**Welcome! Say hello and introduce yourself on this thread**

Submitted by Steven. on February 10, 2005

Welcome!

This is a thread for new users to say hi, say how they found the site and ask any questions which they may not want to post a new thread about.

Coming into a community where everybody is throwing their Kropotkins and Bakunins about like tennis balls can often be daunting. In-jokes and people's cliques can seem off-putting, but every community has them - you will find that most people are pretty friendly once you start posting.

Don't forget to fill out your profile information by click on 'my account' at the top of the page.

Try and keep complex crap, in-jokes, flames and arguments off this thread and lets let newcomers feel at home :) A good way to get a basic introduction is to check out our posting guidelines.

Cheers, and welcome to our new users from the libcom.org crew 8-)
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Khawaga

6 years ago

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Welcome! Interesting user name; does it have any particular meaning?

Steven.

6 years ago

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Welcome, swim!

Swim-Two-Birds

6 years ago

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Thanks, the name is just a reference to the book 'At Swim-Two-Birds' by Flann O'Brien.

Khawaga

6 years ago

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Ah, I am a philistine so couldn't spot it. Looked up the book and now I kind of want to read it. Sounds quite interesting.

Sewer Socialist

6 years ago

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I can't remember if I ever made an intro post, but here's another Revleftist looking for discussion.

I'm currently reading Dauve's Eclipse & Re-Emergence of the Communist Movement, and I'm pretty into how easy to follow it and Endnotes are. I'm not super educated and a lot of leftist stuff is hard for me to follow - my education after high school has pretty much been reading books. I'm thinking of reading something along the lines of Vaneigem's Revolution of Daily Life or Tronti's Worker and Capital next.

I'm not really fond of arguing and... I hope to have productive discussions.

Craftwork

6 years ago

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PDF for the latest version of Eclipse and Re-emergence:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/dpvboc7zkukq5jf/Dauv%C3%A9%20with%20Martin%20-%20Eclipse%20and%20Re-emergence.pdf?n=396505654

Rupert Dreyfus

6 years ago

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Hello, folks.

I've been interested in anarchism since my late teens and I'm now in my early 30s. I joined this forum to keep up on the anarchist movement around the world; something I've been lazy with over the last couple of years owed to other commitments. I hope to meet some decent people here and debate interesting stuff as to wake up that part of my brain again..

I'm primarily an author, but I also write the occasional serious piece for Consented. My website is here:

www.rupertdreyfus.co.uk

Feel free to ask any questions. Meanwhile I'm off for a browse...

Inabit.

R.D

Steven.

6 years ago

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Welcome, Rupert and Sewer (unfortunate initials there)

Rupert Dreyfus

6 years ago

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Cheers, Steven!

altemark

6 years ago

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Nice to see more professional translators on this forum, neat. Welcome LinksRadikal

NGNM85

6 years ago

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Howdy. I'm NGNM85. I'm a Libertarian socialist. Ideologically, I'm primarily influenced by anarchist thinkers, particularly Emma Goldman, and Noam Chomsky, however I am increasingly interested in libertarian Marxism, particularly the ideas of Karl Marx, Rosa Luxemburg, and Michael Harrington. My primary interests include philosophy, history, politics, and pop culture. Glad to be here.

Sewer Socialist

6 years ago

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NGNM85

Howdy. I'm NGNM85. I'm a Libertarian socialist. Ideologically, I'm primarily influenced by anarchist thinkers, particularly Emma Goldman, and Noam Chomsky, however I am increasingly interested in libertarian Marxism, particularly the ideas of Karl Marx, Rosa Luxemburg, and Michael Harrington. My primary interests include philosophy, history, politics, and pop culture. Glad to be here.

hey, i remember you from revleft

Khawaga

5 years 12 months ago

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Seems like a lot of revleft folks are coming over. More purges?

Welcome NGNM85!

slothjabber

5 years 11 months ago

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I don't think so, I think RevLeft is just shit.

Khawaga

5 years 11 months ago

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True that. I lurk revleft from time to time, but the discussions there are mostly shite. Not that libcom these days have a lot of decent discussions.

NGNM85

5 years 11 months ago

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slothjabber

I don't think so, I think RevLeft is just shit.

If I could 'like' this twice, I would.

DigitalSocialist

5 years 11 months ago

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Hello Steven thanks for your recent help. Really useful. Have two forum topics up already. One on theory and another news related to NHS.

DigitalSocialist

5 years 11 months ago

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Hello new to Socialism. Went to a Socialist Party public meeting on Jeremy Corbyn September 2015. Been to several SPEW branch meetings. Read lots of SPEW pamphlets but reading a blog post recently on another website by ex member of SPEW who resigned in April 2013 made me have pause for thought and come to conclusion Socialist Party of England and Wales is really not the organization for me if I am honest with myself. Also discovering recently how much SPEW are influenced by Leon Trotsky makes me have doubts anyway as I know sod all about Trotskyism. Keen to learn and discuss theory. Really curious about SPGB plus Trade Union History, Marxism and Anarchism in general. Hope I get a reply to this comment.

ultraviolet

5 years 11 months ago

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Welcome, DigitalSocialist. It's great that you're looking into things and figuring things out so that you can get involved in an effective way. Revolution needs all the help it can get. I'm glad that you're going to make a contribution. Welcome aboard!

Scheuerf

4 years 4 months ago

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Steven.

5 years 11 months ago

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Welcome! And yes, sorry we had to stop new posters starting threads because we had an influx of spammers. Your account has now been approved to start threads

DigitalSocialist

5 years 11 months ago

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Hello ultraviolet thank you for your kind words. I was a member of Unison for five years until I got fed up of Unison being just an extension of Labour Party. There is the historical problem of because of Unison affiliation to Labour strikes at Labour run coucils by local Unison members have been discouraged by Unison officials. I think there should be leaderless trade unions. I have reached the conclusion that I need to look at Socialism by changing the lens of SPEW I was looking at capitalism through and look at Socialism through other perspective such as SolFed, Anarchist Federation, Class War and last but never least SPGB. At moment researching on Trotskyism and Bolshevism not because I believe in those concept but to truly understand what Trotskyism and Bolshevism really is as I have no idea and importantly why anarchist and anti bolshevik socialists such as SPGB dislike them.

Steven.

5 years 11 months ago

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DigitalSocialist

Hello ultraviolet thank you for your kind words.

hey DS, I have responded to your post on your other thread to stop this getting derailed: http://libcom.org/forums/theory/novice-socialism-lot-learn-22102016#comment-586549

Horke Lavento

5 years 11 months ago

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Hi there comrade and other folk,

I'm a middle aged class struggle anarchist 'nutter' from Finland. I used to be active during 1987 to 1996 and droped political work and had other things in my life consuming all of my time and strengh. I get interested in anarchist scene and involved with some militants some five years ago. I 'm a bit confused by the new fashionable form of individualist anarchism favoured by the younger comrades here in Finland - this insurrectionalist tendency just don't make much sense to me - but maybe I'm just old :)

altemark

5 years 11 months ago

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Horke Lavento: Welcome! SAC member here, interesting to hear your story. Were you involved in the Suomen AnarkistiLiitto? I am always wondering why there is not more networking between Swedish and Finnish initiatives (I know autonomists have some solid personal networks, but when I've encountered Finnish syndicalists on the internet, they usually ask whether the SAC have any contacts in .fi they could help them out with)

Mallin

5 years 11 months ago

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hello all
I'm Mallin, I'm from Ireland. I just came across this site randomly so I thought Id sign up and chat with some fellow anarchists :) I'm politically active about 11 years, I'm not involved with any anarcho org.

el psy congroo

5 years 10 months ago

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hello, new poster. came to discuss and network with others. all the best

severus

5 years 9 months ago

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Hey, I'm a libertarian communist from Poland. I've come here after realising that 4 out of 5 people on Revleft are banned or restricted :)

Khawaga

5 years 9 months ago

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Welcome! Seems like more and more rexleft refugees are coming here.

Steven.

5 years 8 months ago

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severus

Hey, I'm a libertarian communist from Poland.

welcome comrade!

zylas

5 years 6 months ago

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Hello, I'm a liberal disillusioned by parlamentary politics due to recent developments in USA and Europe, really questioning all my previous assumptions about how these things work. Currently anarchist leaning, but still figuring things out. I too am from Poland!

Steven.

5 years 6 months ago

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Hello and welcome, many of us were once in the same situation as you! If you're relatively new to things we would recommend having a look at our introductory guides: https://libcom.org/library/libcom-introductory-guide

potrokin

5 years 6 months ago

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I never did this and am hoping it's not too late. I am an ex-Trot (although that was a long time ago now) who, having found out more about the Russian revolution and the Spanish Civil War, went over to anarchism. I live in Kent and am currently studying Art and the Humanities at uni. My name is an anagram of Kropotkin but also refers to my fondness for cooking, especially noodles.

Rommon

5 years 6 months ago

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Hi,

I'm first and foremost a Christian, I don't know if I would Call myself an Anarchist, my thoughts are a little bit more complicated. I used to basically think of myself of a more or less a-political basic social-democrat. I recently started Reading David Graeber and Marcell Mauss and some other anthropology for a study I was doing in early Christian history/New Testament Exegesis in regards to Acts 2:42-47 and Acts 4:32-37 (the idea being that a historical reconstruction that starts from the point of social relationships rather than property institutions can make sense of the early Christian "communism" a whole lot better).

The more of David Graeber I read, the more I think he's definately on to something. So I don't know if I'm an anarchist or not, but I do know is I am 100% opposed to Capitalism, as both an ideology and a set of institutions, and that I don't think the state should be the way to oppose it, and I have a generally Christian worldview and theology has a big say in how I approach these issues.

Beyond that I'm still working on the Socratic injunction to "know myself".

Khawaga

5 years 6 months ago

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Welcome Rommon!

Steven.

5 years 6 months ago

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Yes, welcome!

shortshanks re…

5 years 6 months ago

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Hello, I have found this a very interesting site. my interests are Anarchisim and Art. I hope there are no grammar nazis round here as I am dyslexic.

Steven.

5 years 6 months ago

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A middle age woman no less

Hello, I have found this a very interesting site. my interests are Anarchisim and Art. I hope there are no grammar nazis round here as I am dyslexic.

welcome! I can't see I have ever noticed anyone being a dick about spelling/grammar, but doing so would be against our site guidelines so if anyone is not nice about it feel free to drop us a line with a hyperlink to [email protected] so we can take action

Zanthorus

5 years 6 months ago

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So, I created this account six years ago and then drifted away from politics of any kind for personal reasons. But personal experiences and world events have all been pushing me back in.

When I left off I was, or was trying to be, as dogmatically Marxist as they come. Not sure how much of that I've retained in the transition from being an angry teenager to an angry 20 something. I haven't read a word of Marx in probably two or three years, so I probably need to get back on that.

I used to post a lot on Revleft. Still have an account there, but the forums look like a ghost town now.

I'm autistic so if I'm needlessly pedantic about things just tell me to shut up.

Khawaga

5 years 5 months ago

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I'm autistic so if I'm needlessly pedantic about things just tell me to shut up.

You'll fit right in ;)

Welcome!

pi

5 years 5 months ago

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Hello Libcom

I've been lurking a while and have learnt stuff here. There is plenty I don't get so be sure I will be asking some daft questions and asserting some stupid crap along the way. Of course things get heated but I very much like that mostly people here tend towards engaging in a more meaningful way (and sometimes even changing their position!) than most other leftist and liberal sites I have seen.

I fancy diving in with a topic that is highly contentious here: veganism. I have just read some vegan talk here and in particular found this thread surprising and not informative. Perhaps there is a bit of previous on this subject that a new reader cannot know about. I found the non vegan arguments left me with more questions than answers. I doubt I will be convinced to eat animals or anything but I do think I am open enough to have my political view of it changed. So, are you all OK with me starting a thread trying to find out more about why the politics of veganism is so derided here?

BTW I am not joining up to just talk about veganism. Far from it. I have been lurking here a long while before I even saw the vegan threads today.

maltesto

5 years 4 months ago

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Hello,

I am a French Anarchist. I am really amazed by your incredible quantity of documents which is available. I hope I will learn a lot with you.

I am very interested in anarchist economics. I am writing an essay.

Khawaga

5 years 4 months ago

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welcome maltesto!

Steven.

5 years 4 months ago

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maltesto

Hello,

I am a French Anarchist. I am really amazed by your incredible quantity of documents which is available. I hope I will learn a lot with you.

I am very interested in anarchist economics. I am writing an essay.

Welcome new people! And please do post up your essay for us to have a look at.

admin: off topic comments removed

youknowhow

5 years 3 months ago

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Hello all, my name is Nick and I'm just new here in the community. Hope I'm pretty much welcome here.

Noah Fence

5 years 3 months ago

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Hello Nick, you are indeed, very welcome.

youknowhow

5 years 3 months ago

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Seems like the community is a ghost town? Where are the people?

Steven.

5 years 3 months ago

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youknowhow

Seems like the community is a ghost town? Where are the people?

?

You can see most recent posts/comments in the tracker: http://libcom.org/tracker

Khawaga

5 years 3 months ago

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Yeah, this is not the only thread people post in. Use the tracker as linked to by Steven and you'll see all the new posts folks have made. At the moment the community is more active that it has been for some time (likely due to tall the UK election threads).

Craftwork

5 years 3 months ago

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Clearly they don'tknowhow ;)

Khawaga

5 years 3 months ago

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Damn, that joke is so bad that I just had to laugh.

altemark

5 years 3 months ago

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Welcome Nick, hope you find some interesting threads here and leads towards organizing.

youknowhow

5 years 3 months ago

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Ah OK, thanks, people for the comment.

Paracelsus

5 years 3 months ago

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Hi I'm Terry. I don't fall into any ideological pigeonholes, I'm no friend of the Buckleys, Buchanans, Limbaughs, Hannitys but neither am what Lenin (aptly if crudely and possibly apocryphally termed "useful idiots").
I guess I am too right wing for sections of the Left and too left wing for some Right Wingers!

Khawaga

5 years 3 months ago

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Welcome! Libcommers usually tend to view left and right as two sides of the same coin.

Eocentaur

5 years 2 months ago

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Hi, been reading articles and getting information from here for a long time. I'm an anarchist communist. I have learned leftbook is a toxic cesspool but I do not like being cut off from any leftist discussion. I tried to consider MLs to be comrades, I really really did but they simply aren't. And the excessive demand that they are is almost always pushed by them to become dominant. I have met many MLs, ones I was told were good, but they just keep disappointing me, they never admit Lenin killed innocent people, hell they say he wasn't tough enough against dissent. And I don't think that is dogmatic to think it is unacceptable. So I dusted off my old profile and came here where I feel "the kulaks (decided by Stalin) deserved it" is not allowed.

Khawaga

5 years 2 months ago

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Welcome back

Eocentaur

5 years 2 months ago

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Thanks, and just out of curiosity, is that your cat or random internet picture?

Craftwork

5 years 2 months ago

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Eocentaur

Thanks, and just out of curiosity, is that your cat or random internet picture?

Khawaga is actually a hyper-intelligent cat.

Khawaga

5 years 2 months ago

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Yes, I am a cat. The pic is a selfie, though I look a bit older now ;)

Eocentaur

5 years 2 months ago

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Oh I'm sorry, I shouldn't have assumed. I myself had a car I was teaching to type (he had an interest) until he went missing.

Khawaga

5 years 2 months ago

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It is my kitty FYI (and he's still alive and kicking).

Thunaraz

5 years 2 months ago

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Hello,

I am a communications worker who began their foray into leftism and libertarian thinking when I was 13, finding the Communist Manifesto at a Library, as well as discovering punk rock music that espoused the more misguided, simple version of anarchism that was so popular among late 70s, 80s mainstay punk groups. I have only really evolved more fully in my political thinking in the last couple years after discovering Kropotkin. I would like to live in a world where my wife and I may grow food, help our neighbors and comrades, build a community based on horizontal organization and direct democracy, and live in harmony with the forces of nature to which we are spiritually "bound". I look forward to speaking with all of the comrades here extensively.

Regards,
Thunaraz The Thunderer

Steven.

5 years 2 months ago

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Welcome!

Delass

5 years 2 months ago

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Hi guys! Currently I am a Tech support and Web Designer in a company. Well I'm not gonna explain my job but I will explain more about my hobby. I'm interested in war history of Rome, Chinese, Turks, Korea, Iceland and many more. That is why I cam to this forum to learn more about the modern status of our era.

twinshia_BKNN

5 years 1 month ago

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I found this site by searching for anarchist forums, considering I have read some literature on Bakunin and Anarchism and am interested in it.

Talisa

5 years 1 month ago

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Hi, my ex-roommate told me about this website and that "people here know their shit." :D I'm very impressed with all the information you have. I feel like I could spend a lifetime reading it all. The discussion forums seem intimidating but lively and covering many interesting topics. I'm glad to be here. :)

Fleur

5 years 1 month ago

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Welcome! Personally, I deny all knowledge of knowing any shit but your roommate is correct and there's a lot of good stuff here :)

Khawaga

5 years 1 month ago

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People do know their shit, but people also throw faeces from time to time... so there's that ;)

silent_starling

5 years ago

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Hello, all.

I'm a market anarchist or individualist anarchist, of the sort one might find at the Center for a Stateless Society. I'm not sure yet if "my kind" is welcome here, or if the forum is strictly for people who identify as "communists?" I thought I would go ahead and ask and see, though.

Other than that, I'm a wage-worker slowly trying to shift to self-employment, and looking for avenues to engage in activism and help others become as free as is possible. I also read a lot and write computer software, but only as hobbies at the moment.

jef costello

5 years ago

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silent_starling

Hello, all.

I'm a market anarchist or individualist anarchist, of the sort one might find at the Center for a Stateless Society. I'm not sure yet if "my kind" is welcome here, or if the forum is strictly for people who identify as "communists?" I thought I would go ahead and ask and see, though.

Other than that, I'm a wage-worker slowly trying to shift to self-employment, and looking for avenues to engage in activism and help others become as free as is possible. I also read a lot and write computer software, but only as hobbies at the moment.

Hello.
You're not going to get banned or anything but you will find that people on here don't believe that markets can exist without exploitation and coercion and so if there are markets it isn't anarchism.

silent_starling

5 years ago

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jef costello

Hello.
You're not going to get banned or anything but you will find that people on here don't believe that markets can exist without exploitation and coercion and so if there are markets it isn't anarchism.

Thanks for the reply! I don't mind that that's the general consensus here, and I'm glad to know that I can participate in discussions and that I won't be banned for my views. I'm not really planning on debating or causing disruption, I'm more looking to lurk and listen and figure out what sort of people congregate here.

comrade_emma

4 years 5 months ago

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Steven.

5 years ago

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Welcome, Emma!

Mcgoofle

4 years 10 months ago

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I am ****** a member of a revolutionary anarcho-communist group based in and around birmingham in england, weve been running for less than a year and have been active in serveral actions and campaigns. er.... thats it really

Spikymike

4 years 10 months ago

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Welcome Mcgoofle but take care to read up and follow discussions carefully before commenting as others will jump on you for any errors of understanding/ lack of experience/poor wording etc etc. Learn by experience and you will be OK!

mn8

4 years 10 months ago

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Honestly others jump on people here for all sorts of reasons, it seems! Often just for saying something controversial, or they have a grudge against it...

rubra

4 years 9 months ago

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Just a lonely ancom who doesnt have much of a life here. disabled, mentally ill, jobless, and i cant drive either. hoping to meet new people n shizz here

Vlad The Inhaler

4 years 9 months ago

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Welcome, I'm in a similar situation to yourself. It can be miserable.

Unfortunately this place isn't really all that active anymore.

rubra

4 years 9 months ago

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dont care i like this site lol

Lucky Black Cat

4 years 7 months ago

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Hiya! The quality of political discussion on this forum is so high, it's kind of intimidating. But I'd like to jump in and join the conversation.

We're in a period of such low class-struggle, with so few people really questioning capitalism or the state, and it's easy to feel pessimistic. But for some reason I still have faith we'll pull through. Well, most of the time I do.

I've not really been involved in class-struggle, aside from a bit of strike support here and there. It's something I'd like to do... but I have very intense anxiety issues. I have such a strong, deep desire to get involved and it can be very frustrating to feel held back. In the future I definitely want to become involved, though, once I take care of the anxiety and its causes.

I feel our politics are so beautiful; they hold a vision of the world as it could be, something that could make life fantastic for everyone.

So I'm very happy to be here with all of you.

Steven.

4 years 7 months ago

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Hey, great thoughts, thanks for sharing them. Anxiety sucks, so good luck dealing with that. Welcome to the site anyway, hope you find it useful!

Lucky Black Cat

4 years 7 months ago

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Thank you Steven! I'm sure I will be able to overcome my anxiety, and I've made progress, but there is much work ahead before that happens. And yes, this site is very useful. I've been visiting it for a long time and have learned a lot here.

rubra

4 years 7 months ago

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Hi welcome ^_^

Lucky Black Cat

4 years 7 months ago

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rubra

Hi welcome ^_^

Hello fellow newcomer :)

BloodsoakedNec…

4 years 6 months ago

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Hi, I'm new and just made an account here - actually I made an earlier account recently but I forgot the password, I'm not exactly of the same political viewpoints as the majority of this board, particularly the anarchists, but I still would like to contribute to discussion here. I'm a communist primarily because I don't believe that a market economy is a reasonable system of commodity management and exchange for future societies, and it saddens me that our growing global interconnectivity via mediums such as the internet and world transport has only watered the trough of the most vile of cult-o-path Ayn-Randesque Libertarians, of Dara Khosrowshahi, Ross Ulbricht and Martin Shkreli fame.

Are the days of dreams of digital marxism and cross-border peer networks to build international solidarities and an indomitable world socialist movement long gone, just at the time the majority of the third world has began to gain access to the datascape?

As more than 90 million Nigerians now trot the web, not a single socialist of note dares to reach out to the choked labour movement in this rapidly industrialising African nation. As explosions of online social and political bloggers over the past ~10 years in Southern Asia, many of them speaking out against corruption theocracy and cultural backwardsness, many of them strong left like us, are been violently suppressed by their governments and religious and social extremists, they are cut off and isolated, separated from an insulated Western left, largely ignorant of their history and their struggles.

Indeed it is ironically the people least inclined to international co-operation who appear to be pioneering this co-operative cross-border digital social revolution, the sadomasochistic, manic-depressive frog-meme vomiting pustulous seas of isolationist, nativist and ethno-supremacist groups who have, bizarrely, united across borders in pursuit of the common goal of shuttering each other away, with the added serving of feeding all feminists, arabs or other unwantables they uncover to a gnashing spikey trash compactor. The same can be said in the Third World of the ridiculously well-organised islamist social and youth movements, operating like a youth-group-missionary-mafia hybrid and violently batting away any socialists or religious critics who compete with them for public approval. I feel like many on the left do not have an answer to this, and that it lies within our own ability to outreach digitally to our comrades in other countries all over the world.

Also, finishing words but I hate the term "leftist" being thrown around nowadays (or at least I believe it to be nowadays because I sure don't have a good memory of the phrase being so commonplace until a few years back). It really irks me, because, well, do you see people getting labelled as "rightists" at all in the daily press? Oh no, no, no. Apparently one entire half of the political spectrum is now considered to be a generalised paste of some extreme madman's ideology. I recently read an article in The Guardian who labelled the completely different Greek SYRIZA and the stalinist KKE as piecemeal "Leftist" groups in the same breath, who in another article (albeit, to be fair, with a different author) then went on to paint Corbyn and then Trudeau with the exact same nonsense-label! Elevating a wing of the political spectrum to a faux-ideology, It stinks of a 21st century Hooverism, and I reject utterly it's contemporary use within the English language - not out of political correctness but of terminological accuracy.

tl;dr Hi nice to meet you we're too isolated also fuck Ron Paul and Zekir Neik.

IslandGirl

4 years 1 month ago

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Anarchist Communist/green anarchist here.
I've been reading this site for the last few years, I finally decided to join.
i'm working with a team and we're trying to start ' the anarchist island getaway/anarchist research center"

Cockaigne Tongs

4 years 1 month ago

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Hello comrades, I've been coming here for reading material and recommending this site to people for like, ten years, but never really fancied signing up or getting into forum discussions - a combination of laziness and the knowledge that I spend far too much time dicking about online as it is

I'm signing up here for two reasons - firstly to hopefully get some opinions and discussion around the stuff I'm researching at the moment, namely anarchism in German speaking Europe circa 1870 - 1930, and its relationship to stuff like sexual liberation, psychoanalysis, art etc - and secondly just because I want to start contributing to this site, both financially when I can, and in uploading texts. It's really fucking great at the end of the day, I feel like I owe a lot to the existence of this place, particularly the library - so I feel like making an effort to contribute is long overdue. Cheers!

shikantaza

4 years 1 month ago

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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.

rambarstuous

4 years 1 month ago

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Hi, I am rambarstuous, libertarian socialist from Sussex.

Steven.

4 years 1 month ago

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Welcome, new people!

CyrusAshokha

4 years 1 month ago

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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

Lucky Black Cat

4 years ago

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shikantaza

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.

Wordwizard

4 years ago

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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.

Khawaga

4 years ago

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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.

goat18

4 years ago

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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.

adri

4 years ago

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goat18

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.

blackrails

3 years 10 months ago

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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.

Sara Mac

3 years 10 months ago

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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...

Noah Fence

3 years 10 months ago

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Hello Blackrails. Welcome to the crazy world of Libcom!

blackrails

3 years 10 months ago

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Well thank you dear Fence!

juliatom543

3 years 9 months ago

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Hello to all.

Yosef

3 years 8 months ago

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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

Noah Fence

3 years 8 months ago

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Hi Yosef. Nice to have you here!

GCCF

3 years 8 months ago

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

Punkfairy

3 years 8 months ago

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** 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 [email protected]
Thankyou!!

Khawaga

3 years 8 months ago

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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.

sparkingtheleft

3 years 7 months ago

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Greeting's Comrades,

New to the site and have just taken my blog on a far leftist turn over at sparkingtheleft.com. I lost my liberal coauthor and now I'm going all the way. From Louisville, KY, and would like to get some good reading material and links.

In Solidarity,
Kleier

sparkingtheleft

3 years 7 months ago

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Greeting's Comrades,

New to the site and have just taken my blog on a far leftist turn over at sparkingtheleft.com. I lost my liberal coauthor and now I'm going all the way. From Louisville, KY, and would like to get some good reading material and links.

In Solidarity,
Kleier

Owentiffie

3 years 7 months ago

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Hello to the new members! Welcome aboard! :)

By the way, I'm new to the forum as well. Whenever I’m taking a break from this particular interest, I’m usually found at home, watching my sugar glider play in his [color=black]critter nation[/color] cage while having fun with my brothers. Such a simple and noble life. Cheers, everyone! Have a nice day!

ChristieSibley

3 years 5 months ago

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

jef costello

3 years 5 months ago

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ChristieSibley

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.

tinneddirt

3 years 4 months ago

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

Staz

2 years 11 months ago

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Anarchist based up in the north east, come on libcom every now and again but only just realised there was a foreum, hello!

redredred

2 years 11 months ago

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anarcho-communist in the southern US. Glad to be here!

Noah Fence

2 years 11 months ago

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Howdy Staz and redredred! Welcome to Libcom.

Praxisapplied

2 years 10 months ago

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Been a while, changed name from BB. Can’t post new stuff yet, can anyone help. Colleague, has been given final formal warning for first sickness, I s**t you not. Manager chucking weight around as usual. Anyroad I digress. Any pointers on points to look at would be great. Colleague still under two years service. Hope it’s o.k. to post this here?

mrgrtt123

2 years 10 months ago

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Just dropping by to say hello there people!

choreoathetoid

2 years 9 months ago

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hi! looking for a good place to understand theory.

had a good time reading dauve and the invisible committee but don't know anyone else reading these things to ask questions to

CuriousBlake

2 years 8 months ago

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Hi,
I found this place as a result of doing research for a podcast that I host. The premise of the podcast is to examine things from an unconventional open minded perspective. In other words, the premise of the podcast is to challenge the 'conventional wisdom' on a wide variety of issues. So, I came here to learn more about anarchy, and in particular about anarcho communism. What do I need to do to be able to ask a question/post on one of the other forums. I have a lot of questions.
My podcast is not "up and running" yet, I have about a dozen episodes recorded but I dont have the web infrastructure in place and also I want to have a sizable backlog of episodes before I launch because part of the year I am working long hours (80-100/week) and I wont have time to record new episodes. I only mention this to get out in front of people wanting to listen to my podcast. Not yet!
Regards,
Blake Williams

SlimTim

2 years 8 months ago

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Hi, I'm a member of the ACG who lives in Kent.

NeilB

2 years 5 months ago

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I was hoping to find a search button somewhere... can anyone point me in the right direction?

NeilB

2 years 5 months ago

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Can you tell me where that search box is?

Lucky Black Cat

2 years 5 months ago

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We used to have a search bar but it seems to be gone. But it was quite dysfunctional, anyways. But you can still search this (or any website) as follows:

1. Go to google

2. type whatever search terms you want

3. after the search terms, add a space and then type
site:libcom.org
This will ensure you search only within this website, rather than the whole www

Press enter as normal and voila.

tingo

2 years 5 months ago

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Hi,
I am a freedom enthusiast software developer.
I sometimes think, and sometimes think deeply.

Lucky Black Cat

2 years 4 months ago

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tingo

Hi,
I am a freedom enthusiast software developer.
I sometimes think, and sometimes think deeply.

Welcome!

Lol, I sometimes think, too. :D

Threadpants

2 years 2 months ago

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Hi. I'm Threadpants.

I had found this site through reading Twitter retweets of Libcom's Tweets.

I'm an anarcho communist.

I haven't read any theory yet because I have a really bad attention span on reading books. I do have ADHD but I haven't been diagnosed yet. I'm not into audiobooks, yet.

Currently I'm feeling like I want to debunk conservative garbage, but I don't know how to blog here.

monad1065

2 years 1 month ago

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Hey. I'm a 24 year old PhD student from the UK. A lot of my research is in and around anarchist theory, and I'm increasingly leaning in that direction myself politically, though you'll have to pry my copy of Capital from my cold dead hands. Hoping to learn a bit here about anarchist theory and groups, maybe see what's going on in my area that I might be able to get involved with.

Revolutionary …

2 years 1 month ago

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Those of us who have awoken to class awareness find ourselves emerging from a false light into a real darkness, a prison planet in which we are not the keepers but the kept. Thank our lucky stars the conditions provided us with the revolutionary attribute of thought. I am a radical, non-violent humanist in search of intelligent life.

Captain Friendship

2 years 1 month ago

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Hi everyone, new member. I kind of burned out of leftist activity years ago (first anarchist, then briefly with a Bordigist group) but circumstances have drawn me to come out of my isolation and at least talk to people again and see what everyone's doing.

Tam

2 years ago

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Hey,

I'm a Scotland based anarchist/communist. Not particularly active due to location, and general imposter syndrome type anxiety about turning up to things alone, and currently the pandemic. I would like that to change and be useful in some shape or form, even remotely/online, especially as I have some web design and digital communications experience.

I signed up quite a while ago but seemed to have issues posting so hopefully this post works.

Tam

__maxwell__

1 year 11 months ago

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Hi, Im a physics grad. live in the UK. He/Him.
Im interested in prefigureative polotics to create move past the capitalist mode.
Im Idiologicaly flexable. Im agnostic on the particulars of Marx esspessialy the LTV.
But wether that fomulation stands or falls, the fact that the capatilist mode is exsplotiative, inhumain, un-nessessery and a liability we can no longer afford.
Though flexible I do think the state is counter revolutionary.

leq93

1 year 11 months ago

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Hey everyone! I've been a socialist/communist for awhile now (a friend introduced me) but have gotten more serious with exploring and solidifying my beliefs since quarantine started. I don't remember exactly how I came across this site, but I come here frequently and just discovered I could become a member, so here I am! Very happy about the news from Bolivia today :)

WhoHoQuoomQuo

1 year 11 months ago

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Hello comrades,

I am currently aspiring to write an anarchist fantasy story.

leq93

1 year 10 months ago

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Hey!

I'm not sure how I first found libcom, but I've been an anarchist/communist for awhile and recently discovered I could make an account (probably my favorite site for reading), so here I am. Definitely looking forward to spending more time here :)

Member X

1 year 9 months ago

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Hi, comrades.

Quick question: I consider myself an adherent of the analytical Marxist tradition. Am I welcome here?

With that said, I knew of this site for a while and decided, what the hell, register. I've been left leaning since I was in my teens and in my mid and late twenties started to get more into leftist politics. I live in the States. I'm a bioengineer by training and currently looking for work. I like to write, read, and play games (both of the board and video varieties).

Hope to have some interesting discussions here.

softlycacophony

1 year 9 months ago

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Greetings,

Currently swept up in an interest of leftist thinking, and simply want to become part of this community by learning and seeking solutions to this world, my community, and so on.

leq93

1 year 9 months ago

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Hey everyone!

I'm not sure how I found out about libcom--I think I just came across it when getting radicalized--but I discovered I could create an account a couple months ago, so here I am. Definitely looking forward to spending even more time here :)

(Also, if anyone has any anarchist post-structuralist lit to recommend, that would be much appreciated)

Serge Forward

1 year 9 months ago

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Welcome to Libcom leq93

This place is a lot less lively than it used to be but the library is excellent.

SarahDonalds

1 year 8 months ago

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Hello everyone my name is Sarah and I am 25 years old, I live in the US state of New York.

CountCuckula

1 year 3 months ago

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Hi, I'm an anarchist communist from Kent. Am in no work sector due to health and medical issues.

JonnyMadFox

1 year 2 months ago

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Hey guys,
I'm a new user. I got political a few years ago by reading Chomsky on Anarchism.
Now I would consider myself an anarcho-syndicalist, left-libertarian neo-marxist (neo as in heterodox marxist), humanist, archenemy of ancaps/right-libertarians and of course anti-fascist.

Hope everyone has a great weekend and a good time !

That's it.
Greets from Germany !

komakoma

10 months 2 weeks ago

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Hi folks,

New user here, but I can't publish new forum post. Anybody knows how to validate my new account?

PS: I'm human

TechLeft

10 months 1 week ago

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(double post, please ignore)

TechLeft

10 months 1 week ago

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Hi, I am a software developer living in the United States. I am interested in learning and discussing anarchist theory but not very active.

adri

10 months 1 week ago

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Welcome all

Hi, I am a software developer living in the United States. I am interested in learning and discussing anarchist theory but not very active.

Mostly a UK site but I like the discussion and library. I've always thought UK people have it better than us yanks activity-wise since there's a socialist (for whatever they're worth) within walking-distance usually wherever you are, whereas here you can go hundreds of miles without finding any like-minded people