Q is for Quelling (my thoughts inexactly)

Slavers don’t lure their victims with a closed cage.

Karma might kill you but your dead enemy won’t.

Dystopia doesn’t taste bad, it is flavorless. It is to drink without ever quenching any thirst.

There’s nothing more dangerous than a criminal that needs to commit more crimes to cover up previous ones. The string of crimes around is sure to thicken in to a rope.

To kill a governor, a person must oversee murder; but to kill a government, a person must oversee themselves.

It’s better to should all over other people as you do on to yourself. Don’t fear being labeled a hypocrite, fear being without dreams of somewhere better that should be.

Most did not choose to leave the land, yet here we are, just as fish who have left the water by the pelican’s envelope. We are dying but not yet fully digested… return to the land before the death of either we or the bird precludes such a reunion.

The church bell is the official toll for the great variety of death incurred—the death of unguarded polyamory, the death of unmarked temporality, the death of unconventional spirituality, and the death of untold bodies. The allure of its curving form is no less a straitjacket, and it is non-ironical that it is composed of metal, for it displaces an unbiased gathering of evidence that henceforth must conform to a statistical distribution. A cracked bell has not led to liberty, only with its dismissal and burial under the Earth can such hideous vibrations yet be quelled.

Wishing for that which is not, is a sin against that which is.

Part of being stupid is not knowing that you are stupid. Part of being unconscious is not being conscious of your unconsciousness.

We love to cry and cry to love. A growing dystopia shows us that these two expressions of feelings do not stand opposite one another, but die alongside one another to be replaced by their absences.

Those who take the stance of “wait and see” will get to see their own demise at the hands of those who act without full evidence.

Revolution that rises and falls with one man is not very revolutionary.

The more time spinning words, the less time available to pirouette ourselves.

If we only take our revolution to the comfortable shallow levels, we cede the great depths of the ocean to the powerful establishment that will dilute our efforts quicker than a tide changing.

As we continue to lose steam from this peculiar suburban era that is quickly burning through natural resource piles, visit places that make sense, rather than cost dollars. If you must, go by car, and go to places fully aware that you are a visitor, for your next trip may be one way as a refugee.

Humans are the deep roots of trees, the mobility of swinging primates, and the vision of eagles. Yet if we stay in one place there’s little reason to swing, and our vision atrophies because of the lack of light with our roots twisted in to the ground.

Laws that justify other laws which justify the original laws—let yourself not be part of this chain of prevents!


Related Previous Aphorism Posts:

https://subversesjournal.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/m-is-for-masquerading-my-thoughts-inexactly/

https://subversesjournal.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/j-is-for-jousting-my-thoughts-inexactly/

https://subversesjournal.wordpress.com/2016/12/03/v-is-for-vanquishing-my-thoughts-inexactly/

https://subversesjournal.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/my-thoughts-inexactly-w-is-for-willing-otra-vez/

https://subversesjournal.wordpress.com/2016/10/16/my-thoughts-inexactly-w-is-for-willing/

https://subversesjournal.wordpress.com/2016/09/20/my-thoughts-inexactly-e-is-for-escalating/

https://subversesjournal.wordpress.com/2016/08/07/my-thoughts-inexactly-g-is-for-gathering/

https://subversesjournal.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/my-thoughts-inexactly-z-is-for-zeroing/

https://subversesjournal.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/my-thoughts-inexactly-l-is-for-lamenting/

https://subversesjournal.wordpress.com/2016/07/02/lternate-lphabet-lliteration-training-regimen/

https://subversesjournal.wordpress.com/2016/06/28/my-thoughts-inexactly/

In Defense of Libertarians (TMLF part 2)

In response to Capitalism is Cruelty and this facebook discussion which indicates fundamental differences and problems of reconcilability between two general camps—anarcho-capitalists and anarcho-communists—I’ve decided to republish my responses to a fellow “ancom” where I don’t think it makes sense to try at this juncture to unwed the people from the political identity of “ancap” that they dress themselves in. I like to think that I’ve undressed down to a naked animal, and my skin and inner organs are all “ancom”, but whether this is ontologically accurate, and important to conceive of at this juncture, I throw in doubt. When an important alliance looms between our two groups, which is arguably always an important alliance to make so long as these two groups of people exist, I am quite fine with putting these differences aside, no matter how much the idea of private property “gets under my skin”, to mix metaphors! So, here is my responses to what he said on facebook and in his one article:

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I read Cap is cruelty, and I agree fully with all you are saying (though I am doing theoretical anthropology and am guessing that the seeds were sown more than 10,000 years ago, but no matter property is an ancient burden that has been unsuccessfully challenged heretofore). I guess I just feel a time pressure and if we hold the bar so high for full on mental revolution to a sense that mutual aid and sharing are the ideals that we are ready to unbag all the cultural baggage we’ve inherited, we will lose many people along the way that might have been a few years away from that leap, and might be turned off to the ideas if they are too much of a radical leap. I’ve visited some intentional communities where, to me, they seem at the forefront in western culture towards retribalizing in a sharing, horizontalist as possible fashion. some are only a couple of generations away, in my opinion, of realizing your and my dreams for people. obviously that collides and is not enough given the speed of the holocene extinction event/desertification, a real crisis indeed. but the teacher in me would rather “chunk” mental revolution and i see being a libertarian that doesn’t like global expansion, itself the most harmful general trend to the environment, to subaltern people, to dangerous new military arms weaponizations, i would rather these people be included than excluded in this movement and perhaps their culturally acquired ideas of rabid individualism will start to soften as they find the comraderie with others that the culture was unable to provide them with beforehand. Psychological barriers are so deep, I have found this true within myself, and they generally need to be crawled out of, so as to slowly stretch them. It’s taken me a long time to get to the latent content and fully be conscious of this nightmarish reality, and break down the self-inner-monologue bs narratives. I give a lot of credit to people even being libertarian and having a sense that imperialism is wrong. it to me is a huge leap in the right direction, one that should not be admonished by any who have had a lifetime to think deeply and move their mental states further along. But I think your article might argue against what you’re proposing here, which is “the first step is to get more people talking about it.” I completely agree with this sentiment. Peace!

and lastly wanted to say there still are indigenous and psuedo indigenous people who are farther ahead than intentional communities, and surely should be learned from. the difference is they possibly never lost the core of sharing going back tens of thousands of years, whereas westerners really have to go to some core instinct that private property is wrong and rebuild from that, aided of course by ideology of anarchists or revolutionary marxists.

and lastly lastly, ha I keep having add ons, or new ideas (which may work to support what I’ve been getting at) – private property is not just solely something that exists in human minds and therefore perpetuates because of their ideas. property is outside of humans in historical Alien archaeological visitors viewing our planet shortly after we all were extincted would be able to decipher that we were “thing obsessed” people by noting both how our skeletons were gathered and separated in our dwellings, but maybe even more by our infrastructure and mass strewn about separatized possessions. It is a battle of ideas in our minds for sure, but it is also a battle against hard and individualized matter that has suffered us and our recent ancestors who industrialized and thingified so much of the physical planet. Though I call myself an anarchocommunist, how often do my habits unawares stray back to the default of being possessive, spiteful, paranoid? Not infrequently enough! And how often does an an cap do something cooperative, or feeling something mutual? Probably more often than would be given credence. We are all works in progress/regress. Let us throw out the gray bathwater, but certainly not any comrades rinsing and refining, or polluting their halfway decent ideas. We need all the comrades that we can get in this lopsided, terrain destroyed battle for the ecosphere to survive this human-led extinction effort.

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To My Libertarian Frienemies (TMLF part 1)

For expedience, the below is all [sic] —

Ron Paul was recently quoted as saying of the current elongated, drawn out financial crisis, that “we can’t blame capitalism because we haven’t had any.” I appreciate the spirit of what Ron said, and of course he was referring to free-market capitalism. However, I would argue that you can’t unwed the current deep-state state capitalism from the free-market ideology, for both are just phases. It is not teleological necessity that state capitalism emerge after a span of free market capitalism, or that one has to even come before the other, as China’s wonky mixed economy would evince. There is however I think a correlation between the two, and that is the ideological values that conceive of property, whether private or state owned. Further, going against the aforesaid, a free-market situation that most libertarians, minarchists, and anticapitalists would be happy with, would have naturally both losers and winners who wanted to consolidate their (dis)advantages in larger structures that would either align with government, or become quasi-governmental themselves. These can be beaten back by strong vigilance, but capitalism has a way of narrowing and focusing our views on making money, and weeding out other concerns such as keeping check on all these other people to make sure they are doing what they are supposed to (let a government govern, would be a cliché of this epoch paving the way for governance). We could always hire regulators to do this for us… thus the inevitable slippery slope. If you align with gravity don’t be surprised when you go down!

Fascistic state capitalism is a stage to capitalism that free market ideologues don’t want to admit or believe.

(put my fascism capitalism is the misspelling difference as the pic here)

but all that being said, I think it is time for anarchists of many stripes (and libertarian socialists, as Chomsky puts it) to start banding with libertarians that we may have some longterm philosohpical disagreements with.

Crude libertarians as a term to use to connote difference with libertarian socialists, a more natural liberty granted by social extensions?

Libertarianism (more true of anarcho capitalism), usa at least, is clearly a synchronically narrow ideological system that falls apart when any temporal element is introduced. there would be constant need for correction. It presumes a false ecosystem exists and can endure in solely human individuals and their property inhabiting the surface of the earth.

November 9th Coalition

Politics in the context of the United States has for a very long time been largely directed (intentionally) in to the narrow forum of electoral politics and their election cycles. November 8 is this year’s ultimate day that ends an election cycle, after which the constructed consensus is that common people—either feeling as winners or losers based on election results—have played their roles in the democracy and ought to return to their private affairs, leaving the professional politicians to their business for some hundred odd days.

Not all, but most Americans have agreed—albeit through their actions and lack thereof—to this arrangement where they shut up and allow government to govern the majority of the time. The November 9 Coalition, now as a facebook group, is my humble attempt to introduce new fuel to chew on for the people fired up during this electoral politics season (especially Berners and maybe some Trump supporters) and provide an alternative viewpoint that doesn’t confine democracy to the highly controlled ballot box and supplementary corporate media bombardments. I have a disdain for facebook in particular, and social media in general, but I often make compromises and try to leverage these systems more than they might leverage me, and in this case the benefit of using social media is that is where many mainstream political people have confined themselves to, and there they can be brought in to quick acquaintance with other individuals (anarchists, anonymous) who do not see November 8th as the day to place all of one’s hopes AND fears. There are many allies that respective groups don’t know they have outside their own defined space(s)—I would argue it’s part of the job of electoral politics to create multiple blindspots to potential potent unions of peoples.

The group is just a platform for connection, my hope is to inspire some awareness that democracy can be more than just voting, it could be a self-fulfilling prophecy (if we all act that it is true, it will become true). The group itself, due to my poor time management that I allow for my creations, will come to limp in to Wednesday November 9 and afterwards resemble a bastard child as I allow myself to be consumed by other interests. But perhaps not! Anyways, another set of dice that I roll, we shall see…

My Thoughts Inexactly: E is for Escalating

The caged bird might not sing so much if the cage could force its voice in to a monotone.

If the body is allowed to wander the mind can wander with it, not away from it as is the norm of the sedentary lifestyle.

It is very common to know a lie, it is not very common to know that it is a lie.

Stage 4 is progress over stage 3, as voiced by the cancer holding the microphone.

The pen is mightier than the sword is mightier than the lot of us; what devious advancements we’ve made in devising cages for ourselves.

Fight becomes constant when flight is uprooted from a nomadic turned static animal.

If you can’t make heads or tails of something, perhaps it has successfully taken you beyond the cash nexus.

Forgetting the victims of the past is to forget oneself—whether a sad memory of the past or the future, their end and ours is only a matter of time. Awareness moves Chronos aside as the great god of motion.

Death is not a moment, it is a lifetime of moments lost.

Having all the money in the world can be a nice dream, but having money in all the world is a nightmare, one that we have not yet awoken from.

“There is nobody who cares for the Earth” is not a lamentation about the present—it is a future reality if the Earth is robbed of the ability to support life. Suicide disguised as theft, theft disguised as progress.

Let the clouds bring the rain down, not bring you down.

An eye’s blind spot can get you killed, an intellectual blind spot can have you killing others without seeing them.

Money would be the most obvious of abstractions were it not constantly being thrown in our faces and rubbed on our genitals, supplanting our very deepest desires.

Full spectrum dominance is a low-point for all involved, including the dominators.

If you give up on today in the hopes of a miracle tomorrow, chances are you will get neither. Tomorrow is built by today, but so too is it destroyed.

The only thing easier than stealing candy from a baby is selling candy to a baby, especially the old babies that are hopelessly addicted and are passed the stage of learning the value of what they are trading away. The house and cars made of gingerbread still allure Hansel and Gretel 200 years older but none the wiser.

That so many think that more government is needed around us shows how advanced the disease of being governed is within us.

You are not all alone in feeling all alone; in truth it is the main way in which we are all together. Most westerners only hope to pair off—larger intimate groupings are only attempted in the dark places, and so when light returns so does the policing of the self.

Our journey to the ad absurdum has us gaining pounds and shedding the critical faculties necessary to even understand the endpoint we are driving to. If you do not tremble, you do not yet get that we have gone far too far.

To be optimistic when there is no context to support it is to overlook the negative sign at the beginning of a large sum.

Property and money are the prison, the oligarchs merely the current prison guards. Overthrowing the oligarchs usually results in new guards, as there are always some prisoners who tire of the walled courtyard and would happily trample fellow inmates to ascend to a guard tower. However, power does not reside chiefly in those shifting personalities but the inherited prison structures dressed up in flags, laws, and propaganda that speaks of liberty.

Can we be considered to be failing our grandchildren if our actions preclude their even being born?

Analytic philosophy is but a euphemism for dis-continental philosophy, a philosophy that breaks every holism in to discrete islands to then push down in to the ocean. It drowns to spite the air, but only spites itself as unimpressed continental philosophers breathe from a well grounded position of authentic introspection.

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https://subversesjournal.wordpress.com/2016/08/07/my-thoughts-inexactly-g-is-for-gathering/

https://subversesjournal.wordpress.com/2016/07/20/my-thoughts-inexactly-z-is-for-zeroing/

https://subversesjournal.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/my-thoughts-inexactly-l-is-for-lamenting/

https://subversesjournal.wordpress.com/2016/07/02/lternate-lphabet-lliteration-training-regimen/

https://subversesjournal.wordpress.com/2016/06/28/my-thoughts-inexactly/

I Pledge Allegiance to Liberty and Justice for All—burn the medium in the message

Middleless Is Endless¡The ends destroy the medians!    ¡Rub out the rubbish!

¡For once the law of the excluded middle properly utilized!

¡At the end of the day, a 9 word pledge of allegiance that one can stand for that begins their day!

liberty and justice for all

State Forests: what the state hasn’t grasped

State owned parks act as impenetrable rocks accidentally swallowed that cannot be digested by the predator’s intestines. The deep state isn’t so deep yet that it has been able to make full exploitative use of the entrenched non-hierarchical ecosystems of these hundreds of thousands up to millions of forested acres. The state dubs it protected land, but it has not silenced the dynamism of the land’s own making that protects and defends it from the state (for now, at least); anti-statists and anarchists alike would benefit to ruminate on this point to inform their future strategies and tactics. There are occasional forays by the state to fix or assess something in the typically mountainous regions covered in green on the surface and on the maps, but mostly, the extractive profiteering is minimal. The state’s conquest is limited to the besieged borders where the state seasonally charges fees to access these wildernesses, with permits to stay more than a single daytime day at a time; they would use tick fear as a patrol mechanism, a state ploy couched under “safety”, attempting to dissuade human access to these lands that it itself could not tame.

Contrary to the de jure legal understanding, I would argue that the borders of the protected lands are international, and the fees are a customs charge, for the land is merely enclaved by a state but not yet enslaved by it. The land is saved from state penetration perhaps by it’s lofty position (often mountainous), seated as Switzerland is in high and oblique inaccessibility. Though there are few to zero humans who permanently dwell in these places, there is plenty that we—who would choose to not be conquered by a state—can learn from such unconquered places. The protective geography that is an island in a sea of the state, is akin to ancient Greece’s geographical context, except that the unpopulated geography was the sea that made protected “islands” out of the separate city states.

While most other forests, grasslands, marshlands have been dragged in to the state’s nexus by roads and settlement—with taxation and monitoring following closely behind—these topographically asymmetrical lands have been overlooked by the state precisely because they were not, and still are not, easy to master. It is these places that frequently offer an overlook, a breath giving scenic vista, that belittles to a mere lower corner of the panorama the bedraggled exclave country that only legally includes this natural beauty. Even imperialistic statesmen such as Jefferson and Ted Roosevelt had either a steward’s empathy wrenched from them, or an awe and terror for something more dominant than they, when dealing with these vast dimensionalized lands and deciding to throw their weight behind their protection; a side question is whether they were acting as moral politicians or political moralists. Other politicians might have decided to do the same in their stead, and had they not, fierce nature might have beat them and their cadre of industry back anyways.

One of the most banal and taboo truths about human existence ties in here—a truth that puts us in our place—and it is namely that land grows people. This uncomfortable idea is ameliorated by other ideas of a plenitude of land (manifest destiny) so that raping and scorching vast stretches is okay and only localized: one cannot marry a land because there are too many parcels available, though one can have a piece of land every night and throw it away by the morning, for there are such reserves in wait. Unfortunately, such overcompensating has lead to pillaging that does not stop until it reaches little unimpressive islands of land where multiple series of squares meet—those awkward sub-acreages that modern land development is unable to systematically make more copies on. A “compromise” with nature is made with places like these alongside interstate highways where “lucky” trees remain that had the good fortune of seeding in what would be future front row seats to a twenty-four hour highway. A development corporation’s convenient public relation’s “green space” ruse disguised as a compromise with nature, is really a defeat of their instrumental rationality; but it is in these cases almost a Pyrrhic victory, for corporate and state use of rationality is so efficient in their destruction of nature.

As development corporations have trouble with little parcels of land that don’t fit in to their cookie cutter model, the state and its corporate parasites have trouble with untamed large pieces of land that would break their cookie cutters were they to try and apply them on the terrain. Life for now is very lush in these ultimate refuges of protected mountainous lands, lands which stand in a stark contrast to what industry really is all about—intentionally taming life and inadvertently (but inevitably) killing it. As of now only these strongest lands have not succumbed (been subalterrained) to the disease of state driven civilization; the state’s claws are not those of a mountain lion, they cannot easily grab such real things without great difficulty and harsh resistance, and so they only etch dividing lines in to flat plains coastal and continental that are two dimensionally digitizable. The state’s inability to grasp these places is precisely why they want to put their title on them. The state wants to contain them in language because such places actually show the limits of state power, and expose its vulnerabilities; like with so many other things, western powers linguistically co-opt what they physically cannot. Sometimes the protecting of these lands is presented as a bargaining chip in exchange for receiving a green-light to industrialize a different piece of wilderness, so in this sense they are used for political expedience. Beyond this the state’s utility of such lands is minimal, and that is a testament to what power life has in such lands, and perhaps to its future benefit if it has not deposited reserves in to fossilized coal. For us with the ability to migrate ahead of the coming metropolitan crises, skyscraping lands of tenacity with such a view would be quite a wise place to rendezvous.

Aking to follow – Part Two, Anarcho-Monarchy

Who is the one person to dictate to others that everyone must be their own leaders of their lives at all times, and that they shouldn’t be a follower? Not an anarchist—and I don’t know that I have encountered a leftist who has taken that radical a position, but I write this in anticipation of—and against—such a polarizing point that is arguably quite anti-anarchist. So to recap and put the question into a statement: there should be no person telling other people what they should and shouldn’t do.

With such a situation allowed for, an anarchist society allows for both leaders and followers. Anyone who holds the anarchist ideals should deeply consider that many of us at times are, and may feel the need to be, followers (think especially of the infant/childhood condition of existence). There is nothing wrong with leaders and followers, just so long as the followers aren’t being coerced into being such, and there is no time commitment that keeps them bound to follow past the present moment in which they are choosing to follow. There is no contract, no obligation, that a student should have to a teacher to continue being a student; nor does the teacher have to remain a teacher if there is a sudden urge to stop being a teacher and become a student, or leave the dynamic completely. Options are always open to all persons, and the moment that a follower wants to lead themselves, or follow a different lead, is the moment they can.

There are some historical/futurical cautions to be aware of with the leader, follower dynamic. Coercion has often existed and put contracts/shackles unfairly on participants (not just the peasants, but the heirs to the throne who would rather relinquish their power). Landlords in medieval times abused the leader/follower tendencies among humans to create the shitstorm of perpetual servitude, whereby over many generations the famous quote of Steve Biko is rendered true: “The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed”

It’s as if servitude morphs from being the symptom of a structure to an organic and perfectly natural occurrence. We can allow for monarchs, just so long as the true meaning of “mon” is kept with a single person, temporary to the situation (I’m thinking of an even more temporary form than Roman/Greek executive dictators), and the monarchy is not passed on arbitrarily to an heir, but that the followers choose their new leaders—the best case being them maturing to choose themselves!

Aking to Follow Part 1