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Feb
24

The Contours of Ressentiment, by Lupus Dragonowl.

Phew, pretty hard getting in my wordpress account of late, but i guess that’s what one gets when they challenge with some success.

i want to HIGHLY RECOMMEND the title essay! Try listening to it at: archive.org/details/FRRagainstIP  or reading (link has a link to a site that i cannot get into, due to a “security warning” (normal ? vernacular for status-quo institutions angry at anarchist sites?) and commenting: http://anarchistnews.org/content/frr-audiobooks-against-identity-politics-spectres-joylessness-contours-ressentiment-lupus

My own comments as follows, reading from “Anarchy” (AJODA) mag:

i was most drawn to the section after the subheading on Maoists, etc. i’ll try to update my comments as i don’t have all of the text and my notes with me.

Off the cuff, i think of the problem of *internalized values* and what Noam Chomsky means when he discusses this. And i think of how many critical thinkers cannot help but to have largely internalized Rollback values, thanks to over 40 years of its propaganda. Including the largely seemingly undiscussed topic of how the social sciences have taken the place of orthodox religion, today. Social Science interests have been embedded into most “well educated” folks’ psyches in my view, and work to add to and build on how religion entered (and still enters) people’s unsuspecting internal psyches.

The essay on page 39 of the AJODA  article is where i want to start a more “point by point” response.

i wonder at the meta provocations of Indigenous voices such as that of Waziyatawin (a Dakota patriot, and leading voice in the unsettling america project) in this context. My intuition tells me that some of these kinds of authoritarianistic provocations have depths or levels that are mysterious and that “there is more going on than meets the eye.” So, in seeking to walk in Waziyatawin’s “moccasins” so to speak, i think of her pushing the MUGGLE MIND, prodding it, unsettling us. Her DESIRE to fuck with self-claimed anti-authoritarians and that kind of thing.

So, rather than cast off Indigenous voices such as hers with a counter-judgement (“Why listen to them? They are ALL ‘nationalists’!”), i think it’s crucial to try to radically listen, gulp down the imperfect (?) method, and respond with our own kinds of HEART. Putting our lives on the line, or at least our immediate comfort, to show who we truly are to these kinds of champions.

As for the discussion of “sickness” amongst those stuck in authoritarian cult-ure, check out the unsettlingamerica discussion of the Wetiko (i particularly found value in Part 2, but couldn’t find it just now). See a list of articles here:

https://unsettlingamerica.wordpress.com/?s=wetiko

So there’s some food for thought, for now.

Oct
06

test

Oct
06

Projection champs and assumption-careerists beware

time is high for REMEMBERING our GREAT spirit’d

sanity

& SOLIDARITY’s

care!

The character assasins and psychological genocidists will fire off their so-called “best”

BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO

while a few (?) o’ yOu –will realize the VALUE

of

THINKING THANGZ THRU

for THIS LIFE and others,

practicing our “better bests”

for whichever QUEST or/and tests

may come on

cue.

(editor’s note: Oops, didn’t INTEND to post this on this blog rite here…. Hmmm. Well, i THOUGHT i was posting this on my newest blog! Ahhhhh, wellllllll! No desire to “hide” here, fellow human beings! (did PLAN to link to this site, but not rite now…..))

This is a big topic and i will be accepting writing as well as composing/writing my own posts and possibly illustrating them, either with art i’ve already done or something special just for here. It has been awhile since i have been writing any blogstuff so excuse me if i come off as being a little “off-kilter” (a curious word within itself!).

Off the top of my head, when i think of “care” and “decolonizing” together, i think of the following, almost immediately (what do you immediately come up with?) :

  • nuclearized families vs pre-colonized/tribal families
  • meaningful communities being systematically divided up and alienated
  • the shame that elder care has become
  • the shame of compulsory schooling and what passes as that sort of so-called “help”
  • the mistake of nuclearized parental care not seeing its folly until later in life
  • what passes as “normal” social relations in this u.s.a. society today
  • and how about, how i dare reflect my bests towards unsettlingamerica and decolonization communities in taking up this site name!

HOkay, so there’s some thinking to possibly inspire someone out there. Where-ever you may be.

A little bit more articulation may be needed, so such will likely come in time….

To all the directions i send this, my best.

a-hOh!

(please note: the author only recently discovered, at age 50, that he apparently is more fully related to Indigenous folks from this general side of moM EartH than he previously thought; thus, the strength of spirit of that one-sixteenth seems to have inspired my other percentage of spirits of the last, what, 30-plus years?!!!! Tho it may well be that the two relatives that claim their grandfather told them this were in actuality “pulling my leg”; so let that be out in the open as well!)

(please also note that i am a solopathic ORrioR, and that means that most of the people i mention on this site are only known to me as, at best, acquaintances, but mostly they are strangers whose writings i have been DEEPLY inspired by and wish to SHARE, in order to INSPIRE ALL O da WREST o’ y’aLL!!!!!!!!! And of COURSE experience the REFLECTIONS of all o this!

Sep
04

Jared Diamond and two other authors are challenged in this indepth rebuttal posted on survivalinternational’s blog! See: exploding the myth of Indigenous folks as “brutal”, etc.

Excerpts:

Survival exposes the ‘Brutal Savage’ myth by examining the recent work of some ‘popular science’ writers, who claim that tribal peoples live in a state of ‘chronic’ violence.

Steven Pinker (‘evolutionary psychologist’)

In The Better Angels of Our Nature (2011), Steven Pinker promotes a fictitious, colonialist image of a backward ‘Brutal Savage’, which pushes the debate on tribal peoples’ rights back over a century and is still used to justify their destruction. Read more about why Pinker’s ‘science’ is wrong.

Napoleon Chagnon (anthropologist)

Steven Pinker would arguably not have been able to reach the conclusions he does about tribal violence without the highly controversial work of a single anthropologist: Napoleon Chagnon studied the Yanomami tribe from the 1960s, calling them ‘The Fierce People’. But are the Yanomami really fierce?

Napoleon Chagnon’s view that the Yanomami are ‘sly, aggressive and intimidating’ and that they ‘live in a state of chronic warfare’ has been widely discredited. Nonetheless, both Diamond and Pinker’s conclusions about tribal violence rely heavily on his work.

Jared Diamond (geographer)

Jared Diamond’s 2012 book, The World Until Yesterday is ostensibly about what industrialized people (whom he calls ‘modern’) can learn from tribal peoples (he calls them ‘traditional’). His book, however, carries a false and dangerous message – that most tribes engage in constant warfare, both needing and welcoming state intervention to stop their violent behavior. Read more.

Sep
04

I’m really looking forward to what the new anti-authoritarian/anarchist journal “Modern Slavery” (modernslavery.calpress.org) will come up with, and have been trying to support Jason McQuinn’s project for awhile now. i have tons of respect for McQuinn thanks to all of his excellent editorial responses for many years in his old project, editing “Anarchy, A Journal of Desire Armed”!

Tho not wishing to identify “merely” as an anarchist, instead preferring a much broader “identity” (if i HAVE to have one!), one that is a little more creative and not so maligned so automatically in many peoples’ heads…(one old friend actually hung up on me and never spoke to me again when i mentioned the mag i thought he might enjoy reading back in the ’80s).

Anyway, my preferred “identity”/methodology? Span-archy, a.k.a. bridge-archy. The method (not ideology?) of seeking to promote and keep “poetic bridges” with the plethora of methods and “ways of doing things” out there.

Sometime i may get into this idea in more depth, but for now i’ll just leave you with that to think about! (anyway, my time is severely limited these days….)

Mar
14

Check this out, first:

http://www.survivalinternational.org/news/8980

VERY IMPORTANT read, and GOOD for passing around through your networks!

*(note: um, a little roughly written, sorry about that! Needs editing when i have the time!)*

Comments on the article:

Same Old Again, Inc. doing its work…i figure.

Question is, who funds these widely-circulated anti-Indigenous books, and how is it that they can get right up there in the mainstream circulation crowd fairly quickly, while other books remain languishing in the margins??? Do you have any idea?

i think i do, recalling Philip Agee and Ward Churchill (two authors who get pretty deep into the “shadow” government thing) discussing  “the patsy picked to…” publish on behalf of shadow government, making his writing appear to be independent. Who? One John Crewdson, a writer, whom for those who have woken up to the meta games of u.s./Western journalism games, was awarded the s0-called “prestigious” Pulitzer award, no doubt for his careful obedience to Western ideology.

The quote above is Agee speaking about this reality in his seminal book about some of the consequences of his whistle-blowing on the c.i.a., On The Run. While Ward Churchill wrote in his book Indians Are Us? (yes, i need to get specific pages, and have them in my notes somewhere)

Do compare and contrast, and let me know what you come up with, if you want.

The linked article goes over a wide variety of truths not being mentioned in Western media outlets, which should come as no surprise. Though, this time, the patsy picked (?) to push the same old bigotry and out-of-context truths is Jared Diamond.

As one who finds myself often engaging the strategically-challenged on Indigenous issues (and etcetera), i for one would like to know more about this Jared Diamond. Anyone know a good source to read?

Mar
14

In response to:

http://www.survivalinternational.org/tribes

They show a map where the last freely living peoples reside. This is powerful truth.

And yet, what about all the rest of us? Are not each generation of young people, throughout so-called “civilization” tribal peoples not allowed to follow their intuitive tribal truths and desires?

To say this is to risk more, and yet to bridge more at the same time. Then we are not separate. We stand with each other!

We are all young people inside, as well. We all have the tribal intuitive within us (in our HEARTS). No matter what age. It’s just that the youngest young people are closer to that than us.

It’s a lot like Russell Means said of persons under “age 6” in one of his videos about matriarchy:

They are listened to. Because they are closer to their makers, and have not yet been fooled into forgetting! They have much to teach, even when they cannot yet articulate themselves in “mature” ways!

 

Not a direct quote, but the gist! (the below arte is a ghost spirit of this sentiment)

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Mar
14

Posting this here because i see that an older reply of mine is “still awaiting moderation”….

In reply to:

https://unsettlingsettlers.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/you-are-a-star-white-indigenous-solidarity-activist-if/

GreeeeetiNgz! To all the grandmother people, i send this in all the directions! May the reflections i send out come back at me full force!!!!

Regarding the men who “take over” “normal” meeting space, self-imposed time limits, and all those other self-limitations:

Okay, i’m jumping full on into this Polar Bear chillish-feeling post as my reply style (watch out, it’s a canonballjump!), and many of you will have to see me as politically incorrect! (because you may not have any other box to throw me into)

First of all, imagine seeing people as “perfectly imperfect”. Imagine that human beings called “men” are CHAMPIONS of this reality, and so ARE YOU. Imagine that you need not get stuck in many mens’ competitive ways, and use more creative ways to touch their attention! (if you’re so called)

This is a decolonizing way of seeing and being, i think.

People called “men” are often flailing around in this world they are stuck in, or enslaved to. Usually. They need to flail.  i know because i have walked in those places many times.

So how does the creative intelligence of excellent womyn champions deal? i say, create ceremony! Create depth spectacle that they may be blown away by, where they can journey through. Ask to interview them! (be not afraid to stroke egos, if that’s what ya must call it!) Make short movies, letting them have the limelight, to help them get their hearts out! Help them, if you feel called, in a rotational way with your sistahhz! Don’t go it alone (unless you’re a real BADASS great spirit’d person!)(recalling womyn i’ve met who have hitch-hiked alone x-country, carrying brass knuckles!)

Create ceremony where YOU can be a part of it, also!

Stop falling back on the devoutly “normal” box (which is a europeonstuck way of doing things). Stuck? Stuck in getting caught up in differences rather than commonalities.

Of COURSE you ALREADY knew this! i’m just helping you remember!

Feb
25

Don’t take my wingnutty, “paranoid” view nakedly (heh), consider the following:

“Mongoven, Biscoe & Duchin, a PR firm known for its monitoring and infiltration of activist groups, claim to use a classic divide and rule strategy when working against grassroots campaigns. MB&D characterise activists as belonging to one of four categories: ‘radicals’, ‘opportunists’, ‘idealists’ and ‘realists’. Their three step strategy is to isolate the radicals, ‘cultivate’ the idealists and educate them into becoming realists and then to ‘educate’ the realists so that they agree with industry.”[95]

(quote from this link: http://www.corporatewatch.org/?lid=1573 )

And the main link that gives a really good looking larger synopsis of a very good book (especially good for demystification) is here (very well worth educating oneself on!) :

Corporate watch summarizing Sheldon and Rampton’s book Toxic Sludge Is Good For You

If you look over the main page there, look for this REALLY EXCELLENT comic (in pdf form) about the PR Industry: What’s Wrong With the Public Relations Industry – A Comic by Corporate Watch and Kate Evans
August 2010
web version | print version

(i’d link to it, but I don’t know how to…Best thing is to just go to the page “corporate watch reports” –http://www.corporatewatch.org/?lid=412 — and find the link)

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In this light, I’ve long been labeled “a radical” that has to be kept isolated. Why? Because I systematically choose to demystify the war-perpetuating machinations of tyranny in many of its forms (have one you think I should think through? I’ll try!). And I dare stand with groups of people who are actively being misrepresented, and whom are NOT ALLOWED to be defended by anyone, much less a g’damn ARTIST with quite a talent! No ripe monetary rewards for THIS unsettling settler!

And, last but not least, I dare to walk out from the fold of devoutly normal settler norms!

Thus, this blog is kept isolated, as am I. And yet wingnuts like me, persist!

(Was just feeling like touching on this topic a little tonight. Maybe a more thorough exploration another time. Maybe. Don’t hold your breath)

Feb
13

Wasn’t sure if this post I made would remain up online, so thought I’d reproduce it here. This post is in reply to the blog post in the title, here:

http://unsettlingamerica.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/everyone-calls-themselves-an-ally-until-it-is-time-to-do-some-real-ally-shit/#comment-13580

(discussion invited!!!!)

ethicalartservice | February 12, 2014 at 18:22 | Reply

Okay, this is an idea in “progress”, okay? So please take it that way. I’m not sure I can fully articulate what i seek to “get at”.

The thing that jumped out at me most when I first read this was that it seems to me that many of the posts here tend to push a typical Politically Correct tone of “shame and guilt” orientation towards unsettling settler people, categorically. Unsettling, certainly, and a good thing to start out with. But if it is the only reaction we are going to find…? Then I understand your lack of actual participation, or such in more meaningful ways.

If, on the other hand, the approach was more about MUTUAL liberation, where unsettling settler people were able to be viewed as FELLOW champions of our mutual desires (with crucial attention paid to our past work, i.e. putting our lives on the line, as well as our mutual visions), you might find more desire to stand with you as equal human beings (though obviously poor in decolonial knowledge); and, I think, more solidarity. That’s my feeling, anyway.

For more insight into this thinking, you might try this link:
http://anarchy101.org/1312/what-are-some-definitive-post-left-texts See note 5 where “identity politics” is challenged with: critiquing identity politics insofar as it preserves victimization-enabled identities and social roles and inflicts guilt-induced paralysis, amongst others.” Guilt-induced paralysis, whoa. Maybe that’s the difficulty you all are having??

The MUTUAL bottom line, in my view, then becomes: Can diverse champions find meaningful community TOGETHER with you, or shall such forever remain in a subordinate role? Can our unique approach, based on our own trajectory be just as powerful? Can our unique method(s) also have equitable power?? Because, if all we’re apt to gain out of defense relations with you is assuaging our guilt complexes, well, only a trickle of those sorts of folks are likely to show up….

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(ed’s note: My agreement with post-left anarchist critique does not mean i identify as an “anarchist”; i am more tending towards my own critical- ideological approach/self-theory which i call “bridge-archy”–the desire to metaphorically bridge with ALL human tendencies towards whichever ideology/non-ideology, via the portions of each which draw most to them!)

For further thought on this subject:

“Accepting the social role of victim—in whatever one of its many forms—is choosing to not even create one’s life for oneself or to explore one’s real relationships to the social structures. All of the partial liberation movements—feminism, gay liberation, racial liberation, workers’ movements and so on—define individuals in terms of their social roles. Because of this, these movements not only do not include a reversal of perspectives which breaks down social roles and allows individuals to create a praxis built on their own passions and desires; they actually work against such a reversal of perspective. The ‘liberation’ of a social role to which the individual remains subject.” (from wikipedia link, with a link that is old, and should be this one: http://anti-politics.org/feral-faun/ideology-of-victimization.html )

NOTE: It has come to my attention that there is a really good reply to feral faun’s quote and link above! Read it here, and see if we can start a new thread on this!:

http://theanarchistlibrary.org/library/lilith-gender-disobedience-antifeminism-and-insurrectionist-non-dialogue

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