Category Archives: Culture and Philosophy

Writings that engage with cultural and philosophical questions.

The Communist Insurgents of 1970s Detroit, and Their Reading List

In stark contrast to the example set by revolutionaries in the ’60s and ’70s, radicals today focus far too much time and energy on studying old classical texts, instead of seeking out and engaging with more modern and contemporary analysis.  … Continue reading

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PlayStations, Commodity Fetishism, and Violence in the Congo

Examining the relationship between the release of the PlayStation 2 in 2000 and the subsequent spike in violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo demonstrates both the way that global capitalism perpetuates violent exploitation, as well as the continued relevance … Continue reading

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Reflections on the “Decolonization and Anarchism” Panel at the 2014 Bay Area Anarchist Bookfair

The “Decolonization and Anarchism” panel covered a range of interesting and important topics, ranging from struggling against White supremacy, to the relevance of the education system, to the need for anarchist solidarity with existing indigenous movements.  

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Karma-Yoga and Flow

There are strong parallels between the modern theory of “flow” as the state of optimal happiness, and Hindu philosophical inquiries into the human condition and what it means to be at peace. 

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Decarbonization as Decolonization: The Case of the Northern Bay Area

The fossil-fuel industry has historically developed in tandem with colonialism; therefore, it stands to reason that the anti-carbon movement is, at its core, an anti-colonial struggle.    

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Environmental Risk Vs. Political-Military Risk

The Cato Institute thinks that the “any risk is too great” is exactly the same when applied to environmental issues and geopolitical issues.  This is hilariously illogical.    

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Radical Philosophy in “They Live” (1988)–Frantz Fanon, Colonialism, and Violent Liberation

The movie “They Live” is most often analyzed as a movie about consumerism.  But much more interesting is the aspects of anti-colonial militancy and the philosophies of the Algerian revolutionary Frantz Fanon that emerge in the film.  

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