hello old friends, this blog hasn’t been touched in approximately one year. And I’m thinking about kick starting it up again - except the content will be a little different because, well, its been an entire year.
“I fight for life and freedom, I fight to prove that woman and man are equal.” - Benifet Ikhla, 27 years old, widow with 6 children and a member of the Free Syrian Army
CUBA. 1964. CHE GUEVARA.
CNT Anarchist militia women in the Spanish Civil War (Full Gallery)
whats your idea??
Basically concerning my post earlier, creating a system on Tumblr that is basically a platform for academics and students that want to help each other through their studies (i.e. discussion, debate, and most importantly giving and receiving feedback on/ drafting essays and other assignments). But for that to happen, I’d need said academics and students to be on board, and that is a bigger promise of trouble than I can handle.
I am getting that feeling again. You know the one, getting super excited about a cause or project in such an intense way that you neglect everything else around you. I am formulating in my head exactly how I could run this system, but its success would rely almost entirely on internet users, and I am NOT putting my faith in internet users because I am not that kind of stupid.
It just seems like such a solid and helpful idea though, so I am going to winge about it until I forget about it. Thanks, followers.
“The People will Bring Down the Regime”
Is there a community on Tumblr that is, sort of, dedicated to reading each other’s university work and giving each other feedback? Maybe grouped off more effectivly into people doing like similar degrees and at different levels (or maybe who just enjoy academic writing). Also then if you want a certain perspective by a person studying a certain degree or at a certain level of education you can help each other. I know there are a lot of very capable people here.
I think that would be ridiculously cool.
I’m sorry, I don’t know when this message came because Tumblr didn’t inform me. I apologise if you think I was ignoring you, stranger. I would also like to say that there are people with far more well-learned and wiser opinions than mine - I am no expert. I would like to apologise for this classically defined ‘bull shit’ in advance.
I have to stress foremost that I do not believe any political system will provide and ideal society, any sort of ‘utopia’, nor do I believe any “glorious” Revolutions without consequences could ever exist. I only believe in a better way of being through a different (better: economic, social, and political equality) system of being. Sure, call me ideological, but the term ‘ideological’ bears a stigma not exactly deserving. Positive ideology, any who: not nearly as impractical as lead to believe.
As for the issue of death and suffering… can I satisfy anyone, even myself, with any answer to this sensitive question? From my understanding, like any conflict, there will be casualities and the only way to truly account for this is to consider the worth of the cause. It is not nice, it is not clean - it is messy, but it is truthful and it begets change. This is solid praxis and it is seperate from theory. And the reason people srtive towards these revolutionary theories is because the outcome is better - because the reality of anarchism or communisn or socialism or whatever political and social system hoped to be achieved by a revolution is better for the masses. Basically, it is worth it. And that in the end is what will be achieved, what it is ‘in the name of’: change, gain, anything, something (for if we truly remember the less-privilidged origins of revolutions, then change can be so very worth it when the enemy is the hegemony. Easy enough for a young white kid to be debating on a computer in a Western society, eh?) Even if it is not achieved, it will be given atleast the chance. But also, please also do not minimise the power of theory, conciousness, and critical thinking in the event of a Revolution.
Like is said: messy.
You also keep using the word ‘tyranny’ a lot. I’m assuming you believe this is the only outcome of these revolutions and political systems? Sure, maybe socialism and communism require some, ah, “answering” for in significant historical context. But anarchy, friend, through it’s very inherent and intrinsic democracy, cannot ever be tyrannical. But that remains true for socialism and communism also: if the state is tyrannical then it cannot actually be socialist, communist or anarchist. And yes, history tells us the revolution can be hijacked and tyranny a possible outcome - but that sends us back to the above arguement: is it worth it? I am being a little obscure to your question here, I know, and I apologise but it is the only way I can relay my personal positions on these issues. However, I too am concerned and can advocate the danger of getting “brainwashed” (seduced and mislead, perhaps?) by the “isms” of political culture. It’s cliche and overdone but to combat this simply think; think critically about and study these “isms” independently and with others - what actually is it? what does it mean for me? what does it mean for them? Don’t lose yourself under it’s umbrella. I don’t.
As for the “romantic” aspect, it is almost removed from the idea entirely. Revolution is inherently romantic because of what it signifies moreso than what follows it. Its romance is symbolic, and this in no way equates to the political and social understanding of a Revolution (it does not mean that even I do not get invested in the romance of it myself, because my blog is proof enough that I do).
That is my attempt to answer that question, I supose. Almost entirely opinion; could sound like a load of folly filled with fallacy to you, my anonymous friend. I would also like to invite my followers to express their opinion towards this issue (in my ask box or tag me in a text post) because many are far more adequate than I. Thank you for playing.