General discussion

General discussion

Is "Anti-Civilization" the politically correct term for "Anarcho-Primitivism"?

I've been kind of away for a while and haven't really kept up with everything that is going on. It seems like Anti-Civilization theories are fairly popular now. Is "Anti-Civilization" the politically correct term for "Anarcho-Primitivism", or, do the terms refer to different schools of thought?

Theorie Communiste's Essay in Communization and Its Discontents

I really liked Theorie Communiste's essay in Communization and Its Discontents. That aside, does anyone else suspect that their "communizing measures" may involve starting a terrorist cell? They never directly state such things, but, that is an aspect of the text that I sort of felt was there. It could just be from being tertiarilly affiliated with the far-Left for too long. The far-Left really doesn't deviate too far from its caricature. You're really kind of shown a ton of mostly incoherent "theory", and, before you know, you've been indoctrinated into a terrorist cult.

Theory of a Young-Girl

When I first read Theory of a Young-Girl, I thought that it was kind of a sweet psychedlic Paprika-like trip, but, in retrospect, coming to an understanding of what their theory actually is, I, ultimately think that it is somewhat, intentionally or not, essentializing and sexist. I really like the concept of the "figure of total integration withing a disintegrating social totality", but, think that situating this figure as a young women ultimately re-establishes the sexist misconstruction that women are frivolous.

An American Branch of the Anarchist Federation

Does anyone know if there is an American branch of the Anarchist Federation? I feel like my political inclinations are closer to theirs than the IWW. Would there be any reason to prefer them to the IWW? I sort of like the IWW, I'm just not terribly interested in workplace organizing.

The War Resisters' International

I tried to join this org a while ago, but, I never heard back from them. I'm not really sure what I would do, and, so, I can see why. Does anyone know more about them. Michael Randle, who jointly co-ordinated their protests against the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia, once helped double agent George Blake escape from prison, which is notable. They seem pretty alright, all things considered. I've read Bart de Ligt, who was a member. I actually don't know that I agree with his critique of Pacifist concessions to the Second World War, as much as I admire his resolve.

Masculinity

What is masculinity? Is it a spectre as supposed by Egoism? Is it a social-construct as supposed by the English language educational system? What qualities or qualifications do you ascribe to the designation? Is it something innate within the individual?

In raising children, do you or might you cultivate a gender? If so, for what reasons? Would you attempt to maintain gender-neutrality in the child? What is masculinity to you?

-Asking for a friend

Femininity

What is femininity? Is it a spectre as supposed by Egoism? Is it a social-construct as supposed by the English language educational system? What qualities or qualifications do you ascribe to the designation? Is it something innate within the individual?

In raising children, do you or might you cultivate a gender? If so, for what reasons? Would you attempt to maintain gender-neutrality in the child? What is femininity to you?

-Georgia

Empire

I guess I should also recommend Empire which I don't think that enough people think to read. It is really good. I haven't read it in a while and plan on rereading it sometime in the near future. I have a huge reading list, though. Who knows when I'll get around to doing that?

Forms-of-Life

Has anyone else read Giorgio Agamben? I really like his writing, but, I felt like he didn't adequately explain the concept of "forms-of-life" in The Use of Bodies. I have a vague grasp on it, but, ultimately don't know well enough what "forms-of-life" are so as to be able to define them. I feel like most of what I understand of the concept comes from Introduction to Civil War, which I should reread as it has been a while since I read it last. From what I understand, the concept was developed by Giorgio Agamben. Did I just not pay enough attention while reading The Use of Bodies?

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