"[W]here was the outrage over Stop And Frisk or any of New York’s other recent surveillance and anti-whistleblowing excesses? Oh, that just happened to Blacks, Hispanics, and Muslims. Where was the outrage when we were openly intercepting the e-mail and phone communication of all non-Americans regardless of probable cause? Oh, that just happened to foreigners, they’re not protected by our laws. These inherently xenophobic reactions, which of course are nothing new, highlight our problem: the surveillance state stops being ok when it goes from racist to all-encompassing. … The surveillance state is not a new problem; it’s a new problem for white people. The surveillance state has been a daily thorn in the lives of New York’s minorities for years, but it’s not just inconvenient. The surveillance state as a racist institution has been destroying the economy of majority-black cities and non-white neighborhoods for decades."

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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

“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


Elliott Erwitt


Elliott Erwitt


Angela Davis on violence
  • when she was in the California State Prison - 1972
  • Interviewer:a year ago the black panthers were much more active. We heard much more about that type of struggle. Is the time of the black panthers past?
  • Angela davis:the black panthers still exist, and the black panthers are still extremely active in the Oakland community and communities all over the country. I’m not sure whether or not you are aware of what is now happening in the black panther party and the kinds of things that the members of that party are doing now.
  • Interviewer:no but tell me.
  • Angela davis:first of all, if you’re gonna talk about a revolutionary situation, you have to have people who are physically able to wage revolution, who are physically able to organize and physically able to do all that is done.
  • Interviewer:but the question is more, how do you get there? Do you get there by confrontation, violence?
  • Angela davis:oh, is that the question you were asking? yeah see, that’s another thing. When you talk about a revolution, most people think violence, without realizing that the real content of any revolutionary thrust lies in the principles and the goals that you’re striving for, not in the way you reach them. On the other hand, because of the way this society’s organized, because of the violence that exists on the surface everywhere, you have to expect that there are going to be such explosions. You have to expect things like that as reactions. If you are a black person and live in the black community all your life and walk out on the street everyday seeing white policemen surrounding you… when I was living in Los Angeles, for instance, long before the situation in L.A ever occurred, I was constantly stopped. No, the police didn’t know who I was. But I was a black women and I had a natural and they, I suppose thought I might be “militant.” And when you live under a situation like that constantly, and then you ask me, you know, whether I approve of violence. I mean, that just doesn’t make any sense at all. Whether I approve of guns. I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. Some very, very good friends of mine were killed by bombs, bombs that were planted by racists. I remember, form the time I was very small, I remember the sounds of bombs exploding across the street. Our house shaking. I remember my father having to have guns at his disposal at all times, because of the fact that, at any moment, we might expect to be attacked. The man who was, at that time, in complete control of the city government, his name was Bull Connor, would often get on the radio and make statements like, “niggers have moved into a white neighborhood. We better expect some bloodshed tonight.” And sure enough, there would be bloodshed. After the four young girls who lived, one of them lived next door to me…I was very good friends with the sister of another one. My sister was very good friends with all three of them. My mother taught one of them in her class. My mother—in fact, when the bombing occurred, one of the mothers of one of the young girls called my mother and said, “can you take me down to the church to pick up Carol? We heard about the bombing and I don’t have my car.” And they went down and what did they find? They found limbs and heads strewn all over the place. And then, after that, in my neighborhood, all the men organized themselves into an armed patrol. They had to take their guns and patrol our community every night because they did not want that to happen again. That’s why, when someone asks me about violence, I just, I just find it incredible. Because what it means is that the person who’s asking that question has absolutely no idea what black people have gone through, what black people have experienced in this country since the time the first black person was kidnapped from the shores of Africa.


CNT Anarchist militia women in the Spanish Civil War (Full Gallery)

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jetblackssizelyslapass replied to your post: I am getting that feeling again. You know the one,…

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.

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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”


“The People will Bring Down the Regime”

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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.

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If anarchists get their wish and we have this glorious revolution, what tyranny kind will take it's place? It's only a romantic notion without thought of consequences. Millions will die, millions will suffer, all in the name of what? Revolution for what? Socialism, capitalism, fascism, democracy, they all have their own form of tyranny. What other "ism" will we be brainwashed with? Your solution?

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.

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