Apr 26, 2015 ocelot commented on The Latest Parody of Amazon's 2013 Recruiting Video Takes a Direct Shot at Seattle's New Wealth.
@3 Hunh? There are multiple cop cars parked on 3rd between Pine and Pike every single night of the week and have been for a long time. I see cops on foot or on bike half the time I'm downtown.

Has anyone here been aggressively hassled by these supposedly violent drug dealers on multiple occasions? It seems pretty obvious this is just a way of cleaning up "unsafe" feeling things that never concerned the people who feel unsafe in the first place. It's a way of making the poverty and homelessness this city promotes invisible. Out of sight, out of mind.
Aug 3, 2012 ocelot commented on Why Vote No on the Kiddie-Condo-Juvie.
@34:

Actually, people *are* getting pushed out of the city center (and jobs), and ultimately out of the city altogether. Not to the Eastside. But to Renton, to Tukwila. That's what gentrification is doing. These condos raise the rents in the surrounding area and push the people who *can't afford* to commute ... to places where they have no choice.

Gentrification is a classist assault on self-determination, with condos at its forefront.
Aug 3, 2012 ocelot commented on Why Vote No on the Kiddie-Condo-Juvie.
@16, 20:

For all your talk about the affected "community," have you ever stopped to ask currently or formerly incarcerated JUVENILES what they think? Like, say, ones involved in this campaign?

I didn't think so.

Also, @16, 18: How many accounts you got, friend? You must like representative politics and "run[ning] for office" so much you decided to represent an entire town's worth of profiles on this blog.
Jul 15, 2012 ocelot commented on This Morning, Police Raided a House in the Central District Looking for a Black Hoodie, a Pink Scarf, and "Paperwork—Anarchists" (Or, Since When Are Pamphlets Evidence of a Crime?).
"Let's save the histrionics until we know for sure what they took and why. "
-Says giffy, the one who speculates the cops left with "a plan for bombing some more [sic] courthouses."
Jul 10, 2012 ocelot commented on This Morning, Police Raided a House in the Central District Looking for a Black Hoodie, a Pink Scarf, and "Paperwork—Anarchists" (Or, Since When Are Pamphlets Evidence of a Crime?).
@46: Is that what the voices tell you? There hasn't been a Molotov cocktail thrown during a large demonstration in the United States in probably a decade. Certainly not in Seattle, and certainly not on May Day. Keep digging yourself a hole in Ignorantville, though.
Jul 10, 2012 ocelot commented on This Morning, Police Raided a House in the Central District Looking for a Black Hoodie, a Pink Scarf, and "Paperwork—Anarchists" (Or, Since When Are Pamphlets Evidence of a Crime?).
@24 Or maybe you just can't read, bro.
Also, not every anarchist reads or agrees with Bakunin or cares if someone else has (but go ahead and misinterpret Brendan's sufficient example as necessary canon...).

Also, way to REPEATEDLY assume that the cops are 100% accurate in saying that the people who do x are the same people getting their homes raided and flashbang-grenaded and their arms ziptied. Just like the person who kicked an officer and then "heel-clicked and stood at attention" in the street in front of him (i.e., got pepper-sprayed in the face on the sidewalk and then dragged in the street), or the Occupy Seattle photojournalist who "assaulted" an officer while holding a camera in one hand and attempting to support himself in a crowd with the other -- both of which were caught on film doing their nefarious, nefarious deeds.

Authority, Fnarf and I salute you!
Jul 10, 2012 ocelot commented on This Morning, Police Raided a House in the Central District Looking for a Black Hoodie, a Pink Scarf, and "Paperwork—Anarchists" (Or, Since When Are Pamphlets Evidence of a Crime?).
@16 "bombing some more courthouses":

Kindly indicate who "bombed" any "courthouse" to begin with. Otherwise, while you're pestering someone about whether or it it's accurate to say books were stolen, please produce evidence you're not a panicked, foaming at the mouth reactionary who's calling for attack drones on dissenters, because that sure is what you sound like.
Jun 4, 2012 ocelot commented on More Bad News for Seattle's Police Reform Effort.
@4 a lot of anarchists actually find consensus authoritarian, yo, but it's not like you're going to do your research or anything.
May 11, 2012 ocelot commented on Anarchy Is
 Boring.
@67: I think that self-identified anarchists, just like everyone else, get frustrated when they know that something hurts them and people they care about and it seems like another person isn't able to appreciate that. I don't think that's unique to anarchists, other than that people who identify as anarchists probably appreciate how fucked up things are in a way that's more comprehensive than a lot of people (this is partly through reading and talking about things a lot, but also through experience).

Anyway, I could write a lot more (I actually had a few paragraphs written about the experiential nature of knowledge, and the way the reproduction of ideology shapes the way we think to preserve the status quo ... but I decided to drop it). But the best suggestion I could probably make here, more so than reading Gelderloos or anything else, has to do with experiential knowledge. I would strongly suggest coming to an event or two at the Wildcat and engaging with ideas and people there:
http://thewildcat.org/
From there, there are (some) Occupy actions and other ways to experience more. Best of luck!
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May 11, 2012 ocelot commented on Anarchy Is
 Boring.
@62: Actually, this isn't true. Capitalism and competitive systems prey on insecurities and drives for power that people experience, and these feelings are more prevalent in the first place in times and places when people are socialized to experience them. Middle-class people who are raised in meritocratic capitalist families and schools (public state schools in general) that ignore the material differences between people are presumably much more likely to see this Darwinistic sense of competition as "natural" than, say, people who are consistently on the short end of the stick, or raised in more communitarian environments. I would suggest reading some Kropotkin, such as Mutual Aid, the basic premise of which is that life is inherently social and interdependent, rather than cutthroat and competitive. Psychologically, this makes sense as well.

For a quick read, I would also really recommend reading this section in Gelderloos's Anarchy Works: http://theanarchistlibrary.org/HTML/Pete… A basic observation here is that what holds together an anti-oppressive community on any front (gender, race, etc.) is an intentional commitment to egalitarianism/equality/non-oppression. Talk about shit, set intentions, and these intentions become remarkably more workable than before a group of people ever mentioned them.

Feel free to explore elsewhere in Gelderloos's work as well.
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