Anews podcast – episode 9

  • Posted on: 30 April 2017
  • By: aragorn

From Anews Podcast

Welcome to the anews podcast. This is episode 9 for April 28. This podcast covers anarchist activity, ideas, and conversations from the previous week.

On our minds this weekend - building something new

Editorial - Berkeley antifa

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TOTW - Anarchist Utopia

Introduction to Anarchy

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answer #2 for the question about what to do with people in prisons opens to door to Nietzschean inquiry into the concepts of humans and justice that underlies the need for prisons and police.

the assumption underlying having 3'rd party people determining 'crime and punishment' is that 'criminal acts' are an 'objective reality', whereas those that are directly involved can see the deeper roots in the relational dynamics of community that merely 'vent' through individuals who are then caught holding the smoking gun [the volcano that blows its top is not really the source of the eruption, but simply the smoking barrel through which global relational tensions are transmitting influence.]

answerer #2 points to the need to subsume the need for prisons and police so that they will not simply be re-invented 'in the wake of the revolution'.

the need for prisons arises from the belief that there is 'objective reality' in an isolated event-in-itself so that one need not inquire into the continuing-in-the-now relational dynamics which spawn such events [e.g. oppressive conditions in the common relational living space].

the assumption that individuals are fully and solely responsible for the sourcing of their actions means that 'the community is NOT responsible' by way of cultivating and sustaining an abusive environment wherein relational tensions vent through individual members of the community. e.g. indigenous anarchists do not have prisons and police because they assume that the community, as a dynamic web of relations, is the root source of relational tensions that vent through individuals [eruptions of violence do not jumpstart from individuals-in-themselves].

removing the need for prisons and police goes hand-in-hand with removing the belief in humans as 'independent beings that are fully and solely responsible for their own behaviour', ... as in the biological sciences model of the organism, and likewise in the Western political science model for the modern "declared-to-be-independent" [legally and logically 'independent'] political state.

this is a point essential to the understanding of how anarchism will get rid of prisons and police; i.e. we do not need third parties to pass judgement on events while leaving out the input of those directly involved, meaning that we do not need to impute 'objective reality' to 'events-in-themselves'.

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