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GrimWillow wrote (edited )

I suppose for me it all started by reading Naomi Klein's "No Logo" which really got me into anti-consumerism. Got into education theory and read some Ferrer and Tolstoy. It became a landslide into Chomsky's library, then into Derrick Jensen's "Endgame" 1, 2, and few of his other books until all the transphobia reared its ugly head. Plus the organization of DGR looked too authoritarian structurally. Got into Anarcho-Syndiclism as a card carrying member of IWW and read lots of wobbly history and memorized hella cheesy songs. I did mushrooms after processing a ton of reading on Turtle Island's holocaust of the indigenous and went down the decolonization tunnel, and popped out as someone who believes that any job that is not work to dismantle the illegal settlements and roll back the destructive technological dependencies of this globalizing labor farm serving the rich, is a job that shouldn't be promoted on stolen land.

edit: I really should include that during my wobbly days, I really got into intersectional solidarity, and analysis of the state as a white supremacist patriarchal hetero-normative transphobic colonizing force. Intersectional solidarity forever.

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Dumai wrote (edited )

then: very secular, very communist (in like a "naive idealistic ancom" way), way more vague and platformist

now: way more spiritual, definitely not at all as teleological (i wouldn't have called my politics teleological then and i knew all the right things to say about teleology but i was nowhere near mature enough to grasp the full implications of rejecting it at that point) less arrogant (i hope)

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Green_Mountain_Makhno wrote

Spiritual how? Why?

How would you define your tendency now?

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Dumai wrote (edited )

"spiritual" as in "postmodern christian/quaker", which answers your second question too i guess

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Green_Mountain_Makhno wrote

What does that mean? And how does that relate to your political leanings?

As someone who left a cultish Christian religion, I'm always kind of blown away by people who are Christians, especially anarchists.

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Dumai wrote

oversimplifying hugely, quakers believe in the "priesthood of all believers", the spiritual uniqueness and equality of all of human souls, and the emptying of the self according to the light of god within us. which is to say that there is something holy within everyone, and quakers try to live according to light within them all times; meaning, for a quaker, religion is about the entirety of life.

the political implications of all that are pretty obvious i think. traditionally quakers acknowledge no ordained clergy or accept any religious hierarchy at all. they were preaching the equality of women in the 17th century. they were basically the first religious group to organise against slavery in the US. they've been active in anti-war movements, LGBT rights, refugee rights... i could go on.

i mean i totally get why people would be put off christianity, especially in your case. but for me, christianity, when properly understood, is a radical statement.

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md_ wrote (edited )

Then: Let's attempt Left unity

Now: Fuck Left unity

:)

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ziq wrote

I've always been a green anarchist, but I've stopped trying to consolidate green anarchism with social anarchism. It's just not practical.

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selver wrote

Started as a pretty standard anarcho-communist. Very much of the social engineering leftist utopian sort.

I'm now much more post-left and ethics based, without all the millenarianism.

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jadedctrl wrote (edited )

Then: Market-Econ or Planned-Econ Socialist.
Now: Planned-Econ Socialist, but very slowly moving more and more toward Anarchist tendencies.

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ergdj5 wrote

then: bland anarchosyndicalist

now: bland anarchosyndicalist

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Green_Mountain_Makhno wrote

Read Marx - "I'm a socialist, but I don't know beyond that"

Now - Post-Left Insurrectionary Anarchist, "Burn it all the fuck down"

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c0mrade wrote

I became an anarcho-syndicalist after reading Melville at 17

now I am a plain old anarcho-communist