virtual universe

Virtual College Visits!

Thanks to a lot of lovely people, Virtual College Visits can officially start!

What is this post?

This post is a way to connect students who are unable to visit a certain college with someone who has visited that college.


There are so many things about a college that can’t be learned by looking at their website, or comparing statistics. Yet, at the same time, it is impossible for most students to visit every college that they’re interested in. This is a tool that will hopefully help bridge that gap!

How do I use this?

Think of a school that you’re interested in that you probably won’t be able to visit. Then, scan this (alphabetical) list of schools to see if it’s listed. If it is, congrats! The url(s) listed next to it belong to a person/people who have visited that school. They have contacted me saying that they are willing to talk about their experience at that school with other potential students. Feel free to shoot them a message explaining that you saw their url on this post and want to learn about x school (You should probably specify what school because most of the contributors have visited more than one school).

This is cool! Can I contribute?

Absolutely! Send me (appblrgirl) a message with the schools you would be willing to talk about with others. I will continue to update this post periodically.

Unfortunately because of school and various life things, I won’t be making any more updates to this post for the foreseeable future.

The school I want to visit isn’t on this list!

That sucks. Keep checking back as the list gets updated, you never know when your potential school will show up!

You can also message me with additional questions if you have any.

A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed so far, and good luck to all of you!

P.S. To avoid a large number of schools in the ‘U’ section, any schools starting with ‘University of’ have been reformatted. e.g. Virginia, University of

American University - success mess, biochemstudy

Amherst College - stickynotestudies, successmess, mxifu, irblr, cornelldiary, thecollegecollage

Anna Maria University - sarahblogsaboutstuff

Arizona State University - cancerbiophd

Arizona, University of - cancerbiophd, justhitthosebooks

Arkansas, University of - arkansassy-girl

Assumption College - serendipityinboston

Auburn University - drivenstudy

Austin College - college-journey, nap-or-study

Baltimore Rowan University - biochemstudy

Barnard College - rightwingrepublican, firstyearviolet, momochrissy, graduationbound, thecollegecollage

Bath, University of - pigrescuer

Baylor University - college-journey

Binghamton University - cornelldiary

Boston College - gotocollegebutnevergrowup, serendipityinboston, betting-onyou, pensandtea, prepared4theworst

Boston University - rightwingrepublican, university miracles​, stickynotestudies, gotocollegebutnevergrowup, serendipityinboston, morpheusorpheus

Bowdoin College - assof2016

Brandeis University - pensandtea

Brigham Young University at Provo - academicsandperformingarts

British Columbia, University of - perdurabimus

Brock University - thecanadianundergrad

Brown University - university miracles, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams , studylikewillowrosenberg, skyclarke, cornelldiary, serendipityinboston, fiendishly-nerdy, graduationbound

Bryn Mawr College - thecollegesearch, success mess, blaizedzabini, doctortatertot

Bucknell University - bos-bound

California at Berkley, University of - future collegiate, chasingcollegedreams, claryjsimmons, collegeappadventure, resarciating, tyffanyblews, thecollegecollage, messin-w-the-message-man

California at Davis, University of - resarciating, thecollegecollage, superminino

California at Irvine, University of - thecollegecollage

California at Los Angeles, University of - chasingcollegedreams, acca-demic, tyffanyblews, thecollegecollage, study-blurry

California at Riverside, University of - booksmrts

California at San Diego, University of - last-constellation, cornelldiary, resarciating, pcrkjimin, tyffanyblews

California at Santa Barbara - embues, studyprn

California at Santa Cruz, University of - resarciating, tyffanyblews

California Institute of Technology - chasingcollegedreams, mocha-study

California Polytechnic State University - redlipstickpremed, classical scientist​, coffeeforstudiers

California State University at Northridge - redlipstickpremed, spunkylittlebookworm

California State University at San Diego - redlipstickpremed

California State University at San Francisco - redlipstickpremed

California State University at Stanislaus - redlipstickpremed

Cambridge University - study crush

Canisius College - gallyd

Capital University - dontworryjuststudy

Carleton College - mraemb

Carleton University - pencilcandy, crimandcoffee

Case Western Reserve University - firstyearviolet

Carnegie Mellon University - drowninginmediocrity, privateschoolstudent, betting-onyou, mvths

Central Connecticut State University - czardex

Central Florida, University of - itscassielouwho

Centre College - theoryofbelle

Chicago, University of - future collegiate, the-college-quest, skyclarke, tyffanyblews

Clark University - sarahblogsaboutstuff

Clemson University - asaprocket

Colgate University - cornelldiary, darbysdiamonds

College of the Holy Cross - serendipityinboston

College of William & Mary - thecollegesearch, success mess, theoryofbelle, worldaccordingto

Colorado College - tumblr-illiterate

Columbia University - studylongandprosper, rightwingrepublican, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams, appblrsandoranges, skyclarke, cornelldiary, momochrissy, thecollegecollage

Connecticut College - last-constellation

Connecticut, University of - london-elephant, foreverayoungblood

Cornell University - cornelldiary, bos-bound, alistaircriesduringsex 

Curry College - sarahblogsaboutstuff

Dartmouth College - brinkerhadleyapologist, neildegrassetyson, collegemania

Davidson College - thecollegesearch, pensandtea

Denison University - ready-aim-study, dontworryjuststudy

DePaul University - pineappletroye

DePauw University - theoryofbelle

Dickinson College - thecollegesearch, darbysdiamonds

Drexel University - drowninginmediocrity, gotocollegebutnevergrowup, sleepswithtextbooks

Duke University - future collegiate, pensandtea

Elon University - iwhaleyouva

Emory University - mxifu, caffeinatedsuccess

Florida State University - collegedreamss, iwhaleyouva, studyingsamantha

Florida, University of - collegedreamss, fruity-tuna

Fordham University - rightwingrepublican, appblrsandoranges

Fort Lewis College - andstraight-on-tilmorning

Franklin & Marshall College - thecollegesearch

George Mason University - studyingsamantha

Georgetown University - success mess, privateschoolstudent, betting-onyou, pensandtea, thecollegecollage

George Washington University - successmess

Georgia Institute of Technology - mxifu, study hacked, iwhaleyouva

Georgia, University of - mxifu, polyglotdawg

Gettysburg College - thecollegesearch

Glasgow, University of - revolution-avec-un-grantaire

Grinnell College - strawberryshortcakemurder

Grove City College - yourguidetostudy

Hamilton College - cornelldiary

Harvard University - studylongandprosper, universitymiracles, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams, mxifu, tyffanyblews, thecollegecollage

Hawaii, University of - memorizing-microbio

Hollins University - firstyearviolet

Ithaca College - cornelldiary, bos-bound

Illinois at Urbana-Champain, University of - the-college-quest, eashmere

Iowa, University of - university miracles, chasingcollegedreams, karalee-untersucht, 2016studies

Indiana University - pineappletroye

James Madison University - desperatesammy

Johns Hopkins University - collegeapps2016

Juniata College - theoryofbelle

Kent State University - studyinguntil5am

Kenyon College - starsfallover

King’s College - pigrescuer

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania - studysesh

Lake Superior State University - prepre-nursing

La Salle University - gotocollegebutnevergrowup

Lawrence University - mraemb

Lehigh University - london-elephant

Lock Haven University - bos-bound

Loyola Marymount University - thecollegecollage

Loyola University Chicago - acca-demic, biochemstudy

Lubbock Christian University - arkansassy-girl

Marist College - darbysdiamonds

Marquette University - imawhiteblankpage

Maryland Baltimore, University of - biochemstudy

Maryland, University of - sleepswithtextbooks

Mary Washington, University of - thecollegesearch

Massachusetts Amherst, University of - sarahblogsaboutstuff, universityofsassachusetts, the-man-and-the-mouse, eatsleepsciencerepeat, bos-bound

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - studylongandprosper, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams, mxifu, skyclarke

Meredith College - firstyearviolet

Miami University - future collegiate, morganstudies

Miami, University of - music studying, hella–bella

McGill University - pencilcandy, theoryofbelle

Michigan at Ann Arbor, University of - the-college-quest, therunningfox, momochrissy, tyffanyblews, monochromeonsienna

Michigan State University - studying-with-bri, college mania​, pineappletroye

Michigan, University of - study hacked​, cardiolotea, sleepswithtextbooks, collegemania

Mills College - tyffanyblews

Minnesota, University of - 2016studies

Missouri at Columbia, University of - messin-w-the-message-man

Montclair State University - unafraid–eponine

Mount Holyoke College - rightwingrepublican, last-constellation

Mount Ida College - sarahblogsaboutstuff

Mount St. Mary’s University - biochemstudy

Muhlenberg College - thecollegesearch, studylikewillowrosenberg

New Jersey Institute of Technology - fire-on-the-girl, doctortatertot

New York, State University of - revolution-avec-un-grantaire

New York University - stickynotestudies, firstyearviolet, appblrsandoranges, momochrissy, sleepswithtextbooks, yungblkfem

New York University at Abu Dhabi - mraemb

North Carolina at Asheville, University of - firstyearviolet

North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of - london-elephant, pensandtea

Northeastern University - rightwingrepublican, university miracles, success mess​, applestoappblrs, gotocollegebutnevergrowup, espressoprep

Northwestern University - future collegiate​, stickynotestudies, momochrissy, tyffanyblews, assof2016

Northern Arizona University - justhitthosebooks

Notre Dame, University of - appblrsandoranges

Ohio State University - messin-w-the-message-man, systemsandsewing

Ohio University - engineeringmyowninsanity

Oregon State University - chasingcollegedreams

Orgeon, University of - chasingcollegedreams

Ottowa, University of - pencil candy

Oxford Brookes University - thescienceofracing

Pacific Lutheran University - emucat95

Pennsylvania State University - pensandtea, prepared4theworst, bullshitsandbravery, borasayshi

Pennsylvania, University of - studylongandprosper, drowninginmediocrity, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams, applestoappblrs, privateschoolstudent, the-college-quest, bos-bound

Pittsburgh Technical Institute - mvths

Pittsburgh, University of - drowninginmediocrity, studylikewillowrosenberg

Portland State University - gunplagirl

Princeton University - stickynotestudies, the-ivyprep, cardiolotea, cornelldiary, universitize-me, thecollegecollage

Providence College - serendipityinboston

Puget Sound, University of - last-constellation

Purdue University - cupcakehinch, pineappletroye

Queens University - freshstudythoughts

Ramapo College - unafraid–eponine

Reed College - fiendishly-nerdy

Regent University - iluthientinuvielfan

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute - cupcakehinch

Rhode Island College - withloveandstrength

Rhode Island, University of - espressoprep

Rice University - appblrsandoranges, fiendishly-nerdy, thehenchmansociety

Richmond, University of - pensandtea

Rochester, University of - drowninginmediocrity, heartbeats-becoming-slow, darbysdiamonds, aestudyblr

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology - ahlltimelow

Rutgers University at Camden - doctortatertot, starkbannr

Rutgers University at New Brunswick - gotocollegebutnevergrowup, callmeglados, doctortatertot

Salve Regina University - serendipityinboston

Scranton, University of - gotocollegebutnevergrowup, pleasegivemealcoholanddiamonds

Scripps College - mraemb

Simmons College - stickynotestudies

Southeastern Louisiana University - studyingsamantha

Southern California, University of - study-blurry

Southern Oregon, University of - chasingcollegedreams

South Florida, University of - fruity-tuna

South Carolina, University of - jwuuuu

Smith College - rightwingrepublican, success mess, fiendishly-nerdy, cranberry geese, inkdrunk

Stanford University - future collegiate, chasingcollegedreams, collegeappadventure, graduation bound, messin-w-the-message-man

St. Andrews, University of - iwhaleyouva

State University of New York at Geneseo - half-neversure

St. Bonaventure University - briel

St. Edwards University - thehenchmansociety

Stephens College - studylittleliongirl

Stevens Institute of Technology - biochemstudy, doctortatertot

Stevenson University - biochemstudy

Stonehill College - sarahblogsaboutstuff

Swarthmore College - chasingcollegedreams, privateschoolstudent

Texas A&M at Corpus Christi - arkansassy-girl

Texas A&M University - universitymiracles, arkansassy-girl, college-journey, theoryofbelle

Texas at Arlington, University of - appblrsandoranges

Texas at Austin, University of - studylongandprosper, university miracles, appblrsandoranges, college-journey, asaprocket, thehenchmansociety

Texas at Dallas, University of - theoryofbelle, thehenchmansociety

Texas at San Antonio, University of - university miracles, thehenchmansociety

Texas at Tyler, University of - arkansassy-girl

Texas Christian University - asaprocket, thehenchmansociety, mighty-bull-discovers-universe

Toronto, University of - pencilcandy

Trent University - pencilcandy

Truman State University - thealphapigeon

Tufts University - rightwingrepublican, stickynotestudies, success mess​, applestoappblrs, pensandtea, graduationbound, espressoprep

Ursinus College - thecollegesearch, panicqueerstudies

Utah, University of - graynger

Vanderbilt University - pyetromaximoff, asaprocket

Vassar College - successmess, cornelldiary, darbysdiamonds, assof2016

Villanova University - darbysdiamonds, b0rnglamorous, lordvoidemort

Virginia Polytechnic Institute - desperatesammy

Virginia, University of - thecollegesearch, collegedreamss, keyykey, messofa-daydreamer, pensandtea, iwhaleyouva

Washington and Lee University - pensandtea

Waterloo, University of - its-a-cs-life

Washington University in St. Louis - the-college-quest, cardiolotea, collegeappadventure, pineappletroye

Washington at Bothell, University of - exhaustion drain

Webster University - collegemania

Wellesley College - hermionesharrypotteressays, rightwingrepublican, stickynotestudies, successmess, fiendishly-nerdy, espressoprep

Wells College - blissfulstudies

Wesleyan University - applestoappblrs, last-constellation, thecollegecollage

West Chester University of Pennsylvania - studylikewillowrosenberg

Western Washington University - commandercatbug, katie-studies-science, frugalstudies

Williams College - darbysdiamonds, assof2016

Wisconsin at Madison, University of - the-college-quest, monochromeonsienna, studydud

Wisconsin at Superior, University of - itsliz104

Worcester Polytechnic Institute - sarahblogsaboutstuff, ahlltimelow, cupcakehinch

Yale University - studylongandprosper, stickynotestudies, chasingcollegedreams, skyclarke, irblr, cornelldiary, fiendishly-nerdy, thecollegecollage

York University - pencilcandy

Noora is being set up as a foil to Sana. In many ways, they are the same: they’re both smart, pretty, and opinionated, and neither of them drink or do drugs. The difference lies in how other people perceive them. 

Noora is white with blue eyes and blonde hair. She is a perfect representation of what most people would consider a Norwegian person to look like. Sana, however, has always been perceived as an outsider due to race and religion. Sana has had to face many struggles that Noora will never understand, because Noora has the privilege of being accepted and embraced without question due to the way she looks. 

I think the reason that we are seeing Sana reacting to Noora the way she is (not opening up to her about what she’s been feeling), and the fact that many of us are questioning Noora’s allegiances, is related to Sana feeling jealous of Noora. She’s feeling the unfairness of the fact that Noora is virtually universally loved and accepted, while Sana is ostracized. Remember those awful girls in the bathroom, and how they fawned over Noora right after disparaging Sana? It must feel so unfair to her given how superficial a lot of the differences between her and Noora are. Also Sana is still clearly upset over the Yousef thing. Noora seems to have no idea what she did, but Sana is still stinging. Still wondering, “why is it that everyone wants her and not me? Why can’t it be about ME for once?” 

…Some rambling bathtub thoughts.


“My Paige…”

My gift for @zamii070, who I think is a very beautiful and strong person <3

I started this during the time she was still in the hospital (hence the attire), and I just finished it today.

I’m so happy to see that you’re feeling better, Paige! I don’t know you at all, but I do know that you’re an amazing artist and that there are a lot of people who care about you. I hope that you’ll appreciate this hug from Rose Quartz :)

Thank you for being so wonderful <3



“Virtually Invisible - Exploring the non-binary”

We wanted to give a voice to non-binary, agender and genderqueer people since they so rarely get to tell their stories in the media.

We also made a documentary short with the interviews which will be online soon.

This project was part of an exhibition in Espoo.

Interviews with Elie Abraham, Kuisma Ilves, Kuura Reign and Broci.

Photographer Jenni Holma

Layout Annika Pepita and Eveliina Tarvainen

Typography Annika Pepita

Project team Alona Goldberg, Annika Pepita Miettinen, Eveliina Tarvainen, Jenni Holma and Wenna Zhang.

A Story that we paint (Ch. 1)

Ch. 1 | Ch. 2 | Ch. 3 | Epilogue

  • Pairings: Jeon Jungkook x Reader | Kim Taehyung x Reader ft. the BTS members
  • Genre: College Au, Future, Scifi, Slight Fluff and Angst
  • Words: 9K
  • Description: Butterfly Dream: In which the lines between virtual and reality are blurred.
  • A/N : So this was originally supposed to be a fluffy Namjoon x Reader oneshot (which will still be a future fic), but it somehow turned into a TaeKook x Reader series with scifi elements?? I swear, I don’t know how it happened. It started out so simple but then went places it probably shouldn’t have gone….confusion will set in as you enter this world (not until later chapters though), so please feel free to drop by my ask box with questions, comments, critiques, or anything of the like anytime :) Enjoy!

Originally posted by jengkook

You think you can remember his touch, the sound of his voice, the scent of his freshly washed hair against the cotton pillowcase. In your dreams he is real, he is everything you knew and everything you didn’t need to know. You could always find him in the crevices of your mind no matter how elaborately your thoughts are tested or how convoluted the maze of your consciousness is intertwined.  

“But if you happen to get lost, you had faith that he would find you”

Keep reading

Andante allegory
Arabian ache
astoundingly ancient. 

Birds bouncing
babes baying
boldly breasted

Chimera cerebral
centered callously,
cosmically curvaceous 

Dauntingly dangerous
despite dilemma
draining decree.

Emancipated energy
eloquently entangled
erecting elegance

Far, fairer femme
facing forward
fencing familiarity.

Girls gazing green
gums gnawing
games guessing goddesses

Hobbits hovering
hauntingly, hunted
howling Haley’s hello

Indigo, interstellar
intimate interaction
immensely intricate 

Jested joker
jumping joy
judiciously justified

Kindred kittens
keeping kisses
kindly kept keys

Love loop
lust lost
lead, let lies learn

My moon
mending my mind
miraculously mesmerizing

Need not notify
noetic notes
noticeably nubile

Oh obediently oblige
opulently observing
Olympian offspring

Pierian piety
painless palpitations 
perpetually phenomenal

Queen quaff quixotic quiescent
Quiet quality
Quemely quenching.

Rain roaring
Racing rainbows
Ripple rising relentlessly

She shimmered shine
Salubriously savoured
Shape-shifting splendour

Tender time,
telling tales. 
transpicuous trust 

 Ultimately understood
Under unrestricted use
Ubiquitous universe

 Virtually verified
Valiantly verdurous
Vehemently vested.

 Winter’s winged writer
Waving, weaving web
Waiting, willingly wooed

 Xanthocomic x-ray
Xerotic xyloses
Xenogamous xyst.

Yelp, yearning – yield
Your youth
Yonder, yeasting yew

Zealous zebras
Zapping zestfully
Zephyr zoo.

D C de Oliveira


Script: Evan Stanley
Art: Tracy Yardley, Jim Amash, Jack Morelli & Matt Herms
Cover: Evan Stanley
Variant Cover: T. Rex

ENTER THE FINAL FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE! “The Silver Age” part four: The finale to Silver’s latest adventure! Silver simply doesn’t have the might to stop the creature menacing his time. Maybe the combined brain power of Gold and Prof. von Schlemmer can help! It’s a knock-down, drag-out fight for the fate of the future with a shocking ending you’ll never see coming-even if you’re psychic! Featuring cover art by the “Silver Age” writer herself, Evan Stanley, plus a special “Movie Poster Variant” by the terrific T. Rex!
On Sale Date: 11/25 | 32-page, full color comic | $3.99 U.S


The Goonies LEGO Dimensions Set Revealed

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has revealed three new LEGO Dimensions expansion packs, including a Goonies Level Pack — that’s right, Goonies LEGO minifigs!

Each new LEGO Dimensions pack adds new characters, themed vehicles and Adventure Worlds, continuing to build out the physical and virtual LEGO Dimensions universe with even more content.

The pack includes a complete level of Goonies gameplay where “players can help Sloth and Chunk escape the Fratelli hideout and join the rest of the Goonies on their search for One Eyed Willy’s treasure.”

LEGO Dimensions is now available for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and the Wii U system.

Some thoughts on the ANTIFA movement within the United States, and a short guide for new participants or groups.

As the antifascist movement has gained greater public attention (from curious onlookers, like-minded individuals, the media, the opposition, and, of course, law enforcement and the domestic intelligence community), several new participants, thinkers, writers, artists, and activists have dedicated their efforts to the cause of mitigating fascism, many under the red and black flag.  This is, of course, fantastic!

There have been some, shall we say, wrinkles, within the movement.  There has been extensive, and sometimes spirited, debate regarding tactics, ideology, operational decorum, and even with whom it is ‘okay’ to communicate or work with.

This is but one opinion on these issues, intended to strengthen the future of the antifascist movement, particularly for those new to the struggle.  This is not an attempt to usurp any individual’s or group’s agency.  It is more of a primer for those who don’t want to buy a book (seriously… do the reading).  It is also a primer for the public, and for those outside of the movement who deal with antifascists (Antifas).  It is by no means comprehensive or absolute.  Think of this as the ‘quick-start’ guide for someone who saw an Antifa poster and thought “hmm I should maybe do that,” or a guide for the curious centrist who wants to know what the hell this is all about.

What is Antifa?

Anti-fascism or anti-fascist action, depending upon who you ask and what day of the week it is.  It simply means, to paraphrase antifa-international, ‘people who hate fascism and who are willing to do something about it.’

Everything is fascism to you guys!

No, no it’s not.  That is the whiny lament of fascist apologists who want to mainstream hateful, violent ideologies and behaviors.  Here is a quick primer for what fascism is.  Fascist ideology violates virtually every universally accepted standard of human morality.  It is essentially evil made corporeal by a ruling body or a state.  Fascism is the opposite of freedom, agency, and human sanity and dignity.

Are all Antifas ‘criminals?’ / Must I commit crimes to participate?

Nope!  Some people or groups use direct confrontation as a tactic (to protect other protestors or bystanders from the, often heavily armed, extreme right-wing and to deter the more violent demonstration tactics of right-wing extremists).  This particular blog, for example, specializes in confronting online fascist persecution and false propaganda and sharing accurate information.  The majority of antifascist ‘actions’ are peaceful and even legal (if not always super polite), and the majority of antifascists are thinkers, writers, speakers, organizers, logistics people, artists, musicians, and professionals with a wide variety of skill sets.  The black outfits are essentially camouflage (because some fascists will take violent retaliatory action after the fact and friends and families must be protected… and because the state, which desires a monopoly on exercised agency, has an intense distaste for direct action activism.

What about free speech?

Go ahead, speak freely!  We won’t stop you.  We aren’t the government (which is the entity against which your free speech is protected).  If you advocate genocide or attempt open fascist organizing, propaganda, or intimidation, there are going to be social consequences for that.  “Fascism is not to be debated.  It is to be destroyed.” - Buenaventura Durruti.

But what about free speech?!

Your free speech stops when people start getting persecuted, hurt, or killed because they do not meet some arbitrary criteria of personhood.  Your free speech stops when millions of people are gassed, worked to death, and burned in concentration camps.  This has happened before, as the result of the mainstreaming of fascism, and if we are not vigilant it can happen again.

If this movement is so great, why are the media and the government against it?

The media is almost totally owned and controlled by for-profit corporations.  For-profit corporations, and those who control them, comprise the practical citizenry of capitalist states.  Many participants within the Antifa movement have historically had an adversarial relationship with capitalist elites (labor movements, anarchists, socialists, marginalized groups who hold leftist views, etc.).  States also inherently fear groups of people who exercise agency without permission, as this erodes the authority and supremacy of the state systems of control and oppression.  Finally, those entrusted with state security legitimately fear the rise of extremism (regardless of political perspective) because extremism gets people hurt (which is, of course, bad).  Unfortunately, any group not directly controlled by the state often looks like an extremist group to the state.  So, the media and the state function to reinforce docile, mainstream viewpoints that support neoliberal capitalism and the state’s monopoly on the exercise of agency.  Many centrists believe this narrative, because they have never had to face fascist brutality, or they are ignorant of history.

Is Antifa an army, a gang?  Who is in charge?

Antifa is an ideological movement (like the Civil Rights Movement) filled with many different people and groups, from different spheres of political thought, who use different tactics dependent upon their own ethical views.  It is not an army.  It is not a gang.  There is no leader.  There are people and groups who demonstrate ‘leadership by example,’ if you want to think about it in those terms, but the movement itself is built upon solidarity, consensus, and applied thought and morality.  The only genuine and legitimate dogma of the movement is essentially ‘fascism is evil and we should stop it from gaining strength and hurting people.’

How do I join?

Learn what fascism is.  Do your research.  Learn the history, of both fascism and the antifascist movement.  Remember that even though the movement has no leaders, everything you do as part of the movement reflects on all of us, so try and make good, moral decisions!  Then, find some manifestation of fascism and try to mitigate or stop it.  You can join ‘an’ Antifa organization, or you can go it alone.  You can run a blog.  You can write a book.  You can organize.  You can run a PR campaign.  You can confront fascists directly (although, be sure you know what you’re getting into with that).  It’s up to you.  You don’t have to be a leftist (although… it helps).  You can be a Republican, a cop, a military veteran, a neoliberal, a socialist, an anarchist, or a libertarian.  You don’t have to be ideologically ‘pure.’  If you hate fascism, and you do something about it, you’re Antifa.

Things to watch out for:

Beware of creeping dogma!

We’re in a heavily emotional, and sometimes confrontational, struggle against pure evil.  That gets people’s emotions running high.  People are working hard, long hours while being watched by both militant right-wing extremists and the government.  They’re doing valuable, necessary work that should be done by society or the government.  They’re being demonized by the media and the very centrists they are trying to protect, and constantly trying to avoid fascist propaganda traps and stunts.  There’s pressure, and every once in a while there’s a moment where you get to cheer a little, but most of it is a lot of hard work.

In that situation people tend to cling to two things: their tribe of people that they associate with and whatever ideological / moral structure they believe in and share.  Unfortunately, this can lead to an echo chamber effect where ideas become mandates, and where consensus becomes dogmatic.  Sociopolitical movements (especially progressive ones) have been historically plagued by this phenomenon.

You don’t have to put up with this.  There are no thought leaders or commanders within this movement.  There is no hierarchy.  If anyone is claiming otherwise they’re full of shit, or running some other program.  Words and actions are judged on ethical merit and practical effectiveness.  Everyone is exercising personal agency toward the same goal, so that means everyone makes individual decisions about ideology and tactics.  That means that if you don’t mesh with a particular faction or group, you can do something else.  Don’t feel trapped by someone else’s narrative.

Beware of creeping extremism (as this would spell our doom as a movement)!

Our movement is under constant, intense scrutiny.  Our behavior is being heavily monitored and judged by the rest of society.  Make sure that whatever ‘actions’ you take fit with the core principle of Antifa, that they will make some gain not only for you or your group’s goals but also for the wider movement, and that they are moral and ethical.  Now, people disagree, within the movement and outside of it, about what “moral and ethical” means.  A good rule of thumb would be to remember that Antifa exists to liberate and protect people from the evils of fascism.  If your actions aren’t protecting or defending someone, directly or indirectly, you might want to take some more time to consider your motivations and tactics.  Remember that every action taken has a cost that you, as the actor, should be the one to pay if the bill comes due.  Not judging anybody, here.  Just be smart and decent.

Thus far, law enforcement and the government have been pretty tolerant of our movement (I mean they’re trying to crawl inside of it constantly to get criminal convictions and to understand it better because it scares the hell out of hierarchical people who rely on authority to make all of their decisions for them).  Still though, it could be a LOT worse (if you’re joining Antifa to facilitate “the revolution” you’re probably in the wrong business).  A lot of these issues overlap, and a lot of us want to see a different kind of world, but Antifa is not an army to make that happen.  Antifa exists to protect people and communities from fascism.

Make no mistake.  If the state wanted it, we would all be in jail tomorrow.  We should stay focused on our primary goal, which is to prevent the spread of fascism and to protect others.  Our continued existence as a movement depends upon the moral permission of wider society.  We have to respect that and not disappoint people.

The moment our movement makes a big mistake, that honeymoon of toleration ends and we will all endure the consequences in some way or another.  We are not an army.  We are not fighting a war.  We are here to protect people and to provide deterrence against fascist intimidation and violence.

Beware of ideological purity tests, arbitrary generalizations, and social isolation!

Not all police are thugs.  Not all soldiers are fascists.  Not all government workers are authority-obsessed tyrants.  Not all conservatives are Nazis.  Not all business owners are greedy thieves.  We have ideological disagreements with many of these people, and there are a lot of groups within business, the state, and conservative circles that have done terrible things.  Try and think in terms of individuals and individual behavior, though, just as we would want the world to view us and our movement.

Individuals and groups are going to disagree about who to work with, and how, and that is going to be based on codes of ethics, ideology, and their circumstances.  Try not to isolate yourself or cut yourself off from society, though.  Decry neoliberal doublespeak but don’t be afraid to talk to or work with neoliberals.  Decry police violence and brutality, but if you can deal with a Nazi or protect someone by talking to the police, don’t be afraid to do that.  Decry continuous state violence and unjust war, but don’t talk shit when soldiers get hurt or killed.  Think of others as people first, and evaluate their individual actions.

Showing the opposition your angry face is necessary and even admirable, considering the stakes.  We can be sneaky, and we can be mean when it comes to confronting Nazism.  If you show that angry face to the whole world, all the time, however, that’s how the world will perceive you.  People who are not Nazis, who are not fascists, need to understand that they can talk with us like people and that we will treat them with respect and humanity, even if we have disagreements.  Think about it like being in a biker club.  You can close ranks and kick ass if someone knocks your bike over or hurts the innocent, but you can also work in the community and protect others.  Respect begets respect among ethical people.  Exercising self-discipline is not the same as succumbing to authority, and being ‘the good guys’ means knowing when to do that.  Don’t use a sledgehammer when a word spoken in the right ear at the right moment will do the same job.  Don’t break a window just because you see a window and you’re angry.

Some subcultures within Antifa are anarchic in their ideological pedigree.  That’s totally fine.  A lot of us would like to see a different kind of planet, with a different political and economic landscape.  That being true, however, we live in the world we live in and ignoring existent power structures and disrespecting parts of society that do not share our ethics or our tactics is ultimately self-defeating.  We pay taxes.  We have civic responsibilities.  Some of us have jobs.  We are part of a society that doesn’t always agree with us.  Don’t pretend that this isn’t true and then immerse yourself in some revolutionary fantasy.  Engage in your thought and activism.  Pursue your goals, whatever they may be.  Don’t fall into the dead-end trap of separating yourself and your group from wider society completely.  If you make an enemy of society, guess what… it’s going to do the same to you!  We need all of our energy and resources for fighting the awakening of fascism and Nazism.  We don’t need to make enemies of everyone else.

Fascism works by throwing up psychological barriers between segments of of society, particularly between factions opposed to the rise and spread of fascism and moderates.  Being angry with moderates for their ignorance and inaction is understandable, even necessary, but don’t shy away from talking to them, from working with them.  Make allies, even if they are not Antifa thinkers or activists.  This is what many leftists don’t understand about state intelligence services.  They talk to, and work with, people they don’t like or agree with, because that provides information and options that would otherwise be unavailable.  That’s what makes them so powerful and effective.  Find common ground with police, with other movements, with political leaders of other belief systems, and even with right-wing types who aren’t okay with extremism.

Build social, political, and economic relationships.  Fascism thrives when those are broken down, and when its opposition is cut off from the parts of society over which it has control.  They want you isolated and feared by everyone.  Don’t do their work for them.  Don’t make any enemies you don’t have to make, and gather all of the friends, or at least associates, that you can.

The goal is the mitigation of fascism and the protection of people and their human rights.  Anyone who is helping to facilitate that goal, regardless of their ideological background, is a potential ally.  Don’t sacrifice your principles, but don’t feel like you have to work toward them or exercise your agency in a self-constructed social vacuum, because that is how movements fail.  In this circumstance, failure is unacceptable.

If you have something to add, feel free to do so in the comments!  Good hunting, and be safe out there!

- #resistfascism / #AntifaGhostFront