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Apr 26 2012 17:59

Hey Libcommies,

I like candle-lit dinners and long walks on the beach.

I'm also a long-time lurker who finally decided to chip in my two cents from time to time. I'm from across the pond and then some. I never know what to put in these introductions so I'll leave it at that, but I look forward to having good discussions with all of you and theory-ing and all that jazz.

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Apr 26 2012 18:04

Oh yes I almost forgot, "proletarian", "use-value", "commodity-form". Am I doin it rite? wink

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Apr 27 2012 11:38
Olive Plaid wrote:
Oh yes I almost forgot, "proletarian", "use-value", "commodity-form". Am I doin it rite? ;)

ha ha yes good job!

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Apr 27 2012 16:21

Hello. 24 year old from India (you may not find too many people coming over here from the country). I did have a job till last year, but I got disillusioned by petty politics and decided to take a break from work, even though I was barely two years into it. I was lurking here for quite some time and decided to register today and say howdy to fellow 'comrades' (if I am allowed to use that term). Actually, I was quite surprised to see an Indian organization -- Faridabad Mazdoor Samachar -- posting its content here. It gave me belief that some of my countrymen do see the evils of consumerist culture.

I will admit that I have been reading quite a lot of anarchist text ever since late last year and that is what gave me the belief to quit my job in order to contemplate my future. At least now I know that I could not accept being a corporate lackey and would therefore look for a more fulfilling job, which might see me never to be working for big business. Another thing I have pondering over is to travel over to either North America or Western Europe, only if I had the means to do so, but that's another story for another post.

Glad to be here!

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May 1 2012 15:13

Hi Everyone

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May 1 2012 19:58
Olive Plaid wrote:
Oh yes I almost forgot, "proletarian", "use-value", "commodity-form". Am I doin it rite? ;)

You forgot to use trot as a derogatory term tongue

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May 5 2012 12:25

cheers for that excellent Gilles Dauvé piece, Steven.

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May 6 2012 22:54

Hi all! I’ve been thinking about joining a forum for a while to share my thoughts with other like minded people and to find out more about what more I can do to help change this obviously dire situation that Capitalism has thrown us into. I went to University and studied Politics and quickly realised through my own research how corrupt and bullshit the education system is. I watched a documentary called The Corporation which really opened my eyes to how the world is a nepotism that subjugates the creative subconscious in order to dumb people down and keep the world on the hedonic treadmill Has anyone seen it?. I’m still getting to grips which Anarchist concepts but have read Rudolf Rocker's Anarcho-syndicalism and some Chomsky. If anyone can give me more information as where to find interesting works and demonstration dates that would be much appreciated.

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May 6 2012 23:42

I really like this post and i know exactly what you mean apathy is the death of soul! i love Amelie smile have you seen the unbearable lightness of being?? absolute quality watch it!

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May 11 2012 14:23

Greetings, I welcome you all to be egalitarian with me in your dialogue, this is required, otherwise why have any equality.
To briefly describe myself, I am abnormal,,,and very honest, because if I was like the majority (normal), I would be a liar. This is the world we live in, and I hope most of those registered are abnormal, because we are the last hope this planet has to pull itself out of the anthropocentric problems created by conformity that have society spiralling downwards. No? Then you are normal,,and boring. Let's all make this a pleasant verbal exchange of ideas, love and a kick in the ass if someone gets 'normal' on me!
Cheers

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May 12 2012 17:45

Hi everyone, I'm from Alberta, Canada. I'm new to this whole libertarian communist thing, looking forward to learning as much as I can!

young

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May 12 2012 17:57

Where are you from in Alberta, young? Lots of good groups in Edmonton that you might want to look into.

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May 13 2012 06:25

Hi, I'm Dunk.

I'm a 26 year old working class student and veteran.

My Dad is a gym teacher, my Mom a nurse. Mom's been in and out of the hospital most of my life due to MS and Lupus. Joined the military out high school. Was super gung ho; effectively a kind of Neocon. Things changed, I changed. Over the course of the 5 years I was in the Navy I had a huge shift in consciousness. By the time I got out, I had confronted the class struggle.

Initially I simply tried to distance myself from Stalinism and was considering myself a "Democratic Socialist." Even joined SPUSA and RevLeft.

Things changed further. Got some bad jobs, not a lot of money, learned more. Kept refining my understanding. Now the best I can tell I'm some kind of LeftCom today. Currently find myself agreeing with some of what's written on/in Nihilist Communism, but these are very recent developments for me and I'm not ready to discuss them.

I'm joining this forum because it's an opportunity to learn and stay in touch with a portion of what is left of the radical left. I'm falling asleep as I type this so good night.

Pleased to meet you.

young
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May 13 2012 16:42

Near Edmonton, Khawaga! That's great to hear, I've been poking around but not finding much. Can you point me to some?

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May 13 2012 16:55

I sent you a PM, young.

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May 14 2012 12:09

Young, you're in luck. There's a fantastic IWW branch in Edmonton with some really great organisers in it.

Hi Dunk (When I first ready your post I read it as "Hi, I'm Drunk..."), welcome to the site. I think it's really important as a class that we reach out to ex-military people and I'd be really curious to hear about your experience in the military as they relate to the forum discussions.

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May 14 2012 21:43

Hello everyone,

I'm relatively new here. Previously I just lurked. Actually, I'm new to communism in general. Unfortunately, I don't live in my home country and my language skills in the country I now live in are not yet sufficient to participate meaningfully in political efforts. So at the moment I'm a lonely armchair revolutionary.

I'm also a member over at revleft, but I get tired of Stalinists from time to time.

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May 14 2012 22:51

welcome pluckedflowers i also gave up on revleft because of the stalinists

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May 16 2012 18:40

Hullo libfolks.

I'm a student-slash-retail worker living in Dundee. Been lurking for a while, finally getting round to signing up. (Some of you may have seen me on RevLeft, and you can probably guess that I share Pluckedflowers' sentiments.) Fairly new to this stuff, so I'll try not to go yakking beyond my understanding. Not politically active, and I'll be frank that I have bugger all experience in that regard, but that's something I'm currently trying to change.

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May 16 2012 21:02

Hey Tim, fellow roosterist, good to see you on board. I remember you from Revleft and I must say you're among the users I agree with the most on that site.

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May 20 2012 10:30

Hey, I'm Haust. I'm also a RevLefter. I kinda joined because a certain user was banned yesterday, and I know he's on here. So, hi, Railyon.

Anyway, I might lurk about and read your stuff, maybe more posts will come after a while.

I guess I could add some more on my political views and stuff: I don't know really what I am, but I have a certain interest in Left-Communism, and ultra-leftist stances, although I'm not sure whether I agree on everything. My main interest within the left is Marxism, but I'm not sure yet where to take it from there.

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May 28 2012 07:25

Hi there. I am new to the world of the far left. I have only been studying it for about the past nine months as while finishing up my Associates degree and being between stable employment (thank god for my cheap lifestyle and scholarships or I wouldn't be able to pay the rent). I enjoy being out in the boondocks (hence the username) and have just recently taken an interest in politics after years of teenage apathy. I've mostly have been reading about it from what I can scour from the used book stores around Seattle. I identify somewhat with Trotsky but I hope to develop a more informed stance.

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May 28 2012 08:53

Hi all.

I already check your website for years and while I feel ideologically at home here, learned a lot and shared many an article from libcom with others, I have mostly been lurking.
I am an anarchist from the Netherlands, living in the city of Rotterdam and wageslaving in a bookstore. I studied philosophy at the university (after starting several other studies), but didn't finish it: already since early secondary school it appeared I couldn't function within the education-system as they wanted me to. I don't have a degree, but am still studying philosophy in own capacity/time/way.
I'm member of several anarchist organisations in the Netherlands, as well as manoeuvring within anti-austerity networks, incl. with comrades from Greece, Spain etc. Also, trying to find ways to get people at my workplace to organize; almost noone is unionized (which is the case for many in the Netherlands). Apathy, fatalist thinking, acceptance (of 'necessity' of cuts, layoffs etc), absence of solidarity with co-workers/workers in other sectors doesn't make this easy though...

In solidarity,

Smoke
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May 28 2012 08:56

Haust, BackwoodsCommie, Tim Finnegan, and all the other newbies: Welcome on LibCom! Good to see that we're growing!

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Jun 4 2012 21:50

Allo…

Way up north in the grim, grim “Cald” is a place made from oil & granite called Aberdeen.

From the grim up north Aberdeen Anarchists would like to extend warmth and light to you all…

We are a diverse group with some regular/ non-regular agitators who work with other active groups in town on various, diverse projects and events.

We like to keep busy and warm with our gorilla art collective - Aberdeen City Arts Board.

Run our skill share schools and work closely with anti cuts groups and other good folk from town.

Fro more info and for regular updates of our goings on -
https://network23.org/aberdeenanarchists/

On a more personal note I’ve tried to join Lib Forum several times, I feel quite blessed now! grin

Looking forward to getting to know ya’ll…

Lots of love -

Bleep on behalf of Aberdeen Anarchists

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Jun 5 2012 14:03

Hi,

I'm secondcreed, my name doesn't have any special revolutionary significance. I was raised in a fundamentalist christian conservative home in Oklahoma. My full name is C@1eb P@ul El1sh@ Creed to give you an idea of how important religion is to my family. Over the last three years I've taught music at a public school during the day, and studied philosophy and politics in the evenings at home.
Over the course of those years I went from being a Christian conservative to an agnostic anarchist. Since I'm surrounded by conservatives, I wanted to find like minded people to discuss things I believe in.

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Jun 5 2012 15:10

Welcome secondcreed!

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Jun 5 2012 16:47

Hello all,

Been following libcom for years and refering to articles on here, finaly decided to join.

I am an anarchist communist worker from Finland, a country that doesn't have much of an anarchist scene going on, apart from some extreme lifestylists in the punk scene. Not to deny that I got into anarchism through that scene myself, but quickly found myself attrackted to the more "socialist" side of things.

I tried posting up an article I translated on anarchism in the finnish civil war, you should find it here: http://libcom.org/history/russian-anarchists-finland-1917-1918-ari-vakkilainen

I have some interest in translating stuff and might be trying to do it more in the future if time permits (I can handle swedish, finnish and english) so this one is kind of a practise for me in that way, so any critics are welcome. And no, it is not signed with my real name wink

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Jun 5 2012 18:52

Hello and welcome to all the new people!

Smoke, we would be happy to hear from your experiences of work and attempting to organise in the Netherlands.

And radical Gardner, thanks so much for doing and posting that translation! I will have a look through the article now.

We don't have much information about working class/anarchist history in Finland (or Scandinavia as a whole) in libcom's history section so anything you could post or translate would be much appreciated! (Or if you are more interested in translating things into Finnish then a Finnish translation of our about section would be excellent!)

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Jun 5 2012 19:35

Thanks Steven, and you're welcome. I just noticed that despite all the proofreading there was a couple of typos in the translation, I corrected them and also added some footnotes, they now seem to be awaiting moderation wink

And yes, I could translate the about section into Finnish, and maybe Swedish too, but I won't promise any deadline for having it done!