Rolling Thunder : Say You Want an Insurrection So do we—a total break with domination and hierarchy in all their forms, involving an armed uprising if need be. Until that’s possible, we’ll settle for recurring clashes in which to develop our skills, find comrades, and emphasize the gulf between ourselves and our oppressors. But how do we bring about these confrontations? How do we ensure that they strengthen us more than our enemies? What pitfalls await us on this road? Over the past few years, a small current has gained visibility in US anarchist circles prioritizing the themes of insurrection and social conflict. How effective are these strategies at achieving their professed goals? This subject is of particular interest to us because we are insurrectionists of a sort, whether or not we use that adjective. In some ways, this is a very old line of thinking—perhaps older than some of its adherents realize. In that spirit, let’s start with the advantages of insurrection as a point of departure. Starting from Revolt… Against Subculture
Rudolf Rocker Johann Rudolf Rocker (March 25, 1873 – September 19, 1958) was an anarcho-syndicalist writer and activist. A self-professed anarchist without adjectives, Rocker believed that anarchist schools of thought represented "only different methods of economy" and that the first objective for anarchists was "to secure the personal and social freedom of men". Mainz Early life Rudolf Rocker was born to the lithographer Georg Philipp Rocker and his wife Anna Margaretha née Naumann as the second of three sons in Mainz, Hesse (now Rhineland-Palatinate), Germany, on March 25, 1873. Rocker's father died in 1877. Disgusted by the unconditional obedience demanded by the Catholic orphanage and drawn by the prospect of adventure, Rocker ran away from the orphanage twice. Political activism Political rights do not originate in parliaments; they are, rather, forced upon parliaments from without. Carl also had a substantial library consisting of socialist literature of all colors. Paris London
Affinity group The anti-war Affinity group "Collateral Damage". All seven were convicted on December 4, 2002, of 2nd Degree Criminal Trespass for occupying the office of Senator Wayne Allard in protest of the impending war in Iraq An affinity group a is a group formed around a shared interest or common goal, to which individuals formally or informally belong. Some affinity groups are organized in a non-hierarchical manner, often using consensus decision making, and are frequently made up of trusted friends. Affinity groups can be based on a common ideology (e.g., anarchism, pacifism), a shared concern for a given issue (e.g., anti-nuclear, anti-war) or a common activity, role, interest or skill (e.g., legal support, medical aid, black blocs). History Affinity groups fall under the category of NGOs, but are further limited by being primarily non-commercial, and are not required to have any specific purpose that might affect the community beyond their own group. Political affinity groups
Noam Chomsky Avram Noam Chomsky (/ˈnoʊm ˈtʃɒmski/; born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator and anarcho-syndicalist activist. Sometimes described as the "father of modern linguistics", Chomsky is also a major figure in analytic philosophy. He has spent most of his career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is currently Professor Emeritus, and has authored over 100 books. He has been described as a prominent cultural figure, and was voted the "world's top public intellectual" in a 2005 poll. Born to a middle-class Ashkenazi Jewish family in Philadelphia, Chomsky developed an early interest in anarchism from relatives in New York City. He later undertook studies in linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained his BA, MA, and PhD, while from 1951 to 1955 he was appointed to Harvard University's Society of Fellows. Early life Childhood: 1928–45
Meta-learning skills - Polyphasic Society Metalearning skills, in short, are skills that improve your ability to learn other skills – or in other words, tactics and skills for general learning. This is one of our primary focuses here on Polyphasic Society because all of us believe a love for learning is one of the keys to having a quality life rich with unique experiences. The more you know, the more you want to know, in other words. These skills and tactics are ways to make learning less rote-based and arduous, and more interesting, interactive, and engaging – all of these skills are individual-based learning skills though (as opposed to social-based learning skills, i.e. a classroom) The next question most people ask is “If these skills are so effective, how come they’re not taught in schools?” Why Meta-Learn? How would your quality of life be improved if you knew another language? The Three Overarching Metalearning Skills Polyphasic Sleep Lucid Dreaming Classical Memory Techniques So you’ve talked the talk, can you walk the walk?
Anarchist communism Some forms of anarchist communism such as insurrectionary anarchism are strongly influenced by egoism and radical individualism, believing anarcho-communism is the best social system for the realization of individual freedom. Some anarcho-communists view anarcho-communism as a way of reconciling the opposition between the individual and society. Anarcho-communism developed out of radical socialist currents after the French Revolution but was first formulated as such in the Italian section of the First International. The theoretical work of Peter Kropotkin took importance later as it expanded and developed pro-organizationalist and insurrectionary anti-organizationalist sections. History Early developments Anarchist communist currents appeared during the English Civil War and the French Revolution of the 17th and 18th centuries, respectively. Joseph Déjacque and the Revolutions of 1848 Peter Kropotkin
About - The Bulletproof Musician My journey began at the age of 2 when I said “oa wike mugas” (so I am told) and was given my first violin – that “violin” being a Cracker-Jack box with a ruler taped to it. Midway through kindergarten, I gave my first performance with orchestra as a student of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki (founder of the Suzuki Method) in Matsumoto, Japan, and shortly thereafter, made my TV debut on WBNS-TV’s Front Page Saturday Night. Practice, practice, practice From an early age, I practiced every day, 365 days a year. My life revolved around music for as long as I can remember. More practice? Like many musicians, I just assumed that I needed to practice more. It certainly wasn’t my teachers’ fault. A whole new world to explore My second year at Juilliard, I signed up for a course titled “Performance Enhancement for Musicians” taught by Dr. I was hooked. Fast-forward to today The point of this blog Best wishes, Noa Kageyama, Ph.D.
Anarcho-syndicalism Anarcho-syndicalism (also referred to as revolutionary syndicalism) is a theory of anarchism which views revolutionary industrial unionism or syndicalism as a method for workers in capitalist society to gain control of an economy and, with that control, influence broader society. Syndicalists consider their economic theories a strategy for facilitating worker self-activity and as an alternative co-operative economic system with democratic values and production centered on meeting human needs. The basic principles of anarcho-syndicalism are solidarity, direct action (action undertaken without the intervention of third parties such as politicians, bureaucrats and arbitrators) and direct democracy, or workers' self-management. The end goal of anarcho-syndicalism is to abolish the wage system, regarding it as wage slavery. History Origins Revolutionary Syndicalism and the International Workers Association The 1910 Congress in which the Spanish CNT was established The Spanish Revolution Film
Become Obsessed to the Point of Madness Do you want to know the secret to giving up all of your vices? Do you know why you have a bunch of bad habits in the first place? I will tell you why, and my answer isn’t the one self-help gurus will give. There is a sad secret that you won’t admit to yourself. You have vices because you are aimless. You are simply existing. I have a solution. It is a solution that every loser and hater will tell you is wrong. Become obsessed. Obsession is Not a Bad Word. Losers will tell you that obsession is a bad thing. (“Will wife/daddy/the boss man let me play with my train set later?”) Here is what occupies the thoughts of the average man: What is my girlfriend/wife doing right now? The average man is just trying to fill up his day with distractions. (There is no danger. Become Obsessed with Excellence. Let me tell you what happened when I became obsessed with taking Danger & Play to the next level. Because I am on a mission, it doesn’t taken me any willpower at all to rid myself of these filthy habits.