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Is the ISO like the SWP of North America? I mean they even both call their paper the same thing.
Topics I want to learn more about someday:
What are your thoughts on the protests currently happening in Brasil?
I’ve not been following the protests in Brazil as closely as those in Turkey though from what I can see it is pretty exciting. This is a very turbulent time with protests and revolutions springing up across the globe, I’m really excited about where this stage in history will lead us.
What do you consider valid forms of protest in terms of violence? Can the destruction of property even be considered violence?
I think violence is a legitimate form of protest as long as it is strategic. There is a time and a place for violence. We must use the best tactic for the job, the one that will gain the best results. Sometime this will be a violent tactic, sometimes non-violent. Both are legitimate when used correctly.
There is a habit, amongst radicals, to fetishize the violence/non-violence dichotomy to a point where it becomes a case of either/or which is ridiculous. I think that it is important that we use a diversity of tactics in our struggle against oppression.
I’ve talked about my personal views on what constitutes violence several times. I think it is a term that will never have a solid definition as it is open to interpretation. I’ve put forward that we should stop focusing on trying to define what is/isn’t violent and instead try to explain why some people feel it is necessary to use violence.
I’m really excited by the apparent amount of involvement by anarchists and other leftists in the protests in Turkey and Brazil. Though I’m not sure if I have a warped view of their involvement since I get most of my news from anarchists on Tumblr and Facebook.
It feels like everywhere around the world is beginning to wake up, but this country is still fast asleep. The biggest mass street movement of the past decade has been the EDL for fuck’s sake. We’re fucked.
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