Anews Episode 84 – October 5, 2018

  • Posted on: 8 October 2018
  • By: thecollective

From ANEWS Podcast

Welcome to the Anews podcast. This podcast covers anarchist activity, ideas, and conversations from the previous week on anarchistnews.

Editorial: Toxic Culture by Rocinante
TOTW: Feminism

sound edited by Linn O’Mable
the editorial was written by Rocinante
“What’s New” was written by Jackie, read by chisel and Dim
Thanks to Aragorn! and Sport for topic of the week discussion
The music is 1) Tim Exile – Oh Scat Mix Up
2) Marsen Jules – Eillet En Delta
3) Tears For Fears – Women In Chains



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"In her book Wild Swans, Chinese writer Jung Chang points out what "the personal is the political" meant in China. "The idea that everything personal was political: in fact henceforth nothing was to be regarded as "personal" or private." The party was the new family, and Mao, the new Father. Everything had to be subordinated to Him. No one could question his edicts, without fear of retribution. Petty resentments were disguised as political facts. That's often what is meant by "the personal is the political".

Within the corporate setting, it's not difficult to find similar intrusions, since often the 'personal' is seen as the 'professional', and as management reproduce paternalistic roles against their subordinates.

can't remember where :(
that the personal is political originally meant that what is considered personal (ie individual, subjective, private-ish) is a cultural/political phenomenon. ie the *definition* of personal is a political thing.
your story, in-her-book, is more interesting though.

Thank you. I'm also more interested how 'social justice' gets inverted from it's journey from academia to the corporate setting within capitalism (or was it inverted before it ever got there?). For example when bosses scold employees like children, over petty trifles, adopting a parental tone with both aggressive body and verbal language (clapping hands, pointing fingers, raising voices and interrupting), or make snide remarks, and spitefully promising repercussions. These and a myriad of other inappropriate behaviors indicate a tendency for those in power to take things very personally at the expense of their subordinates. And all this despite the fact that the employment relationship is supposed to be but a mere exchange of numbers, e.g. productive hours, for wages. Now it seems that in some settings it is expected that personal esteem is to be invested into the person of the boss by the worker (is social media also influencing this?). Mixing the self righteous and quite fraudulent interpretation of 'social justice' into the mix will only make things much worse.

I'm also interested in how much influence Maoism has on every-day-life social settings, especially in the work place now that China has become a full on capitalist economic powerhouse.

Anyways, my feminism says that 'the personal is the ANTI-POLITICAL'.

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