I think the Anarchist FAQ is good but difficult to read.
So I am translating it to simpler English. Thoughts and suggestions are welcome.
What is anarchism?
There are three big problems in society:
social breakdown, such as poverty, hunger, homelessness, crime.
war, and its weapons.
the destruction of our natural environment.
Really excited to see people doing rent strikes the right non-reckless way: well prepared, lawyered-up, with everyone in the building/block.
April's getting close so here's a reminder:
- you never strike alone & people online don't count. You need to work with the other tenants of the same landlord.
- you never strike without a plan on how to deal with retaliation.
- a strike isn't a protest, it's a fight. Expect your opponent to fight back. Make sure you have a plan for how to win.
if you refuse to pay your rent because you "organized" with people on the internet, your landlord will just laugh and evict you
as many people as possible under a single landlord have to strike at the same time in order for the strike to be effective at all. plus, you need a plan, some kind of idea of what legal muscle you need to be able to summon when the landlord fights back, and an idea of how you'll deal with the inevitable blowback, because there WILL be blowback
Jewish moneylenders in the Middle Ages weren't independently wealthy; they were the property of the nobility, charged with laundering its money to do what Christians weren't allowed to do. It was common to speak of "the King's Jews" by which it was literally meant that Jews legally didn't even own ourselves, let alone any money.
This is also why it's common for Jews to mock Stephen Miller by calling him Trump's Jew, and why Jews might say things like "I'm not your Jew."
Mutual aid isn't charity: it's contributing what you can to the community because you know you rely on the community for what you can't produce yourself.
Mutual Aid groups supplies aren't just for the homeless, they're so that none of us have to stockpile and hoard, because /all/ of us are, together.
And just think of the meals that can be made if we pool our ingredients. I know y'all white people forget to panic buy herbs and spices.
I accidentally took one of Kit's meds. The toxicology people at 111 looked everything up and told me not to worry. #ILoveTheNHS
K: was the doctor from Liverpool?
M: you could hear her from over there?
K: oh no, but I could hear your voice and you pick up other people's accents.
So there we go.
"The Ballad of the White Horse" makes the point that the end of the world has already happened, many times:
"For the end of the world was long ago,
And all we dwell to-day
As children of some second birth,
Like a strange people left on earth
After a judgment day."
In the ballad, "the end of the world" was the fall of the Roman Empire. Nobody knew what life would be like. It was the end of the world.
You and I live after the end of the world: it happened 1,600 years ago. And we're still here.
why coronavirus responses suck
Imo the primary issue is that there is no "social template" for a pandemic. People know how to prepare for hurricanes, droughts, tornadoes, wars, etc, but there is no template for expected behavior during a pandemic. That's where we've been caught off guard. Hoarders treat it like we're preparing for a natural disaster like a hurricane, partiers have no sense of the social expectations at this time or disregard them because they don't understand the ramifications, etc.
All the governmental and/or social structure changes in the world won't change the fact that the average person doesn't grasp epidemiology. Imagine if hurricanes never came up in schooling and then suddenly every major news network is hyping this "extreme weather event" with a seriousness people have never seen given to weather before, even if people listen, they don't instantly know how to behave once they understand the situation. They won't know to prepare for utility failures, or which evacuation routes to take (if they know they exist, even). However this could also turn into conspiratorial nihilism, they might think "Why are they hyping this so much even though it has never been a problem before, it probably isn't real or not as bad as they say". I think that's exactly what is going on now.
300 million years ago, in Scotland, there were millipedes which grew 2.5m (8ft) long.
I used to keep millipedes as pets, called Melchizedek and Ucalegon, and I often thought about how useful an Arthropleura would be to ride on.
@djsundog I made an Android app when I moved to Portland that was only for me. It simply notified me when it was time to gloat about the weather to my friends in Boston
protest, politics, Bulgaria, heights
Stories you don't hear in the UK news:
Five nurses have barricaded themselves inside the Bulgarian parliament building, in a protest over inadequate working conditions, low pay, and understaffing.
"One of the nurses purposefully went to stand on the ledge of a window during all TV channels' prime time, Daritkova added."
the dreams I plant in someone's mind
may bloom as hope for humankind
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