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Apr 22 2015 18:30

Welcome!

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Apr 22 2015 21:51
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I've been lurking for a long time, but now I'm delurking. Hello there.

If I may say so, that's a very well executed bit of delurking. Good work comrade!

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May 11 2015 00:09

Hello, and sorry I did not see this thread right away.

Firstly I should probably explain my name. I am a genuine anarchist mental paitaint, and the name is supposed to be a little sarcastic, about this condition.

I have been reading about anarchism for some years now, on and off, and although I am yet to meet someone with the same views as me in the flesh, I would like to make some inquiries about this that the anarchist FAQ cannot answer. I'm pretty radical, but my personal circumstances have thus far prevented me from participating in anything.

I am especially interested in anti psychiatry from an abolitionist perspective and would like to talk to some people about this and its relationship to anarchism. Apart from one very good blog a few things here and there I have not seen much antipsychiatry on here.

Apologies for not writing more, I am presently on my mobile device. Also I am a bit of a newbie when comes to even forums but I gather the basics, I think. Don't troll, post on existing threads unless you absolutely have to start a new one ect...

Thank you for you time.

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May 26 2015 15:35

Hello all!

I am an anarcho-communist in my early 20s who attends school in Morgantown, West Virginia USA. I have been reading articles on libcom on and off for a few years now, but only recently made an account. I have been lucky enough to be one of the founding/core members of the leftist collective on campus. Our group is broadly leftist with most members being anarchist or marxist-leninist, though we also have many members who identify politically as green or democratic socialist. Recently we organized a successful conference for leftists in the mid-atlantic region and formed a coalition with other student groups that eventually forced the university president to sign with the Workers Rights Consortium. If anyone is in the region and would be interested working together, feel free to shoot me a PM.

I first radicalized in middle school where I began to identify as a Maoist (I am still VERY unsure why I adopted that label). In high school I liberalized once more but by senior year was wholeheartedly disenchanted. After a few years of reading and discussing, I now identify as a anarcho-communist (but I also ID as an autonomous-marxist, anarcho-syndaclist, eco-socialist, etc. since these terms and movements have so much overlap). I probably read too much philosophy, mostly post structuralist political and feminist stuff. However, I have become more and more interested in ontology lately. I also love to read militant ethnographic and political ecology literature.

Excited to be more active in this community! Again, feel free to send a PM if you are in the Mid-Atlantic area and want to work together or want details on upcoming events in the area.

Thanks!

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May 26 2015 18:37

Welcome! (And I'm sure you're very nice, however we should say users should be wary of sending private messages to individuals they don't know, or who aren't vouched for, as obviously online people may not be whom they claim to be)

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May 29 2015 10:46

Hi! I'm an Anarcho-communist from the UK, just finishing my first year of A-levels. I developed lots of my ideas with the schools sociology teacher and he suggested libcom to me. I've been using libcom for a few months now and have finally got round to making an account.
Looking forward to discusion and developing my ideas further.

Cheers!

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May 29 2015 11:03

Welcome Pod. Sounds like you've got a pretty cool teacher! Hope you enjoy the site.

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Jun 1 2015 18:13

Hello all. I'm a primitivist-leaning anarcho-communist living in the UK. Student, soon to be of politics. I'm not that new to anarchism, but new to doing something about it. Particularly interested in ecological stuff. Here to make friends and connections, and talk about anarchism.

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Jun 1 2015 22:10

Welcome new people, and yes it does sound like you have a cool teacher!

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Jun 7 2015 09:39

Hello,

I've been following this site for about 5-10 years. I probably first came across it searching for a particular text. Comrades later told me they were following discussions so, on that basis, I took a keaner interest.

At first, I was a little taken aback by the camaraderie but now I am enjoying the site.

If I may be allowed one criticism, when posting a text, I think it better not to express ones opinion of the text being submitted for publication when introducing it. We are all intelligent beings and will form our own opinions if we take the time to read the text. Then anyone (including those submittong the article) can express their opinions in the comments sections.

Now, I am going to read the article by the Anarchist Federation on the divinity of Emperor Haile Selassie and Empress Menen. Mi cyan believe it!

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Jun 19 2015 02:20

My name is Julien i am from Norwood, i am a fan of crossplay (i called the crossplay to crossdress ),and sometimes i also play with bodysuit(if you know what i mean)

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Jun 16 2015 05:22

HI! I am the pigeon!

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Jun 22 2015 23:57

New. Live in Texas and have been part of various union efforts, anti-police brutality organizing, and anti-war organizing. The anarchist movement here isn't too strong. Anarchists exist all throughout various parts of left organizing here, but don't seem to want to articulate any of their own ideas or organizing separately for them. Food Not Bombs was probably one of the only things back in the day that any of the anarchists had a major foot hold in. That's no longer around.

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Jun 23 2015 11:49

Hi guys,
I'm new to marxist theory and am interested in learning more! I consider myself a socialist but am as of yet still unsure of my strand of ideology.

However I'm moving more towards a libertarian ideology, however still believe there should be some form of state yet am willing to be convinced otherwise!

So I hope I'm welcome here!

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Jun 29 2015 02:40

I'm anarcho-communist living in the US who has syndicalist and insurrectionist tendencies.

After I read 1984 in school, I started questioning the role of the state and organized religion. On youtube, I found and subscribed to "libertarian socialist rants," who explained that anarchists are not only anti-state, but also against all forms of oppression. The Anarchist FAQ also helped me discover what left libertarianism was about.

I'm a senior in the factory of indoctrination they call "high school" and have first hand experience of the failures of the american educational system. Suprisingly, I've met teachers and students sympathetic to my views. The only activism I've done is volunteering at a local soup kitchen.

I'm looking forward to contributing to discussions in this forum, and I hope I will learn something new. Ⓐ

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Jun 29 2015 08:15

Welcome!

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Jul 9 2015 21:51

I'm sure I've done this before but can't remember when exactly.

Oh jolly good then. Male, the latter half of my 20s, still a student (planning on having this done asap which is in "mypersonalspeak" - December to January 2016). Working irregularly and part time, mostly translations and proofreading. I'm a huge nerd for metal and challenge anyone thinking they're the most metal around here to a duel of any sorts. Except for duels involving physical stuff.

Concerning politics, the watershed moment was the students' occupation of unis around here (Croatia) in 2009. Learnt at the very start all I need to know about unions actually. From then on I've tilted to the left of the historical communist movements and found much joy in left communism. And some sadness too, just for the balance (though this has more to do with contemporary left comm organizations). I also think the Italian operaismo and autonomia, along with contemporary forms of syndicalism, communization theory (I once wrote a love letter for Gilles Dauve but never got to send it) and class struggle anarchism are "traditions" which are definitely worth to investigate.

I advocate bottom level political-analytical organizing, the latter primarily in the form of a tiny writing collective here I'm part of and a Balkans' discussion platform for communists. The purpose should be political organizing in the future.

I've no problem with telling people they're not communists (which means that what I wrote above actually excludes Stalinoids and people like that).

See ya.

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Jul 9 2015 22:59

Welcome! Actually I have a question for comrades from your part of the world, which is what should we call our Serbo-Croat language section? Would "Srpskohrvatski" be okay, or is there a better term to use which maybe doesn't exclude Bosnian/Montenegrin?

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Jul 9 2015 23:20
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Welcome! Actually I have a question for comrades from your part of the world, which is what should we call our Serbo-Croat language section? Would "Srpskohrvatski" be okay, or is there a better term to use which maybe doesn't exclude Bosnian/Montenegrin?

Depends on who you ask.

For internationalists, it's srpsko-hrvatski, hrvatsko-srpski, or "I-don't-give-a-fuck-which-language-is-it". To clarify a bit, Croatian and Serbian (along with other ex-Yu languages, with the possible exception of Montenegrin, but hey it seems they teach strictly Montenegrin in China) have been classified as languages proper by the UN. Many speakers consider it specific and distinct languages, though there are of course clear linguistic similarities (so that I can communicate in any register with Serbian people without any problem - apart from some Turkish influenced lexical items).

There isn't any term of the kind you're asking about which would include all of the new national standards. That means some vague connotations of both Croat and Serbian supremacy (of whatever kind) can't be avoided by recourse to established terms in these languages. I'd suggest something along the lines of "Ex-YU Slavic languages" but...this doesn't sound so good, does it? And more importantly, there are significant linguistic differences between speeches in Macedonia and Croatia and Serbia; Macedonian is pretty much closest linguistically to Bulgarian in fact. So "ex-YU Slavic" containing mostly articles in Serbian and Croatian or Serbocroatian (the official standard in Yugoslavia, distinct from both official standard varieties of today) would also leave the wrong impression. Slovenian? Macedonian?

I don't know really, leave it as it is - the best option probably.

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Jul 9 2015 23:26

Thanks! Although that's pretty confusing. Basically I think I'm going to have to send your message asking you what particular language different articles on our site are in, to tag them properly!

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Jul 9 2015 23:39
Steven. wrote:
Thanks! Although that's pretty confusing. Basically I think I'm going to have to send your message asking you what particular language different articles on our site are in, to tag them properly!

It's confusing alright but when you live around here...nothing could suprise you language-wise no more grin

I suppose most written stuff that gets submitted here is in either combination of Croatian and Serbian. Or in distinct varieties (for instance, I write in post-1990 Croatian standard 'cause I've been thouroughly acculturated to it). Bosnian...is a very, very peculiar issue. Most of the time Serbocroatian, but in some varieties with heavy Turkish (Ottoman, really) lexical background. Macedonian and Slovenian are distinct enough. Montenegrin? Honestly, I've no idea how it departs from standard Serbian (since we all can communicate perfectly well - except for regional dialects' speakers of course).

(EDIT) And just for the sake of illustration, there was this guy from an island along the Adriatic coast I...well, tried to talk to. He either didn't want to try and speak in standard or didn't know it. Point is, both nominally and passport-wise - Croats. I've got no bloody idea what he's uttering, right in front of me.

Feel free to send me a message, by all means.

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Aug 7 2015 05:38

Greets. Don't remember offhand how I found this site. Radical feminist, dialectical materialist, and student of social anthropology/sociology, although the latter's been slow going due to my disability. Have been sympathetic to anarchist thought generally since early teens, but it was only until uni., where I learned about Marx's work as a sociologist, and from there started taking economics classes [and read the first book of "Das Kapital" on my own], that I got past ultra-right economics [von Mises, Hayek, et al.] and became a marxist/communist.

Looking at the various radial left parties in my country [u.s.] made it smack-in-the-face obvious how dead the left is here, which has been pretty depressing. So I've hit pretty much a dead end. Guess I'm mainly here to try to find out if there are ways I can contribute to the cause, or even if there are possibly people of similar minds in my general area, etc. I toyed with joining the Wobblies, but decided against it [in part for reasons discussed here]. So, in short, I'm at a loss as to how to continue.

Anyway, hello, comrades.
Vive L'Internationale!, etc.

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Aug 7 2015 14:48

Hi Kir, good to have you on the site. If you don't mind me asking, where in the States are you from? There might be things going on locally that folks on the site could link you to.

Also, just for what it's worth, I'm not sure I'd based my assessment of the IWW based on something written that long ago. There are lots of reasons to be critical of the modern Wobs, but it's probably worth digging into their more current activities to decide if they might be the right organisation for you.

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Aug 7 2015 19:49

'Sup. Thanks for the response, comrade. I'm in VA, atm.

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Sep 24 2015 09:22

hi all,

Long time reader of the site, and I think I've joined before, but not sure.

From Amsterdam the Netherlands, I'm a translator with an interest in Marx, communist politics and antipolitics, autonomia, and other such currents, as well as Spinoza and more philosophical stuff.
I am currently working on improving my Italian and trying to get my hands on Italian texts of Mario Tronti, and get them into the underground commons, so that more of them may be translated into English.

Besides that I'm an illustrator/printmaker producing petty artistic commodities for the postfordist broke-and-working-class and working a part-time job as a mail man (just for fun, natch).

Vive la commune, then. Have a nice day!

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Sep 24 2015 10:41

Welcome! Great to have you here, please feel free to post any of your translations to our library (we have a Dutch language section here: https://libcom.org/tags/nederlands)

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Sep 24 2015 11:13
Steven. wrote:
Welcome! Great to have you here, please feel free to post any of your translations to our library (we have a Dutch language section here: https://libcom.org/tags/nederlands)

Great, thanks, I'll do that. I also translate to English. I might have some texts in Dutch from a while ago, I lost a bunch through the combined impact of a crashed hard drive and a burglary, but I'll dig around a bit later on.

Cheers for the welcome.

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Sep 27 2015 23:01

Everyone! I am y'all!

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Oct 2 2015 11:39

Hi,

Been lurking/reading/getting-stuff-from-the-library for a while, but now I've decided that I should join.
I'm by no means any sort of activist, although it's been brought to my attention that I have influence on the general atmosphere and ways that things are organized at my job. At my work I'm a kind of IT-guy, doing all kinds of stuff (writing scripts, testing software, doing things in and with databases etc.).
I'm interested in free/libre software, music, reading, and I try to look for things and tendencies that are either explicitly or implicitly compatible with anarchist/communist principles. In this regard I think there's a lot that we can learn from the writings of people like Kropotkin and Colin Ward. I tend to read way too much serious books (good for the mind), and spend not enough time on things I really love doing (good for the heart and soul, if one believes there's such a thing).

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Oct 8 2015 09:38

Hello,

I tend to try and keep my real name a secret, so just calling me by my nickname is what I prefer online. I am a college student, I study computer games development and I am currently thinking about what to do once I finish college. I have plenty of questions to all you ancoms out there, however I am not sure whether this is is the place to ask them and I should instead make a topic listing down my questions if I cannot find answers from previous topics and articles. Also, I should mention that I'm pretty thick-skinned in terms of language and, like George Carlin, I have a very low tolerance of stupid bullshit tongue though I doubt I'll get into any ginormous flaming since people here are very much like-minded.