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A CONTEST!

Aug. 1st, 2008 | 07:46 am
posted by: sad_sick_truth in anarkospiritual

I’m demoralized. I received the E-mail that appears below in italics from an acquaintance’s wife after making some comments about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (the anniversaries of those bombings are coming up next week.)

This pathetic E-mail contains about every terrible cliche that you might expect from an uneducated jingoist – we have the "love it or leave it" argument, the smug bragadoccio about "our way of life and our freedoms" (in the face of the obscene Patriot Act, no less) and the usual ignorant nonsense about Iraq being the 9/11 bogeyman.

I’m so tired of responding to drivel like this that I figured I’d make a contest out of it. There’s no prize other than recognition for a job well done, but if anyone on this LiveJournal site would like to take a crack at responding to Ruth, her E-mail address is ruth@ruthstoffee.com.

You should not only E-mail your personal response to her directly, but also post it here. I will judge entries on their factual content, their lack of personal invective, and on the soundness of their arguments. I don’t think personal attacks and insults will work on her, but if this woman received an avalanche of well-reasoned and well written rebuttals, she just might be humbled.

 

Incidentally, her remark about the Japanese trying to surrender was in response to my comment that the Japanese were suing for peace through Russia when we dropped the atomic bombs.

If you want to refer to me personally in your E-mail, my name is Bill.

Go for it. Here is her message to me:

 

Maybe you should go ahead and move to Canada then. Everyone would probably be happier if you did, yourself included. What burns me more than any atom bomb is people living in the wonderful nation full of hope, promise, and freedom, and opportunity who are nothing but negative about our great nation. You don't like America, move out.

The Japanese were not trying to surrender. They died to preserve their honor. There was no honor in capture. Do you have any idea how many MILLIONS of lives were saved by dropping the bomb? Countless, when you factor in how many more American soldiers and Japanese would have died in a land invasion.

One further note, Iraq is and never was about oil. It was about us being attacked on our own soil by a bunch of cowardly terrorists. What kind of regard did they have for innocent women and children? None. How many people died in the Twin Towers? Over 2000. There were children there too, in day care centers. How many days did it take you to forget that? 2? This is not about quote "flexing our muscle." This is about preserving our way of life and our freedoms.

But since you do not value these freedoms, and prefer to be Canadian, here are some helpful websites to get you started. Have a nice trip!!

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Thought Police

Nov. 25th, 2007 | 09:28 am
mood: angryangry
posted by: mercymanic in anarkospiritual

This is so fucking Orwellian I'm barely able to comprehend it. An even fiercer thought crime bill is on the floor WITH BI-PARTISAN SUPPORT!

S. 1959: Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007

Make NO mistake. This is SO not about terrorism. This is about being able arrest, imprison, and torture anyone who is vocal in their disagreement with the powers that be. They are taking a big steaming dump on the constitution right in front of us.

Start writing and calling NOW.

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buddhism

Nov. 3rd, 2007 | 04:26 pm
music: tilly and the wall
posted by: sky_bluepink in anarkospiritual

last week, 6 tibetan monks came to my school to bless us and talk about buddhism. while i dont feel like i can commit to any specific faith, buddhism attracts me because its practice is not theistic and rather focuses on inner enlightenment. it was just a really wonderful experience to meet these people from a completely different part of the world and feel their light.

this community seems dead, but it has such a good concept, i want it to live again!

how do you feel about buddhism?

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God, Prayer etc.

Nov. 20th, 2006 | 08:39 pm
posted by: ichzitterenicht in anarkospiritual

I'm definitely one who believes in a divine power of some sort, but I find it hard to see where and how that power affects things. When I try to think of an impersonal/ clockmaker type God, I wonder, if you have the power to create something like... well, the universe, why create it, and just leave it alone? Why leave humanity to its own devices, when we clearly haven't a clue what we're doing?

Somtimes, I just try to ignore the question all together, but inevitably, (mostly in times of hardship) I come back to the question, mostly through prayer. But there's a kind of hipocracy to prayer. When you pray for something and it comes to fruition, it's God's doing. But, if it doesn't, "it wasn't meant to be" or "God works in mysterious ways" or any other of the rediculous phrases that people dredge up to brush away the issue.

So, again, I wonder, why do I return to prayer? Is it just that when I feel helpless, I don't know where to turn, or is it something deeper, like God?

These are obviously big questions and, regardless of the answers, are pretty central to "spirituality" I seem to have a different answer for myself every day.

But, I guess I wanted to see how (or if) others of you answer these questions.

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Intro

Nov. 10th, 2006 | 03:35 pm
posted by: xfotisx in anarkospiritual

Hi everyone, great community! I personally don't have a 'curriculum vitae' in anarchism or anything like that... I understand anarcho-spirituality as the state when one forgets about names, culture, color, race, ideals..Then what's left is something that doesn't know about 'good' or 'bad', Proudhon, Bakunin or Tolstoy and his 'christian anarchism'.

If I had to place myself somewhere, I'd say it's more of a green anarchism, social ecology stand. I think there is a lot of un-learning to do before we can qualify ourselves as spiritual beings.Thanks for reading and looking forward to some interesting conversations. Keep the community active!

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School of Americas Watch

Nov. 2nd, 2006 | 03:39 pm
posted by: ichzitterenicht in anarkospiritual

Just to let you guys know, there's a huge protest at Fort Benning, GA from Nov. 17-19. At the fort, there is a school called the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly the School of Americas). It's a military school where soldiers from countries in Central and South America and the Carribean go to train. Unfortunately, a lot of the graduates of the school have ended up murdering, torturing and oppressing their own people.

The protest is done every year in an attempt to get the school shut down on the aniversary of the masacre of Jesuit priests in El Salvador by a regime set up by a graduate of WHINSEC. My girlfriend and I are going to be there, (I'll be brandishing my newly made black flag :)) so I thought I'd extend an invitation. For more information, see the School of Americas Watch here.

So yeah. I hope you'll consider being there.

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introduction of sorts

Oct. 25th, 2006 | 10:15 pm
music: conflict
posted by: sky_bluepink in anarkospiritual

i joined this community when it started, but i havent posted anything yet, so here you go.

my name is katrina, if i had to pick a "strain" of anarchism (what a strange idea) i would have to say that i am an anarchoprimitivist. i don't identify with any specific religion, however buddhism intrigues me and there is a vedanta society a few blocks from my house that i am planning on visiting sometime soon. (for those not familiar with vedanta, it isn't a specific religion, but rather a community of people coming together to pray/chant/sing or share their ideas, all with the uniting belief that there is a spirit, but people worship it/them in different ways, all of which are acceptable and must be tolerated and respected) i feel like i can connect with that more than other religions, because the one thing that turns me away from religion is the exclusiveness and "our way is the only way" attitude maintained by many followers. and as another word on anarchism, it is my ideal, however i don't know how we are going to achieve it or maintain it. i would like to say that i believe that anarchosyndicalism is a good way to go about destroying our capitalist state, because working class rebellions have occured and overthrown successfully before, but i don't know where we would go after we've thrown bricks through all the windows and trampled and killed people by rioting...i would love to see within my life time flowers growing through empty highways and trees growing in abandoned office buildings...and i suppose i'm still asking all the big questions about human nature and the future.

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Hating the oppressor

Oct. 20th, 2006 | 06:56 pm
posted by: super_weasel in anarkospiritual

What are the "itches" you have regarding mainstream radical political culture that you think spirituality/religion might be able to scratch?

I'm trying to get clearer on my own answer to that question. And yesterday I got a magazine in the mail (Bite Back #11) that has given me something concrete to work with.

There's an editorial by an activist who was arrested at a demonstration, and is currently in jail. The issue here is animal rights activism, which I'm sure not all of you are personally invested in. But it could be almost any activist, talking about any struggle.
"HLS [a notorious animal testing lab] is conspiracy to murder, on a vast unimaginable scale. 70,000 animals trapped inside there; 500 animals killed a day. Just numbers until you stand outside those gates as I did in the weeks before being sent to jail, and then as you see the murderers driving out, laughing at their crimes, you feel pure evil, tangible; you see it in the workers faces, you feel the millions of animals they have coldly callously murdered crying out for justice, and you feel the animals trapped inside HLS calling out for freedom.

It was my privilege to demonstrate at HLS with a 16-year-old activist from Italy, and to stand beside her as she screamed in pure rage and hatred at the murderers driving home, with tears pouring down her face at the horror of it all.

We all need to feel that rage, we all need to feel that anger and we all need to act on it.
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Feeling "pure rage and hatred" for another person? Seeing "pure evil" in their face?

Language that clear and strong isn't exactly commonplace, to be sure, but I think this attitude is prevalent in radical circles, just in more or less muted forms.

I know this makes sense at a certain level: I hate whatever hurts those I love. And I hesitate to tell anyone who feels this way, about whoever, in whatever struggle, that they're somehow "wrong." But almost everything in me says "No" to de-personalizing anyone in this way, for any reason.

Which is a lot of what draws me back to reading the words of Jesus, the Buddha, George Fox and other spiritual figures, despite being an ex-Christian atheist.

The issue for me then becomes, how, without anger or hate, do I actively and energetically resist oppression? How do I love both the oppressor and oppressed, but without compromise?

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I'll add my two cents

Oct. 13th, 2006 | 01:45 am
posted by: notnotnevinzehr in anarkospiritual

The vast majority of the problems in the anarchist movement stem from the movement's roots in the atheism of the bourgeois "enlightenment".

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An Introduction

Oct. 12th, 2006 | 06:41 am
posted by: freelark in anarkospiritual

I like what I've seen in this community so far, so I thought I'd introduce myself, sharing a little about my spirituality -- or lack thereof -- and my politics.

I've been an atheist for about nine years, but I'm still not very good at it. I can't help but be intrigued by spiritual matters. Lately I've been reading a lot of neo-Girardian philosophy/theology. I'm also interested in mysticism. For some time now I've been struggling to reconcile my spiritual inclinations with my physicalist view of the world.

I've been an anarchist for about four years. If I had to be more specific, I'd say I'm an anarchist feminist who draws heavily from anarcho-communist and anarcho-syndicalist practice. My interest in religion partly comes from recognizing that most oppressed and working class people have some sort of spirituality, even if they do tend to resist taking capitalist opiates. As my secular philosophy has served as a foundation for my anarchism, the reconciliation of physicalism and spirituality that I seek will involve reassessing anarchism's relation to spirituality as well.

I look forward to learning from others here.

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