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Jan 2 2012 21:09

Welcome Lurching!

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Jan 2 2012 21:12
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Welcome newbies (and LOL at voting LibDem)!

Hah, at the last election (when I was still clueless) I would have voted for Alliance (since we can't vote for the Lib Dems here). Thankfully though, Bill Hicks led me to Chomsky, who led me... here.

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Jan 2 2012 22:11

Does Bill Hooks talk about Chomsky? I must have missed that.

Who's Alliance?

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Jan 2 2012 22:20
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Who's Alliance?
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Jan 2 2012 22:20

Bill Hicks described himself as Chomsky with dick jokes, I think.

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Jan 2 2012 22:30

Well, I like Bill Hicks and even with Chomsky's descent into social democracy, that statement is quite a stretch...

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Jan 2 2012 22:31
the croydonian anarchist wrote:
Chilli Sauce wrote:
Who's Alliance?

So who are they?!

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Jan 2 2012 23:17
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even with Chomsky's descent into social democracy

What ????????????

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Jan 2 2012 23:34

There's got to be tonnes of threads on this, but he's really gotten liberal in his old age. He advocated voting for Obama in swing states, advocates for the trade union membership without nearly enough critique, and talks about how if America was a "real democracy" tax day would be (paraphrasing) "a celebration of our shared priorities". Plus he often one of the first (leftist celebrity) signatories of petitions pushing Obama from the left.

Doesn't mean his analysis of US hegemony can't still be spot on, but politically he's not nearly as anarcho as he used to be. That said, a lot of this seems audience specific. If he's interviewed by anarchists, he'll be much more radical.

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Jan 3 2012 18:48
Chilli Sauce wrote:
the croydonian anarchist wrote:
Chilli Sauce wrote:
Who's Alliance?

So who are they?!

The Northern Irish version of the Lib Dems basically.

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Bill Hicks described himself as Chomsky with dick jokes, I think.

Yeah that was it. I read that and thought who's that? Then checked good old wikipedia.

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Jan 6 2012 08:22

Hi, I'm a student and quite generic. Pay me no mind.

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Jan 11 2012 14:53

Greetings! I'm Wren, currently residing in Chicago. Been reading for a while but just joined the forum for some good old fashioned discussions and filling in space in time gaps! I've been a member of the Industrial Workers of the World since 2006 and currently run the IWW Literature Department. Our site is store.iww.org if you wanted to check it out. I've got a 1 year old named Opie and my partner and I are expecting our second child in July. I see I already know some of you (we be trollin') and look forward to hearing from some new comrades! Stay solid, y'all!

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Jan 11 2012 17:08

Hiya,

I don't know whether this is the right place for me, but if someone has a better suggestion then I'd be grateful to hear it....I just want a bit of advice about how to go about this....And here seemed as good as any! And the place i found the most info about squatting on!
I'm properly going to come across like a bitter vindictive person, and to be honest part of that might be correct, but after everything my landlord has put me through, then I don't really care.
I plan on moving soon, within the next month, and I want to find someone who will squat in my flat, and make it as hard as possible for the land lord to move them.
I live virtually on the welsh border, and I don't care who or for what reason someone wants to take me up on the offer. I want someone to make his life stressfull and realise that he shouldn't have pissed me off.
He's not bothered about the place, other than collecting rent, there is damp creeping up the spare room (its a 2bed flat) because he couldn't be bothered to get someone to fit an extractor fan in the bathroom yet this bathroom also has exposed wires (which originally we were told were dead, but after seeing them spark we were told that nope they were actually live wires) Their is no heating except one working radiator in the living room. The electrics are shot to shit, and being a typical dumb blonde I know this just because when you turn something on you can see a visible spark behind the plug socket, and something tells me that that isn't right.
I don't want anyone to damage the property, it's also a listed building, but I want someone to make his life a misery, as regardless of the building faults, he's been a complete backhanded, sneaky knob who's wanted me out since someone opened the pub below
Just to explain the building is a pub, with three flats, the flat that i ocupy is top floor and has both inside and outside access. He's wanted me and my partner gone so that he can let our flat (aswell as the bottom 2) out to the pub renters. We were here first, pay our rent on time, organise our own repairs and cause very little hassle. But until I can get the flat condemmed as a rental property this is my next option.

If anyone knows where this 'add' might be better placed, or any great ideas and suggestions (other than to stop being bitter) then id greatly appreciate it "/

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Jan 11 2012 18:22

Hi, you can ask for advice about housing in our organise forum. Other users: please do not respond to this here, as it is off topic. This thread is for new members to introduce themselves

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Jan 12 2012 00:29

Hey everyone, just signed up for an account.

I'm a young anarchist from yorkshire, recently got involved in SolFed but I've been an anarchist for a while. Started getting involved in activism with the student demonstrations and its just gone from there. Always interested in discussions and really feel my 'ignorance' with some of the more nuanced elements of politics, hopefully being on here will go a way towards changing that.

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Jan 12 2012 06:36
Narrator wrote:
Hey everyone, just signed up for an account.

I'm a young anarchist from yorkshire, recently got involved in SolFed but I've been an anarchist for a while. Started getting involved in activism with the student demonstrations and its just gone from there. Always interested in discussions and really feel my 'ignorance' with some of the more nuanced elements of politics, hopefully being on here will go a way towards changing that.


Small world, brah.

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Jan 12 2012 09:26

Welcome!

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Jan 17 2012 19:16

It's the first time I post a comment on the forum. I introduce myself first before writing on.
I'm a French libertarian communist interested in both anarchism and council communism (especially the unorthodox marxists like Pannekoek, Gorter, Korsch, Rubel...), as well as situationnism, etc.
Concerning my history, I was close to marxists groups first, but I wasn't really at ease with the political attitude of these leninists organizations, especially concerning the union, which I consider like inefficient struggle means. Paradoxically, I got closer to the French IWA, joining it sometimes. Since around two years, I've increasingly move away from it, while I disagreed with some attitudes (disrespect, attachment to old theories never questionned regarding the reality...). But I've kept in touch with friends. It makes me like a mix of anarchism and unorthodox marxism. And I join no organization, not interested in it by these times of political crisis, considering the severe divisions of the anarchist ans council communist groups.

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Jan 27 2012 00:40

Hey, I'm Die Rote Fahne. I'm a Luxemburgist, and I am interested in the works of Zizek, Trotsky and David harvey.

I'm from Newfoundland, Canada and I'm currently getting my diploma in Occupational Health and Safety.

Awesome to be here. I'm a member of other forums including one I admin myself, and a former member of revleft.

Sup?

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Feb 6 2012 04:39

Hi, I am an anarchist organizer and "activist" in Tennessee in the United States. The area where I live used to be the most sacred spot of the Cherokee and now it houses a large paper mill, chemical/ plastics factory and a nuclear waste/plutonium site. We also have a large amount of folks in poverty and we are plagued with meth and prescription pill addiction. Ive worked against Mountain Top Removal, i have been involved and dj'd for a pirate radio station in a town nearby that was shut down the feds, and I was recently involved with a local Occupy group (which went terribly). I organize Really Really Free Markets and am in the process of starting up a moneyless network of mutual aid within my city.

I was introduced to Anarchism through local punk rock shows where I met Crimethinc. folks,from there I attended Green Anarchy functions when that was going on back in the day...My philosophy is very old school Kropotkin esque and I am not a primitivist but I do acknowledge the damaging effects that technology has on humanity.

I usually stay away from message boards, but recently I have been trying to get in touch with folks outside of my region and country because I am very interested in experiencing and learning from some global struggles. I have a blog if you are interested: http://thedisaffectedkingsport.blogspot.com/

I am interested in helping shape a global movement of permanent breakaway autonomous zones. My favorite anarchist thinkers are Emma Goldman, Murray Bookchin, John Zerzan, Peter Kropotkin, and Max Ernst.

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Feb 17 2012 23:01

Hi everyone

I'm a long time lurker, first time poster. I'll say a bit about some of what got me to the point where libcom is one of my favourite sites.

I haven't been an anarchist for that long, I've not read any of the important texts, but quite a lot of this site. I don't know why it took me so long to call myself an anarchist communist. I have always considered myself radically socialist and anti-authoritarian and against wealth inequality and anti-war all that jazz. I used to get my opinions from New Internationalist and The Ecologist and The Gruaniad. I'm into environmental sustainability and permaculture too. I was never a huge fan of police, or the army either but I didn't really know anything more about anarchist politics than most people. I thought communism was impossible because of inevitable government corruption and 'human nature'. I didn't really know how to make democracy work better. I didn't see how we could have a new revolution without it turning sour.

The thing that made me want to learn more about anarchism was when I witnessed my first kettle at G20 (I dodged it, and actually tried to get back inside for some reason) I was there for the climate camp but I had a walkabout and I saw a few anarchists on road and they seemed to be having fun and they seemed to hate what I hated.

After seeing an anarchist in the flesh, I took a mild interest in anarchist politics and looked anarchism up on wikipedia and quickly lost interest. I saw a proper caring, sharing, vibrant and relaxed anarchy as a very nice idea but a bit utopian and unachievable, I had too many questions about how decisions would be made and whatnot. I thought people need leaders to do the fiddly decisions they can't be bothered with. Added to that, at the time I thought the only thing real-life anarchists did to achieve their political goals was smash a few windows and not vote in government elections. I'm sympathetic to newbies who ask stupid questions, I don't know a lot but I'm pretty sure I get it.

Then on March 26th I got bored on the main march and followed a red and black flag and a bike sound system up to Fortnum & Masons- I watched people smashing into the bank and argy-bargy with the coppers. I kind of went with the flow, but didn't do anything illegal. I tried to stay with the agitators and not just appear to be a spectator, because it was more fun, at one point I was caught in a small and temporary kettle and a cop shoved one guy to the floor who was trying to get out and struck him with his shield, me and the guy to his right stepped forward and held up our hands palms up- ('calm it!' style) and the cop allowed it. I picked a side, and I was on the side of public disorder, but not violence. Being been in the thick of it during a public order situation and it was a fun time- running around the west end watching people chuck stuff at armoured fuzz and smash up the property of corporations. I went home and decided that it was all a bit silly really, but I'd look into this anarchism thing again.

While that sort of thing is a lot of fun, and I'm not totally opposed to mob vandalism against the right targets and if people look out for each other, and it kind of led to my recruitment to the mileu- I do think that those anarchist-led public disorder events might be a bit of a turn off for many people and that possibly the most important part of doing our best to assist in the abolition of capital and the state (in our spare time) is the community and workplace organising side of things. By all means, if it kicks off then go for it but I know more people who were critical of anarchists off the back of seeing window smashing, even if they are sympathetic to some anarchist concepts.

I do slack off in the old class struggle a bit, I don't struggle all that hard. I am a relatively new shop steward at my workplace, though I haven't really done anything bar going on the N30 strike and to a few meetings, though I haven't done my introductory training yet. I will get round to joining SolFed one day, I've done their workplace organising training and it is da lick and the people in my local are safe and do lots of good stuff.

I am also trying to find the time to get involved properly in my local solidarity group but my main political activity is just talking to non-anarchists about what I think and reading about the various ongoing struggles, hoping there's a whiff of revolution in the air so I can do my best to participate in the right way.

I also enjoy grime and dubstep raves, getting crunk and long walks in the countryside or around town. Various other things. I am a bit addicted to this website.

(edit, my intro was too long so I cut it, then I wrote it again with extra waffle)

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Feb 12 2012 08:15

Hello all,

Where to start? Hmmm...

WELL, I'm not sure how I would begin to introduce myself so ill explain a little about why I'm here. Ive always been a bit on-the-fence with my politics but a lot has changed recently so I find myself trying to find out where abouts I might fit in. I personally think I belong to this community more then anywhere else but I completely lack the concentration to read a book and knowledge to know the full ins and outs of what this community believes and stands for. I consider myself a Socialist and consider myself a libertarian also, but I need to learn more about it all. I am interested in meets so I can talk to people and learn more of what its all about.

So yea, thats about it really. If anyone has any questions then I'm happy to answer.

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Feb 12 2012 18:53

Welcome, new people. Crow, that post wasn't long or waffly at all, don't overthink things just click "save" and forget about it!

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Feb 17 2012 16:18

Hello everyone,

I signed up a few weeks ago and keep intending to check the site out properly, which I'm doing now. I'm an anarchist-communist. I was driven here more out of a frustration with discussions I was having in other places but I hope also to learn something as well as just adding my two cents here and there. I like reading politics as long as the texts are short and I like engaging in struggle as long as I can avoid the activist scene.

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Feb 17 2012 16:54

Hey Cheburashka, where abouts are you based? theres probably some meetings or groups nearby that you could meet with.

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Feb 20 2012 06:09

I signed up recently. I've always lurked but I finally made an account. Based in the US. A few comrades and me helped bring about the Occupy movement and we run occupywallst.org. I'm anarcho-communist myself.

Hopefully I'll be able to meet and network with like minded people.

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Feb 20 2012 21:25

hey Ella, that's a pretty interesting CV you got! We'd be interested in your experiences and stuff you have learned from the process, if you felt like writing any of it down at some point

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Feb 20 2012 21:34

I could probably write a 101 on how to use social networking and the internet to prop up a movement soon.

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Feb 21 2012 10:12
ElusiveElla wrote:
I could probably write a 101 on how to use social networking and the internet to prop up a movement soon.

that would be great for our organise section actually (www.libcom.org/organise), so if you could do that it would be amazing!

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Feb 24 2012 01:27

I am a person who found anarchism when I accidentally came across an excerpt of Proudhon's "Property is Theft". I am interested in philosophy, currently focusing on existentialist philosophers Nietzsche, Camus, and Sartre. I also involve myself with discordians and associate with some Dudeist philosophies as well. If love is cool and oppressive power relations aren't then I guess I'm an anarchist.