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Defasher wrote

That's because humans are incapable of acting against their self interests. That's what all communist ideologies forever fail to grasp. People can't be trusted with inordinate power.

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ShapesInMist wrote

That's because humans are incapable of acting against their self interests.

This is fox news level anti-communist propaganda.

People act against their self interest all the time.

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Defasher wrote (edited )

No, it's basic postleftism. People work together but only if they stand to benefit from it. It doesn't discount mutual aid.

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ShapesInMist wrote

postleftism

I'll bite. Some postleft reading material please.

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Defasher wrote

Post-left Anarchism

1) The Left

  • critiquing the Left as nebulous, anachronistic, distracting, a failure & at key points a counterproductive force historically ("the left wing of capital")

  • critiquing Leftist activists for political careerism, celebrity culture, self-righteousness, privileged vanguardism & martyrdom

  • critiquing the tendency of Leftists to insulate themselves in academia, scenes & cliques while also attempting to opportunistically manage struggles

2) Ideology

  • a Stirner-esque critique of dogma & ideological thinking as a distinct phenomenon in favor of "critical self-theory" at individual & communal levels

3) Morality

  • a moral nihilist critique of morality/reified values/moralism

4) Organizationalism

  • critiquing permanent, formal, mass, mediated, rigid, growth-focused modes of organization in favor of temporary, informal, direct, spontaneous, intimate forms of relation

  • critiquing Leftist organizational patterns' tendencies toward managerialism, reductionism, professionalism, substitutionism & ideology

  • critiquing the tendencies of unions & Leftist organizations to mimic political parties, acting as racketeers/mediators, with cadre-based hierarchies of theoretician & militant or intellectual & grunt, defailting toward institutionalization & ritualizing a meeting-voting-recruiting-marching pattern

5) Identity Politics

  • critiquing identity politics insofar as it preserves victimization-enabled identities & social roles (i.e. affirming rather than negating gender, class, etc.) & inflicts guilt-induced paralysis, amongst others

  • critiquing single-issue campaigns or orientations

6) Values

  • moving beyond anarchISM as a static historical praxis into anarchY as a living praxis

  • focusing on daily life & the intersectionality thereof rather than dialectics / totalizing narratives (except anarcho-primitivists tend toward epistemology)

  • emphasizing personal autonomy & a rejection of work (as forced labor, alienated labor, workplace-centricity)

  • critiquing Enlightenment notions of Cartesian dualities, rationalism, humanism, democracy, utopia, etc.

  • critiquing industrial notions of mass society, production, productivity, efficiency, "Progress", technophilia, civilization (esp. in anti-civilization tendencies)

Resources:

"Whatever You Do, Get Away with It" by Jason McQuinn

"Leftism 101" by Lawrence Jarach

"Anarchists, Don't let the Left(overs) Ruin your Appetite" by Lawrence Jarach

"Critical Analysis of the Left: Lets Clean House" by Joaquin Cienfuegos

"Critical Thinking as an Anarchist Weapon" by Wolfi Landstreicher & Jason McQuinn

"Against Organizationalism: Anarchism as both Theory & Critique of Organization" by Jason McQuinn

"Demoralizing Moralism: The Futility of Fetishized Values" by Jason McQuinn

"From Politics to Life: Ridding anarchy of the leftist millstone" by Wolfi Landstreicher (heavily critiqued by Lilith in "Gender Disobedience: Antifeminism & Insurrectionist Non-dialogue"

Radical Theory: A Wrecking Ball for Ivory Towers" by Wolfi Landstreicher

"Against Mass Society" by Chris Wilson

"On Organization" by Jacques Camatte

"Pilsen: Chicago’s Revolution of Everyday Life" by Silas Crane

"Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs"

"Days of War, Nights of Love" by CrimethInc

"the Ego and Its Own" by Max Stirner