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Prophets of Anarchy: The Mormon Worker – SLUG Magazine
“Anarchism advocates decentralized democratic socialism in which property is held in common,” says Van Wagenen. “That kind of thing is advocated in the Book of Mormon. Mormonism also advocates a very egalitarian political system, and in both [philosophies], you see the prevention of letting some people govern over others.”  He adds that both Mormonism and anarchism condemn violence, and the canonical texts of both philosophies denounce engaging in offensive wars, something that he believes governments do by nature.

Van Wagenen has spent a great deal of his life thinking about these ideas. He served a two year Mormon mission in Germany and graduated from Harvard Divinity School. His experience doesn’t stop there. In addition to doing humanitarian work in Iraq, where he survived a kidnapping, he and the rest of the Mormon Worker Collective have been essential in organizing demonstrations and actions that include marches for immigrants’ rights in downtown Salt Lake and protests against Brigham Young University’s decision to pay big-ticket prices in order to bring in speakers such as torture supporting former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
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yesterday by craniac
Noam Chomsky's anarchist beliefs - Big Think
During the Spanish civil war, eight million Catalonians actually established an anarchist society, albeit briefly. There was no hierarchy; rather, farms, factories, and businesses were all managed by the people who worked them as equals. Writers such as George Orwell described the Catalonian anarchy in glowing terms, but we also have to attribute these sources with a certain amount of bias (Orwell had fought for the anarchists during the war, after all). And, only 10 months after it started, the anarcho-syndicalist society was undermined by Stalinists and promptly dissolved.
yesterday by craniac
Noam Chomsky's anarchist beliefs - Big Think
Anarchism is usually connected to violence and chaos, but as a philosophy, its tenets are more nuanced than mere destruction for destruction's sake.
It may surprise some to find out that Noam Chomsky, famous for his innovations in linguistics and philosophy, describes himself as an anarchist.
Whether you agree with him or not, understanding anarchism can lead to a better understanding of our society and its politics.
yesterday by craniac
CrimethInc. : Against the Logic of the Guillotine : Why the Paris Commune Burned the Guillotine—and We Should Too
Fetishizing the guillotine is like fetishizing the state: it means celebrating an instrument of murder that will always be used chiefly against us.
3 days ago by Tuirgin
Signal Fails - It's Going Down
Until recently, the anarchist subculture was one of those pockets, where you could refuse to carry a smartphone and still socially exist.
signal  anarchy  crypto  messaging 
13 days ago by martinderm
Building a Bus Map When There Are No Fixed Routes—or Stops | WIRED
Creating a map doesn’t impose order on the system. Quite the opposite, the volunteer cartographers say. Sarah Williams, a professor of technology and urban planning at MIT, started working in 2012 with local groups and universities in Nairobi to map the city’s popular but privatized minibus “matatu” system. She now works to create digital tools to help other grassroots organizations pull off similar projects across the world. “These bus systems are sometimes considered so informal and rogue, but the maps show that there is an order,” she says. “There is, in fact, a system, and the system could be used to help plan new transportation initiatives.”
29 days ago by craniac
Average American worker takes less vacation than a medieval peasant - Business Insider
The Church, mindful of how to keep a population from rebelling, enforced frequent mandatory holidays. Weddings, wakes, and births might mean a week off quaffing ale to celebrate, and when wandering jugglers or sporting events came to town, the peasant expected time off for entertainment. There were labor-free Sundays, and when the plowing and harvesting seasons were over, the peasant got time to rest, too.

In fact, economist Juliet Shor found that during periods of particularly high wages, such as 14th-century England, peasants might put in no more than 150 days a year. As for the modern American worker? After a year on the job, she gets an average of eight vacation days annually.

Study after study shows that overworking reduces productivity. On the other hand, performance increases after a vacation, and workers come back with restored energy and focus. The longer the vacation, the more relaxed and energized people feel upon returning to the office.
work  labor  anarchy 
5 weeks ago by craniac
Seeing Like a State | The Anarchist Library
Any attempt to completely plan a village, a city, or, for that matter, a language is certain to run afoul of the same social reality. A village, city, or language is the jointly created, partly unintended product of many, many hands. To the degree that authorities insist on replacing this ineffably complex web of activity with formal rules and regulations, they are certain to disrupt the web in ways that they cannot possibly foresee.[657] This point is most frequently made by such proponents of laissez-faire as Friedrich Hayek, who are fond of pointing out that a command economy, however sophisticated and legible, cannot begin to replace the myriad, rapid, mutual adjustments of functioning markets and the price system.[658] In this context, however, the point applies in important ways to the even more complex patterns of social interaction with the material environment that we call a city or a village. Cities with a long history may be called “deep” or “thick” cities in the sense that they are the historical product of a vast number of people from all stations (including officialdom) who are long gone. It is possible, of course, to build a new city or a new village, but it will be a “thin” or “shallow” city, and its residents will have to begin (perhaps from known repertoires) to make it work in spite of the rules. In cases like Brasília or Tanzania’s planned villages, one can understand why state planners may prefer a freshly cleared site and a “shocked” population moved abruptly to the new setting in which the planners’ influence is maximized. The alternative is to reform in situ an existing, functioning community that has more social resources for resisting and refashioning the transformation planned for it.
6 weeks ago by craniac
Sticking it to the Man, Austrian style.
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9 weeks ago by mpk

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