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Protesters have forced their way into the lobby of 26 Federal Plaza, which houses ICE offices. This action is in response to alleged mass hysterectomies at an ICE detention facility. https://tweets.newsbots.eu/JoeGrinstead/status/1306349822027468802
Those in favor of secession to small intentional communities and who themselves mean to attack and destroy lines of contact between individuals (and thus lines of flight), are *on the side of power*.
Ripping apart the network, slowing it down, is the only hope power has.
There's a reason authoritarian technocrats like you find around nrx keep turning to borders, "smaller societies," and fantasies of warlords. They want to slice away complexity, reduce the network size, reduce the scope of impact every individual can have.
This is why, in practice, primitivism is functionally aligned with power.
Our power systems are being pressed closer and closer to dissolution, they want to rip up and destroy or at least limit the information technologies that are setting various feedback loops beyond control.
There are significant dangers and risks, of course. Freedom always involves risk. In the grand conflict between power and liberty, between death and agency, the stakes have never been higher. Survival is on the table.
Primitivism tries to retreat, to embrace maximal *control*.
The fearful desperation for a fixed stable uncomplicated lifeway is an understandable homo sapiens response. We have pleistocene brains with limits. The unpredictable complexity we are unleashing with technology and science is to wild to be controlled. It is dissolving much.
Reading recent primitivist texts explicitly turn to embracing "human nature" and rejecting anarchy as an ideal is in some sense refreshing, but it creates such a strong tension with their dismissal of technology as tools to "control."
Control is about *limiting* possibility.
The tension between primitivism and transhumanism is between A) big slow feedback loops that operate so slowly things appear fixed to human minds and we're not stressed by complexity, and B) the ever-tightening short fast feedback loops of rational thought rather than evolution.
What I've tried to emphasize in discussing the "social singularity" is that the singularity is not about the surrender of agency, there is no point where everything is locked in. Rather the stakes only grow. The novelty and complexity of the world grow. Our responsibilities grow.
This perhaps also marks an interesting rhetorical break between anarchist and non-anarchist transhumanisms.
The notion of being drawn inexorably towards something in an irreversible way is just "the rapture of the nerds", we sit back and magical tech/AI solves everything for us.
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“He took down an armed gunman, with nothing but a skateboard”
My sincere answer for why tankies reemerged five years ago is that movements are social hierarchies and newbie teens don't want to compete for status in existing illegible/inaccessible spaces like anarchism, so they resurrected a dead/empty scene that had trappings of status. https://twitter.com/Marusya_1312/status/1295111957071175683
Almost Charlottesville again in Seattle
Extra content warning for the video. The man who tried to pull the driver out of the car, was shot by the man in the car, but seems stable now AFAIK.
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Enough is Enough: **#COVID19 quarantine diary, Day 2: “Big business will do everything they can to make sure that we are going to pay for the recession”**
"Wuppertal. Germany. March 18, 2020. Parts of the left are starting more and more to point their finger on people who…"
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Banning the working class from working during a pandemic but not banning the rentier class from extracting rents has done more to instill an immediate and furious class consciousness than anything else I've ever seen.
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/rechelon/status/1240000153181990912
Anarchist, physicist, transhumanist. Really into exploring the roots of things and expanding degrees of freedom. “Radically uncool.”
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