amongstclouds

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amongstclouds wrote (edited )

Anarchism is much more than just a plan for how society should be to avoid exploitation -- it must also become our very state of being -- it involves viewing our intersubjective experiences of reality in a completely new light. There is a state/colonizer/police in all of our minds and it must be liberated just as much as our material circumstances.

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amongstclouds wrote (edited )

Just sharing some information I've found incredibly useful in the past!

The Anarchist Synthesis

On Synthesis

The Network of Domination


"But in order to truly understand the revolutionary project and begin the project of figuring out how to carry it out (and to developing an analysis of how the ruling class manages to deflect the rage of those it exploits into its own projects), it is necessary to realize that exploitation does not merely occur in terms of the production of wealth, but also in terms of the reproduction of social relationships. Regardless of the position of any particular proletarian in the productive apparatus, it is in the interests of the ruling class that everyone would have a role, a social identity, that serves in the reproduction of social relationships. Race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual preference, subculture — all of these things may, indeed, reflect very real and significant differences, but all are social constructions for channeling these differences into roles useful for the maintenance of the current social order. In the most advanced areas of the current society where the market defines most relationships, identities largely come to be defined in terms of the commodities that symbolize them, and interchangeability becomes the order of the day in social reproduction, just as it is in economic production. And it is precisely because identity is a social construction and increasingly a saleable commodity that it must be dealt with seriously by revolutionaries, analyzed carefully in its complexity with the precise aim of moving beyond these categories to the point that our differences (including those that this society would define in terms of race, gender, ethnicity, etc.) are the reflection of each of us as singular individuals.

Because there is no common positive project to be found in our condition as proletarians — as the exploited and dispossessed — our project must be the struggle to destroy our proletarian condition, to put an end to our dispossession. The essence of what we have lost is not control over the means of production or of material wealth; it is our lives themselves, our capacity to create our existence in terms of our own needs and desires. Thus, our struggle finds its terrain everywhere, at all times. Our aim is to destroy everything that keeps our lives from us: capital, the state, the industrial and post-industrial technological apparatus, work, sacrifice, ideology, every organization that tries to usurp our struggle, in short, all systems of control.

In the very process of carrying out this struggle in the only way that we can carry it out — outside of and against all formality and institutionalization — we begin to develop new ways of relating based on self-organization, a commonality based on the unique differences that define each of us as individuals whose freedom expands with the freedom of the other. It is here in revolt against our proletarian condition that we find that shared positive project that is different for each one of us: the collective struggle for individual realization. " -The Network of Domination: From Proletarian to Individual: Toward an Anarchist Understanding of Class, Wolfi Landstreicher.

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amongstclouds wrote

No clue. But I got this game for free a fee months ago and it's actually pretty fun!

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amongstclouds wrote

We're in similar positions as I am also a trans woman and white -- I've personally never been to any temple -- I think it's probably a good thing to try, but personally, it's not necessary.

Don't listen to me, anyone or any article though. Just listen to yourself. This probably sounds like some cliche answer but it's just the only thing you can really do.

Also, if you ask me most online Buddhist communities are toxic zones full of false gurus who try and think they know something everyone else just doesn't get, but those people have wheels in their heads and they lack any coherent direction.

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amongstclouds wrote

I agree an association would probably make a better choice of wording. Egoism doesn't imply anarchism, but it suits my Unique just fine. :)

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amongstclouds wrote (edited )

Erisian Zenarcho-egoist reporting in -- I sometimes respond to snowflake, but only when I'm feeling frosty.

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amongstclouds wrote

Interesting to see where the majority of the spam get's posted. :p

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amongstclouds wrote

No clue. I've played CS 1.6 for 19 years and the community on average is cancer.