The Radical Post Blog: January 23rd '17
Nick Kappos of the Harsh Noise project Hex Phosphorus has started up an Anarcho-Socialist Facebook page which features a wide variety of commentary from different politically oriented individuals. We here at The Infidel Netwerk thought it'd be interesting to share some of the posts and thoughts from the news feed for your viewing pleasure.
Note: None of the views posted below are representation of the views of The Infidel Netwerk or it's members (other then possibly Nick's). This is purely for educational and entertainment purposes.
You can find the Facebook group at the following link, follow for the latest updates on all the postings:
Nick Kappos on "Using Education Against Oppression
The point is not to feel guilty about what you are, but to realize the poor and oppressed have more common interests with each other than we will ever have with the ruling class and those in power.
The point is not to be meek, ashamed, or disempowered, but to become more powerful with a stronger alliance and a larger movement.
By acknowledging the oppression of others, by educating ourselves so that we can be less of an asshole, by assisting others in their struggle without defining it for them or telling them how to run it, that is how we will have a larger and more powerful movement that fights for all of the oppressed all at once.
When you get fooled into thinking that those who are even more oppressed than yourselves are the ones who are oppressing you....You become the barrier standing in the way of your own liberation by siding with the ones who are oppressing you against those who are oppressed even worse.
Nyah Wynne on The Intricacies Non-Violence
For those who have viewed the kid decking the Neo-Nazi and are busy scolding him, talking of free speech and preaching about Non-Violence, STOP. Go back and actually read MLK, read about how non-violence actually Works.
It might be a bit subtle, but there's a pretty solid theme. MLK was asked repeatedly to repudiate the violence of other activists of the cause. It was a near constant demand upon him that he distance himself from the violence of rioters and Black Nationalists that threatened violent acts. And he refused. Always. Universally.
MLK advocated non-violence, but he also spoke frequently of understanding for and solidarity with those who used violence to seek justice. And there is good reason for this: If not for that violence, MLK could have done nothing. He never would have even been noticed, just another preacher yapping about rights, easy enough to ignore.
It was the threat of violent revolt that catapulted MLK to the spotlight. It was the -reality- of violent revolt that gave rise to the prominence of Gandhi. They were velvet gloves on iron fists. Their call for non-violence was only sensationalized because it was the moderate option. The call for peace -during war-.
Ostensible allies of the oppressed calling for peace when there is already an unjust peace do not make change. In fact they actively reinforce injustice. When you turn on your fellow activist who is using more forceful methods than you, you are doing the work of the oppressor. You are helping to enforce the unjust peace. That peace has to be broken before a new peace treaty can be made.
When MLK was asked to repudiate rioters, he always turned it around and pointed to the underlying violence that riots were a rational response to. This wasn't just an act of solidarity with the frustrations on the downtrodden. It wasn't just a way of putting the spotlight back where it belongs, on the violence of the system itself.
It Was A Threat.
By speaking of riots as the unavoidable consequence of not listening to, of not making an acceptable treaty with the oppressed, MLK was making a threat. No Justice, No Peace. Treat with me, or deal with them, as my followers one by one leave my side and join theirs. Join me at the table of peace and be prepared with a serious offer, or There Will Be War.
This only works if the conqueror side seriously believes there is a legitimate threat. It only works if compromise is a more attractive option than the alternative. And THAT only works if we stand in solidarity with our 'Violent' allies, even if we take a personal stand that we will not engage in such a thing.
Because without them, your call for non-violence is just an act of solidarity with Oppression.
Kat Okopnik on Race & Protest In Light Of The Women's Protest
I was going to save this for the morning when more eyes might be on it, but I'm seeing too much self-congratulation without contextual awareness already, so here goes.
DEAR WHITE WOMEN. PLEASE DO NOT CONGRATULATE YOURSELVES FOR A "PEACEFUL PROTEST" AND MAKE DERISIVE NOISES ABOUT BLACK LIVES MATTER. The reason your protest was peaceful is not about inherent virtue on your part. It is about the anti-Blackness prevalent in the society around us. People...people *YOU* know and love...tend to shrug when Black protesters are dealt with violently, where they would be up in arms if Nice White Women were harmed.
YOU NEED TO USE THAT PRIVILEGE AS A PROTECTIVE SHIELD FOR THOSE PEOPLE MORE MARGINALIZED THAN YOU, NOT TO REST ON IT LIKE SOME SORT OF BOUNCY THRONE OF REVEALED GOODNESS. It is not a moral triumph that this march was peaceful. It is a flagrant display of the pedestal you are on, that does not extend to the rest of us.
Yes, this administration is a very clear, very intense nexus of harm for all of us. Please remember that the mass *disproportionate* incarceration of POC started before this administration took office. That the threat to trans lives started before this administration took office. That a huge list of disproportionate peril existed before now, AND WE DIDN'T GET MILLIONS MARCHING FOR US.
Throughout the history of the US, white women have been used as an excuse to harm the rest of us. DO NOT SILENTLY ACCEPT THIS ROLE.
Keep marching, keep speaking out. BUT BE AWARE THAT IF YOU KEEP DENYING THE REST OF US THE SHELTER OF YOUR UMBRELLA, WE WILL SEE IT, AND WE WILL NOT BE CALM AND SILENT ABOUT IT.
Alexia Fuentes on Some Brief Thoughts On The Nature of Politics
Liberals are so engrossed over individuals whilst it is from progressives of the National Democratic camp that you will most often hear the important socio-economic and political issues being discussed.
Politics are not about individuals; they're about structural and systemic class relations. They are the manifestation and the ultimate expression of class struggle.
Annoynomous on The Effects Of Anarchist Protestors
It's the type of Liberals who never batted an eye as Obama deported children back to Honduras to certain death, that are decrying Black bloc...what liberals are really upset about though is Anarchists fucked up their narrative. They were hoping the anti Trump protests (indeed The Resistance) would consist of a racially diverse group of women waving the American flag/carrying signs which read #Imstillwithher and #notmypresident, but thanks to those darn Anarchists now the images associated with the anti Trump inaugural are broken windows and signs which read no borders"
Thoreau Redcrow on The Hypocrisy of American Intelligence Agencies
If other nations followed the same protocol as the CIA they would see these large protests across the U.S. as proof of an "American Spring" against the Trump Regime and start funneling weapons to various factions, with air strikes soon to follow. Just sayin'
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