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Frameworks

Frameworks are sets of definitions, ideas about how things relate to each other, construed relationships, or even (especially!) of other frameworks, with which people make sense of phenomena and of themselves. Interlocking sets of frameworks which are cohesive enough can create and maintain a distinct identity, a kind of super-framework …

Ideology and Practices (publicautonomy.org)

Some examples? Let’s start with something — an opinion or claim — that is not ideology, even though it might seem to be. Here’s one: “Canada is a democratic society that treats its citizens fairly.” It may be bullshit, but it’s not ideology. The ideology is this: that one barely …

finding our way out

So we’re somewhere, can’t even agree on how to characterize where, but what we do agree on is we want to get out. There’s paths leading in all directions, and we can only see so far down each. Some we know are dead ends, some we know are worse. But …

Afterglow

What happens when the foundations are cut out from under an observation? When a solid thought gets emptied out, vacated, left as hollow as a drum? When we’re talking ideas, what does a giant with feet of clay look like? An emperor with no clothes? Could what seems that way …

Genealogy vs. Context

This is more a note for future reference than a thought-out argument, so bear with me (or skip, if you prefer). When we think about things, they have two aspects which we need to grasp. i’ll call these genealogy and context.Genealogy is where things get their identity from. I.e. the …

Literate Frequencies

i was chatting with an anarchist comrade at the recent bookfair in New York City, when he turned to my table and spotted one of my more in-your-face Marxist-Leninist books, a history of relations between white and Black revolutionary organizations in the united states, specifically of the mutually parasitic dynamics …

Prison Round Trip by Klaus Viehmann

Prison Round Trip $2.95 from left-wing books dot net (normally $4.95) Saddle-stitched pamphlet 31 pages Published by PM Press and Kersplebedeb in 2009 ISBN ISBN 978-1-60486-082-5 “Prison Round Trip” was first published in German in 2003 as “Einmal Knast und zurück.” The essay’s author, Klaus Viehmann, had been released from …

Thinking About Thinking: The Limitations of Internal Consistency

i’ve been thinking about thinking, and this is some of what i thought… we go around with these worldviews which consist of various working hypotheses, often largely unspoken, but which we nevertheless depend on to make sense of our world. we are always refining our working hypotheses, trying to make …