emmaloldman

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emmaloldman wrote

I regularly inject political commentary and awkward philosophical questions into any perfectly pleasant and neutral conversation. This inevitably does horrible things for my crippling social anxiety when the room goes silent and all eyes are on the pithy anarchist that had remained silent up to this point. This is just one of the unintentionally masochistic habits I have. 👍

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emmaloldman wrote (edited )

Yeah I suppose a more accurate statement (and this could be what he meant) is "the history of large-scale western civilization..." rather than just societies as a whole. As far as I know, his analysis of class struggle starts with feudalism but I've really only read Capital Vol. 1 so anyone should feel free to correct me.

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emmaloldman wrote (edited )

I think /u/TheLegendaryBirdMonster summed it up nicely but I’ll add a bit about the differences in analysis I’ve experienced as an anarchist coming from Marxism.

In the broad sense, communism is primarily concerned with class struggle as the essential point of social conflict. While this is unquestionably a large contributor to the social ills we see today, anarchism extends this struggle into abolishing domination within every sphere of life. Hierarchy, patriarchy, racism, gender norms, nationalism, ableism, ecocide, speciesism; these are all things that—while certainly exacerbated by class—cause a great deal of suffering outside of a traditional Marxist critique of capitalism.

This holistic view is why I’m an anarchist.

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emmaloldman wrote

Adam Curtis’ four part docu-series The Century of the Self is required viewing imo. His film Hypernormalisation is also good. And one I’ve recently discovered is a kinda post-situationist film, Call It Sleep. The latter two focus more on “the spectacle” but certainly provide an anti-capitalist critique.

I’m sure there are more but those come to mind first heh. I’ll add to this thread if anything comes up.

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emmaloldman wrote (edited )

Also, why isn't there this absolute hysteria about Al Jazeera or VoA? Those two outlets have comparable reach (if not more) and are also explicitly State-funded.

Because Russia has been the US' punching bag/red herring (no pun intended) for decades. The political center in this country have gone full McCarthyite Alex Jones.

It has been very telling to see the same shitlibs who thought we'd achieved world peace when the White House went up in rainbow lights holding homophobic and xenophobic signs of Trump and Putin making out etc. The cherry on top, though, is the use of Soviet-era imagery.

The political analysis of these people goes no further than Rachel Maddow, BuzzFeed, and Hillary's new rag of a book.

Edit: I almost forgot, this brand of "politics" is also heavily informed by Harry Potter.