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

Things You Might Have Missed

May 12, 2010 By: Mel Category: Misc

There is a new project being kicked off to try and get anarchist texts to people in places where they are not so easily available.  Check out Books for Anarchists.

The session I attended at the NY anarchist book fair on women in prison is online.

Polycentric Order has an interesting article In Defense of Egalitarianism.

Also interesting is this article on the commons.

This will not likely come as a shock to you all, but a recent study indicates that people who claim to be “color blind” are (at best) much more tolerant of racism than people who don’t make such claims.  Also highly correlated with racism is a “tough on crime” stance.  Surprise!

And as long as we are on the subject of race and stereotyping, I thought this article on how Asian culture is presented was interesting.  Even better is this article on Racialicious called Black AND Asian (and Jewish?).

Dear school administrators.  Letting the kids solve their own problems is way cool.  Issuing electric shock backpacks to disabled students is not.

Women, it turns out that we must acquiesce to any person who hits on us on the street, or suffer the consequences.  Also, you should know that, if you are a 15 year old going in and out of consciousness and who will shortly die, the news will still refuse to use the word rape in describing the events leading up to your death.

I thought this world poll article was interesting, not so much because Israel is so reviled, but because the “the most favorable viewed countries are Germany (59%), Japan (53%), Britain (52%), Canada (51%), and France (49%).”  Really?  The colonial powers are the most favorably viewed?  Why not Costa Rica whose outgoing president just wrote this amazing letter to the president of Uruguay to try and convince him to disband the Uruguayan military?