ploopt

ploopt wrote

Ursula K. Le Guin said that she didn't deserve to call herself an anarchist. She may have meant that there were people who deserve to call themselves anarchists, but I also think this points towards the paradox inherent in the beautiful idea. Of course there are no anarchists - we all live in the "real" world. The world of compromise and defeat.

We might be, in some ways, lucky that the revolution in Spain was defeated by the fascists rather than succumbing to bureaucracy and internal power jockeying. There is no capital-A Anarchism as historical embarrassment to apologize for. We remain a constellation of tendencies that sometimes align and sometimes don't, plucky underdogs that can continually experiment and reinvent ourselves.

6

ploopt wrote

Weird - my school, also for security reasons, took the opposite approach. After Columbine happened, we were no longer allowed to carry bookbags. We had to scurry back and forth to our lockers all the time. They also put up a single camera at the main entrance. The security state slowly but inexorably establishes itself.

2

ploopt wrote

from Vice:

a short window of opportunity exists for an emergency, global mobilization of resources, in which the logistical and planning experiences of the national security sector could play a valuable role.

endorsed by a former Australian defense chief and senior royal navy commander.

The future looks fucking scary.

3

ploopt wrote

I don't know that there's anything interesting I could say about what he did, but I think it's worth looking into the specific focus of his ire, which was the emerging field of cybernetics. The Net - The Unabomber, LSD and the Internet is a great documentary that explores the historical forces that led to the creation of the Unabomber. Cybernetics is a recurring theme in Adam Curtis' work as well, and the second part of his film series All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace is worth checking out as well. Looking back from this point in history, I think it's safe to say that Kaczynski had some incredible foresight.

I'll try and keep the tinfoil hat off of my head, but I think it's worth mentioning that he was almost certainly a subject of the CIA's MKUltra mind control program. This is likely an important part of his story, but when we venture into these topics it's impossible to distinguish the signal from the noise.

3

ploopt wrote

Taking a broad look, this may just be what happens when all communication is subsumed into social media. Aesthetics becomes the primary locus of political association. It's the most advanced evolutionary form of the spectacle.

An ontology of tweets and memes emerges, qualitatively no different than what came before. Everything is a reboot or a remake, and so too is the paradigm of Christianity rebooted, with a new cast of saint-heroes and sinner-villians, new forms of orthodox and heresy.

1

ploopt wrote

Cop culture is fucking everywhere. Hakim Bey wrote about this in the 80s:

The media cops, like televangelical forerunners, prepare us for the advent, final coming or Rapture of the police state: the “Wars” on sex and drugs: total control totally leached of all content; a map with no coordinates in any known space; far beyond mere Spectacle; sheer ecstasy (“standing-outside-the-body”); obscene simulacrum; meaningless violent spasms elevated to the last principle of governance.

3