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Feb 24 2012 15:34

Greetings.

Anarchist communist from The Ohio Country, university educated (a science discipline) and underemployed (food and retail worker); IWW organizer.

I've been reading the library here for years, and got an account some time ago. However, I've just now decided to get involved in this particular bunch of serious internet business.

I've been a poster at some other site for a minute.

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Feb 24 2012 17:25

Hello! Look forward to your contributions

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Feb 28 2012 11:21

Salutations & solidarity!

I'm a syndicalist from New York who just recently re-located to Berlin. I was previously working in a office with a setting that can simply described as the world of the super ego, and was recently let go for being not so motivated to act busy as busy as the other guys. Naturally enjoying music and a little hedonism I plan to keep things going by djing clubs in the city, as for my fellow djs I know we're all sort petite bourgeoisie freelancers imho.
I can't remember how I arrived at anarchism but I figure it had to do with my interest in Marx provoked while a naive wage slave for an verbally abusive boss a few years back.

As for theory things like Debord still hit home to me and I also studied anthropology at uni. Anyway I've been lurking on the site for a while, make chums, exchange theory and get to making a "toz" so we can have all that full communism. I've grown tired not just with the economic injustice from capitalism, rather the social relations it imposes upon man reducing our condition to something beast-like... I want to say smash it then hug everyone.

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Mar 1 2012 20:28

Hello. I've visited the site for ages and use the library often but I've only recently signed up.
I get the feeling that I'm far from unique here in coming to anarchism from marxism. It took a while, I'm obviously a bit of a slow learner. I can't say that I had a great moment of clarity over the bodies (of work) of a dead russian, my perspective just shifted. The reading came later, still working on it.
I'm originally from england, having moved away some years ago.
Regrettably, my life isn't even nearly interesting enough to inflict a long boring intro on you all.

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Mar 7 2012 12:02

Hello, I actually just visited the site today, and I was originally looking for more blog posts on anarchism, and I stumbled upon here. Anyway, I won't say that I've always been an anarchist, but it's an ideology I've sided with in most cases. And it was only when I started working when I considered myself an anarchist -- an anarcho-pacifist -- because of all the capitalism being stuffed up my mind day in and day out. So, I'm kind of a newbie, but I've been reading Camus, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, and others, and since there aren't too many people like me here (I'm from the Philippines), it's kind of hard to express what I want to say.

Anyway, there you go. I'm always ready to learn and join the revolt. Nice meeting you all. Thanks for having me here!

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Mar 7 2012 12:22

Welcome!

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Mar 7 2012 21:08

Welcome, always good to have another Dostoyevsky fan on libcom.

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Mar 8 2012 01:49

Oh yeah. Haha. Every time I read "Notes from Underground," it feels like I'm reading for the first time. It's my favorite book!

And thank you for the welcome. Have a nice day!

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Mar 8 2012 22:10

Just found the introduction thread, after I have already made a few posts, but I will introduce myself none the less. I am a student and part time worker from Canada who has been into revolutionary politics since I can remember. I was drawn to Marx at a very young age, despite having barely understood much of what I read. Today I consider myself an insurrectionary anarchist. While I am interested in a wide variety of thinkers, a few I am currently most interested in are Bakunin, Guy Debord, Mr. Dupont, Bonanno, and the invisible committee. I, at one point considered myself a active participant in RAAN (Red & Anarchist Action Network) but think that the organization has its issues and downfalls and at another time (during my trotskyist days was close to joining the RKOB). I wish to either find another decentralized organization and to become more active, as well as improve my grasp on the theoretical aspects of anarchism and communism.

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Mar 11 2012 21:32

Hello there.

Well I feel like writing this down for posterity. I'm 27 and live in Scotland, and feel like I've 'came over' to anarchism (specifically 'libertarian socialism' if I've been reading correctly). Like many, I'm working class, work in an unskilled job, and am crippled with debt.

I recently completely a degree in History and Politics, but was never quite receptive to anarchism. I think this was due to the widespread misrepresentation of Anarchy being 'chaos', as opposed to a rejection based on any actual reading on the subject (I can't quite recall ever studying it formally).

As long as I've been politically aware I've been a socialist of the statist variety, namely as I never considered there could be any other another type. I did the whole rebellious teenage Che Guevara stage, and thinking the Soviet Union and Cuba, etc were somehow to be lauded.

I have always struggled with the arbitrary notion of borders and the nationalism which is bound by them. My studies (particularly in history) duly chipped away at any respect I held for nation-states or nationalism. I read a Noam Chomsky quote recently where he states, "There's a good reason why nobody studies history. It just teaches you too much." This is vert much true, and I certainly consider the History aspect of my degree conferred a far greater political education than Politics itself!

Anyway, I'm still very much in the embryonic stage. My vague understanding is that the closest large-scale example of Anarchism in action was revolutionary Catalunya, but I may be wide of the mark there. If anyone could point me in the direction of good information regarding this, or Anarchism in action elsewhere, I'd be very grateful. Most of my friends would consider themselves statist socialist, so when I declare myself to be an Anarchist (as I have not done yet), I want to be able to defend myself against accusations that it cannot work in practice!

Thanks for reading.

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Mar 12 2012 00:06

Hello! I am a proud union member in two unions. The American Federation of Musicians and the Industrial Workers of the World. I am a professional bagpiper and when I'm not performing I am helping to organize fellow workers and fight for their rights. You can check out my website if you like at:
www.highlandbagpiper.net
I look forward to getting to know all of you.

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Mar 22 2012 14:44

Hey,

Politics and History student from the UK. Anti-Capitalist.

Joined because I know very very little about contemporary anarchism or libertarian communism. I was also supposed to be writing an essay and nothing beats procrastination.

Look forward to the chat.

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Mar 22 2012 18:28

Welcome! If you are wanting to do some procrastinating, you could do worse than take a look at a few of our introductory guides: http://libcom.org/library/libcom-introductory-guide

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Mar 23 2012 13:40

well guess its about time..

30+ years old, got pointed to this forum by fellow activists (though i dont consider myself an activist) and been reading mostly the theory section and the hilarious threads in libcommunity. unproud union member, losely connected with the local commies (i know where they hang out to drink and i post in their forum). my skills involve beating several large drums at once and using windows 7 like a pro. political education started some 10 years ago when i bumped into the MEW in the library looking for an explanation what differs neoliberalism from liberalism. after ive read some Marx & Engels, Gegenstandpunkt and the aforementioned commies took it from there. Other "poltiical" stuff i read to some serious extent is Adorno, Stirner, Chomsky. Always sorry about my english, i probably understand anything but my active words are severely limited.

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Mar 23 2012 16:39

Hi, I'm a Wobbly and Common Struggle - LCF member who has worked a plethora of shitty jobs and is currently a nursing student. (Anti)politically I'm primarily influenced by the French ultra-left, later autonomism, and critical readings of the Italian and German/Dutch Lefts, with a healthy dash of insurrectionary stuff thrown in.

I've lurked libcom for quite a while, but just recently made an account and decided to post once in a while.

I also blog far too infrequently at Autonomous Struggle of the Glittertariat

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Mar 23 2012 17:27

Welcome!

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Mar 23 2012 18:14

Greetings, all!
Introductions are often accompanied by self-description, but I'm going to try to avoid using words ending in "-ist" this time around. Instead, I'll use the method the film Amelie uses:
I like Nature, my earthly environment, whether the locale be wild, urbanized, or even devastated. The living things all around me sustain me; and, whether good or bad, things are always literally spectacular.
I like Language in general. English is said to have the largest "lexicon" or "word count" on this planet because it borrows everything from so many other languages. Awesome! But synonyms do not really exist; therefore, the pursuit of "foreign" languages has been for me an obsession to collect more ideas. Consider the English expression "work, work, work" versus the Spanish "trabaja y lucha!"
I dislike the Despair, the breakdown of all imagination that occurs when people give up and acquiesce. Don't think for a second that I say that haughtily. I am stifled by fear AND despair as badly as the next person, but it is a great shame and a cowardice. Manageable, one hopes! Sporadically surmountable, definitely!
I dislike the way "How are you doing" replaces expressions of goodwill in English like the now archaic "Good morning/Good day/G'dafternoon/Evenin'" forms of hello. Don't pry into my emotions when you're walking by at 10 miles-per-hour. Do you understand the words coming out of your mouth?
Yours truly,
Diggerlover

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Mar 27 2012 22:33

Hi, like many I've been lurking around these pages for a while. I don't really know what to say here; I'm a student of physics who has started having serious doubts about the value of scientific/technological progress, particularly the almost unavoidable involvement of corporate scumbags with research and development. I'd like to find ways of engaging with scientists and getting them to choose not to work for arms companies or surveillance companies. I've identified as "left" for as long as I can remember, only recently started to engage with anarchist thought, though. I'm eager to learn and to contribute, but I don't feel well-grounded in libertarian theory (or even marxist theory, for that matter), so I'll probably keep my head down and keep reading this excellent site for now.

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Mar 28 2012 10:59

Welcome, yeah?

Another former physics student here, who gave up on the idea of being a scientist seeing that all the jobs were in "defence"!

A great overall theoretical text which would be worth checking out if you haven't read it is this: http://libcom.org/library/capitalism-communism-gilles-dauve

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Mar 30 2012 09:33

Hi,

just thought I would let you know that from now on, I will not only visit the site in order to keep me informed, but also to post a stupid or uninformed comment every now and then.
In short:
I hate money and bosses, that is why I do not work (allergic to capitalism). I am much more happy since I began traveling and focusing my energy in other revolutionary activities. So, I am not involved in the classical "work place struggle".
I also hate dogmatism. And especially authority combined with that. Ignorance being the father of all evil.
I like grass-roots social movements and baking bread.
And I like this board while I do not like facebook.
I love you.

Edit: As English is not my mother tongue, please feel free to make me aware of ridiculous sounding expressions that miss the point.

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Apr 1 2012 19:30

Hiya

I was a student many years ago, and had expectations for the future and stuff. Graduated, was unemployed for ages, found a job that didn't last, was unemployed again, and this made me unwell. So I have not worked for years and years, and feel well pushed-out.
I was active a bit in politics at university, and in my home town, but illness prevented me from doing that after leaving.
I don't really know much about anarchism, but am here to learn and explore. What impresses me about the Aims and Principles, is the stance it takes on trade unions - I have never been in one apart from the student union at uni. I like the idea of helping us stop oppressing each other as working class people too. I am bi-sexual, and got treated badly by a charity I was involved with, when I made my sexuality known.
I believe that there is the technology, resources, money and personnel, to secure the basic material needs of all humanity. All that is missing is the political will on the part of the ruling class, the removed elite who own and control things. We got to take it ourselves.
So, it's cool being here anyway, and I want to learn and explore and help myself and others.

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Apr 3 2012 04:40

hello, im Rory, im a 23 year old politics student (though currently intermitting due to health/personal reasons), I consider myself a Libertarian Socialist and have read articles on this site before so decided to sign up smile

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Apr 3 2012 07:55

Welcome guys

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Apr 5 2012 22:49

Diddy-D, been enjoying your posts, comrade.

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Apr 12 2012 21:00

Hey, I'm a libertarian communist from the Pacfic Northwest. haven't really bothered using forums before. nice to find folks who share my views.

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Apr 12 2012 22:18
Potawatomi wrote:
Hey, I'm a libertarian communist from the Pacfic Northwest. haven't really bothered using forums before. nice to find folks who share my views.

Hey, welcome to the board. If you don't mind me asking, where in the pacific NW do you live? You can PM me if don't feel comfortable making that info public

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Apr 12 2012 23:28
redsdisease wrote:
Potawatomi wrote:
Hey, I'm a libertarian communist from the Pacfic Northwest. haven't really bothered using forums before. nice to find folks who share my views.

Hey, welcome to the board. If you don't mind me asking, where in the pacific NW do you live? You can PM me if don't feel comfortable making that info public

Welcome, they're a few from the the NW area that post here so you're in good company.

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Apr 13 2012 02:59
redsdisease wrote:
Potawatomi wrote:
Hey, I'm a libertarian communist from the Pacfic Northwest. haven't really bothered using forums before. nice to find folks who share my views.

Hey, welcome to the board. If you don't mind me asking, where in the pacific NW do you live? You can PM me if don't feel comfortable making that info public

Seattle

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Apr 16 2012 04:57

What's up everyone ?

Joining the forums from Oz... have lived recently in the UK and Western Europe. I'm a postgrad Sociology student after doing the obligatory BA in philosophy and music. I work for charities - can not, will not, go private sector. Politically I guess I'm more of a strict Marxist, though my interests are in critical theory and slamming bullshit mass culture.

Chat soon.

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Apr 20 2012 10:43

Hey everyone,

I've been a lurker here at libcom for quite some time... but, I got tired of being a creep I guess so, I created an account this morning... I assume this means i'll have to follow it up by taking a shower too? Man! ...I KNEW not being a creep was going to be a lot of work! roll eyes

Anyway, I paint things. mostly pictures! smile