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I've seen people receive aggressive backlash for saying something like "this could have been me" about abusers, nazis and the like, and whenever that thought occurs to me I instinctively shut it down and I don't think that's always a good thing. Saying "this could have been me" does not excuse the behaviour, it does the very opposite. Because it affirms my freedom, it confirms that *I made a choice* not to become that person.

Talking about some serious shit 

In fact, the only way that you could say that not being a nazi is something you chose to do, is if it was possible for you to have been a nazi.

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Talking about some serious shit 

The left uses dehumanisation A LOT. We do, we shouldn't be shy about it. ACAB is exactly that, it's dehumanising. And that dehumanisation has its political uses, it's an extremely valuable tool. And if we want to live up to our ideals, we have to know when to turn it on and off. Because in order to understand how people come to do bad things, we have to see them as what they truly are: people, who choose to do what they do.

Talking about some serious shit 

A lot of people here and a lot of comrades in general have been very close to bad scenes and played with bad ideologies in the past, and I don't think that these histories are things we should shame our comrades into hiding. They are worth discussing, because they help us understand how the evil ideologies that permeate every aspect of our lives influence our behaviours and beliefs. And it's by understanding our enemy that we can destroy it.

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@garfiald i would 100% say i was a shitty person before a lot of things happened to change that
id like to think i wouldve found my way at some point but idk that for certain
my point is that you're right and i think a lot of times we dont acknowledge that people are shaped by the systems they engage with on a daily basis, theres not just bad ppl and good ppl

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@garfiald it's also important to keep in mind that while people arent always trying to do bad, they're 1) not entirely shaped by the systems and practices they engage with, and 2) even tho theyre just on the wrong side of shit we've still gotta fight against them if they won't work with us, if that makes sense

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@kity yeah, and a lot of people are genuinely just on the wrong side of things because they benefit from it

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wtf, kity?!

wtf, kity?!