Anonymous asked: I've been studying anarchist communism recently, I agree with everything but one idea. I don't understand why we would Abolish wage labor? How would society function if we abolish wage labor? Does this mean ancoms are against the $15/hour wage system? (In USA idk what country you live in) forgive me for being ignorant I'm just trying to make sense of it.
Kropotkin made a strong argument for abolishing wage labour in his book, The Conquest of Bread.
All wealth in society is created by the collective labour of all workers. It is impossible therefore to determine whose labour should be valued more than others.
Let’s take an example: Think of a hospital. Who should be paid more? The doctors who’s expertise literally save lives or the nurses for whom the hospital could simply not function without their labour? What of the porters, the cleaners, the admin staff? Should they recieve less of a wage than doctors? The hospital would fall apart without them, so surely that makes them as vital as the doctors, should they not then be paid just as much?
But let us imagine then a society where all work is paid an equal according to hours worked. It would be absurd to suggest that what one person produces during one hour’s work is equivalent to what another produces in another industry. There are those who spend an entire day crafting a single product in a workshop whereas a single-person in a factory may produce thousands of similar products in a couple of hours.
Should the craftsman therefore be paid more than the factory worker despite the massive disparity in production? Let us take an opposite example: Say you have two workers. One works in a mine digging coal (we would hope that such a dangerous profession would be eliminated after capitalism but for the purpose of this example it shall continue) while the other works in an office. Imagine the miner works less hours, due to the dangerous nature of his job, should he be afforded less despite his labour arguably offering more to the community?
The only logical conclusion is to abolish the wage system because it can only exist on the foundation that some labour is worth more than another. The only fair system is to do away with wage altogether. All should be the common property of everyone, for it is the common labour of everyone that created it in the first place.
Currency merely acts as a means of preventing worker’s from gaining access to the fruits of their labour. That is why we communists demand an end to money and with it all forms of wage labour.
Equally, some people are less able to work than others, but we are not simply valuable for what we can create. There is also a lot of work currently done in society that is done without a wage (housework, childrearing etc - often what is traditionally thought of as ‘women’s work’ that is incredibly valuable. It wouldn’t make sense to pay a wage for it however, for the reasons given above.
The tattoo itch is getting pretty intense. Definitely worse than actually getting tattooed by machine [for me personally - longest session I’ve had was only just over 2 hours so. And the stick and poke on my foot is still the most consensual pain I’ve been in OMFG]
honestly wasn’t expecting that post to be repesctful
They still took a picture of this person without their permission, posted it on the internet, and called them a fatty. Yeah, i dont exactly find that respectful.
They also assume that bc the person is fat, they must hate themselves and want to be thin. They assume that the person is fat because they ate or drank too much or were lazy for some period before they began exercising. They aren’t showing respect to a fat person, they’re showing respect to a potential thin person.
reblogging for the last two comments. the post from the asshole with thin privilege is extremely disrespectful.
Who the fuck could think this is respectful
From looking at this picture I’d say I’m about the same size as the person here. Don’t you dare assume the person is running to lose weight. Don’t you assume they’ll lose weight from doing the running. You have no idea about them or their life. I exercise relatively regularly and could beat the average person in an arm wrestle but despite this I am still slowly but surely putting weight on. I’ve learnt to love my body for what it can do for me and it’s been really fucking hard, I don’t need your patronising bullshit when I use a public space/
Anonymous asked: If you could make a cheat sheet or cliff note of the main bullet points to anarchy, what would you say? Such as if you were handing out 'index' cards on the street with information about anarchism to interested novices?
This is actually a really interesting question! Sorry I’ve taken so long to answer it, I’ve been away for the weekend and only just got home.
I’m imagining I’m sitting an exam for my “Anarchism 101” class, this is what I’d bring with me:
- From the Greek anarchos (“without rulers”);
- Political ideology and social movement that sees the State, capitalism and coercive hierarchies as oppressive;
- Calls for them to be abolished and replaced with a new society based on solidarity, mutual aid and direct democracy;
- Core ideas: Mutual aid, solidarity, direct action, class struggle, decentralisation, free association, revolution;
- Anarchists are against private property but support personal property;
- Anarchists believe that private ownership of the means of the production (i.e. the fields, the factories, offices and shops) should be replaced by worker controlled industries;
- Anarchists utilise a range of tactics from peaceful protest, direction action to propaganda of the deed and regicide;
- Anarchists often fly the black flag; variations include dissected black and red flag (anarcho-communism/syndicalism); black and green (green anarchism); black and purple (anarcha-feminism);
- Grew out of the organised labour movement of the 19th century;
- Established by French philosopher Pierre Joseph Proudhon;
- Expanded on by Russians Peter Kropotkin and Mikhail Bakunin;
- Anarchists have taken part in several major protests, movements and revolutions throughout history (see below for partial list);
- Authorities have worked hard to mislabel anarchism as chaos and disorder;
Major Moments in Anarchist History
- The First International (1864-1872): Anarchists participated in the International Workingmen’s Association (founded in 1864) and continued to do so until 1872 when a disagreement between anarchists and Marxists over the role of the state forced them to split;
- The Paris Commune (1871): Early anarchists took part in the Paris Commune which was an autonomous commune that proclaimed it’s independence from the French government. It was short lived and violently repressed, resulting in massive bloodshed;
- Haymarket Affair (1886): Anarchists were at the forefront of the campaign for the eight-hour day in Chicago that culminated in the arrest of eight anarchists in the aftermath of a bombing at a labor rally on May 4th. The events led to the foundation of May Day as an international worker’s day;
- Russian Civil War (1917-1922): The Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army of Ukraine (AKA The Black Army) led by Nestor Makhno fought the White Army (and later the Red Army) to establish the Ukrainian Free Territory;
- Spanish Civil War (1936-1939): Anarchist labour unions led the offensive against the fascist coup in parts of Spain, collectivizing land and businesses;
- The Battle of Seattle (1999): Massive street protests surrounding the WTO summit in Seattle on November 30th. One of the first appearanes of the “black bloc” tactic outside Europe. Propelled anarchism to the international spotlight;
Major Schools of Thoughts (Key Figures)
- Anarcho-Communist (Peter Kropotkin, Errico Malatesta, Alexander Berkman, Emma Goldman)
- Anarcho-Syndicalism (Rudolf Rocker)
- Individualist Anarchism (Max Stirner, Benjamin Tucker)
- Anarcha-Feminism (Emma Goldman, Voltairine de Cleyre)
- Insurrectionary Anarchism (Alfredo Bonnano)
- Green Anarchism (Henry David Thoreau, Colin Ward, Murray Bookchin)
- Post-Left Anarchism (Bob Black, Hakim Bey, Wolfi Landstreicher)
If I am ten minutes late to class with Starbucks it would be a funny but benignly sexist joke if I was a white girl, but because I’m a Black girl then it means that I don’t take my education seriously and maybe do not deserve my academic scholarship.
If my grammar in a paper is not impeccable then it’s because I can’t speak “proper” English and maybe I should be in a remedial class and not an English major. If I am struggling in a class then instead of being directed towards a tutor, I will be encouraged to drop the course.
If I do not have a flawless transcript and academic record then I am unlikely to be encouraged to apply for prestigious fellowships and scholarships, even while non-Black classmates who have the same transcript will be funneled into these programs.
To a non-Black person all of this might sound highly improbable or exaggerated. And yet, this is my life. And it’s the life of many other Black students at PWI’s.
And so it’s no wonder that many Black students at PWI’s learn to over-compensate by attempting to excel beyond their classmates. It is no coincidence that many Black students cannot relate to the hegemonic narrative of college in which students party and occasionally attend class all while largely being protected from the “real world.”
College is a microcosm of the real world for Black students who deal with the omnipresent threat of being viewed as not good enough. And even when we excel beyond our classmates, at the end of the day we will be followed by police and harassed and questioned about whether we’re even students.
The scrutiny encourages unhealthy coping mechanisms. Tokenism after all is cumulative of what occurs when white supremacy, perfectionism, and capitalist notions of individualism and the need to be productive all collide and pressure Black folks to forget they’re human like everybody else.
What is sad about the Castro (and similar gay neighborhoods across the country and around the world), and indicative of what gay people do with even a little bit of power, is that these same smiling gay men have failed to build community for queers (or anyone) outside their social groups. Many gay men (even in the Castro) still remain on the fringes, either by choice or lack of opportunity. But as the most “successful” gays (and their allies) have moved from outsider status to insider clout, they have consistently fought misogynist, racist, classist, ageist battles to ensure that their neighborhoods remain communities only for the rich, male and white (or at least those who assimilate into white middle-class norms). They’ve succeeded in clamping down on the anger, defiance, flamboyance, and subversion once thriving in queer subcultures, in order to promote a vapid, consume-or-die, only-whites-need-apply version of gay identity. Homo now stands more for homogenous than any type of sexuality aside from buy buy buy.
In 1992, there were still a few slightly interesting things about the Castro: a gay bookstore with current queer ‘zines, and freaks and drag queens on staff; a used bookstore with a large selection of gay books; a cafe with live cabaret shows; a 24-hour donut shop with a rotating cast of tweakers; a tiny chocolate shop filled with delicate creations; a dyke bar; and a cruising park where faggots actually fucked. These meager (and mostly fag-specific) resources have disappeared, as rents have skyrocketed and corporate chains have replaced local businesses. A glittering Diesel clothing store now dominates Harvey Milk Plaza, the symbolic heart of the Castro, and the historic Castro Theater shows Eating Out, a movie about a straight guy pretending to be gay in order to get the girl with the gay friends (The tagline reads, “The fastest way to a girl’s heart is through her best friend.”).
Gay bar owners routinely call for the arrest of homeless people, many of them queer youth, for getting in the way of happy hour. Zephyr Realty, a gay-owned real estate company, advises its clients on how best to evict long-term tenants, many of them seniors, people with HIV/AIDS and disabled people. Gay political consultants mastermind the election of anti-poor, pro-development candidates over and over and over.
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, “Sweatshop-Produced Rainbow Flags and Participatory Patriarchy: Why the Gay Rights Movement Is a Sham”
I wish I could reproduce the entire article here it’s a very important read, especially for SF queers.
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY!!!
Now getting delicious vegan takeaway from what is essentially a cult. (Loving Hut)
Just went to see another room.
Uh.. The place was okay. Very central, but a bit barren with two straight, gym-going, business studies degree, marketing job cis dudes…
Last night was exactly what I needed to take my mind off house hunting.
A room full of wonderful people - with a high proportion of queers. Danced non stop for almost three hours, then had snuggles and chats with loads of lovely people. Didn’t leave until 7am. At least three people offered me sofas to stay on if I can’t find somewhere in time.
I feel so unimaginably lucky with the people I know now. When I think about the social alienation of my teens I just can’t believe it. A room where we talk about consent when just trying to hug each other. Where we fend off creepy guys for one another. Where we can talk about our mental health.
So unbelievably happy thinking about it. I barely drank because it doesn’t seem to go well with my new meds but the atmosphere was good enough that when it got hot I and several others felt comfortable enough to dance topless/in bras etc.