Thoughts on politics, religion, violence, inequality, social control, change, and random other things from an autonomous, analytical, adopted, abolitionist, anarchist who likes the letter A

About Me

I used to have an about blurb, but it doesn’t make sense to have a static blurb on a blog that is really a record of how my thoughts change over time. So now you can just look at some of the posts that I think still hold true.

Some Thoughts on Voting for the Newly Disillusioned

I’m seeing quite a few people in my Facebook and Twitter feeds who have just now realized that the political system is not the path to what they are looking for. They are feeling angry, cynical, and lost. I get it. I’ve been there. I was crushed when Bill Clinton gave us welfare “reform,” NAFTA, […]

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Dear Reformists, You’re Welcome

The problem with people who focus on reform is that they don’t seem to understand how reform actually happens. They want to focus on influencing the people in power by gaining access. That almost never leads to change, or at least not the kind of change that we need. Reform happens in one of two […]

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Encouraging (in)Visibility

I am one of those people who would rather be in the coffin than delivering the eulogy.  I am also one of those people who takes a while to get to know someone, especially when I’m thrown into a whole group of new people. The result of those two things is that I am often […]

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Shame Redistribution

A little while ago, I was watching this video of Michelle Alexander. In it, she talks about how struck she was by the silence within the communities most affected by mass incarceration. House after house in these neighborhoods had family members in prison. But people weren’t talking about it. And a big reason for that […]

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More Revolutionary Than Thou

On one of the videos from the recent Occupy4Prisoners action in DC, somebody spots a guy on the roof of the jail. At first they think it is a sniper. But when they zoom in on them, they see that it is someone working on the camera. The protester starts to heckle the guy, telling […]

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Sex, Age, Consent, and Power

Just after I turned sixteen, I met this guy who would end up being my boyfriend for about a year. He was twenty-two. He didn’t think I was that young at first. I never lied to him, mind you. He just didn’t ask me the night we met. I regularly passed for older in clubs, buying cigarettes, […]

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The Friendship Binary

My friend Graham sent me the below video where a guy goes around asking people if men and women can be just friends. All the guys he asks say they cannot. All the girls he asks say they can, but then admit that they think their guy friends would hook up with them if they had […]

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Who is Responsible?

If somebody stabs another person to death, are they responsible? Are they the only ones responsible? What if another person asked them to do it or paid them to do it? Then is the stabber the only one responsible? What if the stabber belonged to a group or community that demonized the victim for years […]

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The Power to Take

A former Israeli president just got seven years in prison for rape. The disgraced former head of the IMF has been accused of sexually assaulting at least two women. And now it appears that DSK was having orgies arranged in a prostitution scandal that involves police and other government officials -possibly paid for by private […]

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Thinking Horizontally

We are so programmed to think hierarchically that, when faced with some kind of conflict, most people automatically look to create a higher authority. The legal system is the perfect example. You have a problem, you go to the higher authority of the court. If that doesn’t work out, you appeal to a higher court. […]

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