OK - that was a quick read. I found the primer thought-provoking - and I'm interested in reading more on this decentralized ideal - but it seems so strange to me that violent militancy is seen as the logical and natural way to a new world order. It's so... 19th century? Nonviolent revolutions are proven to be far more effective in achieving their goals (see "Why Civil Resistance Works" by Maria Stephan and Erica Chenoweth.) cup.columbia.edu/book/why-civi

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Ahh, some description of Bakunin's positive philosophy (the society we should build) as opposed to the negative philosophy (the society we should oppose). "Revolutionary Catechism" (1866) apparently conveys a lot of his ideas around federated sovereign communes. theanarchistlibrary.org/librar

Good - the closest thing I have to a positive description is Ursula Le Guin's "The Dispossesed"

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“The political and economic organization of social life must not, as at present, be directed from the summit to the base – the centre to the circumference – imposing unity through forced centralization. On the contrary, it must be reorganized to issue from the base to the summit – from the circumference to the centre – according to the principles of free association and federation.”

This advocacy for federation aligns with the arguments I've heard for social networks.

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"When people gain power ... he argued, their way of looking at the world changes. From their exalted position of high office the perspective on life becomes distorted and seems very different to those on the bottom... Bakunin suggests that such backsliding from socialist ideas is not due to treachery, but because participation in parliament makes representatives see the world through a distorted mirror."

Donella Meadows argues that a person makes decisions based off their role within a system.

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"In Bakunin’s view, three conditions are necessary to bring about popular revolution. They are:

Sheer hatred for the conditions in which the masses find themselves

The belief that change is a possible alternative

A clear vision of the society that has to be made to bring about human emancipation"

I think this is why is such an important genre. In order for there to be a new world - say, a post-scarcity or eco-friendly society - we first must be able to imagine it.

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"Basic Bakunin", by the Anarchist Federation, is a brief pamplet on the writings of Mikhail Bakunin. A contemporary of Marx - apparently the two agreed about the problems of capitalism but clashed over how to address them. Bakunin inspired Kropotkin (see above in the the thread). Adding to my collection of late 19th-century revolutionary thinkers.


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I'm watching testimony in front of the U.S. House Resources Committee on ocean policy.

Get ready for Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson! 🌊

It's a very concerning to hear people question the climate models.


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