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Dec 17 2012 08:05
Tom de Cleyre wrote:
Hello,

I have heard about Libcom for years, of how terrible it is, of how awesome it is... I've seen people more upset about what happened "on libcom" than about anything life under capitalism ever did to them, so I got curious.

Although I'm already confused and intimidated by the supposedly "friendly" section, so I am not sure how long this experiment will be.

Friendly section?

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Dec 17 2012 10:40

As in, this supposedly newbie-friendly sub-forum. Am I already mistaken? It said "Try and keep complex crap, in-jokes, flames and arguments off this thread and lets let newcomers feel at home smile" on the door...

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Dec 17 2012 12:01

Hi Tom, all of the forums apart from libcommunity are no flaming and have reasonably rigid posting guidelines.

You can use the down vote to flag up any comments which breach these guidelines, and if you have any problems send a private message to me or another admin. All the best

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Dec 21 2012 06:38

hi everybody. leftcom here with luxemburgist sympathies. I enjoy reading your articles and maybe I'll even post something in the forums once in a while. anyways this looks like a great site!

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Dec 21 2012 16:10
tcmspark wrote:
Hi there,
I'm a student based in London learning graphic design. We just finished a lecture module entitled 'graphic agitation' and found it massively interesting. Our tutor recommended these forums as a place to speak with like-minded (or otherwise) people, so here I am. I'm particularly interested in models of anarchism and means of organisation.

what a brilliant tutor.

i guess your module referred to this bloke:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerd_Arntz
http://libcom.org/tags/gerd-arntz

also, welcome

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Dec 30 2012 17:45

Sithsaber has come. Sithsaber has come! Bow before the leader of the funny brigades!!! Death to revleft, all HAIL LIBCOM!!!!!

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Dec 30 2012 18:25

Phew! Thank god you have come Sithsaber! Things were getting hairy!

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Jan 14 2013 06:20

Hello from the UK!

I'm 24, Vegan and I live with two slightly mad cats.

I attended my first big demo outside of my home city last year on Oct 20th at the TUC march, where I swiftly merged with a Black Bloc(also my first), which included some fun Spainish guys, and we narked the unionists off by going through them doing the conga,I dearrested three people that day and danced on Oxford Street with some people to a portible sound system.Oh and after a swift deblocing after finding myself alone, two guys I talked to asked me if I saw those guys in black running around, I just nodded and said "Yeah,Yeah, I saw them)

And I'm going to the Greece Solidarty with Greek anti-fascists demo(not on my own) on the 19th, where some Nazi types want to come to so they can "Oppose the red scum". And they promise it'll be a "lively day".

We'll see.

That's me, don't know what the heck I plan on doing here (both on the fourm and in lfe), But here I am! wink

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Jan 14 2013 07:04

I'm from Tampa Florida, and I'm here to fuck shit up and get nasty.

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Jan 18 2013 14:05

Yeah, I've been away long enough living with this bunch of hunter-gatherers, umm, almost 2 years, not that time means anything if their 'mind-set' rubbed off on me, but I've changed enough to ,,,,re-introduce a,,,,changed person. But still, fuck capitalism and loath yuppies for their narcissistic dantiness and meakness.

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Feb 3 2013 07:26

Hi guys! I'm Yazman. I am a non-sectarian communist with a technocracy (the economic system, not the political term) preference. However, I try not to categorise myself.

I registered here since, I used to be a regular user and a moderator at Revleft until very recently. I heard a lot about this site over the years but never really felt an urge to come here until now. So, here's hoping this place is better than the last one I went to!

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Feb 3 2013 21:09

Hello

I like reading libcom as an alternative to the Daily Mail.

I'm disillusioned about main stream polictics and want to find new ways to improve my own small bit of the world.

I live with one mad cat (ditto for him) I stole his name for my logon. He is always leaping up on the keyboard so if I've ever posted any unwise things in the past (or future) that'll be the reason.

Truly sorry to hear about the fire at the bookshop - I'll be ordering some books soon.

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Feb 6 2013 10:53

The history and theory sections on here are great.

I live a long way from home in the Balkans, having finally sickened of the UK a while back

don't think I'll post so much on the forums mind, mainly here to read the articles.

grim news about Freedom books which I read about over on U75, will also send on some cash when I have it to help you get up and running again

smile

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Feb 7 2013 16:46

Hi, I'm Alex.

I'm a leftist who wants to communicate with fellow leftists so as to stave off the feeling of isolation and lonelieness that has been creeping into my psyche as of late, whilst also feeling that my opinions are somewhat justified.

I promise to try and not erode the community from the inside or something :3

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Feb 10 2013 08:10

Hello everyone!
You can call me Boba. Full disclosure, I am a statist.
I got interested in communism in high school primarily through reading the works of the classical economists and the more radical of the French revolutionaries like Gracchus Babeuf. I am not a Marxist but, generally belonging to the 'Ricardian' school of economics, I have some sympathy with Marxism. I tend to hold a more lenient view of the Soviet state and democratic centralism than many of you probably do, but I am more dubious on anarchism than opposed to it.
My exposure to anarchism comes from three primary sources:
1) Reading 19th-20th century AnComs like Makhno and Syndicalists like Rudolf Rocker.
2) Reading AnCom blogs and news sites (like LibCom).
3) My brother, who is into Max Stirner.

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Feb 21 2013 06:04

Hey all,

My name is Nicole and I am starting to get back into the online forum thing. I was at Revleft, but got banned when they did their purge of leftcoms last year. Since then, I haven't done much online except for Facebook, but want to again because I learned a lot from debates. I am from Vegas and don't have people to organize here so I like to connect with others from around the country and the world. Hopefully this place is good to do that.

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Mar 20 2013 15:34

Hello,

I'm from Montevideo, Uruguay, now living in the United States. I got involved with anarchism after dropping out of high school - I've been working since - and became self-educated through works of Noam Chomsky (he has a statist approach to anarchism, apparently) and Mikhail Bakunin.

I love grass-fed beef, vintage bikes, and reading articles/books on Libcom.

This site is gold.

Peace and love to all.

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Mar 20 2013 15:56

Welcome to both of you!

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Mar 23 2013 06:02

hello

im from australia and am very interested in anarchism and have a few questions:
why is it that people are generally ignorant/ apathetic , and whats a good way of 'converting' them?
why are there so many trotskyists but not much else in oz?
do the zapatistas have an anarchist economy , and can i live with them and help them in any non symbolic / real way?

thanks !

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Mar 23 2013 07:55

Welcome vicent!

I don't know if the intro thread is the best place to get answers for those sorts of questions, but feel free to start some forum topics!

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Apr 12 2013 17:11

Hi everyone! I'm an American student (for another month, anyway) on the east coast. I was initially drawn to socialism around that impressionable young age of 13 after trying to research this mysterious subject that I'd only heard of in derisive comments (e.g. "damn commies!"). This led me to Marx and The Communist Manifesto and I didn't really understand much beyond the premise that history is the history of class struggle, which nonetheless resonated with me. After moving back to liberal Democratic politics, canvassing for Obama, etc., I began taking an interest in the Israel/Palestinian issue midway through my university years due to the realization that I knew virtually nothing about despite hearing of it a great deal (I'm of a Jewish background and often heard of Palestinians at my synagogue during the Second Intifada, but only in the context of suicide bombings and such), which led me to Chomsky and "anti-imperialism."

Though much of his writing isn't as interesting to me now, I really can't understate old man Noam's impact on me in 1) demolishing US propaganda and the credibility of the mainstream media and 2) massively changing my conception of anarchism and anarchists, both in the more superficial sense (don't think Chomsky masks up in black and smashes windows too often!) and in the more important sense of realizing the link between anarchism and communism. Ironically, prior to all this, my understanding of anarchists was that they're either individualist survivalist types or "anarcho"-capitalists.

Fortunately, the drift toward third-world nationalism was discouraged by the appearance of the Occupy movement and a shift in focus back the society I actually live in, albeit in a very social democratic sense though less so as time went on. The visible presence of anarchists in my city's encampment also got me more interested in their ideas, and reading Orwell's Homage to Catalonia left me less convinced the sort of the "human nature" rubbish that most others here have probably encountered when anarchism comes up in conversation.

Reading more about these seemingly noble national liberation movements left me feeling pretty jaded about "revolutionary" statist forces as a whole (Robert Fisk's The Great War for Civilization was one of the more influential books I read in that regard) and I wasn't really clear what the necessity of the state was in the first place in the project of building socialism. Reading Berkman's ABCs of Anarchism, I realized I didn't object at all to anarchist views, and I've consciously identified as such since. This site has been an enormously useful source of information for me, and I hope for lots of fruitful discussion in the future!

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Apr 12 2013 17:53

Hi, welcome and thanks for that account of your political development, it's interesting and I'm sure is similar to that of a fair few others! Look forward to your contributions

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Apr 21 2013 08:35

Hello all.

I have been interested in Anarchism for a long time but until recently i was a out and out Marxist-Leninist. I got turned off by the snotty attitude of many Marxists and their often unwavering faith in whatever tendency they follow that borders on orthodoxy. That and their attitude that they know what's best for the workers while themselves often being completely devoid of any experience with the working class.

I identify most with Anarchist Communism though when it comes to talking to most people i just call myself a Communist while explaining that i am not a Stalinist or Maoist nor do i think the USSR was anything close to being Socialist. I am influenced by many Marxist writers such as Marx and Engels of course, Lenin, Rosa Luxemburg, Connolly and Fannon to name a few and i do have sympathies with left Communists.

I have spent a fair bit of time lurking on this site and reading many of the articles from it. I am fairly new to Anarchist thought so please take it easy on me lol. Anyway i hope to add something to this forum and also learn alot from it as well.

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Apr 21 2013 18:04

Hi guys!

What to say about me? I'm a sociology graduate student from the American Midwest, an ethical vegan, a pacifist, an activist for LGBT rights, an anti-consumerist, and a staunch anti-postmodernist. I care quite a bit about living an "authentic life," counteracting the alienating forces (as described by Marx) within myself and society, and fostering an atmosphere of peace. I consciously shun the postmodern bourgeois "virtues" of selfishness, greed, competition, and consumption, and instead prefer the classic virtues of contentment, patience, courage, community, and love. Kindness is my central ethos (and the source of my Internet moniker, obviously smile), and I strive to foster it in all aspects of my life, though I often fall short.

Politically, I'm a libertarian socialist, with my current position being closest to Bookchin's Communalism; I was previously an anarcho-syndicalist. Still, I'm skeptical of ideology "as such," as I realize that no system is perfect and that all have some degrees of weakness and points of failure. I'm non-dogmatic in that I'm always open to new ideas and new approaches. Although I'm now non-religious (atheist), I was raised in a fundamentalist evangelical Christian home, and because of this I've had to think long and hard about my views on ethics, politics, and values. I think this has led me to be more thoughtful about the positions I hold and more respectful toward those who think differently.

Outside of politics, my main interests are my friends / family (I love them to death), reading (especially non-fiction or fantasy), music (independent, non-mainstream music of all kinds), and outdoor activities (including hiking, biking, running, skiing, and swimming). After obtaining my PhD (some day in the far future), I plan to become a university professor in the field of sociology.

Anyway, that's all I have. It's great to be here, and I look forward to many interesting discussions.

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Apr 21 2013 19:28

Welcome you two!

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Apr 26 2013 05:41

Hello,

I have been reading libcom articles for a long time. I have always found them, diverse, interesting and well written.

I was involved with anarchist activism (for want of a better phrase), back in the UK. But awhile ago I moved to East Asia and have had to be content with just reading about what is going on, rather than being a part of it.

So, as I have been missing my physical political community, I thought that becoming a member/contributor of this virtual one, might help, on some level, to quench my thirst for political engagement.

I look forward to getting to know you

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Apr 30 2013 04:18

Welcome! smile

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May 3 2013 22:49

Hello there!

I am an American in the Midwest. I came across this website when I was researching Proudhon. I come from an extreme right wing. I am glad I've found a place to look into ideas and theories more closely aligned with mine. I have only been looking into libertarian ideas for about a year and a half now. I am extremely new to this whole idea of online communities and it is very weird to express my politics in front of people because of where I was raised. I am extremely excited to read through everything. I was a wrestler in high school and was involved in BSA. I have been studying various foreign languages and am always eager to learn.

Many Thanks,

Joshua

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May 3 2013 22:49

Hello there!

I am an American in the Midwest. I came across this website when I was researching Proudhon. I come from an extreme right wing. I am glad I've found a place to look into ideas and theories more closely aligned with mine. I have only been looking into libertarian ideas for about a year and a half now. I am extremely new to this whole idea of online communities and it is very weird to express my politics in front of people because of where I was raised. I am extremely excited to read through everything. I was a wrestler in high school and was involved in BSA. I have been studying various foreign languages and am always eager to learn.

Many Thanks,

Joshua

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May 4 2013 06:51

Welcome Joshua. I used to wrestle in high school, too!