Category Archives: Social Analysis

The Capitalist Concept of Self-Interest

The philosophical debate is not about the extent to which any wage-worker can decide what jobs to apply for, nor their potential to become business owners instead. At the heart of liberal philosophy is the tendency to conceptualize matters a-historically and with a focus on the solitary activity of individuals. Self-interest loses its meaning the […]

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Post-Modernity and the Appeal of Anarchism: Follow-up

On December 5th, I presented at the East Bay Anarchist Bookfair and Conversation Event because there were not as many presentation submissions as I had hoped for. During the initial organizational meetings for the event, we discussed what the theme would be, which became both the Inhuman and the Anthroposcene. Thinking about the question, “what […]

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Informalist Anarchism: a Self-Interview

Q: Howdy, how are you doing Squee? A: Pretty good. I have been finding it very easy to flow lately, which has come after some time of feeling at the helm of a ship in a storm. Q: What do you want to talk about today? A: I want to talk about informal anarchism, but […]

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More Informal Thoughts

Anarchism from an informal perspective is different from class struggle anarchism and more contemporary, activist forms of anarchism. The way that individuals, groups, societies, institutions that govern them, interpersonal relationships, self-expression, and revolt are conceptualized by informal anarchists (well, me at least) don’t seem similar at all to the latter mentioned forms. From the ground […]

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Green Anarchism: a Self-Interview

Q: Are you a Green Anarchist? A: The short answer is, “I don’t know.” I have more questions than I have answers about this. Like most things, it depends how the term is defined. Q: Well let’s start with definition, then. How do you understand the term? A: There has to be some sort of […]

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After Finding Ground

Towards the end of my adolescence, I published a book called the Aberration that was the result of blending autobiographical, philosophical, and fictional writing which I had previously written. The greatest challenge of the project was systematically organizing and evaluating that work, highlighting the themes that ran through these different forms of activity, and coming […]

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Critique of the Farmer Neighborhood in Tempe, AZ

In Struggles of the Farmer Neighborhood in Tempe, AZ, I took a look at the neighborhood I had formerly lived in from the angle of anarchist, radical, and/or counter-cultural struggle. I concluded by stating that “I see it as a legitimate beginning and hope for the resistance there to sustain.” To follow up, I want […]

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An Individual’s Interests

Existence for a self-conscious individual may not offer any sort of rational basis for meaning and values, but it at least offers a biochemistry to help get the process going. Good and bad may not transcend the somewhat haphazard associations brains form which tie into emotional responses, but there are at least those immediate and […]

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Media Buzz Topic: Depression

Depression has a lot of media buzz right now, which is a great excuse to write about it. There isn’t anything exceptional about it, it’s a typical phenomena that usually works well enough for getting us to relax. No one would bat an eye if you told them you were experiencing anhedonia (loss of pleasure […]

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RE: The Politics of Denunciation

RE: The Politics of Denunciation The following are two statements in the piece that I can relate to: “Support for the survivor is equated with, and then replaced by, castigation of the perpetrator.” and “It is unsurprising, then, that our tendency is to push people out, rather than draw them in; but when we do […]

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Two Guys Meet At A Bar

[this is a short dialogue about socalled confidence and personality types]   Rick and James both hear about a hip local spot where they meet. James is sitting at the bar on his second drink about to order some food. Rick walks up to the bar to order his first. Rick is a large, strong […]

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Informal Anarchist Praxis: an open discussion of hangouts

Another Battlefield The purpose of this is to attempt broaching a debate of informal anarchist praxis that focuses on contexts which I lack the terminology to succinctly describe. The problem of terminology arises because the contexts with which I’m concerned are social spaces where numerous identities congregate and loosely compose a vague culture through familiarity […]

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+inspired by watching this comedian Louis C. k. (Louie S02E09)+ I went through a long phase being stuck on the significance of the fact that a human life is one of interdependence. There’s a lot of angles to come at the topic from in support or critique of the premise and in either case, a […]

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Tongue War: Identity and the Editing of Speech

  I can’t count how many times I’ve participated in or been a party to conversations concerning the use of politically incorrect language …mostly, because I haven’t tried to keep track. There’s numerous versions of this conversation: gender pronouns, sexist and homophobic slurs, occupy vs. decolonization, etc. I think it goes without saying that with […]

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Reclaiming Manarchy

Reclaiming Manarchy   Some time ago I found myself swooning over an anarchist man that I don’t know. It was purely aesthetic: the way his neck hair almost blended in with the hair from his chin, his heart warming hugs, the glint in his eyes as we talked about the latest dramas of Bay Area […]

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KickStarter and Counter-Power

Two articles recently appeared on anarchist news concerning the practices and services offered by KickStarter. As most everyone who is likely to read this is aware, capitalism requires and increases more the dispossession of us both as individuals and as a class of the resources which we would need to produce what we consume. So […]

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Resistance to Coolness

^Listen – What does it mean to live in a world where you feel like you are driven to fucking pay someone to listen to your emotional shit and help you try and figure stuff out? What does it mean to feel powerless against forces in your social life which consistently offer the basic message […]

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Interview about Cross-Dressing

So I guess the community college paper is doing some article about cross-dressing and interviewing people who they think may have some insight into it? The interviewer is Mimi Wang. Anyway – it’s been a while, enjoy! 1. Why do you crossdress? I have practical reasons and theoretical ones… Practically, I crossdress because I have […]

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The Black Cat

The Black Cat   This has nothing to do with anarchist syndicalist theory. When someone realizes that their youthful rejection of manipulation ought to be taken seriously in their adulthood, they become a rebel. As Bakunin once said, “To revolt is a natural tendency of life. Even a worm turns against the foot that crushes […]

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Some Reasons Why US Anarchists May Not Be Making Gains

Overview When the question is asked, “Why aren’t there more anarchists or more recognizable gains by anarchists in the US?”; I think some of the responses I’ve seen somewhat miss the mark. We are living in a country where the majority of the population is religious, white, and without anything close to a land base. […]

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