Posts tagged anarchy.
Anarchists did not try to carry out genocide against the Armenians in Turkey; they did not deliberately starve millions of Ukrainians; they did not create a system of death camps to kill Jews, gypsies, and Slavs in Europe; they did not fire-bomb scores of large German and Japanese cities and drop nuclear bombs on two of them; they did not carry out a Great Leap Forward that killed scores of millions of Chinese; they did not attempt to kill everybody with any appreciable education in Cambodia; they did not launch one aggressive war after another; they did not implement trade sanctions that killed perhaps 500,000 Iraqi children. In debates between anarchists and statists, the burden of proof clearly should rest on those who place their trust in the state. Anarchy’s mayhem is wholly conjectural; the state’s mayhem is undeniably, factually horrendous.
The statist looks at a problem and always sees a gun as the only solution – the force of the state, the brutality of law, violence, and punishment. The anarchist – the endless entrepreneur of social organisation – always looks at a problem and sees an opportunity for peaceful, innovative, charitable, or profitable problem-solving.
A zoo animal can switch cages, that’s not the same as being free.
“Two of the nation’s largest grocery store chains have earned a top grade in the newest edition of Greenpeace’s Carting Away the Oceans seafood scorecard report.
Safeway and Whole Foods have each received “green” ratings in the report released today. They are the first companies to achieve this rating thanks in large part to their new commitments to source their canned tuna labels sustainably.
This is big news and has major implications for all of our seafood work.
The US is the largest canned tuna market in the world. A majority of Americans actually get their seafood from a can —which is why getting a commitment like this from a company the size of Safeway is such a big deal. But we have to continue to build on this success if we want lasting change. If Whole Foods and Safeway can do it, so can stores like Kroger and SUPERVALU.
Take action now and tell Kroger and SUPERVALU to make a commitment to start selling sustainable canned tuna.
Major tuna companies like Chicken of the Sea think it’s impossible to sustainably source canned tuna. They’ve spent untold amounts of money on PR spin to convince the public that there isn’t a problem and that Greenpeace’s requests are unrealistic. Well, Safeway and Whole Foods don’t think so.
Chicken of the Sea is worried. If we can get other major grocery store chains to follow suit with their own tuna labels then they will have to change. That’s why it is so important that you take action now and tell Kroger and SUPERVALU to join Safeway and Whole Foods by making a commitment to start selling sustainable canned tuna.
It’s hard to believe that when we released our first Carting Away the Oceans report five years ago that NOT A SINGLE store received a passing grade. Now, companies are vying against one another for the top spot and implementing policies that result in real change out on the water. It’s amazing. The campaign has real momentum right now and we have to keep it going.
Take action now and tell Kroger and SUPERVALU to join Safeway and Whole Foods by making a commitment to start selling sustainable canned tuna.
This is your victory as much as it is ours. Thank you. Together we are transforming the seafood industry and saving our oceans for future generations.
For the oceans,
Casson Trenor Greenpeace USA Senior Markets Campaigner”
And not a single gun was pointed at anyone.
And eventually people outgrow them, when they stop being babies, and learn to take responsibility for their own shit.
David Friedman’s The Machinery of Freedom
This is beautiful!! Source in source.
A great talk and animation regarding poly-centric law in a stateless society.
If you’re wondering what anarchy looks like - this is it.
So, Noam Chomsky’s (attempted) response to Roderick Long’s AMA question for him is probably one of the most depressing things I’ve seen in a while.
1. This is basically a video of an anarchist telling another anarchist that anarchism is silly and that he should grow up.
2. “You just can’t do it. There’s nothing to replace it. If there was a rich, powerful, network of co-operatives, community organizations, worker-controlled industry spanning over the whole country, the whole world in fact, yeah, then you can talk about eliminating the State. But to talk about eliminating the State in the world as it exists is simply to keep yourself in some remote academic seminar, or small group saying ‘gee, this would be nice.’ It’s not a strategy, so it can’t be a better strategy.”
…So, uh, obviously, the strategy is to make those institutions, so that you can get rid of the State. But nah, Noam decides that strengthening the power of the State (and thus making it much less likely for those kinds of institutions to come about) is a better call. What the hell am I listening to?
3. He completely ignores the regulatory capture arguments.
4. The fact that the commenters are praising these non-answers is the most upsetting part.
5. I’ve concluded that Noam Chomsky is the Milton Friedman of social anarchism. I mean that with both all of the strongly positive and strongly negative connotations that it holds.
Excellent commentary, though I think calling Chomsky the Milton Friedman of left-anarchism is way too much praise for Chomsky, at least Chomsky the political theorist.