I started a libertarian-communist YouTube channel. Here's my first video! (EDIT: More videos being posted as they come)

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I started a libertarian-communist YouTube channel. Here's my first video! (EDIT: More videos being posted as they come)

Edited for Update:

Originally this thread was to share my first video, but rather than start new threads to share future videos, I will stick to this one so I don't take up too much forum space.
You can find all my videos here https://www.youtube.com/c/LuckyBlackCat

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Comrades! I hope you will check out my first ever video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FCW7EzlIZk0

Politically it’s appealing to those of us here on libcom, but even putting that aside, it’s something you can watch for entertainment. (My friends told me it made them laugh several times.)

I use Game of Thrones as an analogy, but even if you’ve never watched an episode, that’s fine, it will still make perfect sense to you.

The video is designed to appeal to a mass audience, so I use language with mass appeal, focusing on widely held values like equality. From a politically pure perspective, this sacrifices accuracy and precision, but in future videos I plan to approach the topic of communism with more rigor.

This is the type of video you can share with your liberal or non-political friends, because it’s fun, down to Earth, and won’t make anyone feel preached at.

Enjoy! grin

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Jun 3 2019 19:19

I've never seen game of thrones but it's a hot topic in the work canteen. I'll definitely pass on your video link.

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Jun 3 2019 19:38

Oh, hellz yeah! That's awesome, Pi. My heart swells with appreciation. grin

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Jun 3 2019 19:47

Good luck with it!

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Jun 3 2019 20:35

Thank you, R Totale! I will certainly need it!

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Jun 3 2019 23:40

I really enjoyed watching it LBC, I've past it on to some friends to see what they think.

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Jun 4 2019 16:34

I wish I could watch it, but holy crap with the GoT spoilers! My wife and I haven't been able to watch the latest season yet and I had to close YouTube in a panic. Video seems fun though, so I'll be sure to watch it once I've watched the show.

And maybe throw a spoiler tag on there for unwitting viewers!

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Jun 4 2019 16:51

Over 1000 views and 100 subs in less than 48 hours! Thanks to anyone that has liked/subbed/shared. 10,000 views within 10 days of release is what I’m hoping for. Well, I guess I should try being optimistic for once.

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Jun 4 2019 17:25
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I wish I could watch it, but holy crap with the GoT spoilers! My wife and I haven't been able to watch the latest season yet and I had to close YouTube in a panic. Video seems fun though, so I'll be sure to watch it once I've watched the show.

And maybe throw a spoiler tag on there for unwitting viewers!

It's the reason I panicked close the video immediately as well...

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Jun 4 2019 18:44
Reddebrek wrote:
I really enjoyed watching it LBC, I've past it on to some friends to see what they think.

That's awesome! I really appreciate that so much. grin Let me know what they think, even if it's negative!

An Affirming Flame wrote:
I wish I could watch it, but holy crap with the GoT spoilers! My wife and I haven't been able to watch the latest season yet and I had to close YouTube in a panic. Video seems fun though, so I'll be sure to watch it once I've watched the show.

And maybe throw a spoiler tag on there for unwitting viewers!

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I wish I could watch it, but holy crap with the GoT spoilers! My wife and I haven't been able to watch the latest season yet and I had to close YouTube in a panic. Video seems fun though, so I'll be sure to watch it once I've watched the show.

And maybe throw a spoiler tag on there for unwitting viewers!

It's the reason I panicked close the video immediately as well...

OMG, I'm TRULY sorry!!! I hope you both managed to close it before getting spoilers??!

Noah Fence wrote:
Over 1000 views and 100 subs in less than 48 hours! Thanks to anyone that has liked/subbed/shared. 10,000 views within 10 days of release is what I’m hoping for. Well, I guess I should try being optimistic for once.

Aw shucks! Thanks for your enthusiastic support.

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Jun 4 2019 19:11
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OMG, I'm TRULY sorry!!! I hope you both managed to close it before getting spoilers??!

No worries, something was spoiled for me but minor compared to what else has been spoiled for me on the GoT-spoiler minefield that is the internet for me these days. My fault for still haven't watched anything but the first episode.

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Jun 5 2019 08:37

Nice video LBC.

Here's a non-specific spoiler for those who haven't finished GoT yet, it's fucking awful and once you've watched it you'll wished you'd listened to me when I said don't bother. Pretend the show was cancelled after season 4 and hope GRRM lives long enough to finish the books.

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Jun 5 2019 17:08

I don’t do Twitter but could someone plug the LBC channel on there please?

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Jun 5 2019 19:19
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OMG, I'm TRULY sorry!!! I hope you both managed to close it before getting spoilers??!

No worries, something was spoiled for me but minor compared to what else has been spoiled for me on the GoT-spoiler minefield that is the internet for me these days. My fault for still haven't watched anything but the first episode.

Well, glad it wasn't so bad. I had spoilers for most seasons and it really upset me! Lol, it's like you can't even go on the internet without getting a GOT spoiler.

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Nice video LBC.

Here's a non-specific spoiler for those who haven't finished GoT yet, it's fucking awful and once you've watched it you'll wished you'd listened to me when I said don't bother. Pretend the show was cancelled after season 4 and hope GRRM lives long enough to finish the books.

Thank you, Bastarx! The quality of the show did, IMO, decline in later seasons. It went from being tied for my favorite show to being a show that I still like but not nearly as much. It still had really great moments, but also moments so bad that you really had to wonder what the writers were smoking, or if they were just trolling. And on the whole I started to feel less connected to the characters, though I'm not sure how much of that is due to writing and how much is due to just having SO many characters that there's not enough time to really forge that connection or show their complexity and development. Oh well.

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Jun 5 2019 21:00

I thought it was good, but the Game of Thrones thing didn't really grab me. The idea was good, maybe be a little more direct, it felt like it took a while to get going, I probably would have switched over if I hadn't wanted to be helpful, but I don't really feel like I'm offering any useful feedback.

Good luck with the channel, let us know when there are more videos.

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Jun 6 2019 04:54

I liked this lol-it was different and humorous and didn’t overload with facts and verbiage.Its facts were telling and the comrade was excellent!

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Jun 21 2019 20:56

Been a while since I've stopped by libcom so I'm only seeing these replies now.

Jef Costello, I know what you mean about taking a little while to get going. I had to explain the GOT stuff so that the "breaking the wheel" analogy would make sense to people not familiar with GOT. Of course the downside of that is that the beginning drags a bit. It's good feedback for me to keep in mind in the future.

Freemind, I'm really glad you liked it! Thanks, comrade.

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Jun 22 2019 07:49

Lucky Black Cat
Videos like yours are a good and effective medium for our ideas so persevere with it.
People who don’t read books tend towards and are more receptive to visual projects IMO.Anarchist/Libertarian Communist propaganda eg Leaflets are vague and tend to alienate ordinary people so introductions are crucial and the main points stressed have to leave the viewer/reader with a thought or inquisitive or even empowered.That came across in your video

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Jun 22 2019 09:44

I just got round to watching this. It's really good. Okay I didn't get all the Game of Thrones stuff as I've never seen it, but lots of people will and it's all pretty self-explanatory. I really liked how each concept builds up step by step. Engagingly presented too. Well done.

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Jun 22 2019 20:30
Serge Forward wrote:
I just got round to watching this. It's really good. Okay I didn't get all the Game of Thrones stuff as I've never seen it, but lots of people will and it's all pretty self-explanatory. I really liked how each concept builds up step by step. Engagingly presented too. Well done.

It’s funny you should say this today - I was chatting with LBC earlier discussing the video and we agreed that it wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea. I’m not sure why but I felt that you probably wouldn’t like it and said as much. LBC said that she thought you would like it as you have a good sense of humour(a point I conceded).
Then a couple of hours later I log on and see your post!
Anyways, I was wrong so bollocks to me and I’m glad that you do like it!

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Jun 22 2019 21:04

Well it's not exactly my style of humour but that's no mither as I realise it will appeal to plenty of others new to these ideas. That's what's important I reckon. Anyway, quite a bit I did find funny.

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Jun 25 2019 06:49

And won’t make anyone feel preached at.

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Jun 27 2019 08:58

Hey, Serge! Glad to get your vote of confidence. I'd say about half the humor was inside jokes for GOT fans, so I'm glad you still managed to find some of it funny, even if not your style overall. As Noah Fence mentioned, I'm an admirer of your sense of humor. In many old threads you've given me a laugh, as have a number of other libcom posters. (Even though the forums are kinda quiet these days, libcom was once a place where one could come to have a good laugh!)

Freemind -- I know what you mean. I've done quite a lot of reading over the years, but I'm not someone who naturally takes to books. I read them because I care about the info they hold, but I find the experience quite distasteful, LOL. When I first started getting into politics, I often felt confused by the jargon, and as you say, alienated. Experiences like that can easily push people away. I think youtube videos are a great medium to get these ideas across in a way that someone who's not a Seasoned Veteran Of The Left will find accessible and engaging.

Motkvin -- Yes, that tends to push people away. I know from experience (being on both sides, the preached at and the preacher).

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Jun 27 2019 18:51

So I finished watching the last season of GoT last night and then immediately watched your video afterwards, haha.

I thought it was great! Using Sam's comments as a hook to have the viewer imagine a world we would laugh at in turn was a very clever idea. Nice use of editing to keep the presentation moving. A lot of "person talking to a camera" videos become snore-fests because the creator doesn't edit out all their pauses and rambling. You kept it pretty tight for a somewhat long video.

Keep making more please!

(Also, I thought the final season was fantastic. Really don't see what a lot of people are griping about.)

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Jul 2 2019 07:40

Hello, Affirming Flame. I just realized I like your username, btw. An Affirming Flame! It feels like the spirit of inspiration and inner strength.

I'm happy you like the video. Making videos is a lot of work and a big pain in the ass (I say this as I'm in the middle of the ass-pain of making a second video), so knowing that the results have been positive is comforting.

As for season 8, I have mixed feelings about it. There were parts of it I thought were fantastic, and other parts I thought were badly done. I also feel the same way about the later seasons in general. I wish D&D would have kept it going another couple seasons so that the storytelling and character development could have been given the time needed to do it justice. I'm glad you thought it was fantastic, though, and wish I could have the pleasure of feeling so unambiguously the same.

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Jul 2 2019 21:42

Glad to hear you're working on the next one, good luck!

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Jul 2 2019 22:56

Hi Lucky Black Cat, glad you like the username. I draw the same feelings from it. It's from the last line of a favorite poem of mine, "September 1st, 1939" by WH Auden, composed at the outbreak of World War II. (Can be found here)

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May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.

Anyway, I can tell a lot of work went into it the video. Happy to hear you're still willing to make more content!

And yeah, I can definitely see what you mean about season 8. I went into it already expecting everything to be wrapped up very quickly and concisely and just kind of accepted that. So I was satisfied and entertained given that reality. But yeah, I think it definitely could have been better if they had another season or two...or if they hadn't faffed about so much in earlier seasons and gotten to the main confrontations quicker, haha. Say, first battle with the Night King at end of season 6 and still ending the show with a six episode season 8.

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Jef Costello - Thanks, comrade! I will certainly need the luck, lol.

An Affirming Flame - Wow, that poem! Makes me appreciate your username even more.

WeirdoQuierdo907 - Yay!

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Jul 20 2019 07:08

Hey everyone, after many trials and tribulations, I finally finished the latest video. A response to the debate on socialism between YouTuber Destiny and author/professor Ben Burgis. Topics covered:

1. Are capitalists immoral?
2. Can socialism overcome incentives to destroy the environment?
3. Will widespread ignorance continue in socialism?
4. Can socialism provide a strong, thriving economy?
Also: Marx gets a makeover! (In the literal, not revisionist sense!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyepf912aIg

Have a good day, everyone. I hope you're all well.

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Jul 20 2019 06:59

I should mention: I call myself socialist in this video, while in the last one I call myself a libertarian-communist. Let me explain why.

1. Ben, who was defending the socialist position in their debate, said socialism would have a private sector of competing workers co-ops. I don't think this qualifies as socialism, and so I wanted to correct what I view as a mischaracterization of socialism. This is more effective if I do so as a socialist.

2. I’d argue that communism falls under the wider umbrella of socialism (an economic system with socially owned means of production).

3. I try not to get hung up on labels, and am comfortable calling myself a libertarian-communist, libertarian-socialist, anarchist, communist, socialist, and perhaps other terms, too! (I’m thinking of sticking with the term libertarian-socialist since many people have very negative misunderstandings of communism, and I don’t want to scare people off before they hear what I have to say.)