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ziq wrote

What are the most useful justified hierarchies?

How will we make sure everyone votes in the direct democracy?

What will we do with criminals who steal and do violence after the revolution and will our police wear black and red uniforms?

How will we stop the primmies from burning down our factories?

What is the anarchist plan for space exploration and asteroid mining?

Will iphones be free after the revolution? Can I get a new one every christmas?

How many cats will each citizen be allowed to own?

How will we import coffee?

Will sex workers have to give everyone free sex?

Will coal miners get allocated better rations than workers with jobs where they don't get black lung?

When we do left unity with the Marxists and they decide to expand their state's borders to our commune, how will we appoint a leader to debate them?

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fortifiedmischief wrote

1 we'll decided based on consensus which will never be reached and for which discussion will last into eternity

2 retina scans read their minds

3 yes and yes

4 by keeping primmies in a bio dome

5 we will defer to our comrades at the Association of Autonomous Astronauts

6 yes but each year they get bigger until they're just desktop computers

7 they will own us

8 we will grow it in our butts. or asteroids

9 yes but we are also required to give them free sex whenever they want

10 we will be referring to the cats on this matter

11 cat

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cyb3rd4ndy OP wrote

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cyb3rd4ndy OP wrote

What are the most useful justified hierarchies?

I don’t think this is something that can be answered universally. It should be answered by those whose projects may or may not be advanced through a hierarchy. That said, I think that getting hung up on the shape or form of social relations can obfuscate the real dynamics of power, which as anarchists we ought to be more concerned with. Hierarchies can come in many flavors: bottom-up, top-down, time-limited delegation, etc. They aren’t always authoritarian merely because you can draw some lines that make the shape of a pyramid. Decentralized and distributed social relations can also be authoritarian, demanding conformity with repressive norms or deference to small-scale but still centralized associations… like an HOA.

Hierarchy facilitates communication over distance, which is nothing to sneeze at. Sending delegates to an international conference is hierarchical in form, for example… but is it authoritarian? No. Hierarchies also form all over the human and non-human animal world without becoming permanent or enforced. We shouldn’t give authoritarians the easy point that the prevalence of hierarchies is an argument for authoritarian social institutions.

How will we make sure everyone votes in the direct democracy?

First of all, I’m not even sure if “direct democracy” makes sense. Again, this is an issue of form, but in this case it is form as process. There are more fundamental issues that must be solved long before anyone is deciding on the form that decision-making should take. One of those fundamental issues is the issue of Property, the Property Question. How much and what sorts of property will be managed collectively? I think this needs to be answered before anyone can say how to manage it.

What will we do with criminals who steal and do violence after the revolution and will our police wear black and red uniforms?

I think that it is absurd to think in terms of “after the revolution”. What should we do about people who steal and do violence now, in our organizations now, in our social circles now? I think we can decide that sort of thing in our own context without intervention from anarchists from hundreds of miles away.

How will we stop the primmies from burning down our factories?

As far as I know, we don’t have any factories anymore. We used to. The primmies didn’t burn them down.

What is the anarchist plan for space exploration and asteroid mining?

I’m sure there are anarchists who plan such things. I’m not sure if I would like to meet them.

Will iphones be free after the revolution? Can I get a new one every christmas?

Yes of course.

How many cats will each citizen be allowed to own?

The obvious answer is that cats will be citizens themselves and no one would own them.

How will we import coffee?

Probably over sea or over land.

Will sex workers have to give everyone free sex?

Johns will pay in blood or with the lives of their children for sex, but money will be abolished.

Will coal miners get allocated better rations than workers with jobs where they don’t get black lung?

What? I think you should probably ask something a little more basic than jumping to the assumption that there would be something like rations distributed according to trade.

When we do left unity with the Marxists and they decide to expand their state’s borders to our commune, how will we appoint a leader to debate them?

Clearly the only good death for an anarchist is a death at the hands of a red army.

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fortifiedmischief wrote

idk if you should do this Ask An Anarchist Anything thing alone... or maybe you should ask some anarchists some things first before you do this video lol

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cyb3rd4ndy OP wrote

I've been an anarchist for 20+ years. I think I can handle some questions on my own. I'm also probably going to do this again.

Thanks for your concern.

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fortifiedmischief wrote

well for one, I think ziq's questions were sarcastic... but very honourable that you went ahead and answered them whole-heartedly! and secondly if your intention is to share knowledge with newcomers, you'll want to give them a wide range of sources and voices beyond just your own. explaining anarchy to someone interested in anarchy puts you in a very sensitive position.... if they get off on the wrong foot...

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cyb3rd4ndy OP wrote

I responded via the livestream, but I’ll also respond here:

  1. I addressed this before answering ziq’s questions… long story short is that even when someone asks a sarcastic question, it’s a good idea to use your opportunity to respond to say something you want to say instead of getting hooked into their bullshit.

  2. also long story short, I’ve been trying to get other anarchists involved in doing youtube shit for at least 6 years now and it hasn’t. happened. I’m sure you could guess why anarchists may not be excited to do youtube stuff. I’m sick of waiting around.

Also, because of the lack of anarchist presence on livestream platforms, people are now getting their education in anarchy from marxists at best… and that’s at best. So it may not be ideal to get just one anarchist’s perspective, but it’s sure better than getting a Marxist’s.

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AnarchoDoom wrote

Can't find it on Invidious instances...

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cyb3rd4ndy OP wrote

what is that?

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AnarchoDoom wrote

Duuude... welcome to 2022.

https://redirect.invidious.io/

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cyb3rd4ndy OP wrote

I'm not sure I understand the usecase, but when I search "ask an anarchist" the edited one comes up so I guess it's good now

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moonlune wrote (edited )

invidious (and all the other instances) are like a youtube mirror without all the youtube bullshit and only the videos. You also get access to content youtube considers "mature" without an account

the mirroring is automatic so there shouldn't be anything you need to do to get your videos on there.

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