is unique is listed vs unlisted posts. You have normal privacy settings like on twitter but you also can set a post to be listed or unlisted. If it is listed it acts just as i described. If it is unlisted then it acts just as a normal tweet would but it doesnt show up on local or federated timelines anywhere.

Also this goes without saying, but don't be racist, sexist, hateful, and don't harass people. Its a pretty shitty thing to do, don't be shitty!

The following is the list of QOTO administrators/moderators.
Note: The account listed as the administrator is NOT an actively monitored account. It was selected so as not to show favoritism among our moderator group, we are a democracy and even our administrators and moderators are held to the same high standards of decency as the rest of the community.

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