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unless i get a new computer i won’t be posting anymore, and i don’t plan on getting a new computer…
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The emphasis on elites, experts, and professionals in advanced capitalist societies, and the dominance of administrative bureaucracies peopled by professionals discourages people from asserting their own capacities for decision making. People are conditioned to seek expert advice and opinion. This is seen in the popularity of daytime talk shows like Oprah and in the profusion of self-help literature in which experts tell people how to pursue basic life tasks. Critics such as sociologist Heidi Rimke note that this is also a form of governance or self-regulation in neoliberal political regimes of state capitalism. As Goodman noted, this leaves people unprepared to taste freedom when opportunities arise.
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At no point in these demonstrations did a militant subjectivity make itself visible or distinct from the general crowd dynamic. This may have resulted in less property damage but also may have contributed to more diffuse antagonism, especially in the third demonstration. Left wing organizations, politicians, cops, journalists, and sociologists will continually engage in the pathetic search for authorship, for criminal conspiracy, for the dispensation of agency, of legitimacy, and the particular identity or ideology a rebellion could take. We are generally uniterested in these concerns, especially the former. Still, we are aware of the way these questions - which often function as actual operations for a certain cybernetic tendency latent in all contemporary policing - can have profound effects on the way we fight. We should push ourselves to find ways of merging with the crowd dynamic, of injecting insurrectional aspirations to a moment while also allowing ourselves to be swept up in the propulsive force such an adventure would actually entail - even and especially as it unmakes our particular role in this crumbling way of life. We should find ways to avoid adopting, except where it is especially necessary, a distinct posture, aesthetic, or rhythm of those around us while also avoiding the tendency to participate cynically in events which do not move us, as many socialists or marxist-leninists do, for instance. We must always struggle to see ourselves as part of a situation and not to look down at it from the enlightened heights of a specialist minority. This should not keep us from introducing tactical or discurive innovations where necessary, especially as our epoch strains against itself in global rhythm of upheaval, of transformation, of experimentation and insurrection.
,Fight to live’ poster from the 80s during The Troubles in Ireland
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The media continues the line of “a peaceful protest turned violent” about all of this. Let us be clear that from the moment the group left the vigil on Thursday, it was rowdy and militant. There was no ‘turning’ at any point for this group nor a small group whose actions stood out from the broader group. The only change the group went through was it finding itself through moving together. It seems like St. Louis is on its way to establishing a tradition of retaliation for police murders. Most people have a cop in their head, restraining them. Now St. Louis police have a rioter in their head, making them think twice before pulling that trigger.
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Another impressive thing from Thursday night was the relaying of police scanner information about who they were searching out. It was said they were looking for someone in a red sweatshirt, and folks response was to announce this and calmly advise anyone wearing red to remove the top or put on something else. This was done in a comradely manner and in interest of continuing the festive and rowdy environment without everyone/anyone being in danger. Instead of relying on gossip or suspicion, the reaction seemed based on solidarity and complicity. Folks were able to quickly change clothes, chat and continue on. Police are now encrypting their scanners to try and curb further acts like this.
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What has happened the last two nights in many ways is a continuation of Ferguson, but also something more. Here in St. Louis, the response to police killing people is now to take to the streets in retaliation. Though there is overlap between those who have been in the streets in Ferguson and in south St. Louis, there are other elements in play. The shooting happened in the Shaw neighborhood, near Tower Grove Park. The neighborhood calls itself “mixed-income” and “diverse” as a bragging right, but the class and racial tensions are very prevalent.
The officer who killed Myers was off duty but working for a private security company, GCI Security, hired by the middle- and upper-class residents. The marches were still very much focused on race and police, but also on class, explicitly targeting the upper-class as the source of their oppression. Compared to rowdy stuff in Ferguson, this group (also quite rowdy) was way more racially mixed.
baby nila, back when i was really punk, shit is still relevant obvi
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In fact, the prevalence of liberal multicultural discourses today effectively works to maintain settler colonialism because they make it easy to assume that all minorities and ethnic groups are different though working toward inclusion and equality, each in its own similar and parallel way. Justice is often put in terms that coincide with the expansion of the settler state (see Scott Lauria Morgensen  for a discussion of the compatibility of queer politics with white normativity and settler society). While Indigenous peoples do form important alliances with people of color, Indigenous communities’ concerns are often not about achieving formal equality or civil rights within a nationstate, but instead achieving substantial independence from a Western nationstate— independence decided on their own terms. The feminist concerns of white women, women of color, and Indigenous women thus often differ and conflict with one another. In other words, within the context of land and settler colonialism, the issues facing Indigenous women, as inseparable from the issues facing Indigenous peoples as a whole, are resolved via decolonization and sovereignty, not (just) parity.
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Anonymous said: hey its rola! <3 where can i read "for your safety & security"? googled it but couldnt find it.
heeeey <3 hope you’re well. you can read it here: http://anarchistnews.org/content/your-safety-and-security%E2%80%A6
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