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John Mitchinson, ‘Raising Hell – The Long Afterlife of William Blake’, Byline Times
Blake was enraged by the class system, by slavery and by the urban poverty he saw around him in London. But his radicalism wasn’t party political (“Houses of Commons and Houses of Lords appear to me to be fools; they seem to me to be Something else besides Human Life”). It grew directly out of his spiritual imagination and out of his belief that the “single vision” offered by the rules and measurement of scientists such as Newton, society painters like Joshua Reynolds and the hypocrisies of organised religion represented a betrayal of reality itself: “For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern.”
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LECTURE 19: COMING APART (PART 2): If you’ve got an hour and 11 minutes to spare, have a look at this documentary about the so-called Bed-Ins that proved to be a favorite tactic of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in their anti-Vietnam War activism. At about 8 minutes into the documentary, cartoonist Al (Li'l Abner) Capp comes walking into their hotel room in Montreal, introducing himself as a “dreadful fascist.” Capp leaps into a heated debate with Ono and Lennon about their Bed-In. He’s full of sarcasm and insults, even though he tries to stay jovial, and, at times, he seems open to hearing other points of view. It’s clear that Capp is a cultural conservative who doesn’t care for antiwar protests. Dick Gregory also makes a moving appearance in the film, after Capp is done ranting. There are lots of other lively scenes in the documentary, and it is an important document of its time, and it demonstrates convincingly that John and Yoko were committed to peace activism. Hang in there until about 51 minutes into the film, when John and Yoko perform a rousing version of “Give Peace a Chance.”

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LECTURE 18: COMING APART (PART 1): The promotional film for “Revolution” (a.k.a., “Revolution 1”), the hard rockin’ single version of the bluesy song featured on The Beatles’ self-titled album (a.k.a., The White Album). Like “Hey Jude,” this promo film was shot on September 4, 1968 at Twickenham Studios. The song sparked some controversy, especially in radical activist circles, for its seeming rejection of ultra-left revolutionary politics. But John Lennon, who wrote the song, was rapidly moving leftward in his politics at the time, and saw the song as a rejection of violence while at the same time an endorsement of peaceful transformation. Not long after the song came out, Lennon would often change the lyrics to the famous line: “But when you talk about destruction/Don’t you know that you can count me out…” so that he would say “in” instead of “out” (or he’d say both – usually “in” after “out,” as you can see him doing in this promotional film). By this time, he was with Yoko Ono, and her left-wing pacifist politics were having a heavy influence on him.

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An immense industrial network cannot be managed in the same way that one changes a tire … It expresses a circuit of cosmic energy on which it depends, which it cannot limit, and whose laws it cannot ignore without consequences. Woe to those who, to the very end, insist on regulating the movement that exceeds them with the narrow mind of the mechanic who changes a tire.

Bataille, Accursed Share vol 1

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Radical republicanism denotes a form of social freedom where individuals enjoy freedom by being part of a society that is organized around the common good of its members. Domination is seen not only in terms of one’s capacity to interfere in your choices, but more deeply as a structural form where individuals and/or groups possess sufficient social power to extract benefits for themselves and at the expense not only of those from whom benefits are being extracted, but also, ex hypothesi, from the community as a whole.

The radical republican thesis about the nature of social domination is therefore different than the liberal ideas formalized by neo-republican thinkers. The radical republican idea of domination is one that is based not simply on ‘interfering with your choices’, although it can and often does include this, but rather is much richer insofar as it contains the phenomenon of extractive power that is the capacity for one agent to derive surplus benefits from another agent. The more extractive power one agent has over another, the more extractive domination it possesses over others, whether an individual, a group, or the society as a whole.

–Michael J. Thompson, “The Radical Republican Structure of Marx’s Critique of Capitalist Society” in Critique xlvii.3 (2019), pp. 394-395

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Avery Gordon, “The future of radical scholarship,” p. 84 from Race & Class, vol. 47, no. 2, 2005
Radical scholarship includes often conflicting customs and traditions and it is also shaped by the temperaments and experiences of its producers who lean in one way or another as a result. Radical scholarship is absolutely truth-telling, even when it knows there are no absolute truths; and it is oppositional, often cranky if not unrelentingly angry. Radical scholarship also harbours lived epistemologies that structure, either implicitly or explicitly, the questions its practitioners ask and they answers they give.
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Dear Radical Feminists,

It’s been a while since the last time we spoke. Of course I was rosting your ass on muttr when i was. However, I must begin to say something.

As a child I was raped twice. 2 different scenarios. Once at a park in a tube slide and once by my neighbor in my backyard.

However, I do NOT hate all men/boys because of this. Why?

I am partially a man. I am Intersex and In my childhood i would change between looking female and male.

Both incidents I was dressing like a boy.

Do boys/men still not get raped? Everyone can be a victim idiots. I have never raped anyone in my LIFE because i know from experience it’s awful.

So what’s my point here?

My point is, Radical feminism is stupid and unnecessary.

“oh but, don’t you hate the men that raped you?”

They were both

Women.

My point is,

Not only little girls and women are victims of rape.

Not all men rape.

And not all rapists are men.

Have I ever told anyone this story? I have now.

How have a been since those days? Fine. Because I’ve grown up. It made me tougher. I don’t get offended by rape jokes (I don’t think they’re okay, just dont flip my shit). Has it effected my life at all? No. I don’t let It. So while all these radfems are out here being radical feminists, don’t men still dictate your life if you feel the need continue to hate them and not grow up and move on?

Sincerely, a victim who isn’t letting it rule my life.

PS. I have friends who are normal feminists. I don’t have a problem with feminist who want equal rights for women all over the world etc. Radfems are the problem. Thanks. Bye.

Pss. This is a psa for radfems. Sorry followers who followed me because I have 17 different genres of posts and my personal life isn’t one of them. Thanks bye 4 real.

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Because authoritarian Communism killing and imprisoning people is way better. That’s exactly what happened in Eastern Germany. People were suffering, but I guess that’s OK with you. Funny how people like you are anti Nazi while supporting systems that did exactly the same than the Third Reich but wearing red instead of brown.

Maybe we should send you to North Korea then if you love systems like this so much and hate the evil Western Capitalism. Let’s see how long you last until you starve or get caught by the gouvernment.

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For the interest of the French Revolution fandom, here is a song from the gilets jaunes movement – a parody of Edith Piaf’s Mon manège à moi. Enjoy the ingenious FrRev reference, en français. “The French’s innate thirst for blood and chopped heads” from the mouth of a reactionary Anglophone politician ought to be taken as a compliment, in my view. ;)

« Il faut leur couper la tête — dirait Robespierre, je crois. »

Disclaimer: I don’t know a word of French, but I have a friend who translated this song to Chinese and posted it on the Chinese equivalent of Niconico.

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The drive of the radical to overthrow all that we know, in order to establish a new order based upon: he knows not what, is not wisdom and it is not responsibility.  

And that which is not responsible is not moral. Our children cannot inhabit our intentions, or our unrealized dreams, they will inhabit the actual mess that we  end up creating.  

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Patrick Newman on Rothbard and his Critics

The late Murray Rothbard has passionate fans and critics alike—but was he really the intransigent person his detractors portray? Was he prickly and difficult, or actually generous and helpful to students and colleagues? Did his reputation as an economist suffer for venturing into philosophy, ethics, history, sociology, and anarchism—even though Hayek did the same? Was Man, Economy, and State (Mises.org/MES) really just a rehash of Human Action (Mises.org/HumanAction)? Did he deviate from Mises on method? Were Power & Market and the Ethics of Liberty (Mises.org/EL) just too radical and off-putting?

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Dave Smith on Libertarian Strategy, the Toughest Libertarian Views to Defend, and More

They conclude Dave Smith Week with questions drawn from the Tom Woods Show Elite, which you can join at SupportingListeners.com. How has he navigated a comedy world and a city that are unsympathetic to his views, to say the least? What libertarian positions does he find most challenging to defend? What is the movement’s most effective potential strategy?

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It Chapter 2 and the Gay community - Spoilers

So It Chapter 2 came out and the radical gay community is foaming at the mouth.

Yes I know what I said.

Also this will have spoilers.

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A gay couple were eaten by the monster Pennywise and then later on in the film, Pennywise torments Richie by singing about his “dirty little secret”. Richie remembers being called a f/g by a sociopathic bully as a child and now Pennywise is that bully.

Everyone says Pennywise is a homophobe and frankly they couldn’t be more mistaken.

1- He eats a gay couple

While falling back on the trope of “(minority) doesn’t survive act 1”, Pennywise doesn’t give a flying fuck who you are and what your name is. After going into early hibernation due to our friends The Losers Club, he comes back starving and eats the first person he finds. I don’t like the trope but honestly in context of the story it makes sense.

2- Richie’s “dirty little secret”

So our gang of heroes are trying to defeat Pennywise 27 years later in the year 2016 (the first movie took place in 1988-1989), now as adults. Richie was perhaps 12 in 1988 so that puts his birth date at 1976, or around the time my mother was starting grade school. In the US, being queer was seen as a mental disorder and disgusting. Growing up with internalized hatred about being gay is very normal for him. I was born in 2001 and I didn’t accept who I was until 2018.

Richie and the gang later overcome their fears and start bullying Pennywise, making him afraid of them and thus defeating him. This meant that, in that scene, Richie overcame his fear of being gay. He accepted who he was, told Pennywise that he wasn’t afraid of him, and fought back.

I can’t stress enough how much this scene means to me. After so long, Richie finally realized that being gay isn’t a dirty thing and he’s able to overcome that. He’s able to grow and kick the shit out of an entity that relied on him being afraid.

I say the radical gay community is frothing at the mouth for a very good reason: the outcry comes from radicalists. Websites like Out.com are bashing the shit out of this because they’re taking things at face value and not considering a character’s history or the time period they come from. Even though society adapts, many people don’t adapt with society. The human mind isn’t that fluid. I was ok with LGB but not with T for a very long time, and it wasn’t until 2016 that I began accepting transgender individuals for who they were.

People also need to remember that movies don’t always reflect our reality. Movies can be set in any day and time and characters can be from any time period or environment. Mental pathways forged at childhood, reinforced in adolescence, and challenged at adulthood take time to break down. And as an adult, the mind isn’t as fluid. It’s no wonder Richie is ashamed.


Moral of the Story: Analyze before jumping the gun, and don’t listen to radicalist media, no matter what side of the spectrum it comes from.

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