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Fantastic Anarchist

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About Me

I consider myself a mutualist, but also identify as a collectivist. Proudhon and Bakunin\'s ideas are not that far apart in terms of setting up a workers\' democracy. Mutualism appeals to me because it still retains a free-market (read: free-market socialism where the producers own the means of production and via free association can market their products based on Labor Theory of Value). I\'m also appealed by the syndicalism and collectivism because everyone shares in the responsibility for society in which everyone is free from want. As a matter of fact, I\'m also attracted to anarchist-communism, because I\'m very impressed with Prince Kropotkin, too, because regardless of the various currents, the end result would be a classless, stateless society. I read his Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution (available free online), and his conclusions were that societies that foster cooperation tend to produce cooperative individuals (individuals and society are nothing without each other). Those societies that foster competition tend to produce competitive individuals (where competition is stressed as important). His final conclusions were that societies (animals and humans) that were more cooperative (either interspecies or intraspecies) tended to be more successful than societies that were more competitive (his theories building upon Darwin). You could call me a hodge-podge really, or like Voltairine de Cleyre, an anarchist without adjectives. But then again, I also admire the individualists (who still considered themselves as socialists) like Benjamin Tucker and Josiah Warren. The above is a copy/paste of my OWN words.

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If Line of Succession is Illegitimate (Provide Ideas for a Solution)

The below was a reply to another thread, but I thought I'd start a thread to solicit ideas for a solution since, I believe, there is no Constitutional remedy for an election that is itself illegitimate. I'd love to hear some other's thoughts.

If the election itself is illegitimate, then it follows that, the Line of Succession is illegitimate. Even if Pence and everyone on down the line are innocent, the Line of Succession is illegitimate, regardless of the legal status of anyone in the line. This is unchartered territory, and there is nothing in the Constitution, that I can quickly recall, perhaps I'm wrong, that provides guidance for a foreign state basically picking our President over the will of the People. Since there is no Constitutional Remedy, we really have no quick fix for this. I don't claim to have answers. I would propose several solutions:

1) The Presidency goes to the runner-up and winner of the popular vote.

2) Hold new special elections.

3) Congress creates a select bipartisan committee to choose the President.

4) Hold another Electoral College vote in states where the winner won by less than a certain percentage - say, 3% or less (or a percentage to be determined)

Edit to provide link to corresponding thread.
Posted by Fantastic Anarchist | Fri Mar 31, 2017, 09:29 AM (68 replies)

Putin's Having Fits (Trump Is Gonna Shit Version)

Because I had nothing else to do ...

Putin's Having Fits (Trump Is Gonna Shit Version)

If your blue and you don't know who to talk to
why don't you go where Congress sits
Putin's having fits

Different lies out there all day one chants
with stripes and alternative facts as Trump has shits
Putinís having fits

Dressed up like a billion dollar pooper
Trying hard to not be in a stupor

Come lets mix where Russians
walk with poison umbrellas
when making hits
Putinís having fits

Have you seen the well to do
Up and down Park Avenue
Melania's nose is in the air
Trying real hard not to care

Fourth floors with lots of fallers
Golf trips cost lots of dollars
Wasting every dime
To avoid doing time

If your blue and you don't know who to talk to
why don't you go where Putin sits
Trump is gonna shit
Trump is gonna shit
Trump is gonna shit
Trump is gonna shit

Posted by Fantastic Anarchist | Thu Mar 30, 2017, 10:12 PM (4 replies)

If you do not question authority, then you are not free, even if you are free to question authority.

Just a thought I had while watching a documentary on North Korea.

I doubt this will get many views, so mainly made to put in my journal, which I continue to forget to do.
Posted by Fantastic Anarchist | Sat Mar 18, 2017, 10:59 PM (0 replies)

I totally get what you're saying.

The theoretical idea of communism is a beautiful thing. I understand your rejection to calling Putin a communist, because he most certainly is not (except his fondness for Bolshevik-style authoritarianism). In the USSR's case, neither was Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, or anyone that followed. The October Revolution was almost dead on arrival when the Bolsheviks gerry-mannered the Soviets, and suppressed those Soviets that couldn't be co-opted by the party. Lenin, in his reactionary zeal, proclaimed, "All power to the Soviets!" ...while he was undermining or outright destroying them. He put down workers' rebellions, trade unionists, syndicalists, anarchists, socialists (even the equally reactionary Left SRs (Socialist Revolutionaries), the Right SRs, the Left Opposition, Council Communists - anyone that got in the way of Bolshevik power. Lenin, the Marxist, wasn't even following Marx, who had his flaws about the theory of revolution (proving the anarchist, Bakunin, correct some fifty years earlier during the First International)! Even Marx amended his views somewhat on the use of the State and Vanguard Party to foment a revolution, when he saw the events that transpired with the Paris and Lyon Communes - an organic workers uprising that took over the factories and proved an anarchist revolution and society was possible without having used the machinations of the State, or some elite Vanguard to take the lead. It was a successful revolutionary communist society governed by and for the workers/people.

Sadly, even though the beginning stages showed great promise with workers overthrowing their bosses, establishing communes, socialists, communists overthrowing the government and the bourgeoisie, the nascent revolution was destroyed by the Bolsheviks and their allies. Bolshevism did more to destroy communism than the White Armies, and eventually the West ever could have.

I do get your point, nonetheless.

*I use the term Bolshevism because until then the term communism was an umbrella term that captured most of the left-wing labor movement; the Marxists, anarchists, trade unionists, etc. Marx, having borrowed heavily from the scientific-socialism work by the anarchist, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (System of Economic Contradictions), formulated his own scientific socialism with his work, The Communist Manifesto. The term was not his, however. The Bolsheviks, seizing a propaganda victory, employed the use to their "Revolution" and Party, which now is forever tied with the abomination that was the Soviet Union, no matter how potentially historically positive for the international labor movement (and its associated liberty movements) the initial Revolution was. Oh, what could have been.

We, at least, have an important historical lesson to learn from.

**My post may seem irrelevant and overly polemical in favor of anarchist philosophy, but the opening thread asks why we can't have a more cooperative society, and I believe that one day, a society built on anarchist principles would be a just and cooperative type of society.
Posted by Fantastic Anarchist | Sat Mar 18, 2017, 07:47 PM (1 replies)
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