November 17th, 2007

Anarchism over the Life Course

So whatever feedback any of ya'll have on this would be welcome.  Behind the cut is an article I wrote for a zine called "Rad Dad" some time ago.  The zine is written by and for, you guessed it, radical dads.

I've been wearing my circle A decoder ring for awhile now.  I've moved on from living in tool sheds and selling my plasma for tofu and cheap beer.  I've been both discouraged and frustrated over the years at the inability of north american anarchist movement to sustain itself beyond youth culture.  I don't have anything at all against youth culture, don't get me wrong.  But I get more gray hairs every day, I don't want to have the same political discussions I had when I was 20, and most 20 something radicals don't have a lot to say to me either.  It seems that the intersection of my age and my politics makes me too weird.

This dynamic was magnified a lot when I had kids.

When reading, go ahead and replace "radical" with "anarchist".  I don't remember why now, but for some reason I wanted to stick with "radical" when I wrote this.  Honestly, in my experience, this phenomenon is for more applicable to anarchists specifically than radicals generally.

 

 

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Some thoughts on Organization.

So...don't cut me down too quickly. I'm still in the learning process, but from what the radical community has taught me, I've learned a couple of things.

Correct this where you feel it is wrong, or lacking.

1) Most of us have certain goals and ideas for the way the world is supposed to work in a more harmonious way.
2) A lot of us do not agree with each other about the nature of certain ideas.
3) A lot of us do not agree with the methods of carrying out the actualization of our ideas.
4) There is a great divide amongst many people who call themselves radical, or leftist, or whatever, based off of their specific identity of what the word 'radical' means to them.
5) If any of us are to ever see any of our ideas come together and work, we need to be willing to set aside petty differences in paradigms and learn to work together.
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CBC News In Depth: Tasers

Is 'excited delirium' at the root of many Taser deaths?
CBC News | By Armina Ligaya

When police arrived at the Right Spot bar in downtown Moncton on May 5, 2005, Kevin Geldart was already acting combative and violent. The 34-year-old had a history of bipolar disorder and had somehow walked away from the psychiatric unit of a nearby hospital earlier that night.

Geldart was sweating, his pupils were dilated and he seemed to possess superhuman strength. At first, police used pepper spray to try to subdue the six-foot-six, 300-pound man. It didn't work.

Officers then shocked Geldart with a Taser as many as four times. Then four officers pinned him down, tied his feet and cuffed his hands. It was then that the police noticed Geldart had stopped breathing. He was later pronounced dead at Moncton Hospital.

Fast forward to Oct. 14, 2007.

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