autonomous collective

Binary Star (III)

Author: kpopfanfictrash

Pairing: You / Jaebum / Mark

Rating: PG

Word Count: 3,935

Summary: In some cases, these close binary systems can exchange mass, which may bring their evolution to stages that single stars cannot attain.”

You and Jaebum have been dating forever when Mark Tuan shows up in your classroom. You’ve always been against change - a bit debilitating, being a writer - but for some reason this new kid has you thinking there might be an upside to chaos.

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  • Khamer: I am Khamer, king of the Harenans!
  • Agnès: King of the who?
  • Khamer: The Harenans!
  • Agnès: Who are the Harenans?
  • Khamer: Why, we are all Harenans! And I am your king!
  • Jackal: Well, I didn’t vote for you.
  • Khamer: You don’t vote for kings!
  • Agnès: I didn’t know we had a king. I thought we were an autonomous collective.

anonymous asked:

how do you think the mass line would be implemented in america?

The general method and framework of the mass line method of leadership remains the same no matter the location of their implementation: learning the diverse ideas and worries of the masses, studying and analyzing them with Marxist theory and forming solutions based on those analyses, and returning those solutions to the masses in the form of a political line and political practice.

Right now in the U.S., there is an incredibly weak communist movement. Parties and organizations have appeared and died or have fallen into revisionism. Part of the reason for this is that none of these organizations have succeeded at putting mass line into practice. They claim themselves as parties, but as Lenin wrote:

“[The revolutionary party of the proletariat] will not deserve the name until it learns to bind the leaders with the class and the masses into one single indissoluble whole.” (x)

The U.S. now is still far from a revolutionary rupture, but the recent election of Trump has opened new possibilities for organizing. While the level of support for a revolutionary party is far off, there is much room for building autonomous collectives, which can build significant levels of support in poor, gentrified, oppressed nation and working class communities, both urban and rural, and among semi-proletarian and other non-propertied classes. Building levels of red power now, however small and atomized they are, will be instrumental in building communist dual power later. The general goals of communist organizing in the modern era have been summarized nicely by Mike Ely on his critical work on the RCP-USA:

“All communist parties that have been able to seriously contend emerged organically, pulling their forces out of larger radical movements and broad anti-system intellectual currents by a living process of fusion and differentiation. To take power, especially if you intend to dismantle the old state — you need more than a line, or a “special” leader, or even a shadow cabinet — you need the organizational wellsprings of a shadow state emerging within the framework of the old order. You need to win over and train thousands of creative and hardened cadre capable of becoming the framework for the new state — a force capable of seizing power, directing the economy and its transformation, creating a new media, and so on. … We need a revolutionary current that grows and emerges within the living tissue of today’s wrenching contradictions – as thousands of radical people go through a series of political processes together, under conditions where creative communist politics can seriously contend and transform.”

Historically, many communist organizations in Amerika have either blissfully ignored or have tokenized the history of settler colonialism and genocide that the white settler nation is built on. A key part of organizing in Amerika today will be to put decolonization and anti-imperialism as a primary objective of the revolutionary movement. Convincing white working class settlers to abandon their identity as white settlers and work for decolonization will be one of the most difficult hurdles of organizing, but it is essential if we want genuine national liberation and socialism and not, to borrow the phrasing from other revisionist socialists, “socialism with settler colonialist characteristics”. Communists who want to organize in Amerika must also re-orient their politics to capital in the 21st century, and away from a focus on white settlers who may be inclined to maintain capitalism for the benefits of settler colonialism. The world situation has changed drastically since the 1930’s and the 1960’s, and modern organizers have to adapt their strategy to an era of neo-colonialism, and rapidly changing neo-liberalism.

These economic conditions are roadblock to building a communist movement. Communists should recognize that anti-imperialism and national self-determination will likely not win over huge swaths of the population without a serious imperialist crisis, one that severely damages the export of capital and value transfer to imperialist nations (such as a proletarian revolution in the global south), and should build solidarity with third world communist movements. Building the framework for larger red power in the future is still essential, and a large reason for the failure of past organizations has been the failure to apply these facts in their mass work, and failure to consider them in their analyses.

Pjatvchet

  • Garrett: Oh. How do you do?
  • Aro: How do you do, good sir? I am Aro, King of the Vampires. Whose home is that?
  • Garrett: King of the who?
  • Aro: King of the Vampires.
  • Garrett: Who are the Vampires?
  • Aro: Well, we all are. We are all Vampires. And, I am your king.
  • Garrett: I didn't know we had a king. I thought we were an autonomous collective.
  • Alistair: You're foolin' yourself! We're living in a dictatorship. A self-perpetuating autocracy in which the working class --
  • Garrett: Oh, there you go bringing class into it again.
  • Alistair: Well, that's what it's all about! If only people would --
  • Aro: Please, please, good people, I am in haste. Who lives in that castle?
  • Garrett: No one lives there.
  • Aro: Then who is your lord?
  • Garrett: We don't have a lord.
  • Alistair: I told you, we're an anarcho-syndicalist commune. We take it in turns to be a sort of executive officer for the week --
  • Aro: Yes . . .
  • Alistair: -- but all the decisions of that officer have to be ratified at a special bi-weekly meeting --
  • Aro: Yes, I see . . .
  • Alistair: -- by a simple majority in the case of purely internal affairs --
  • Aro: Be quiet!
  • Alistair: -- but by a two thirds majority in the case of --
  • Aro: Be quiet! I order you to be quiet!
  • Garrett: Order, eh? Who does he think he is?
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Riot in Paris today. MILI (autonomous collective), antifascists, maoists, students and youth against the cops.

“Everyone hates the police!”

One million people took the streets today in France against the new “labour law”. Clashes erupted in several cities.

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Essays in this Issue:

  • Moving through frustration, toward understanding limited/centred approaches to theory, practice, media, communication, organizing, etc; with the example of able-ist white feminism colonising non-western feminisms via cultural relativism, and thus displacing and alienating “other” feminisms
  • Poems centered on themes of perspective, inclusion, and interpersonal conflict as they relate to social change strategies
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  • Comparing and analysing a hierarchically structured women’s organization and an autonomous feminist collective in Belgium
  • Practices for finding motivation to get up in the morning and quieting the internal voices that tell us we are not good enough
  • Confessions about anti-violence organizing from the perspective of a social worker and survivor
  • Embracing alternative realities and fictive possibilities as a way to love across anorexic, schizophrenic, and spinster identities
  • Nurturing a relationship with a kid and thoughts on strategies from a long-distance “feminist godmother”
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  • Reflections on sexual assault and survivorhood in a victim-blaming world
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  • An essay that discusses methods to combat shame and stigma when a friend or partner shares their STI status
  • Personal and historical analysis of challenges to organizing men against patriarchy, with strategies for moving forward
  • Interview with Jamila Hammami, Executive Director of the Queer Detainee Empowerment Project (QDEP)
  • A piece exploring the shortcomings of mainstream literature on polyamory that suggests bringing an intersectional political analysis to discussions of poly
  • A piece that dares to assert what feminism is and what it isn’t; from the perspective of an ever-learning 27-year-old feminist of color
  • Mental illness’ connections with temporalities of queerness, a call for communal responses and support, and fighting both socially- and self-imposed stigmas of being “too emotional”

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Huge protest in Paris yesterday (1 million demonstrators).

March, riot, hundreds of people wounded by cops, molotovs, and a good unity between autonomous collectives, foreign activists, unionists, maoists, anarchists and other groups of people pissed off by the government and its cops.

Watch on coffeeslot.tumblr.com

“Come see the violence inherent in the system!”