What is WayOfTheBern?
WayOfTheBern is not a Bernie Sanders sub but it strives to emulate his WAY of building coalitions with political opponents on
those issues where agreement can be found.
We don't see politics along a Left/Right divide; we see it along a Top/Bottom divide, and it is especially on issues of economic justice where people from across the political spectrum can meet and engage.
Many of us are newly awakened and angry at what we see.
Hopefully this is a place to channel that anger, to vent those
frustrations, to laugh at the absurdities and cry at the inhumanity, and in the process find ways to expose those in positions of authority who have long since forgotten who they serve, and replace them with those who understand they derive their just powers from the consent of the governed.
But a caveat is needed, it's the only way to keep chaos from reigning in this environment of Freedom to Express Opinions Others Don't Like: users don't get to be assholes about it (see Rules below).
Trolls: There's nothing more terrifying to the ruling elite than the prospect of working class people of all political stripes joining forces over their shared grievances. So periodic invasions and brigades by their paid shills and bots and corporate party True Believers™️ comes with the territory. Don't Feed the Trolls is still the best advice but the mods can't always resist the catnip appeal of pinning a troll post.
Bans: We rarely ban but we do have an arsenal of tools we don't hesitate to use to put a leash on bad faith actors who come here just to disrupt and distract.
We don't like rules. Shocking, I know.
But we need one, so here's the one rule:
“That which you hate, do not do to your neighbor."
Aka "The Golden Rule," "Play Nice," "DBAD," and "Be excellent to one another!" If you have trouble with this, no length of rules will have any greater effect.
(Graffiti and sharp objects are removed at the discretion of whichever mod or user is trying to help you understand our one rule.)
Guidelines, requests, and suggestions:
Agreement is not a goal; Civil engagement is.
Unity is not a goal; Tolerance of others is.
Conformity is not a goal; Enlightened debate is.
Many of us are newly awakened and angry at what we see. Hopefully this is a place to channel that anger, to vent those frustrations, to laugh at the absurdities and cry at the inhumanity, and in the process find ways to expose those in positions of authority who have long since forgotten who they serve, and replace them with those who do.
Actual shilling template
Background reading for newbies
You're not in Kansas anymore
Yes, trolls add value to a community - The life and times of the Turtle Tax
Understanding the problem
Money and influence in a "representative democracy"
s/Election integrity || Links from r/Election Integrity
Refusing to play a rigged game
Information, analysis & activism
Economic issues & trends
Misinformation™️ and groupthink
Silencing "Misinformation": Lack of consensus kills compliance
The enemies within rhetoric: "othering" citizens to demonize
The War on Disinformation
Ukraine, links | Ukraine's Nazi problem
Umberto Eco - Eternal Fascism: Fourteen Ways of Looking at a
That Day CTR Tried To Bribe Us
Tools, hacks and alternatives
Making An Archive Link
Search engine alternatives
Tech convos, some links
WOTB Meta / Archive
WOTB AMA Master List
WotB archives of noteworthy posts
Friday Night Dance Party!