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selver wrote (edited )

Whenever this question gets asked, I try to quote Novatore or Filippi (post-WW1 anarchists), but then can never do it without quoting the whole fucking thing. In particular, section 3 of Black Flags.

I mourn them as the victims of the State that they are, but I have zero respect for what they did or even their intentions. The poor slaughtering each other for the rich without knowing why, it's sad and pathetic. Imagine if they had risked their lives for something meaningful, something that would actually help them and their families.

Anarchists should celebrate the deserters, the draft dodgers, the mutineers, and the conscientious objectors on Veteran's Day. Our dead!


PositiveFreedom wrote

I tend to be sympathetic. I think many join for legitimate reasons and don't realize they're just tools until it's too late (look at the high suicide rate for vets). Of course, some enjoy killing and those monsters deserve nothing but contempt.


sudo wrote

I think the high suicide rate has more to do with being exposed to the horrors of war than realizing they're on the wrong side.


PositiveFreedom wrote (edited )

I think the horrors of war become more unbearable when you know you aren't fighting for the good guys.

But you may be correct. Just speaking from the few vets I have known.


Cosmicsloth42 wrote

I think this is also why so many vets become so patriotic. It's a way to cope. After you've seen so much bloodshed and senseless death you just have to cling to whatever holds your sanity. I can't blame them for this, it would take an amazingly strong person to recover from this stuff, and I know I wouldn't be able to.


GrimWillow wrote (edited )

Pugnacious perverted proprietists pursuaded poor people to pave a prison to pilfer their progeny.