Donald Trump dismisses Black Lives Matter protesters as a bunch of “anarchists.” Meanwhile, many of those protesters proudly wear that label as a statement. I suspect neither understands what anarchism really is. To Trump and his supporters, anarchism is like the Devil — something they don’t understand; they are not even sure exists at all; but they know it is bad, and therefore something to blame things on: “This is the work of the Devil/Anarchists.” …
I am one of those "lawyer-priests" who happens to believe in anarchism, as you express it here. This may seem a contradiction, but it is these contradictions which drive us forward. My strategy was once called the "boring from within." I may be full of it, and I question my strategy every day.
Ultimately, I agree with you, Tolstoy and Jesus, that what we need is a religious (not Religion) awakening to move towards my grandparents' ideal of a society embodying the ideal of: "From each according to their ability; To each according to their need."
Capitalism is a religion…
doing aw…y at the enforcing end of every law. Just happens that poor people get it and rich people get away. And we talk about ‘rule of law’, with all of our lawyer-priests and connections to help us get away. Tolstoy calls for doing away with the whole thing.
Because the French supported the Confederacy, the victory at Puebla was celebrated in California, a supposedly free state in which a significant portion of the Mexican population were considered "negro."
“By the time [Latinos in California] heard about the news of the battle, they began to raise money for the Mexican troops and they formed a really important network of patriotic organizations,” says Jose Alamillo, a professor of Chicano studies at California State University Channel Islands. …
…against colonialism mirrors the ways we fight for our own autonomy in a colonialist system, but also because the French supported the Confederacy.
I strongly disagree. (Aside from the fact that pineapples don't grow on trees - let us call them both “fruits” for this discussion). The "pinecone" of the murder of most of my family in the Holocaust grew from the same root of racism upon which the "pineapple" of the enslavement of my wife's family in America grew. Of course each is unique. While we should study the uniqueness of each, we should not allow that uniqueness to be a cause for division. Nor should we engage in what you call the "Oppression Olympics" of comparing body counts. Rather, we should…
…fact similar, they simply are not the same. Essentializing those difference can be problematic, but a solidarity built on the idea that pinecones and pineapples are the same because they are both grow on trees is tenuous. Recognition is important, but recognition can’t be sustained by acting like two isn’t greater than o…
Household work - i.e., "woman's" work, does not even count in capitalism. Only "man's" work of going out into the "market" counts. When someone has to be hired to allow someone else to go out to work, that is the lowest-paid job on the economic ladder.
The Family, on the other hand, is the living example of true communism (at least a functional family). Children are not charged rent for their beds, infants do not pay for mother's milk. This is even recognized at law in states where all the wealth accumulated by either spouse during the marriage is considered…
…that feeling resentful about the work I do at home is distracting me from my real source of stress: capitalism.
In Genesis 32, Jacob spends a fitful night before meeting with his long-lost brother Esau, who Jacob had previously swindled out of his birthright. He wrestles with an angel of God all night. When he pins the angel down, Jacob demands a blessing before he will let him go. Instead of a blessing, the angel gives him a new name:
וַיֹּ֗אמֶר לֹ֤א יַעֲקֹב֙ יֵאָמֵ֥ר עוֹד֙ שִׁמְךָ֔ כִּ֖י אִם־יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל כִּֽי־שָׂרִ֧יתָ עִם־אֱלֹהִ֛ים וְעִם־אֲנָשִׁ֖ים וַתּוּכָֽל׃
Said he, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with beings divine and human, and have prevailed.”
-Genesis 32: 29 (Tanakh translation).
Thank you for this fresh view on an old debate. At the beginning of the 20th Century this was framed as "boring from within" versus "boring from without" strategies. Following my Grandmother, I have chosen the "boring from within" strategy.
My maternal grandparents were both anarchist revolutionaries. My Grandfather was sent to Siberia by the Czar for his participation in the 1905 Russian Revolt. My Grandmother became an early activist in the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU).
While boring from without in revolutionary groups sounds more pure and direct, I believe the starting point is the immediate needs of…
"Solidarity is the consciousness of the common interest, and the actions which follow from that consciousness."
- Ricardo Flores Magon
I know I've repeated this quote many times from the "truly radical" precursor of the Mexican Revolution, but I believe it is the core principal of the religious solidarity we need.
The "interpersonal connection" you promote leads to that consciousness. We should all (not just "white" folks) try to explore outside the perspective we were raised with, and connect with people outside of our "comfort zone." We should try to see the world through the perspective of the other, even (especially) those we are opposed to. Just as our second eye gives us depth perception, each additional perspective we can look through opens up more of the universe to us.
And until we have that kind of connection — the type that allows the development of a truly radical empathy — Black Lives Matter will be something we say, and perhaps even mean, intellectually. But it may re…
Who is the bigger fool - the fool or the fools who follow them?
Perhaps I'm just too old for this. Even though I've been on the internet literally since it started, I've never heard of any of the "influencers" mentioned here. The very word "influencer" seems to have different meanings for different generations. Isn't an "influencer" someone who influences others? Shouldn't we judge them by what they are saying, not by what they "are" or what they were born to?
Both Donald Trump and Martin Luther King were "influencers" (under my old-school definition). Both were born into a comfortable lifestyle (King was upper-middle class, Trump just rich). Both were known for extra-marital affairs. But none of those things "influences" my decision of which one I will follow.
As it says in Proverbs 31. it is "her deeds" which "speak her praise," not her "likes" or "hits."
Cancelling Credits in Cold War Hollywood
“Cancel Culture” is not new to Hollywood. During the Cold War, Hollywood tried to “cancel” its best and brightest talent. The results were both absurd and horrifying. This history should be studied as a lesson for today.
[Since the term “Cancel Culture” itself has become a Rorschach Blot, let me be clear about what I am referring to. By “Cancel Culture” I mean a moral judgment (whether for racism, communism, or any other reason) passed on a person, and the “consequence” imposed of “cancelling” that person’s work or legacy from our culture.]
Representing the Working Class as a lawyer since 1982. Questioning everything, especially myself.