The Opposing Viewpoint

In my previous post, I tried to explore some of the problems of non-violence, namely the difficulty of dealing with a collective that is willing to harm you and is not concerned with your moral arguments why what they are doing is a bad thing. [stderr] At what point do you treat all of the individuals that make up your attackers’ forces (or even the attackers’ civilians) as targets?

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Like Hitting Yourself in the Face With a Hammer

I recently listened to the audiobook version of a series of lectures and Q&A with Noam Chomsky. If you have problems with being depressed into immobility by world politics and economics, I don’t recommend it. This is a sort-of review of the audiobook, with some comments by me and some quotes, and I plan to, over time, post a few passages from it.

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Questioning Arbitrary Authority

Robert Paul Wolff is one of my favorite writers. I came across his work completely by accident: dad was getting rid of a few dozen boxes of books (“the overflow”) and one of the boxes contained a slim volume entitled In Defense of Anarchism. I did a brief 3-post series on it [stderr] because I think it’s an important work in its field – he deploys some of the basic arguments for anarchism in a way that is very hard to argue with. [wc]

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