General discussion

Kristallnacht and modern fascism

Considering politicians make commemoration of victims of fascism while they make fascist policy against immigrants, it is necessary to distance and make own comments. It is important to compare Nazi politics in Germany before and after Kristallnacht with modern, present situation for immigrants in Denmark and other countries. Mentioning my case is not complaining than I like to speak from personal experience instead to make blabla revolutionary theory, people are egocentric and they fight on the basis of personal problems with the government, not only on the basis of theory.

continuing conversation from bay area intifada

your point is a key point, le way

in heraclitus' philosophy, strife = justice; i.e. strife is the stuff in the flux that fuels transformation. indigenous anarchists understand this and thus everyone is like volunteer strife-fighters who take on the responsibility for relationally transforming so as to dissolve strife in harmony;

this is also the way of many indigenous peoples; for example the 'peacemaking circles' of restorative justice are about individual and collective accountability, ... to use strife as the fuel of relational transformation, as 'the way of nature';

continuing conversation from appeal to the young

‘Realism’ is ‘what we commonly speak’ because our language is built for it and when we are in ‘reasoning mode’ or 'scientific thinking mode', we are using ‘realism’.

But we don’t have to use language literally, nor communicate via ‘realism’. We can over-ride 'realism' with 'intuition'.

What is ambiguous is whether, when a person is communicating with language (as contrasted with signals and gestures), their message is ‘realist’ or whether it ‘pragmatist idealist’ (intuitionist).

continuing conversation from rojava dispatches

a 'state' exists only insofar as people believe in its existence. it is an intellectual abstraction. the states of 'The United States', 'Mexico', 'Canada' exist for people who put intellection into an unnatural precedence over the physical reality of natural experience. the same terrain is understood as unbounded relational space by winds, rivers, deer, birds and by stateless peoples.

There has been a change.

in the comments section...

It may not be noticed by many initially but we hope that "flat comments" will accomplish many things.

1) It'll fix the broken theme (where responses aren't in the right place in the threaded comments)
2) It'll end hierarchy! (not really but it will end threads)
3) It'll improve comment quality. This might seem overly optimistic but it will require references to other comments to have to cite sources which will be a change for sure.
4) It'll make short drive-by comments... different.

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listening to voices in dialogue open to living with differences is enjoyable (e.g. Aragorn and Bellamy’s podcast) but harder to make space for. it’s a bit like setting aside some quality time with your child, one has to give committed attention. tuning in to text based exchanges is more like being with the child while you are having a hamburger and watching baseball on the box. so, the podcasts are harder to get to than the text forums because of that (my appetite is greater than my availablity).

continuing conversation from voting and anarchists

voting is important

voting is important because it revives our dream of having our intentions prevail over the unfolding situation we find ourselves in.

in the physical reality of our actual, natural experience, 'situationism' is in an inherent precedence over 'intentionism'.

it is the great myth of Western civilization that we are all 'independent beings' and that 'sovereign states' are independent entities, and that we all reside, operate and interact in a space that is independent of the inhabitants that reside, operate and interact within it.

continuing conversation from five reasons anarchists make great friends

Brittany says
“1. Anarchists are each really unique because we highly value sovereignty and individuality.”

“valuing ‘sovereignty’ and ‘individuality’ does not lead to a unique category of people. different people have very different understandings of ‘sovereignty and individuality’;

History Books?

My understanding of history (outside of the USA) is shit. Lately, I've really wanted to learn more; so, what are some of your favorite (non-US) history books, authors, narrative styles? I'm particularly interested in the developments that lead to contemporary transnational power dynamics. I wasn't ready to dive too deeply into this when it was a more popular anarchist discussion (anti-globe era) - so good analysis from that time-period wouldn't be redundant for me.

Thanks <3

OH! And if you have any documentary video or any audio recommendations, plzzzzzz share