"Shit is Fucked, What Can We Do? : Mutual Aid Projects"
found this video very inspiring, especially the underlying ethos of "government/corporations are hostile and/or irrelevant, they're not gonna help us, we have to help each other"
What is mutual aid, but the foundation of a functional society? Why wait around for our dysfunctional society to collapse when we can start building new, functional ones, locally, ground-up, inside it, right now?
I'd think of it as more like: work to improve things orthogonally to the machinery of the state. Work inside or outside its systems, strategically, on a case-by-case basis.
kind of like the Sunrise Movement's idea of "No permanent friends, no permanent enemies": https://www.sunrisemovement.org/political-engagement/
"the government isn't gonna help us, government is the problem, we must be self-sufficient" sounds very Libertarian when i put it that way. But I never heard a libertarian say "Therefore, let's build an aid network for people getting out of prison" it was always abstract purity debates (and defending no-taxes-for-billionaires). So I gave up on libertarians.
I'm not looking at this as a live political issue (too far away from my life). I'm trying to compare with present and historical cases of weakening of central authority and creation of parallel societies.
@nindokag There is also the real issue of whether the material failing is not just a matter of neglect but intentional harm.
In those cases, if the network is too successful, the government seeks to destroy it just as much as secession (see: Black Panthers' food program, the airbombing of Tulsa, the multiple expulsions of Chinese or Mexicans).
Not that I don't think mutual aid networks aren't a GREAT step, just they are really only a half step from being targeted as well.
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