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Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2003War is a force that gives us meaning:

Chris Hedges new book, War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, is not a memoir, but a remembrance of his years as a war correspondent. There are no great confessions or revelations, but an honest exploration of what war brings to us.

In the wake of 9/11, his book is especially powerful, since he shows how the state becomes the religion of the people in wartime, how nationalism subverts honesty and common sense.
Our inability to respond to Al Qaeda in a meaningful way comes from this impulse to bolster the state in time of war, to embrace the myths of heroic violence. A myth slowly and surely coming undone in Iraq. Heroism, embraced on the thinest of pretexts, is now being revealed as sham and artifice.

War is an odd and cruel beast. It changes everything around you even if you don't notice it. We now chase our tails trying to trap Saddam, hunt him down and contain him, while his myth only grows stronger. The Saudis are not going to track down Al Qaeda any more than you're going to build a cathedral in Medina. It's no contest. The odds are high, if you asked, the most popular Saudi in Saudi Arabia is Osama, not the king or his sons. Too much would be revealed by an honest accounting of AQ and the Saudi government.

Hedges talks of how everything is perverted in war, but the one thing he didn't mention was the encouragement of illusions.[…]


Born on this date (O.S.) in 1814 was Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin, the Russian anarchist who competed with Karl Marx in theory and practice, including for leadership in the International Workingmen's Association.


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  •  1,023,410 registered users on dKos now. (15+ / 0-)

    Here are the 10 newest registered users on dKos.  Hope to see their comments and diaries here soon!  (If they're not spammers.)

    Noah0123dul5
    Joseph1593ypf5
    wapole37 (user #1,023,403: spammer)
    James6161fcz5
    rachelthienprayoon
    wilsonm823 (user #1,023,406: spammer)
    Wilton302t (user #1,023,407: already banned)
    GrahamOlgin (user #1,023,408: spammer)
    lianejuarez (user #1,023,409: already banned)
    Kristie


    And since our society is obsessed with numbers that end in a lot of zeros as milestones, here's a special shoutout to users:
    #1,022,400: jackiequil963 (spammer)
    #1,022,500: Abram749tp (already banned)
    #1,022,600: Fredricrja59k (already banned)
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    #1,023,400: MarikoSweigart (spammer)

    We've added 1,016 more users in the last 3 days.  There's definitely been a recent increase in spammers in the last couple weeks.


    And for your Diary Rescue music pleasure, here's Lorde's "Team".

  •  Extreme weather doesn't only happen here; (12+ / 0-)

    right now the Balkans are suffering from massive flooding and landslides, the worst in 120 years. I have a diary on it:

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    I don't love writing, but I love having written ~ Dorothy Parker // Visit my Handmade Gallery on Zibbet

    by jan4insight on Sun May 18, 2014 at 08:05:02 PM PDT

  •  Libertarian thought (7+ / 0-)

    This is what passes for libertarian thought now.

    Value vs. Wage:

    I have a friend who, a few years ago, was working a job that was really taking on him, both physically and mentally. He was making $18 an hour (which was pretty good for a high school graduate, I think) but didn't feel like he was being paid enough. It bothered him that he put in his hard worked 40 hours a week, but still didn't have enough money to be able to truly enjoy himself on the weekends.

    Ultimately, he quit his job he didn't like, and was hired for a job that paid a full $8 dollars less an hour. But, strangely, he hasn't become more frustrated with his pay and effort; he's actually become happier and more accepting of his wage. Why? Because his sense of value is different for each job. The first was strenuous, the second was not. The first was irritating and frustrating, the second is not. Ultimately, he valued his enjoyment and level of effort more than the extra $8 dollars an hour.

    This goes to show two things;

    Firstly, value and money are two entirely different things. With value being highly subjective. For my friend, his previous job wasn't worth $18 dollars an hour. For me, I wouldn't do the job he has now for $50 dollars an hour. It's all a matter of personal preference and our own subjective value system.

    Secondly, it serves as an example for another flaw in the classic Labor Theory of Value; Marx wrote that profit was wrong because the employer extorted excess value from the employee. But that ignores a key concept; When someone accepts a job and thusly, it's wage, they value that money more than their time and effort given in exchange for it. Thusly, they too are receiving excess value for their services.

    In the case of my friend, he wasn't receiving value for his $18 dollars an hour so he quit. And even the prospect of greatly decreased wages was not enough to keep him employed at a place where he wasn't receiving what he felt to be a fair exchange of value.

    And this.
    So the next time someone tells you that we need government to manage and control the exchange and accumulation of property, because capitalists will just buy up all the property and control and oppress people. Tell them government already does that and they don’t even legitimately own any land! The failures with this terrible idea of government are not synonymous with the unrestricted concept of ones pursuit of property and should not be compared to each other. Rules created through property rights and the respect for them, are far superior to the coercive authoritarianism of the State to dictate the free association of people and their purist of and with and for the fruits of their labor.
    Just know that more of this shit is coming with Rand Paul in 2016.
  •  An amazing display... (6+ / 0-)

    projected onto UCLA's Royce Hall this week, in honor of our Centennial Celebration.  The goal is to raise $4.2 billion dollars in the next 5 years before our 100th year anniversary.

  •  Speaking of justice & jurisprudence... (10+ / 0-)

    ...have you heard about The Fairbanks Four?

    I wrote it up today. Please take a look, and tip/share as you see fit.

  •  UCLA is now... (5+ / 0-)

    the only school with our tennis teams in both the men's and women's Final Four.

    Epic matches set for tomorrow!

  •  Great Blast from the Past (7+ / 0-)

    Hedges has in the 10 years since then gone on to become perhaps the most important prophetic voice on the Left.

    "Today is who you are" - my wife

    by I Lurked For Years on Sun May 18, 2014 at 08:21:13 PM PDT

  •  Really enjoy this feature. (5+ / 0-)

    Hope it continues weekly and on Night Owl.

    Courtesy, please. Unless the reply is idiotic. Then everybody's on their own.

    by franklyn on Sun May 18, 2014 at 08:29:07 PM PDT

  •  Race horses use nasal strips. Who knew? (5+ / 0-)

    http://espn.go.com/...

    BALTIMORE -- California Chrome might abandon his Triple Crown bid in the Belmont Stakes if New York officials do not allow the colt to wear a nasal strip.

    Trainer Art Sherman suggested it was a possibility, although he made no threats about California Chrome passing on a chance to become horse racing's 12th Triple Crown winner.

    "I'd have to leave it up to the owners," he said Sunday. "I know they'll be upset."

    Neither the New York State Gaming Commission nor the New York Racing Association stewards has received a request to use nasal strips in the Belmont Stakes on June 7.

    "If a request to use nasal strips is made, the decision on whether to permit them or not will be fully evaluated and determined by the stewards,'' Gaming Commission spokesman Lee Park said Sunday.

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)
    This message will self-destruct upon arrival in the NSA archives in Utah.

    by MTmofo on Sun May 18, 2014 at 08:41:18 PM PDT

  •  This clinches it:TheGOP is scared bleepless of HRC (7+ / 0-)

    running for president:

    "Given the month she just had, I doubt whether or not she will run for president in 2016."

     -- RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, quoted by Newsmax, on the possibility Hillary Clinton will make another White House run.

  •  FAIR TV = the kind of thing Daily Kos did well too (7+ / 0-)

    … back in 2005 when I signed on.

    "Yeah, but is it true? Who's saying this? Why only these sources? Is it the whole story? What might be motivating the observed bias and attempt to manipulate emotions?"

    Good, much-needed media model more progressives should emulate (or go back to emulating).

    The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ♥ ♥ ♥ Forget Neo — The One is Minori Urakawa

    by lotlizard on Sun May 18, 2014 at 08:43:43 PM PDT

  •  We made it to Sylmar on day 2 of the... (15+ / 0-)

    ...March for Democracy.


    Sylmar photo Sylmar2_zps3f886d08.jpg

    Sylmar photo Sylmar_zps812fcf06.jpg

    I marched day 1 too but tomorrow I can't.  This great group of committed and young people will go on.  I will join them occasionally, specially whem they get close to Sacramento.

    We walked 27 miles in 2 days.  I never done that.  They have about 450 miles to go.  Any support or just encouragement is welcome.


    Money out of politics photo Moneyoutofpolitics_zps782ff718.png

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Sun May 18, 2014 at 08:59:53 PM PDT

    •  Tell me more about your experience at DK (1+ / 0-)
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      I have no idea how this site works. I spent 5 years at Huffinton Post; 10's of thousands of comments; tons of HP fans and favs; was a "political pundit" which meant that I did "diaries" there. Now I am looking for a new home as HP becomes more and more a Facebook/AOL entity.  I have been a Daily Kos reader and observers for several years but have only made the occasional comment.

      I would appreciate any thoughts or insights from you. I like vibrant, and gritty conversation. I like to post longer "think pieces" and invite comment, argument, or whatever.....Is that what Daily Kos is for you?

      AND I am a local activist...very blue in a very red state.

      •  My signature tells my motivation to be here (1+ / 0-)
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        Back in 2003 when I started lurking, DailyKos was the destination of most of my Google searches for people who said things that were true about such things as WMD in Iraq and the the possible course of the invasion.

        The reality of the neo-con influence in the Republican party caused me to "open the hood" of the GOP and I became horrified.  I switched parties.

        Eventually we started meeting in person with other Kossacks and we started working together in all sorts of projects because many here are into doing things too.

        Certainly many here write informative and insightful diaries that educate all of us.  I consider myself an "action blogger", I blog mostly about things I do. But that is just me.

        We now have the worst political polarization since the Civil War.  DailyKos mission of helping elect "more and better Democrats" makes sense.  There is not much else we can do short of conceding defeat to the racist, theocratic, Ayn Randist, war mongering and plutocratic Tea Party/GOP.

        Together we can make a difference.

        Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

        by Shockwave on Sun May 18, 2014 at 10:05:39 PM PDT

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        •  Many thanks...what I was looking for (1+ / 0-)
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          I grew up GOP (dad was a navy officer) on the National Level-  i.e. "we" voted for Republicans for President and tended to split our Senate vote. On the local level , Dad went with who was generally in charge most of the time. That meant GOP sometimes and Democrats sometimes. I grew up to become a professor of political history, well retired now (and living life as a farmer!).

          My turning away from all things GOP began when George HW Bush was rejected by what we would soon call "the neocons". I thought him a better choice than Mr. Clinton. I worked with the Bush campaign in Illinois and on the night of the election was told by the state chair that Bush's loss was what happened when your party turned its back on real world financing and sought profit in war.

          I voted for Clinton the next time around (and worked for him). I made the mistake of voting for Bush Jr. buying the Texas hype about being a "uniter" AND because I really could not stomach Gore. Big Mistake. Next round I worked for Kerry and then gave my all to Obama twice.

          Bit by bit all of my electoral choices have shifted toward the Dems- and now my rule is simple. ANY DEM is better than ANY REPUBLICAN. Why? Any office holder who provides support for the GOP is someone who will work against me and mine. My local GOP congressperson is a good man-  and I will never vote for him.

          Does any of this make sense to you?

  •  Richard Clark despairs... (8+ / 0-)

    ...the point that now, since Snowden, we won't be able to have the clues to prevent an attack before it happens.  Gee, Richard, you didn't do too well before Snowden either.  Seems there were lots of signals before 9/11, and you can't blame Snowden for the U.S. failure to pick up on them.

    "...a silent coup has taken place in Washington and rampant militarism now rules..." Daniel Ellsberg via John Pilger

    by dharmasyd on Sun May 18, 2014 at 09:07:56 PM PDT

  •  What Happened to Kansas Starts Tomorrow.. (13+ / 0-)

    Several of us, volunteers and all, start traveling the state of Kansas to put together 'What Happened to Kansas'.  Over two weeks we will visit every single county in the state, talking to mayors, candidates, city council members.

    We are working to see the real effect on Kansas of the progression of conservative policies.   From roadways that are degraded, to the lack of spending in schools, bridges that aren't in operation, and county administrators worried about the loss of county mortgage taxes thanks to Brownback.

    We have three of the house candidates and numerous House Democrats and Senate Democrats who have offered time and to speak up not in a campaign venue but in taking the message to Kansas.

    While I have to be back in Missouri on Tuesday, my highlights for the week and I'll try to diary them will be:

    We're visiting with county administrators on the impact of KDOT hold ups, funding shortfalls and county loss tomorrow.

    On Thursday, we meet with Women4KS in Topeka, as well as the Wichita delegation to the House and Senate, along with Reverend Eckles and others who are working on the get out the vote initiative for minorities across the sate.

    Big thanks to everyone of the elected officials and advocates who are donating their time to this project.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Sun May 18, 2014 at 09:07:56 PM PDT

  •  Am watching the Billboard Music Awards (2+ / 0-)
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    Cadillac64, Eric Nelson

    right now.

    Jesus, are my wife and I old and dated. I don't like a song in a carload. Except maybe that new Michael Jackson one, but even that one is pretty thin compared to his heyday stuff.

    I always like Shakira strutting around, even if her stuff is forgettable now, too.

    Yawn. I keep waiting for the next great song writer to make a breakthrough to a new direction. I don't see it on the horizon.

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Sun May 18, 2014 at 09:11:07 PM PDT

  •  F.A.I.R. TV (1+ / 0-)
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    Cadillac64

    The Sunday meta shows on FOX(Howard Kurtz) and CNN(Howard Kurtz's Replacement) can be easily mistaken for an attempt at F.A.I.R.-Ness

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Sun May 18, 2014 at 09:12:47 PM PDT

  •  My first piece of citizen journalism (7+ / 0-)

    None of the local newspapers covered this. May 17 - The California March for Democracy Kicks Off (UPDATED with Route Map). I'm pleased I could do this.

    Seneca Falls, Selma, Stonewall

    by Dave in Northridge on Sun May 18, 2014 at 09:13:40 PM PDT

  •  A Daily Kos Public Service Announcement: (4+ / 0-)
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    The HEALTH-MEDICAL & RELATED DK GROUPS

    Please join the KosAbility group Sunday, May 18, 7 pm EDT/ 4 pm PDT, discussing the KosAbility: Usables: Ongoing DIRECTORY OF HEALTH-MEDICAL & RELATED DK GROUPS we're publishing as a longterm, sustained reference work for the DK community.
    There are about 24 daily-living-with-it groups focused on specific health issues, and about 20 more groups writing in political, professional, volunteerism, morale-support and related realms.
    The goal of this directory is to optimize inter-group communication, help reach users wanting to connect on health/medical issues who don't yet know these groups are here, give a start to users who may want to form new groups for more health-med issues, and reach out to health-med groups that aren't in the directory yet.  Bring your thoughts and join in!
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    Support Small Business: Shop Kos Katalogue If you'd like to join the Motor City Kossacks, send me a Kosmail.

    by peregrine kate on Sun May 18, 2014 at 09:16:59 PM PDT

  •  New to the Daily Kos- looking for guidance (2+ / 0-)
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    DerAmi, Eric Nelson

    Howdy to whoever. I have no idea how this site works. I spent 5 years at HP; 10's of thousands of comments; tons of HP fans and favs; was a "pundit" which meant that I did "diaries" there. Now I am looking for a new home as HP becomes more and more a facebook entity.  I have been a Daily Kos reader and observers for several years but have only made the occasional comment.

    I would appreciate any thoughts or insights from someone here. I like vibrant, and gritty conversation. I like to post longer think pieces and invite comment, argument, or whatever.....Is that what Daily Kos is for you?

  •  Wow Fair TV nailed this down (1+ / 0-)
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    NYT story:

    Original NYT story:

    ..one of the teenagers had brass knuckles..
    Then halfway cleaned up, but still inaccurate:
    There were also widespread reports that one of the teenagers in Hebron had had brass knuckles.

    These are the videos that were the basis of the hyped up reporting:

    And the paper [NYT] would finally run a correction:
    An earlier version of this article overstated what is known about one of the Palestinian teenagers pictured in the video. Local media initially reported that he had brass knuckles, but the youth later said he was holding prayer beads instead. The Israeli military is still investigating the incident, including whether any of the youths had weapons.

     - emphasis added

    That correction understates what is known: While Israeli media were saying one thing and the youth something else, you can look at the videos for yourself and see that the youth was telling the truth and the media reports were wrong. The suggestion that eventually the Israeli military will come out with a report and then we'll know what really happened is rather surreal.

    YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/...
    YouTube link:  http://www.youtube.com/...

    So NYT's based their story on misleading reporting and ran with it, then got busted for it

    This is a really good thing. With Fair TV on their heels, If the MSM wants to make money, they'll have to do it the non-F0X "news" way - iow's journalism

    Thx MB

    P.S. Nancy Grace tweet- lol

  •  I'm thinking of starting a personal weekly (3+ / 0-)
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    MTmofo, Meteor Blades, Eric Nelson

    diary regarding growing our home veg (in a suburban environment), fine cooking and dining with planning and on a budget...how to live very well in retirement.

    It may be a bit presumptuous, which has caused me to hesitate, but what we are doing are rather wonderful things...a life changing approach for me, and I think it would be a good thing.

    Learning from others regarding what we are capable of doing for ourselves in our limited space and time seems rather positive.

    Wonders are many, but none so wonderful as man.

    by Morgan Sandlin on Sun May 18, 2014 at 10:13:49 PM PDT

  •  New post (3+ / 0-)
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    eeff, Meteor Blades, NonnyO

    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Sun May 18, 2014 at 10:21:09 PM PDT

  •  have begun Greenwald's book. (0+ / 0-)

    must read of highest level.
    greatness may yet come to us all.

    TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

    by greenbird on Mon May 19, 2014 at 12:09:24 AM PDT

    •  the government doesn't think you have any right (2+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson, NonnyO

      A web of deception has finally been untangled: the Justice Department got the US supreme court to dismiss a case that could have curtailed the NSA's dragnet. Why?

      Here's what happened: just before Edward Snowden became a household name, the ACLU argued before the supreme court that the Fisa Amendments Act – one of the two main laws used by the NSA to conduct mass surveillance – was unconstitutional.

      In a sharply divided opinion, the supreme court ruled, 5-4, that the case should be dismissed because the plaintiffs didn't have "standing" – in other words, that the ACLU couldn't prove with near-certainty that their clients, which included journalists and human rights advocates, were targets of surveillance, so they couldn't challenge the law. As the New York Times noted this week, the court relied on two claims by the Justice Department to support their ruling: 1) that the NSA would only get the content of Americans' communications without a warrant when they are targeting a foreigner abroad for surveillance, and 2) that the Justice Department would notify criminal defendants who have been spied on under the Fisa Amendments Act, so there exists some way to challenge the law in court.

      It turns out that neither of those statements were true – but it took Snowden's historic whistleblowing to prove it.

      TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

      by greenbird on Mon May 19, 2014 at 12:23:52 AM PDT

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  •  1st Moral Monday of 2014 today at 5pm (1+ / 0-)
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    Our elected officials are returning to Raleigh and we're returning with them! Join us for the first Moral Monday of the 2014 Legislative Session. We will gather at 5:00 pm at Bicentennial Mall across the street from the North Carolina General Assembly. Music will begin at 4:30 pm.
    https://www.facebook.com/...

    Why Moral Mondays Are Returning in 2014 | Forward Together

    On May 19th, 2014, the Forward Together Movement will return to the North Carolina General Assembly for it's first Moral Monday of the 2014 Legislative Session. This video is an expose of the Movement and an explantation of why it's continuing.
    http://m.youtube.com/...
  •  Happy Birthday Mikhail. (0+ / 0-)

    You and Karl had your differences, but you both are extremely valuable to our theory and practice, not in my mind "competitors" anymore but Socratic species-beings who are both needed in a complimentary fashion. I love you both, but I'll always love the Scarecrow the most. And I am the Walrus.

    garden variety democratic socialist: accepting life's complexity|striving for global stewardship of our soil and other resources to meet everyone's basic needs|being a friend to the weak

    by Galtisalie on Mon May 19, 2014 at 01:35:07 AM PDT

  •  Nancy Grace (0+ / 0-)

    No way she'd cover the story.

    1) While Joffrey was blonde and within the age range, he was male.

    2) There's footage of the murder, thus she can't bring on a parade of "experts" to speculate on all the terrible things that could have happened.

    3) There was no sex, nor even a hint.

    Oderint Dum Metuant.

    by Dunkerque on Mon May 19, 2014 at 01:56:12 AM PDT

  •  Thank you for featuring FAIR (0+ / 0-)

    I try to check in on their blog regularly, and, when I next have money, I intend to subscribe to their magazine. I remember being blown away with their quality way back in the mid-1990's (or was it the late 90's?). They were the first place I found coordinated critiques of Rush Limbaugh. Their coverage taught me about the trap of "someone pro meets someone con, so we have covered the issue."

    As with other genuinely anti-corporate media material, they are not very well promoted.

    "man, proud man,/ Drest in a little brief authority,. . . Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/ As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,/ Would all themselves laugh mortal." -- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II ii, 117-23

    by The Geogre on Mon May 19, 2014 at 05:21:30 AM PDT

  •  Very pro-GOP election analysis on NPR this morning (0+ / 0-)

    Which I'm sure will not surprise many DK listeners.

    GOP ahead in generic Congressional ballot 41-34 (no pollster cited). Even though Mitch is even or trailing, he will blow out ALG in the election. Dems are in real trouble, even in Oregon. And so on.

  •  Ask your favorite libertarian (0+ / 0-)

    If events in Turkey show a potential problem in having unregulated businesses, since after all you can always sue the careless or evil corporation later.

  •  Just a quick note (0+ / 0-)

    Bakunin didn't "compete with Marx" for leadership in the First International (an organization originally formed mostly from the influence of anarchists influenced by Proudhon*), in the sense of exclusive control of the organization, but competed for influence of ideas. Proudhon and Bakunin (each with individual ideas about socialism) were far more popular at the time than Marx. What happened is Marx engineered a coup of the organization, gerrymandering the votes, having held a secret meeting inviting his selected members, changing the rules to disallow autonomy among the individual sections, and then using these changes to evict Bakunin from an organization that probably would not have existed if not for anarchists.

    Since most people read the history of Marxists, and don't read much in anarchist literature, they know only one side of the history, and it is a rather distorted side.

    *Marx only happened by luck to have attended the final organizational meeting in 1864 that created the International (after two years of organization discussions beginning in 1862), having been brought by a friend, but not invited by the core organizers.

    The original movement to create the International was quite heavily populated by mutualists, influenced by Proudhon (the first to call himself an anarchist and the writer of the book, What is Property?), who was widely read and very well known and influential in socialist circles.

    "The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue." Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

    by ZhenRen on Mon May 19, 2014 at 10:02:31 AM PDT

    •  Edit: two years of organizationAL discussions (0+ / 0-)

      "The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue." Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

      by ZhenRen on Mon May 19, 2014 at 10:04:53 AM PDT

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