Anyone else watching? Does anyone else think, like, the themes this seasons... are relevant... to this site...?
From: Vote Union, Anarchist!
This is the essence of government: decisions made in one space determine what can take place in all other spaces. The result is alienation—the friction between what is decided and what is lived.
Democracy promises to solve this problem by incorporating everyone into the space of decision-making: the rule of all by all.
I've noticed people coming up with a variety of terms to describe their anarchy. I like this small alienation these people have, like Bob Dole saying "Bob Dole would like a glass of water". To describe your positions from your self and your self interest, this is an approach to writing, it does not erase ideology. The problem with ideology is the need to crystalize ideas into a form, creating a prism that shows all these many facets one could look at, but also serving as a prison for those elements that were once free radicals, floating in space.
Anglophone Anarchist Internet Federation (AAIF): Media Wing
This site, Anarchistnews.org, might not be the eventual hub of activity for such a federation, but it is definitely a good organizing tool for the possibility for such a site to exist.
I think either from Anarchy Radio or Free Radical Radio, I recall a media project I have unfortunately forgotten how to find on the internet.
The show had video if I remember correctly. I believe FRR interviewed him. It had a lot of humor and confrontational rant style to it. I think the guy had a hispanic sounding name. He had alter-ego(s) he named something like "the instigator". I'm not sure how deep the archives go on this show, but at least a dozen or so.
Sorry I can't remember more. Any ideas?
I am currently reading http://www.crimethinc.com/texts/r/democracy/ again to see the primary areas of disagreement I have while at the same time observing the many other positions held by others here. My definition of "maximalist" would be those that can't support the framework concepts proposed by Crimethinc AND can't accept the democratic framework as proposed by those that vote union.
I think most people are confused about anarchist uses of democracy. Just as the constitution of the United States has a bill of rights, so too does most any instance of democracy also need, implicit or explicit, understood common principles upon which all are expected to uphold. This is the foundation for all voluntary associations and an anarchist democracy is one that is voluntary, that focuses on direct action to make change and one that simplifies process to empower self-initiative. An anarchist democracy is one that can exist now and is one that can grow.
So, anarchy in the middle of the greatest empire the world has ever known has proven to of been thwarted and not capable of coming back as a force powerful on its own. The human animal can dream, can desire, but is also satisfied with relative autonomy and relating with others in informal hierarchies as well as within institutions. The maximalists often frown on the heavy leftism of those willing to accept a role for institutions or to view this struggle in political terms.
I'm usually just a lurker on anarchistnews for the articles, so hopefully I don't sound too much like someone who doesn't know anything about the culture here. I always feel uncomfortable about advertising shit like this, so I'll try not to do that. There's a wider discussion to be had here anyways about online anarchist spaces - or the apparent lack thereof, and whether they have any value.