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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!

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May 15 2013 12:04

My name is Brennan from London. Hope everyone is having great time here.

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Jul 1 2013 00:10

New to anarchism. First exposure was Orwell's "Homage to Catalonia". I like the ideals. Fan of Chomsky. Trying to immerse myself in some of his books, books about him, books by and about Marx, books by Rousseau, Proudhon, Berkman. Continually expanding my library. Every book I read changes my overall opinion to some degree. An absolute believer in freedom of thought, but shared responsibility and economic fairness. I have a business degree and work in the investment industry so am not likely a typical person to like or agree with libertarian socialism, or any other form of socialism, but my background does give me a good understanding of how capitalism works. I am not rich. I can't stand conservative thinking. I shop at co-ops when and where I can. I cycle.I have belonged to unions in the past, and I still agree with unionism. I care about the environment. I ramble at times.

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Jul 1 2013 07:29

Welcome to the site George. Another one of a very well respected libcom posters studied business as an undergrad before discovering Marx and then moving to anarchism. So I don't think it's actually the uncommon. Also, rambling at times is basically a prerequisite to posting on libcom!

A final note, if George Zinn is your real names, I'd probably change your username. Pseudonyms can save you a lot of trouble in the long run.

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Jul 1 2013 19:45

Thanks Chili Sauce for the advice. My name is a pseudonym of George Orwell and Howard Zinn.

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Jul 1 2013 19:53

I hope you are enjoying the journey. So much to read and learn about, lots of good resources around, like libcom.org. I would like to recommend "Outrage, An Anarchist Memoir of the Penal Colony", by Clement Duval. Published by PM Press. Very interesting. Condemned in 1887 to hard labour for life. Eventually escaped.

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Jul 17 2013 11:44

Hi everyone. My name's Aaliyah (the 'Aa' is pronounced as a long 'a', in case you find my name difficult to pronounce).

I tend to call myself an anarcha-feminist since I identify with that label the most, but I'm also an anarcho-communist. My interest in intersectional feminism arose two years ago when I left Islam (I didn't find it to be true as a way of life and I found nearly every aspect of the religion morally bankrupt), and then my interest in anarchism came later.

I found originally found this place when I was looking for a PDF for Free Women of Spain. Eventually I decided that I wanted to frequent somewhere I could discuss anarchism. Normally I spend time in liberal social justice spaces, and while I agree with liberals for the most part in regards to social views, it'll be nice to spend time in an online space that is anarchist-friendly.

So far I really like this place, and the discussions are very insightful for someone new to anarchism like me. The people seem nice as well, even though I've only been here for a few days. ^_^

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Jul 17 2013 08:30

Hi, welcome! Hope you enjoy using the site, and we are always keen to expand feminist content of our library so if you are aware of any good texts which aren't yet in our library feel free to post them!

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Jul 17 2013 19:47

Hey all. I am quite new to the formal idea of anarchism, and am currently trying to learn as much as I can. I did a couple quick Google searches trying to figure out where to start, and several sites linked me to the libcom site, so I figured I would say hello, and perhaps get to know some of you all. I currently have almost zero knowledge of the seemingly important writings and history of anarchism, but from what I have gathered, both through forum postings, as well as listening to a couple lectures here and there, it seems like it has a lot ideas and theories that I can get behind.

I am currently working my way through "An Anarchist FAQ" in my free time, as that seems to have quite a lot of the theories and ideas in one spot.

A bit about me. My name's Dave, and I'm from the Ohio area in the states. I currently am starting back in school with a focus on business/economics. 29 years of age. Have a job, have a kid. Life is alright, but it seems as if it needs a lot more to be fulfilling. I have been interested in intentional communities, and everytime I am around a community run facility or co-op, I have felt a little more hopeful for mankind. Recently I realized that anarchism is not necessarily the violence and chaos that I, for completely unfounded reasons, had once thought it was. So, I am hoping to learn a lot, to be better able to improve the lives of those around me.

Anyways, hello! Hope you all have a fantastic day.

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Jul 17 2013 21:17

Hello, my name is Nick. I live in central Scotland. I'm not formally involved in any radical group (there aren't really any going where I live, unfortunately).

I used to be a Marxist, but I've been gravitating more towards anarchism and libertarian socialism recently. I think this is mainly due to libcom - I used to use it for news before I had any interest in anarchism, but then I started reading more and more articles and stuff from the library. Before that I was a plain old left-liberal (I voted Lib Dem in 2010, oh the shame!) but moved further to the left after the Millbank occupation and the student movement as a whole.

The only anarchist writer I've read at length is Murray Bookchin - specifically Post-Scarcity Anarchism, and his stuff on the Spanish Civil War. Any suggestions on similar reading would be much appreciated

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Jul 20 2013 00:14

New to the site, but I am a libertarian socialist, and I'm really interested in connecting with others in my area. I do a bit of traveling in my work (OTR driver), so hopefully I will meet some of you possibly in the future. I'm still a little unsure of this community as far as being tolerant of others; especially since any differing opinions are sometimes met with a "fuck off". I know the libcom/soc community is passionate but god damn. Can we act a little more fucking mature ffs?

Sorry, had to rant wink Still great to be here and I know that you guys don't know me and I've got to earn respect. I just think some people need to show some common decency to their fellow comrades.

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Jul 27 2013 14:53

Hi folks

It's good to be back in the fold, years ago I used to live in Aberystwyth in Mid Wales and used to know and old anarchist by the name of Bob Mander, he was a great chap and I learnt a lot from him. Years of wandering around, marriage, kid, divorce and moving to Scotland with a very socially political woman and my anarchism has awoken again.

I am active on Twitter as @theGinger_Rich and I am a part of the Anarchist Memes group on Facebook.

Hope to meet you all either virtually or face to face.

Solidarity.

Ginger Rich

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Jul 27 2013 15:39

Welcome, ginger

And as to the above poster, whale, in response to his whining I should point out that he was banned within a couple of hours for abusive and racist posts.

Whale wrote:
I'm still a little unsure of this community as far as being tolerant of others; especially since any differing opinions are sometimes met with a "fuck off". I know the libcom/soc community is passionate but god damn. Can we act a little more fucking mature ffs?

Sorry, had to rant wink Still great to be here and I know that you guys don't know me and I've got to earn respect. I just think some people need to show some common decency to their fellow comrades.

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Jul 28 2013 09:34

I'm an old geezer who's struggling with cynicism, chronic heartburn and occasional bouts of unexplained diarrhea which I can only assume is guilt in the face of my recent flirtations with Marxism.

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Aug 2 2013 15:37

I am a EuroAsianisedAmerAfrican. I have all but the more verbal forms of diarrhoea under control atm. Although I believe that thoughts occur as wholes and the object of every thought is neither more nor less than all that the thought thinks, every day I live with the feeling that I can't quite square my desire to direct all my attention to the ontology of the natural world with my deeper desire for wholesale social revolutionary change. Although I've been carrying out routine investigations into various forms of anarchist living and thinking for over a decade I remain as I was at the beginning of those experiences a convinced anarchist communist.

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Sep 2 2013 18:32

you probably shouldn't post links to you facebook profile here

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Sep 4 2013 03:30

Hi all, as my screen name might suggest, I mostly identify my politics as left communist (but no worries, I'm not an ICC member grin ) but it would be more than accurate to say that I'm interested in the historical legacy and current viability of currents such as operaismo and autonomia, communization theory, and of course internationalist class struggle anarchism.

I've no intention of engaging in mud slinging contests based on a dispute between two men who are long dead and supposed implications drawn out of it. Also, I tend to avoid mostly empty big words and dichotomies based on them, such as Authoritarianism/Libertarianism, Centralization/Federalization, though these might be useful if they are given a coherent, concrete content

And in a manner similar to another poster, I got drawn into revolutionary class politics mostly due to the experience of student occupations of the faculties here in Croatia (still a student - majoring in English - though that should change in the immediate future, hopefully).

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Sep 4 2013 08:49

Welcome! We are a similar page to you, politically it seems. And by the way your English is excellent!

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Sep 4 2013 14:04
Steven. wrote:
Welcome! We are a similar page to you, politically it seems.

Yeah, I've been frequenting the site for quite some time know, and the forums as well without registering, so the conclusion comes like on its own.

Steven. wrote:
And by the way your English is excellent!

Thanks smile It would be a shame if some 15 years of studying it, from elementary school to college, didn't do that laugh out loud