FSK has some things that are somewhat similar to my ideas on 9/11 and the “truther” ideas about it.
Can scientists be a revolutionary class? I’ve yet to be convinced but I can’t say the arguments aren’t intriguing or worth looking at. An example,
“To reiterate just to be absolutely clear: Scientists are not a profoundly oppressed class. Sure, IP law impedes their livelihoods and empowers parasitic academic hierarchies. Corporate and political powers stomp on results they don’t like. Huge numbers of would-be scientists around the world are refused access and opportunities. And of course for thousands of years scientists have faced systemic and constant threats of murder from the religious wings of social power.
But revolutionary potential does not follow a 1:1 relationship with the degree of oppression faced. A starving person is not inherently aligned against power relations wholesale, all they can at face value be relied on opposing is the context that keeps them in starvation. Along many if not most class lines the motivating grievance is not inherent but contextual. This can of course be quite potent just as it can develop into an enlightened empathic rejection of power relations but such development is in no way assured. Once those defined solely by their dispossession cease being dispossessed they cease having any fundamental tension with power.
True scientists on the other hand can never cease being scientists. Their defining desire is both contingent upon liberty and insatiable. As such they will never stop being in conflict with power. That the tension of this conflict has been minimized in the modern era is actually the whole point.”
Arm Your Mind for Liberty
If violence worth paying attention to as an anarchist or is non-violence instead what we should focus our efforts and attention on?
Bleeding Heart Libertarians
This week hasn’t been quite as busy but there’s still some stuff to discuss.
The only thing I’ll mention since I didn’t find the post on “A Possible BHL Humanitarian Position” to be that informative or even interestingly argued is Matt Zwolinski’s wonderful idea that you can find here about posting other essays from journals in the last three months. Plenty of essays there alone to keep you busy for a bit for those that you can read.
Discourses on Liberty
A fantastic piece on objectification can be found here.
“So the question now is, “What is an ‘object’, and thus what does it mean to be treated ‘like an object’?” This is a two-part question, and the first part of the question can be given a simple literal answer: an object is that which is observed. But of course, this isn’t the only thing which is meant by an “object”, as then objectification would be absurdly all-inclusive–any presence of a perceiver logically entails observation, and thus an object; hence, all things that perceive “objectify”. Rather than sacrifice the credibility of objectification, it’s best to assume the least absurd definition. With that task, the term “object” in the context of objectification must refer to a more humanistic definition–“objectification” is visibly spoken of concerning inter-relationships between humans, i.e. subjects. Intersubjective interaction. It must therefore be the case that “objectification” refers to a subject-directed phenomena, within an intersubjective context.”
This is interesting (as FSK would say), it seems that Ron Paul for being so widely hailed as someone who’s open about what he says and what he means conflicts on the open borders ideas.
Sheldon also has posted ten lessons plus one on the events of 9/11. One in particular I like:
“8. Terrorism is not an enemy. It’s a tactic, one used by many different kinds of people in causes of varying moral hues, often against far stronger imperial powers. Declaring all those people one’s enemy is criminally reckless. But it’s a damn good way for a government to achieve potentially total power over its subjects.”
Nothing too much to announce, though I’m still working on getting more people for the LLYTC and will hopefully get more people to talk at it as time goes on. You can catch the interview with Kevin Carson at Carson’s corner here. And though I’ve seen some complaints I think overall this interview is a great one.
So apart from all of that stuff I’ve gotten back my Voltairine de Cleyre books, the VDC Reader and Exquisite Rebel. I’m excited to re-read Voltairine’s work and hopefully share her and her work at the upcoming Liberty Forum.
Lastly, Mr. Stolyarov has said his response to my response of his video (which you can find in that post) on Ron Paul is due sometime mid-next week. Expect me then to respond to that response sometime before next week is over, perhaps Saturday or something on my Youtube channel.
I’ll have more content as a blog post tomorrow of course so watch out for that!