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Capsaicin
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Sep 7 2013 22:06

Hello
I have been reading libcom for years and finally joined the forums.

I am on disability benefits and particularly interested in how people with disabilities would function with anarchism. I am also interested in the fight against workfare in the UK and elsewhere.

I haven't read much anarchist theory because of dyslexia problems, does anyone have any suggestions what would be easy to start with. I feel bad for not asking before now.

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Sep 8 2013 07:14

Welcome to the forums Cap. I know there are at least a couple regular libcom posters with dyslexia - although I can't remember anyone writing about it specifically. I also know that Steven, one of the admins, has written publicly about having a disability. So he might be a good person to PM to send you in the right direction.

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Sep 24 2013 15:06

Hey,

another long-time listener, first time caller here. I'm originally from London but about 5 years ago fled to Scotland. In that time I've been in Aberdeenshire (and I'm never going back), Dundee (where I trained as a mental health nurse), and just recently moved to Glasgow.

I'm not new to anarchism but I am one of those who haven't been much involved in organisations and activism, except as a lone individual (due to anxiety, not ideology). I'm interested in anarcho-communism, anarcho-syndicalism and autonomous forms of Marxism. I'm also interested in the problem of nihilism, the body, and ecology.

I'm something of a pretender to being a philosopher/theorist but really all I want to do is destroy work.

Finally decided to join the forums to get a bit more involved in online discussion with others and hopefully to make contact with folk in Glasgow.

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Sep 29 2013 09:00

Great to have you on the forums Arran. There are definitely a few other health workers on libcom and a while back a couple of libcom posters - including a couple of mental health professionals - did some writing on class struggle and depression:

http://libcom.org/blog/callout-submissions-depression-class-struggle-070...

The writing's done, but we've been held up at the layout stage. Anyway, keep an eye out for it.

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Sep 30 2013 08:24

hii everyone....hope to have nice discussions with you guys.

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Oct 4 2013 09:47

hii everyone

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Oct 14 2013 10:42
Chilli Sauce wrote:
Welcome to the forums Cap. I know there are at least a couple regular libcom posters with dyslexia - although I can't remember anyone writing about it specifically. I also know that Steven, one of the admins, has written publicly about having a disability. So he might be a good person to PM to send you in the right direction.

Hey Cap, if you're still around, I thought this might be of interest:

http://libcom.org/library/communism-real-movement-abolish-disability

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Oct 14 2013 12:45

Hi everybody,
new to this site but not to anarchism/libertarian communism - I've been around the block a bit and got grey hairs and wrinkles to prove it! I did post a question about the NHS and how it would work in a anarchist society but cant seem to find it in the list of threads. Maybe I posted it in a defunct thread, I dont know, it was an old one, from 2007. Still learning the workings of this forum, I guess. Whats peoples views on the attacks on the NHS and as anarchists how would we see a free health service work in an autonomous libertarian society? Nice easy question to start with! Lol!
PS I use and will use the words libertarian/libertarianism in the way they were formulated for ie the ideas of anarcho communism, NOT this right wing bollocks thats imported from the US!

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Oct 19 2013 09:06

Hey smile Glad to finally find a place that shares my opinions. I'm Alex - I believe its acceptable to share my first name... I've always been left with my politics, starting out as a silly clone of my dad's 'liberalism', moving to communism, and now anarcho-communism. I'm in college, studying my a levels. I suffer from extreme allergic reactions to capitalism. And - this isn't something I usually share with people, but I figure if I can't be accepted here, then whats the point of it - I am transgender. If you want to ask me about that, go ahead. I came here now because I'm feeling incredibly isolated, and also because being part of a community is a prerequisite for taking part in action etc.

I feel I've done a poor job of explaining myself, but whatever. There's my intro.

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Oct 21 2013 18:18

Hello, my name is Eric and I am autistic. I believe in an Anarchism along the lines of Libertarian Communism. I used to be a liberal three years ago, and I got drawn to Socialism. I got curious one day and wondered what Marx had to say about Capitalism and a lot of what he said made sense, and from there I eventually discovered Anarchism.

The first time I remember hearing the term Anarchist was when had a friend a while back when I was fourteen, who liked marijuana and made napalm. I remember when we made up crazy fantasies like riding a bicycle with potato cannons strapped on to it (backwards) and firing them while cops are chasing. We were living in a Christian academy, and we were trouble makers. I didn't know what the word meant at the time, but years later in an english class (In a community college); I was taking a test and it was true or false whether or not anarchy meant chaos. When we were correcting and the teacher was giving the answers the teacher said Anarchism meant chaos but deep down in side I didn't believe it. I thought how can we believe it's not possible for people to be peaceful without a state, but there was a time after when I did thought it meant chaos.

I also stopped believing in Christianity about three years ago, and I think if the biblical god was real than he would be a horrible person.

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Oct 21 2013 12:22

Hi, welcome everyone!

Hexagon, yes feel free to share any information you like about yourself, although we generally advise people not to share any information which will make them personally identifiable (i.e. full name and location, name of particular workplace, personal photo etc).

In terms of your gender, libcom has a number of transgender posters and we try as much as possible to be a safe space free from any form of prejudice or discrimination (and in our point of view this includes transphobia and transphobic "feminism"). This is specified in our posting guidelines so if you do get any prejudiced comments messages please let an admin such as myself know so that we can take urgent action.

All the best

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Oct 22 2013 18:34

Hi there new people!

Hexagon, I don't know how many transgender users frequent this place, but I'm a transgender woman and I really like this place. Granted, I haven't seen this place in a while, but I feel accepted here and so far I haven't run into any cissexist jerks. Hope you like it here! =]

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Oct 22 2013 19:26

Hi Ally

Could you explain, as simply as possible, what cissexism is? I've googled and wikied but didn't really understand what I was reading. Whether that's because I'm a dumbfuck or the info is badly written I'm not sure, but it's probably the former!
Cheers.

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Oct 23 2013 21:12

Thanks Chilli Sauce, I also will have a look at some of the recent anti-psychiatry articles when I have time.

I have been a bit busy recently because ATOS have taken an interest in me despite having doctors say I am too ill to work without significant ajustment to any workplace. I'm hoping that I get out of that, otherwise I will be working out how to cause as much disruption as I can before I collapse from overexertion.

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Oct 24 2013 07:49
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Hi Ally

Could you explain, as simply as possible, what cissexism is? I've googled and wikied but didn't really understand what I was reading. Whether that's because I'm a dumbfuck or the info is badly written I'm not sure, but it's probably the former!
Cheers.

basically, it means transphobic, meaning prejudice (which can be quite subtle or unconscious) towards trans people.

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Oct 25 2013 13:42

I will firstly say hello,,,, 'Hello' .... But why I'm returning to your prestigious site is because I have been banned from 'anarchistnews.com' because I declared that their anarchism resembled a neo-primitivist association of malcontents and trolls, and that I thought libertarian communism was the most pragmatic method of providing this world with an integrated and socially workable and sustainable system for existence. I have matured and evolved over the years. I must admit that I did fall back on the proverbial rubric of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend," ,,,umm, I am loyal up to the point of betrayal, and let me just say that those who run anarchistnews.org vehemently hate you, and I will do everything I can do to defend your site from their scurrilous attacks. My apologies for making such a dramatic egotistical entrance upon your unselfish forum.

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Nov 11 2013 03:49

Newbie here. How can I enjoy the site?

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Nov 26 2013 17:41

Greetings, all. I'm a leftist neophyte. I've traveled the political gamut, trying out different political philosophies and parties throughout a large chunk of my life with an open mind, figuring out where I naturally stand. The far left has come to feel like home, to me. It's the only humane position, it seems.

I'm a Zen Buddhist monk, Hospice volunteer, stay at home dad, and student in Oregon, USA.

This site is a great resource, and I'm happy to have found it. I stumbled across it while researching anarcho-communism. I look forward to learning from everyone here, and thank you.

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Dec 30 2013 19:27

Hello. I'm a libertarian communist from Italy. I'm in my twenties, I'm a student and I've had a brief experience with RevLeft some years ago. I've been following Libcom for quite some time and I'm looking forward to learn something new from more experienced users smile .

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Jan 7 2014 09:39

Red Monk, where are you in Oregon? I live in Portland.

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Jan 7 2014 10:22
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Hello. I'm a libertarian communist from Italy. I'm in my twenties, I'm a student and I've had a brief experience with RevLeft some years ago. I've been following Libcom for quite some time and I'm looking forward to learn something new from more experienced users smile .

welcome! If you speak Italian, are you aware of our struggles in Italy blog? As they could do with some help if you have time: http://libcom.org/blog/struggles-italy-search-new-talent-%E2%80%93-join-...

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Jan 27 2014 20:17

Hello All,
I'm poor on computers and seem to have lost my first introduction.
"Libertarian communist" describes me well. My focus is on developing a red-green organizing theory that unites human and natural ecology. I employ Marxism and other left tendencies (red) and the new sciences of the organizational relations of life, thus healthy human societies (deep green) to do this.
I also come to libcom to learn. I need a good education in council communism, the many Italian anarchisms, etc.
I look forward to many discussions with the rest of you as we pursue a human future. My re-green best, Mr. Natural

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Jan 27 2014 21:40

Welcome!

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Jan 28 2014 02:04

Welcome to Libcom Mr. Natural! Check your pm's.

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Jan 28 2014 20:05

Steven, Thanks for the welcome. I'm looking forward to hearing from you on the Italian left and anarchist doings.
Red Dog, What an unusual background you bring to the left, alltho I have several shelves of books on Eastern spiritual philosophies, myself. Have you read Fritjof Capra's Tao of Physics? Capra is my main man--he brings the new sciences to the understanding of we earthlings in his masterwork, Web of Life (1996). Capra shifted to the life sciences after Tao of Physics, his first work, and I have read and read and re-read all his works. Capra has such a fertile, far-reaching mind, and his project has always been to bring a popular understanding of life to us all ....
I live in Crescent City. There seems to be a northwestern presence at libcom that I find to be potentially quite interesting. My red-green best, Mr. Natural

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Jan 29 2014 22:40

How do you do that 'A'? smile

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Jan 31 2014 15:52

Hello!

I'm a 24 year-old anarchist communist from Britain. First thing I'd like to mention is that I'm quite shocked that this username wasn't taken already! I decided to join LibCom because I'm looking to fill a need for intellectual discussion that I've been craving for quite a while now, hopefully this will be the place to find it!

Now for a bit about myself: I'm a member of the Anarchist Federation, as well as being involved in prison support work through the Anarchist Black Cross. I'm currently learning more about and aligning myself with Platformism though I still don't know enough about it to consider calling myself one yet. I also have a keen interest in green anarchism (social ecology/green syndicalism, not primitivist/anti-civilization) and am looking to discover more about left-com, council communist and communisation theories.

I'm straight edge and vegan. Animal liberation plays an important part in my politics as was what brought me to anarchism in the first place. I also love punk rock. I put on shows in my city, mostly as benefits for various anarchist causes.

That's all I can be bothered to say for now! See you in the forums comrades!

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Jan 31 2014 20:19

Classless,
Well, you obviously aren't clueless. You have lots of interesting Pursuits and much commitment to boot. You punk rock!
With your animal lib and veganism, I wonder if you have run across deep ecology, which has its lacks (political economy, for one), but which works with humanity's place in the natural world. Deep ecology has been defined as "The philosophical, scientific, and spiritual practice of life-centeredness, as outlined by the 8 Points." The first three points of Deep Ecology's 161-word 8 Point Program best express humanity's place in and relation to the natural world for me. They are: "1) The well-being and flourishing of human and non-human life on Earth have value in themselves (synonyms: intrinsic value, inherent worth). These values are independent of the usefulness of the non-human world for human purposes.
"2) Richness and diversity of life forms contribute to the realization of these values and are also values in themselves.
"3) Humans have no right to reduce this richness and diversity except to satisfy vital needs."

Welcome! My red-green best, Mr. Natural

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Jan 31 2014 23:00

hello

London Enfield male 29, direct action, web counterintelligence, political science degree, experience in AFA action in Poland.

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Feb 3 2014 17:10

Hello! I'm an 18 year old trans girl from Kentucky, USA. Still in high school, currently looking for employment but planning on attending university this fall. I'm just coming off a phase of Social Justice/Identity Politics thought that was more than a little stifling intellectually.

Politically I find myself gravitating towards Anarcho-Syndicalism at the moment, but I'm still working things out and I expect to develop my positions considerably on this site. Cheers, comrades!