Submitted by septicskeptic in Politics

Hey all,

Hoping to get some good discussion going on this topic - although a sensitive one. Does anyone else find that ascribing to these sites has increased potential to cause more harm than good? Or are we able to keep ourselves controlled? To not let our views which are rightfully different get the better of us in terms of ostracizing us from our communities (local or global). I hope my skepticism is understood.

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ziq wrote

First I need to understand the question. How are we extremist?

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An_Old_Big_Tree wrote

Does anyone else find that ascribing to these sites has increased potential to cause more harm than good?

Explain how, please.

Or are we able to keep ourselves controlled?

Why would we want to be controlled?

To not let our views which are rightfully different get the better of us in terms of ostracizing us from our communities (local or global).

Most of us are already ostracised from our 'communities' for various reasons.
Why and how would our views be getting the better of us if they ostracized us?

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CaptainACAB wrote

Does anyone else find that ascribing to these sites has increased potential to cause more harm than good?

No. I'm here to interact with people that share similar beliefs to my own; if I wanted to interact with anyone else, I could go literally anywhere else. Anarchism is far from common.

Or are we able to keep ourselves controlled?

I hope not.

To not let our views which are rightfully different get the better of us in terms of ostracizing us from our communities (local or global)

Being different in our beliefs already ostracizes us. "Extremist" sites like this one are communities that we belong to, because we share a common quality that is not easily found anywhere else.

I hope my skepticism is understood.

It is. I also disagree with it.

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celebratedrecluse wrote

There is a problem with subculturalization and anarchism. It is good to both interact with other anarchists, as well as to interact with non-anarchists. A balance is ideal,from a grand strategy perspective.

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ItsBad wrote

"extremism" is merely having skepticism that the system is actually working. "politics" is just a puppet show, so even more than skepticism - disbelief in the system is justified.

"extremist" sites can help people to see that things are not working, that the system is a sham.

whether people take positive steps forward is another question. there are all sorts of shills and agent provocateurs online to try to push you down the wrong path.

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DisgruntledOne wrote

I hate to break it to you, but the people on this site don't think of themselves as extremist. They're so heavily invested in their intolerant ideas that self reflection simply isn't possible. The left and right are basically the same thing once you get to either extreme of the spectrum.

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ziq wrote (edited )

Not sure what that has to do with us. Most of us are anarchists, not leftists or rightists.

What exactly are we intolerant of though, out of curiosity? Landlords? lol.

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Majrelende wrote (edited )

I hate to break it to you, but the people on this site don't think of themselves as extremist.

Extremist is an empty insult on par with “ew” or “bad”. I am not sure what you are trying to say.

They're so heavily invested in their intolerant ideas that self reflection simply isn't possible.

Intolerant of what? The system that is poisoning us and wasting away our lives?

The left and right are basically the same thing once you get to either extreme of the spectrum.

No.

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Peter_J_Kropotkin wrote

I agree with this but I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he meant to say radical instead of extremist.

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