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Month: March 2011

Blog Roll Call for the week of 3/14/11

Apologies about not doing an update last week, I either forgot or I was really busy, but I believe it was the former.

Anarchoblogs

A German blogger asks an interesting question: Why has Lady Gaga been silent on Bradley Manning’s Torture?

Phil has an interesting post about more decentralized and spontaneous marches.

Blind trust in religion is still around unfortunately.

And it’s funny how he said, “God didn’t intend for this to happen…” as if God somehow is not strong enough to prevent tsunamis but can create all of existence.

Francois Tremblay has some interesting and insightful things to say about decision making in a more anarchist society.

A few passages that I especially liked:

“If we make a comparison of both systems when they break down, we find that consensus at its worst is as good as democracy at its best. After all, at its best, the results of any form of democracy is determined by two forces: the moneyed minority which has the power of capital behind it, and the majority opinion which has the power of groupthink and intimidation behind it.”

“The problem with people criticizing consensus systems is that they want to have their cake and eat it too, that is to say, they want a system that respects minorities (in theory) and then bulldozes them when it’s time to take any actual decision.”

“I think the underlying problem is a belief that decision-making systems must necessarily force resolution, even where there is a profound disagreement between people. But this is exactly what we, as Anarchists, do not want.”

FSK reveals (well reveals may be a bit much…) the obvious hypocrisy in Obama coming out against bullying here.

What would an anarchist society do for the people in Lybia? Jock finds the answer pretty easy to see.

Arm Your Mind For Liberty

George has an interesting post on what he calls the “activist arc”.

Austro-Athenian Empire

Has David Friedman completely done away with the need for class theory in his rebuttal to Professor Long? Long argues that class is not dismissed.

Free Association

Sheldon has a good post citing two simple reasons why the UN should not declare war on Libya here.

Special announcements

I’m sad to say that Free Dissent has been closed because of lack of posts and interest as well as money to expand it, in addition I shall take off the other zine that I contributed to a few times since that’s been dead for a while.

On the positive side this will give me more time to work on my Youtube channel and this blog and perhaps more.

My talk at the Agora I/O is still happening next week, Saturday at 9 AM (so far the only talk at that time and I’m hoping it stays that way so I don’t have too much competition) and will be on Incremental Agorism and its Proper Applications.

If anyone wants me to email them my first revisioned copy I can do that by tonight (hopefully) but only if you give some comments, etc.

That’s it for this week, hopefully I’ll eventually get back to posting a series or two here, I have a few ideas in my head as far as ideas for a new series goes but as usual I’ve hardly had the time.

Blog Roll Call for the week of 2/28/11

Anarchoblogs

FSK answers some questions about the federal reserve and taxation.

One the monetary damages that government can create for people

A short post on schools and prisons and their laundry list of similarities.

Rad Geek People’s Daily

In which RadGeek keeps his cool and kicks ass.

The Emptiness

Mike gives his thoughts on the recent union activities in Wisconsin and unions in general

Special announcements

I have quite a few extra things to share with you guys this week.

First off George Donnelly is hoping to promote some things he’s working on and some projects he thinks could use your support.

I’d also like to announce that I’ll be holding a speech at the Agora I/O on March 26th at 9 AM which is a Saturday. This talk will be called, “Incremental Agorism and its proper applications” and will address how agorism might be better done, the expectations of the agorist and how best to meet them and more.

To research agorism and make sure I’m ready for this speech I will be reading The New Libertarian Manifesto by SEK III, Agorist Class Theory, The Agorist Primer and The LAst Whole Introduction to Agorism.

All of which can be found here

I will also be going to the NYC anarchist bookfair and I hope to see many of my fellow anarchists there. If you’d like to connect I recommend using this

Also, speaking of the AltExpo, I’ll be there for Porcfest at AltExpo #9 giving a speech about a left-libertarian FAQ and hoping to host this year’s anarcho-summit.

So although I’m on Spring Break right now I don’t think I’ll have enough time to get around to do a new series sadly. I’ll most likely be spending most of my spare time working on my upcoming speeches and other things.

Hopefully once this next semester of college is over and I drop out I should hopefully have more time to start this blog up a bit more.

In the mean time, as usual, I hope these blog roll calls and frequent postings of various political topics contained in essays hold you guys over.

Briefly; Reconstruction as a Restructuring of the Power Elite (Paper #6)

Nick Ford
Was reconstruction successful?
1/27/11

Briefly; Reconstruction as a Restructuring of the Power Elite

To figure out how successful reconstruction was we must first look at its means and goals and whether it did it in the right, that is to say moral way and whether these aims or goals were just to begin with. The goal of reconstruction was to reconfigure the social structure of the south to the benefit of the north. For it seems unlikely that Lincoln would have wanted politicians who would oppose his policies in the south and favored slavery and so forth and so it is likely that he elected people close to him or allies of one sort or another. This is how a prominence of radical republicans especially became possible even in the south. The restructuring of the social system meant a few things: giving blacks more political equality and rights including but not limited to voting and citizenship, the abolishment of the slave owning class and plantation elite. These goals then should be examined and how they got there (or not) should be as well if we’re to determine whether reconstruction as a political program succeeded or not.
Radical republicans soon took power in the south and tried to enact legislation that would led to many of these things. That is their favored decrees were forced from the top down on once wealthy slave owning and land owning individuals as well as poor and middleclass white individuals in the name of social equality. This of course leaded to a rise in violence, crime and other general social disruption because of how they decided to go about it. The violence in some states alone at times were small battles of the races and these battles eventually lead to the rise of the KKK who during the night made the northern armies occupation nearly worthless in the area of protecting the peace. And so in the realm of social stability it can be seen that reconstruction clearly was a disaster. Not only that but within a few years (1877 to be more exact) the radical republicans (some of which supported martial law and many military occupations and forced redistribution of wealth, again in the name of social equality) were being beaten by democrats and removed from power. And then most of the legislation and rights that went with the republicans left as well due to the Jim Crow laws.
And so how did the political equality and rights for blacks go in the face of so much social instability, violence and forced redistribution of land, property and general wealth? For a time it appeared to be going the way of the radical republicans. Black people became able to vote but considering the people who counted the vote were generally speaking most likely white and at in most cases at best considered the black person a “lower class” of citizen it’s doubtful their vote counted for much. And even if it did it’s not as if they had the time or the protection necessary to exercise the so called political equality radical republican were willing to do almost anything including forced redistribution of wealth for. Of course none of these criticisms of the radical republicans is to diminish the fact that the democrats seemed to be filled with people who supported inequality of races and were willing to use political power to force this from the top down. Both sides it seems then used some pretty dangerous and dirty tactics (hence the accusations of corruption within republicans with big business and land owners, etc.) to remain some form of “stability” that didn’t last either way.
Both in means and the goals of the reconstruction only caused more strife than was necessary. Both sides of the political class were not interested in the interests of the public but themselves, the white race or the business owners who had proverbially (as the women in Lowell proclaimed) become the new slave holders. So in effect reconstruction was about as successful of an attempt at forced racial equality and social justice as any attempt could be. Both the goals and the ends caused much more harm than good and it wasn’t till black people tried to empower themselves outside the political system did they stand a chance within it. In addition to all of this reconstruction likely contributed to many of the racial problems that occurred for the next 100 years in the US.

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