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/pol/ going INSANE: im seeing memes like this pop up all over the place, what the fuck

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/pol/ going INSANE: Have you guys seen whats happening over on /pol/ on 4chan?

The sheer amount of bernie support threads shit going on in INSANE. What the literal fuck is going on?

nu/pol/ is blaming it on Getchan and leftover yang gangers, tru/pol/ is blaming it on us

SocDem and DemSoc.

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The new /leftyweebpol/.

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Let me tell you: Osaka's life before transferring was crazy as fuck.

Tech for the people!

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Tech Industry PMC:
In what has proven prophetic for the politics of Silicon Valley, the demise of labor in the United States happened to coincide with the rise of the tech industry. Nationally, the United States experienced a growth in union membership in the early 20th century, peaking in the mid 1950s. Yet during the 1960s and 1970s, as manufacturing industries in the United States fled overseas, labor unionization rates began to dwindle. When Reagan’s anti-labor administration came to power, unions were suddenly no longer in vogue. It was precisely during this time that Silicon Valley’s star began to rise.

In terms of the white-collar employees of Silicon Valley, the lack of labor unions is perhaps to be expected to some extent. Because their wages are comparatively higher, white collar professionals are historically less likely to see themselves as part of an oppressed class of laborers whose work makes money for wealthy CEOs and investors – even if this is technically true. John and Barbara Ehrenreich, social critics and essayists who have written extensively about the state of labor in the United States, coined the term "professional-managerial class" to describe the class of employees who, though performing the same kind of wage-labor, feel a kinship with the rich owners, bosses and managers rather with than the blue-collar class more likely to be performing manual labor. "Historically, the [Professional-Managerial Class] have designed and managed capital’s systems of social control, oftentimes treating working-class people with a mixture of paternalism and hostility," they write. This may account partly for Silicon Valley’s class-blindness.

https://www.salon.com/2018/11/23/why-so-many-tech-workers-worship-their-ceos/

Has anyone read the book that this article is based on? how is it?

nihilistic technofetishists

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Ursula K Le Guin: What does leftypol think of Le Guin?

She was an anarchist and a science fiction writer who was extremely influential in the 1960s and beyond.
[Le Guin] was an American author best known for her works of speculative fiction, including science fiction works set in her Hainish universe, and the Earthsea fantasy series. She was first published in 1959, and her literary career spanned nearly sixty years, yielding more than twenty novels and over a hundred short stories, in addition to poetry, literary criticism, translations, and children's books. Frequently described as an author of science fiction, Le Guin has also been called a "major voice in American Letters" and herself said she would prefer to be known as an "American novelist".

nihilistic technofetishists

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Burning Chrome (W. Gibson):
The inducer‘s light is burning now. Parker lies in darkness, recalling the thousand fragments of the hologram rose. A hologram has this quality: Recovered and illuminated, each fragment will reveal the whole image of the rose. Falling toward delta, he sees himself the rose, each of his scattered fragments revealing a whole he‘ll never know – stolen credit cards – a burned out suburb – planetary conjunctions of a stranger – a tank burning on a highway – a flat packet of drugs – a switchblade honed on concrete, thin as pain. Thinking: We‘re each other‘s fragments, and was it always this way?


William Gibson, "Fragments of a Hologram Rose"

nihilistic technofetishists

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Burning Chrome (W. Gibson): Burning Chrome (1986) is a collection of short stories written by William Gibson. Most of the stories take place in Gibson's Sprawl, a shared setting for most of his cyberpunk work. Many of the ideas and themes explored in the short stories were later revisited in Gibson's popular Sprawl trilogy.

Burning Chrome includes:

"Johnny Mnemonic"
"The Gernsback Continuum"
"Fragments of a Hologram Rose"
"The Belonging Kind," with John Shirley
"Hinterlands"
"Red Star, Winter Orbit," with Bruce Sterling
"New Rose Hotel"
"The Winter Market"
"Dogfight," with Michael Swanwick
"Burning Chrome"

AUDIOBOOK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOkNme6WRSA

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