LostYonder

LostYonder wrote

the only relevant thing is that your "white/Europeans" are in fact interbred with Neanderthals and they have proven that over and over again!

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/5/100506-science-neanderthals-humans-mated-interbred-dna-gene/

Why continue to naturalize a concept that has no scientific validity but presenting scientific arguments? There is something called social race, but that has absolutely nothing to do with DNA. Social race/racism is very real - but it is an ideology, not science (which of course is ideological too, but that's another argument).

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LostYonder wrote

An important observation - that the "whole movement is held responsible for actions of one". This is something, generally, whites will never experience - being held accountable for their entire race/community. White thought and the powerful industries of representation that reinforce white privilege, construct whites as independent, individual agents whose actions are driven by their personal psychological make up while all others are products of their culture. Whenever a Black, or Latino, or Muslim person does anything whites deem as unacceptable, the entire community is expected to stand-up and condemn the act and try to prove that they aren't that.

Whites behaving badly at a BLM protest taints the black protesters, not the white ones - this is white privilege...

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LostYonder wrote

I don't even know where to begin with such dribble. The arrogance, the condescending tone, the overt racism, and the knee-jerk reactionary "oh, i'm being repressed, I'm the victim here" is all quite disgusting though certainly not surprising.

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Reply to by stoned_chief

LostYonder wrote

the only revolution in the coming will be driven by the fascists - they are just waiting for a spark - in the US it will be if Trump loses the election in November. the armed protests against governors is just the testing ground and Trump's declarations of the illegitimacy of mail-in ballots is providing the conspiracy theory needed to set the stage for violent rebellion...

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LostYonder wrote

What's the point of the question? thinking of getting one? or for your son? why are you getting one?

It's a cultural practice that has outlived its social function, but it remains a powerful ritual and symbol of belonging in a community - and that itself is quite significant. One can attempt to educate others about the negative effects, etc., but it is deeply embedded in the cultural/religious identity of Jews and Muslims. Unlike FGM, male circumcision is a religious obligation, so changing it means reinterpreting some religious texts and doing away with significant life-cycle rituals, that just aren't going to happen. FGM is a cultural tradition with no authority to perform it except tradition - that can and should be fought against...

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LostYonder wrote

It is extremely disturbing what is going on. I happen to be in India where I was doing some work and got "stuck" with all the restrictions. For those of us with connections and money, it isn't horrible. There is a lockdown, but we can move around somewhat freely, at least where I am. But the expansion of police power is always troubling and the victims are predominately the poor and most vulnerable. I am working with people living in one poor/slum area who are all daily wage laborers with no work now for over two weeks. Unbelievable how much they are made to suffer.

The most disturbing part of what is happening here is that they have taken a global pandemic that impacts every country, every ethnicity, every religious community and turned it into a communal issue - blaming Muslims for spreading it and being "irresponsible" citizens. They are policed by both the state and others most vigorously and violently.

These new realities aren't going to go away. There are now sign boards reading Muslims cannot enter certain neighborhoods in many cities...

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LostYonder wrote

First question is - how do you know he is a pedophile? has there been a trial? how did he get off? publicity itself is usually enough to destroy one's career and family.

As for the car - steal some license plates to use briefly (put them on and change them just before and after when you know you aren't being followed) or drive near by with a bike (making sure there are no cameras where you park) then bike to where his car is parked and back. His gas tank is probably locked - be prepared to pry it open.

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LostYonder wrote

While his critiques of western imperialism feed youthful minds of radical politics, in the end he undermines himself by his own privileged status and failing to reckon with the deep structures of exploitation.

Plus, has he said anything new/different in the past 20 years?

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LostYonder wrote

Good question! Not really sure it is traceable back to a single experience or reading or idea, but a process of slow movement and awakening. From my early high school days I leaned towards Maoism which was shattered when I traveled to China in college. That left me wandering a bit, leaning towards postcolonial critiques of the west, critical theories and politics that disrupted the current system, but with no real vision of what came next.

I focused much of my graduate education and academic work on critiquing liberal formations and ideas, particularly the nation-state and have always been adamantly anti-capitalism (though operate within it very much, so a bit of a hypocrite, I know).

What really pushed me towards anarchism though was probably the Arab Spring and then the Occupy movement. I saw the diverse possibilities of people working together to transform their worlds. The extent to which such non-movement movements were destroyed by the state and state interests was shocking (not that the state had such vindictive power, but that there seemed to be so little resilience of such anti-state practices). Thus I turned to anarchism to start learning more about how to imagine and foster values and aspirations that have the capacity to actually resist state oppression.

Still learning and still wondering how to imbibe such ideas into people who are otherwise so comfortable with the false security of the state/capitalism system we live in...

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LostYonder wrote (edited )

Does civilization actually exist or is it an imagined construct, much like the free market, the nation, etc.? Because the vast majority of people believe civilizations are real, there are certainly policies and actions that are taken that make civilizations manifest, but are they real?

What is a civilization to begin with? an imagined world of interconnected cultures, societies, economies, geographies? If so, where are the boundaries of any assumed civilization?

To be anti-civ is it to reject that civilizations are real or to resist against actually-existing civilizations?

Or, do we mean by civilization merely the outcome of social evolution over time, an assumption of one groups superiority over another because they are more civilized, at least in their own eyes? That too is an intellectual construct we know to be false.

How can there be post-civ when civilization doesn't even exist??? Or, is it just post-civilizational thinking???

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LostYonder wrote

That doesn't make it center. As an economic ideology it is about advancing the interests of capital, corporate rights, limiting state welfare programs, privatizing all state services and public goods (what came to be known as "restructuring" in the 1980s/90s that destroyed millions of lives and economies around the world).

Of course, the limitation we have is that the political spectrum between left and right is already completely skewed as it is state-centric and defined by western political sensibilities (i.e., liberalism). Given what it is, neoliberalism is pretty far right. Libetarianism is today a neoliberal political formation.

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LostYonder wrote

One should add that there is only a slight difference between neoliberals and neoconservatives. Neocons take neoliberal ideas and mold them into the interests of the nation-state while neoliberals are more, in theory, against national borders and policies that disrupt the free market and free flow of goods and capital.

Neoliberals are imperialist in the interest of capital. Neocons are imperialist in the interest of western nation-states, embedded in capitalist formations.

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