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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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from: mmoneurere
date: Nov. 12th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)

Does the quality of something being "illusory" also make it inherently negative?

It's not that anything illusory is inherently negative -- hell, I'm pretty fond of theatre, which is all about illusion, apparent or not -- but it changes the way we might deal with things which are negative. If race exists only in perceptions of and ideology regarding what are marked as collections of individual traits, and if gender is the naturalization of social constructions of agency and reproduction (along with over-generalizations from averages, in most modern cases), then our approach to the dismantling of the negative aspects of race and gender (and not all models of gender are necessarily negative; gender rigidity and subordination, along with race subordination, really only emerge with early state societies) will be different than if we see them as inherent or necessary (or natural).

I'd go so far as to say this is true for class, also -- yes, individual access to the means of action and self-determination varies, but the means of enforcing this differentiation (class) is a social practice rather than anything inherent to an individual of any given class. While there will be shared intra-class experiences, I don't see how there can be any essential content to membership in a given class (or race, or gender, or nationality) in any way beyond recognition of these shared experiences.

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