Hey guys! I know it’s been a long time (a bit over a month) since I’ve updated this site and it’s mostly because I haven’t been in college (and thus haven’t had papers to use for posts) and I’ve been working on my Youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/RageAgnstThClampdown) and working on getting things settled in general at other places. But the good news is I’ll start updating this more often now with papers, blog rolls and general posts if I can get to them. No promises on too many general posts but I shall try at any rate.
Another post should be up today which is an essay on why slaveholders cannot intrinsically be good people and from there I’ll see what I want to do. Now without further ado let’s take a look at what’s been happening this week in the anarchist community.
Francois Tremblay has an interesting quote from Homage to Catalonia about the supposed equality within the military at the time. I think it’s worth checking out even if I am suspicious about Orwell’s claims in the passages.
Phil has a good quote from Tony Blair that I’ve never heard before about WMDs. Although I don’t agree that it’s inherently the “market” that requires expansion in the form of war. I’d instead argue that it’s *state-captured* (or state-capitalist/socialist etc.) markets that require such expansion.
An excellent post on why cultural relativism can sometimes blur the line of what is moral and what is not.
Here’s a few selections from the text:
“If we really want to prevent what happened in the past, again based on human judgments that what happened in the past is wrong, from happening again in the future, I would say that we need to discuss the roots of the issues head on, the roots of power and exploitation.”
“The problem isn’t whether cultures are relative or absolute, or whether if relative they all have some sort of value that should be respected, the problem is how to treat other cultures, cultures that have some intersections and some differences with the culture that we, the people asking the question, have grown up in and live in. The question is how to treat, think about, and respond, to people and societies that are different from our own.”
Justin Lee does a great roundup of a 2009 study done by Kevin Carson at C4SS (C4SS.org) called Industrial Policy.
Will the national debt ever stop rising? FSK doesn’t think so.
However confused I think Phil may be in this post (the people suggesting private alternatives are certainly no sort of libertarian, not even a right one and I’ve looked both at Worstall and Devil’s kitchen so unless Phil can define his terms I’m afraid we’re at an impasse here) I think his solution for education is a decent one and one that deserves looking at. The link is in the original article of interest which can be found here.
A fellow anarchist on the difficulties of blogging.
Francois Tremblay on one of the biggest fallacies within hierarchies as he sees it.
A selection from the text:
“This “delegation of responsibility” is make-believe. The objective of this fake delegation is two-fold. The first is, as I already stated, to “liberate” the person from having to follow actual moral or ethical principles, or from being compassionate and loving. The second is to give credit for the person’s actions to the authority to which they are “delegated.” By far the most used is the former, but the latter is generally taken for granted as coming with the former. Whatever subjects do while “irresponsible,” if positive, is attributed to the authority they operate under. ”
“In a less literal sense, the same fallacy can be applied to democracy as well. The act of voting is a “delegation of responsibility,” insofar as the voter delegates judgments about right and wrong to the politicians who are elected, as this is the basic nature of democracy. As such, it falls under the same fallacy as delegating decisions about right and wrong to God or to a corporate person. ”
An interesting post on why anarchism might be accepted even without all the facts or ideas in place and though I’m skeptical of this idea and post in general I think it’s worth taking a look at due to the interesting ideas talked about here.
“Hey, a stateless society won’t emerge overnight, anyway, so why the reluctance to embrace the philosophy? Why not just become an anarchist and advocate for the abolition of the state on principle while at the same time taking part in the vibrant and diverse conversations about the ways in which a voluntary society might deal with things currently done by the state? You could even try coming up with a plan for a business or community organization that would take on such tasks in place of the state.”
FSK tells why lawyers might be the state’s friend before they’re yours.
And finally Shawn Wilbur on what it means to support use and occupancy as a standard for land.
Arm Your Mind for Liberty
George Donnelly has plenty of good posts to link, here are the four in the past week that I shall link:
First up George Donnelly is thinking about creating an alternative to Facebook and has 10 good reasons why he is doing so.
DarianWorden.com (Blog Section
Darian has an interesting take on conversation through written means here.
Brain Police had an excellent response to Julia Ribber Pitt on Free Dissent about Political issues vs. social issues.
And that’s it for this week’s blog roll call, I hope everyone enjoyed this return blog.