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Ken Knabb, Remarks on the Trump Election

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Interesting take on the Trump election by the indefatigable Ken Knabb of the Bureau of Public Secrets, a site focussed on making available in English all the texts of the French situationists and a lot of US poet Ken Rexroth as well. I heartily recommend Ken's own The Joy of Revolution book as well.  I particlularly like the quote from the book at the beginning: the point about the ambiguities of right-wing populism and fascism I've been trying to make as well... Out in the Open — Remarks…

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Film Nights

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One of the early blog posts I did, entitled IOPS Presents..., was about ideas that had come up during the first (and as of yet only) meeting of IOPS members from the Netherlands, now four years ago. We were brainstorming about what we could actually do concretely, and one of the ideas was to hold informational meetings on topics that are of interest to a wider group of concerned people and relevant to the IOPS mission and vision. And one of the forms that might take was that of a film night.Several…

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ORGANISING AND SHIT BY VINCENT EMANUELE

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Really it'sorganising anywhere any era or anyocene! Hey and look, reading is mentioned and writing away like a little writing hamster about whatever ideas you may have in ya head is given a guernsey. Cool. Organizing in Trumpland I just came home from a meeting of progressive activists in rustic Dyer, Indiana, and I must say, my spirits are a bit higher than they were throughout much of this past week. The group calls itself the Progressive Coffee Caucus. They meet once a week at a local coffee…

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Financial Administrator — Call for Candidates

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The financial administrator is charged with keeping track of and paying bills that are due in a timely fashion. The financial administrator also keeps the current account, recording all financial transactions. For the foreseeable future, this involves only payments related to hosting the IOPS website, as well as – hopefully soon – the receipt of donations and membership dues. Technically, no distinction will be made between the latter two, and together they will simply be referred to…

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How To Become a Spokesperson for IOPS

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IOPS has no spokespersons – yet. No one is mandated to speak on behalf of IOPS. I think it is time to change that. How? In 2003, Andrej Grubacic held a speech entitled Towards Another Anarchism, in which he read an outline of a new anarchist international he had been given to the audience. I don’t know the provenance of that outline (handed down to him engraved on golden plates?) and I have not heard any further news about the initiative, but the outline resembles the basic idea underlying…

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Friends and Lapsed Members

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Rod has said he’d like to start working on improving the software of our website system. In fact, he has already recently made some improvements and fixed a couple of annoying bugs. Maybe we can revive the defunct Website Team project.In any case, this encourages me to float a couple of proposals that can only be realized if we make some changes to the software. Before I add them to the existing list of wishes, I’d like to sound out here whether others have ideas for improving upon (or…

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Hail King Prick!

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Hail King Prick!   The vain glorious dick has been elected King Prick. A mourning of victory for all the worlds pricks!   Hide your son from the colours, go lock up all your daughter's ships. For hear a World full of slaughter happily skips.   Calamity of blind rages, has spoke a joke for all our ages. We will fight the Right                for the Right,                          …

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REVOLUTION IS DEAD, THERE'S TOO MUCH SHIT TO READ! A NON SEQUITUR?

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The problem with Parecon is that you have to read about it. Yeah, you could listen to a talk by Albert or Hahnel, but...I mean what are the odds of anyone really doing that. Fuck, what a chore. And it is a fucking chore. One that deserves the use of an expletive. How many people have read the Parecon books, all of them? Really. Even if one excludes the one meant for real  economists. Who'd want to? Jesus. I have. I can't even remember most of them. Vague recollections. Everything just…

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