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Jul 26, 2013 maxinspace commented on Why I'm Boycotting Russian Vodka.
I keep seeing this claim that people can now be detained simply for being gay, hand-holding, etc but every single article links back to this one which makes no mention of such a clause.

http://english.ruvr.ru/news/2013_06_30/R…

This one does allude to such a clause but it is the only one I've ever found and is the one being sourced.

http://skift.com/2013/07/03/a-warning-to…

From everything I've read and seen, especially debates they've had on Russian TV, this was never brought up, even by pro LGBT activists whose views were showcased. I have a feeling they would be the first to bring this up. Until I see the transcript of the law, which is difficult to find, there is no reason to believe such a clause exists. The law is vague enough to probably allow for detention of activists (who are planning public displays that are banned under the law) but no reason to think it goes further as it stands now.
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May 3, 2013 maxinspace commented on May Day Anarchists Will Compensate Small Businesses Whose Windows Were Smashed.
@61 Door knocking may be good for organizing events but it would ineffective in changing public perception, which is an important point considering the public are the very people lefties claim to be fighting for. It would be intrusive and would backfire. Even if it worked, how long would it take you?

The twitter example wasn't an example of hierarchy. It was meant to display that it's not only ok to use your enemy's hallmarks but doing so is smart tactics.

Anarchists use mass media; communists use iPhones and Lenin used nationalism to further Marxism. Denying the effectiveness of this is a kind of Trotskyist perfectionism: noble in its purity but ineffective.

Why invent new weapons when your enemy hands them to you?
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May 3, 2013 maxinspace commented on May Day Anarchists Will Compensate Small Businesses Whose Windows Were Smashed.
@23 a lot of left wing activists get hit with these kinds of questions about their ideological consistency and, it seems, they usually defer to simple pragmatism.

The whole "autonomous individuals communicating directly" thing is a nice bit of idealism but, in practice, it would significantly deplete time and resources, perhaps even failing to achieve the same scope of dissemination.

What on the surface seems like inattentive hypocrisy is actually a sane alternative to walking around knocking on doors telling citizens, "hey, you know, we're not bad people. We're paying for those windows. Ok, thanks. Bye."

Likewise, using twitter on your iPhone to organize an anti-capitalist rally is simply using the most effective tools at your disposal, using products to undermine the system that created them.