A_Lane

Reply to comment by A_Lane in Other Terms for Anarchism by A_Lane

A_Lane OP wrote

It is limited, but, it can be used to describe things. I think that the political compass is fine. It doesn't encapsulate everything, but, to explain to someone else what my political position is by stating that it's a -9, -9 or -10, -10 does make sense to them. I see right-wing Libertarianism as being, wittingly or not, somewhat crypto-Fascist and argue in favor only allying oneself in the left-wing Libertarian sphere for that reason.

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Reply to comment by A_Lane in Empire by A_Lane

A_Lane OP wrote

I don't mean an empire, but, that is a pretty good definition. Polity can be a really useful term. Hardt and Negri parcel out the concept in their book, Empire. I capitalize it to make the distinction. I generally use Empire to mean who is meant by the infamous "them".

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A_Lane OP wrote

I'm actually not sure that Thoreau was a Pacifist either. I feel like he would have sympathized. I've read Tolstoy who I rather like. His refutation of the great man theory is really interesting. As boring as it sounds, I think that War and Peace is really a worthwhile read. It's as good as it is made out to be. Anna Karenina is also one of my favorite novels. I actually like it a bit better than War and Peace, though it doesn't have much to do with Pacifism. There's a few works that followed the First World War and led up to the Second such as Goodbye to All That or All is Quiet on the Western Front which I intend to get around to reading eventually. I've been looking for texts that are more in the way of theory and that are also more recent. Tolstoy is a Christian Anarcho-Pacifist which turns me off a bit, but, his theories are pretty good. I was hoping to find something that wasn't written when there was still a Russian aristocracy, though.

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Reply to comment by A_Lane in "Xe" by A_Lane

A_Lane OP wrote

I don't know that you have to be so distrustful. If people can't accept that you are non-binary then they are not worth associating with. You just need to find some better friends which is easier said than done.

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A_Lane OP wrote

I sort of agree, but, it is ultimately the case that Pacifists don't support a diversity of tactics concerning violence. I don't see much of a point in devoting all of my time to going around and telling other Anarchists how to act. I do, ultimately, disagree with the usage of violence, though. I think that sabatoge that does no harm is permissable. It's not always advisable, but, it can effect change positively. I am of the opinion that means become ends. I would ultimately think that the usage of violence would not effect positive change and so could not support it in almost all cases.

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Reply to comment by A_Lane in Other Terms for Anarchism by A_Lane

A_Lane OP wrote

I agree that the utopia that Anarchists seek to create can never be fully reified.

I'm not sure that I'm quite as critical of civilization as you are, but, I am critical of it. I guess I see human nature as being technically good, but, effectively neutral. I don't know that I would agree that people are natural born Anarchists.

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Reply to comment by A_Lane in Other Terms for Anarchism by A_Lane

A_Lane OP wrote

I guess I don't think that we have the same understanding of the French Revolution. That those sides were taken was a historical event. I'm fairly critical of the French Revolution as I believe that they had, in part, discovered what became contemporary dictatorship, but, I do see it as a historical event which effected the circumstances of our global situation today. You seem to advocating for a total epistemological break from historical processes which I find to be quite interesting.

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A_Lane OP wrote

Thanks celebratedrecluse. I do feel often maligned as an Anarcho-Pacifist. It's a bit strange being one because I do have a critique of revolution to make, but, don't really care to attempt to levy the movement too directly. I basically think that the situation is that we're outgunned, and, so, there is no reason to attempt to wage a violent revolution, aside from my ethical concerns. As I'm not of any moral inclination, I try not to be too preachy, but, I can come off that way at times.

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Reply to comment by A_Lane in Liberalism by A_Lane

A_Lane OP wrote

I think that Neo-Liberalism is what you mean by free-market Capital. Participatory democracy was practiced by nearly all of the Spanish Anarchists during the Spanish Civil War. My understanding of Anarchism is that it is to create a participatory democratic project. The point of participatory democracy is to abolish the systemic hierarchies that representative democracy allows for.

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Reply to comment by A_Lane in "Xe" by A_Lane

A_Lane OP wrote

I feel like it'd be like I'd be asking people to refer to me as if I was from outer space. I kind of like "xe", though. I know that I could request whatever pronouns I felt like, but, it would just make me feel sort of absurd.

I don't know. Maybe I just don't have the gumption for it?

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Reply to comment by A_Lane in Other Terms for Anarchism by A_Lane

A_Lane OP wrote

I'm not necessarily opposed to Individualism. I meant that by defining "Anarchism" as being libertarian Socialism, I had, perhaps, unjustly alienated adherents of the theory. I do tend to be inclined towards "collectivist" Anarchism, but, wouldn't refer to myself as a Collectivist. I guess I do agree with ziq that the distinction is false.

My original point was that philosophies like Communization and Autonomism just simply referred to Anarchism and that there wasn't really a reason to use another term.

I sort of agree with ziq's critique of my defining "Anarchism" as libertarian Socialism now, though. It is a bit alienating. I just want for Anarchism to refer to libertarian socialism when it doesn't necessarily.

I sort of comprise my own Leftist sect and so do appreciate the distinctions.

My theory about Anarchism is that it just simply is the far-Left. The Left, here, does denote the school of thought proceeding from the liberation from the monarchy. Anarchism would, then, seek some form of total liberation.

Why lock yourself into European history? Ziq does bring up a good point.

I'm not quite sure how I feel about my original statements now, I guess.

lol, btw.

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Reply to comment by A_Lane in Other Terms for Anarchism by A_Lane

A_Lane OP wrote

I feel like Libertarianism ought not to be let swept by Anarcho-Capitalism. I suppose it is the case that libertarian socialism can be somewhat alienating. There is, after all, always Max Stirner, and, so, I may have, perhaps, be motivated by an attempt at a political manuever by attempting to define "Anarchism" as such.

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