Text: "A decentralized society of directly-democratic and egalitarian communities – that’s the type of world I want to fight for, even if it’s a thousand years away from becoming our reality." -- Christopher Scott Thompson. "My Anarchist Life" https://abeautifulresistance.org/site/2021/4/14/my-anarchist-life
"In my experience, violence never happens at a protest unless the riot police want it to." -- Christopher Scott Thompson "My Anarchist Life" https://abeautifulresistance.org/site/2021/4/14/my-anarchist-life
Apparently some of us are now famous: http://ncri.io/wp-content/uploads/NCRI-White-Paper-Network-Enabled-Anarchy-14-Sept-1049am.pdf
The part the catches most people is "No Bosses" means you don't get to boss other people around either. You have to respect everyone's autonomy. In a society where we're taught it's every person for themselves and success is measured by how much power one has over others this can be a deal breaker for many people.
Anarchism in a nutshell:
No Bosses ... help people ... don't be a dick ... don't wait for someone else to do something, just do it yourself, and try to get others to do it with you.
Not all praxis has to be grand gestures, marches, or demonstrations, sometimes it's just giving somebody a cup of coffee.
There's no excuse for treating anyone as "less than" on the basis of race, ethnicity, or gender. People are not products to be consumed and exploited. Regardless of if those women were sex-workers or not, they had every right to life. No different than the rights allotted to a cis white man. This attack was the result of white supremacy pure and simple. He wasn't "Having a bad day," he wasn't "mentally ill," the shooter was a misogynistic white supremacist, end of fucking story.
Ok, so a racist asshole who fetishized Asian women went on a killing spree. There's a lot of fetishization of Asian culture in the US (more Eastern Asian than Middle Eastern these days), and it's problematic as fuck. Yes, personally I practice Tai Chi and used to do Tae Kwon Do. Alone, these are fine things, but we have to be wary of the line between appreciation and fetishization. When Asian people and culture become nothing more than a thing to be consumed you've crossed that line.
When you talk about living without rulers, people always bring up "Lord of the Flies" and "The Tragedy of the Commons" as if these were real events that actually happened. THEY WEREN'T! "Lord of the Flies" is a fictional novel written by a guy who was a teacher at an English boarding school. "The Tragedy of the Commons" was a thought experiment by an American economist who later admitted it was wrong.
Quit trying to justify your own selfishness and realize shit ain't just about you. /rant
Image: Bunty from Disenchantment with glowing eyes
Text: "We have always lived in slums and holes in the wall. We will know how to accommodate ourselves for a while. For you must not forget that we can also build. It is we who built these palaces and cities, here in [Dreamland] and [Steamland] and everywhere. We, the workers. We can build others to take their place. And better ones. We are not in the least afraid of ruins."
I'm a father, grandfather, veteran, and an anarchist. Do with that what you will.
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