The Unquiet Dead Ch4 – AudioZine

  • Posted on: 18 April 2018
  • By: thecollective

From Resonance Audio Distro

The Unquiet Dead: Anarchism, Fascism, and Mythology. Chapter 4. The White Goddess: Essentialism and the Land – by anonymous – MP3ReadPrint ArchiveTorrentYouTube
Chapter three of this multipart series discusses appropriation and essentialism in white feminist spirituality and/or white environmentalist circles. The full text is available at unquietdead.tumblr.com; we will be posting recordings of other chapters in the future.

“I have felt troubled for some time over some white feminist practice and advocacy of essentialist ‘nature spiritualities.’ This tendency is certainly not limited to feminists, but I find it most upsetting as it is performed by them—the political deployment of a belief structure under the premise of sisterhood can be insidious. If we are against fascism, we must ask in what ways we are replicating its themes in our struggle for freedom, and how may we fight that tendency. I write not as part of a relentless drift towards inertia, the enforcement of identity politics that prevents movement; rather, I want to examine the real friction present between white feminists and those they are trying to save. Essentialism has poisoned our common well for too long.”

Musical interludes – Sleater-Kinney – Stay Where You Are

“When the Goddess becomes a white woman, is She any less terrifying than the Christian God—and if so, is that not a reaffirmation of essentialist misogyny? How can we approach issues of gender, race, spirituality and the “natural world” without reinforcing the oppressive constructs inherent in each? How can white people show real solidarity to those with marginalized histories, the kind of solidarity that changes our mutual present? How can people of color engaged in resistance to white supremacy and efforts towards self-actualization be recognized in ways that do not prop up racial difference or assimilationist enclosure?”

You can also listen to the Cyborg Manifesto, which is discussed in this text.

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How can PoMo know-nothingism, according to which the assertion of the most basic empirical observations about nature (including human nature) is suspiciously fascist, ever bring us closer to the natural world? 'Fascism' isn't the biggest threat to the world; liberalism is, and you are part and parcel of it.

Couldn't figure out how to post your pepe meme here, I take it?

Is the more brutal and bluntly authoritarian branch of liberalism...the henchman of liberalism that's necessary for it to even exist...

Ugh god. Jesus and the nine hells. Fucking what the fuck ever you fucks. Oh man, Fucking what the F.C>UK.. eveR!!!!1I''m a white/colored person with negative opinions because I grew up uppermiddle/middle/lowermiddle/(not)working class/stupid

You forgot negative credit rating, the common stratifier ;)

This guy tho. The reader. Dude, come on. Elmer Rudd is offended by your mockery of lips. Please stop insulting people with speech differences. This comical attempt at mockery, while funny, is pretty messed up exploiting people that have problems speaking for spasptic laughter. Especially when mister fake slurr speech sea "animals". I want to die from laughter, but that is only because they know how to make fun of people with real problems. Also, I think they may be drinking and Canadian by their own admission, which slants my ability to accept them as neailutral arbitrators of conflict as freedom .

so I read this text and I don't really understand the point. it seems to use the terms essentialism and fascism entirely interchangably (in fact I think this is actually what the author thinks fascism is) while simultaneously holding up a really extreme form of purity politics. op, why?

Fascism does believe in essential characteristics and if applied to the human experience and mind, this translates as there being one form of consciousness and a distinct behavior and morality to follow. However in Nature this does not completely apply except with mammalian in some cases, one could debate whether the lemming voluntary genocide is a coded genetic response or a reversible instinctual reflex. Are instincts a necessary behavioral reflex?.,.

That's the reason why there is some interchangeability of the terms. Most religions and beliefs border on essentialism also. I would consider the lemming behavior conditional and not instinctual genetic tendencies.,.

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