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Aug 27 2018 15:46

Welcome, new people!

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Aug 27 2018 20:03

Hi all, I'm CyrusAshokha (Cyrus the Great and Ahsokha the Great). I'm staying in the Middle East and I'm an egoist-communist. I first got into leftist thought through Öcalan, and that just led me down a rabbit hole. I also don't mind lukewarm pizza. Or even cold. if its there ill eat it

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Sep 1 2018 16:23
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Hello I'm Shikantaza, I'm a 20-something PhD student from the UK. My politics were always liberal until a couple of years ago when Corbyn got elected to the labour leadership. Since then my frustrations with the PLP's resistance to democratic reform has led me to explore left-wing thought more generally. I'm trying to keep an open mind at the moment, I've read some Marx and Kropotkin. At this stage I think I am more reformist than revolutionary due to the risk of a revolution being coopted by an elite seeking to keep power for themselves. Just hoping to learn more from being here.

I'm glad you're here! The world would be a better place if more people took the time to do what you're doing: explore various ideas and question their beliefs.

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Sep 2 2018 01:29

I found this site because "Full text of The Dispossessed at Libcom.org" was listed as the first external link at the bottom of the Wikipedia article on the same title. Curiously enough, if I type the title in LibCom's search box, it doesn't come up, though it's accessible other ways. Someone who knows how might want to look into that bug.

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Sep 4 2018 21:59
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Curiously enough, if I type the title in LibCom's search box, it doesn't come up, though it's accessible other ways. Someone who knows how might want to look into that bug.

IIRC, it's been broken for years. I think they may do something to it with the new site upgrade. Steven or Mike Harman will know for sure.

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Sep 19 2018 06:40

Hi everyone, I'm a college student from the US. I'm mainly here because I have recently begun to question every political belief I held. I have no idea where I stand on anything anymore and I'm trying to learn about as many ideologies as possible. I thought I was a libertarian until I took an economics class and realized how unsustainable free market economies are. That led me to question my beliefs on other topics as well. I hope being here will help me to learn about points of view that I haven't explored yet.

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Sep 19 2018 16:37
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Hi everyone, I'm a college student from the US. I'm mainly here because I have recently begun to question every political belief I held. I have no idea where I stand on anything anymore and I'm trying to learn about as many ideologies as possible. I thought I was a libertarian until I took an economics class and realized how unsustainable free market economies are. That led me to question my beliefs on other topics as well. I hope being here will help me to learn about points of view that I haven't explored yet.

Welcome. "Libertarian" in america (where its meaning has been distorted by right-wingers) has nothing to do with its actual and historical meaning (especially outside North America); it's basically a short way of saying one who's an anarchist and a socialist. So the libertarian in libcom has nothing to do with "free markets" etc. And university social science courses (in my experience) are always conservative and biased toward capitalism (or a modified capitalism), so you won't really learn much there.

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Nov 21 2018 11:05

Hello!
Swedish railroad worker here that found this forum, somehow, when reading about Railroad Workers United. Autonomous syndicalist union organizing in a country where union activity is so smothered by reformist “social democracy” (nowadays its not social nor democratic) has its challenges, and I find what RWU is doing as interesting. Among other aspects, as a way of reaching workers that are swallowed up by the bureaucracy of the trade unions, these so-called organizations, who more or less resembles insurance companies/institutions today, are actually helping out in this process by being yellow (acting on behalf of the employer) in some cases.
By seeking examples of successful organizing, or attempts thereof, I found this forum and figured it was a good idea to join.

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Nov 21 2018 14:51

Hello, I'm Sara.

I originally became political though the peace movement, environmentalism, Thatcher, anti racism etc. I'm instinctively anarchist in my response to any form of hierarchy or oppression. Gradually, on the basis that, if you can't change the world, change yourself, I drifted towards philosophy, psychology and spirituality. Nothing in mainstream politics has represented any of my views for over thirty years, and it seemed obvious that the neoliberal consensus was a stitch up.

The emergence of Corbyn reawakened my interest, as it seems to have done for many others of my generation on the left. If nothing else, his leadership of Labour has highlighted the machinations of the establishment in their attempts to discredit him. He also seems to have placed the question of democracy back on the agenda, as has Brexit. At least people are talking seriously about politics again. I joined Labour and Momentum out of fear that this little spark might be put out too soon, but beginning to think politically again has made me realise that the problems we face are more fundamental than anything which is likely to be achieved through the representative system, or the most well intentioned reformism.

I'm currently trying to educate myself in libertarian thought and history, to clarify my own thinking and to see if there's anything I can usefully do. I came across this website in the course of this process, and have found it very interesting so far. If you can't change yourself, change the world...

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Nov 21 2018 16:49

Hello Blackrails. Welcome to the crazy world of Libcom!

blackrails
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Nov 21 2018 20:39

Well thank you dear Fence!

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Dec 27 2018 06:17

Hello to all.

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Jan 15 2019 19:06

Hi all,
I found this site on twitter sometime last year or 2017. I think it was a critique of Corbyn (of course), which I initially dismissed but then I did that thing where you read the whole article. And I actually agreed with it.
I've always been left leaning politics wise and during university one of my friends was chair of the Marxist society. However, that society was mostly M-L leaning which I didn't really fit into because I am very skeptical about the state ever being this machine for good without exploiting people further. I had also watched videos of Professor Wolff who argues that the USSR et al are simply state capitalism which made complete sense to me.
Libertarian communism appealed greatly to me as cooperation and community are fundamental to human society in my opinion. I am now making my way through the Conquest of Bread and I greatly appreciate suggestions to further reading, however, I am not a strong reader.
I'm here to learn, especially about the applications of lib-com to the world, meet new people and have fun!
Thanks

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Jan 15 2019 20:05

Hi Yosef. Nice to have you here!

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Jan 16 2019 06:13

Internationalist Greetings! This is Gulf Coast Communist Fraction, a left-communist group based in Southwest Florida.

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Jan 17 2019 16:32

** Punk Volunteers Needed**
Hi, I am an undergraduate student at the University of Exeter, currently doing a dissertation on women within the punk subculture of the 1970s/80s in England. For my project I am hoping to interview anyone who classed themselves as a punk within this period. I would be especially interested in women interviewees as they are what my project is based around however would be very grateful for anyone who was involved within the subculture's insights.
I am hoping to do these interviews in person within Exeter however realise this may not be possible so would also be happy to do them over Skype. Furthermore if people do not feel comfortable doing this but would still be open to sharing their experiences I can email over some questions for you to fill out.
If anyone is interesting in being interviewed or would like to find out more please email me at kw390@exeter.ac.uk.
Thankyou!!

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Jan 27 2019 21:39

Punkfairy, you should probably post your comment somewhere else in the forum (announcements seems appropirate) as most users of this site will most likely not see the one here.

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Apr 17 2019 11:59

Hello all, my name is Christie Sibley and I live in San Jose, CA. Hope to make new friends.

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Apr 21 2019 18:44
ChristieSibley wrote:
Hello all, my name is Christie Sibley and I live in San Jose, CA. Hope to make new friends.

If yur username is your real name, then you should change it. You can ask an admin or post in the relevant thread. Assuming nthat you're not a spambot.

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May 1 2019 09:57

Hey all, with London Anarchist Federation, known about libcom forever but only just decided to get a forum account.