Hello fellow mods, I need to ask you all about something that has been bothering me. It seems like a lot of the posts lately in /r/DebateAnarchism are not debate topics but basic questions about anarchism. Should we be removing those posts and referring OPs to /r/Anarchy101? Seems silly to have non-debate topics in a debate sub. Perhaps we should require posts to be submitted as a debate topic that has more than one side and is more than just informative. Thoughts?
Maybe just try to make it a point of suggesting people repost on 101? I feel like a lot of the time that people do this, it's less that they are looking for info about it and more that they think they know the answer and want to argue about it.
I prefer keeping it casual, and I like JCC's suggestion to just respond to posts you think aren't really debate by recommending to them to try 101 -- seems like this is normally what is done by folks in such instances anyway.
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Banned me and deleted my posts. That's dirty yo. Mad that I pointed out that users are sliding to the dark side? Violent suppression of opposing political ideologies is something I've come to expect from Fascists but I must say that I am quite surprised to see Anarchists so willing to utilize violence to further their political agenda. Keep up the good work.
Hi RexAnglorumSaxonum, your ban has been reversed. Please consider this a warning to abide by the rules in the sidebar from now on to avoid a permanent ban. You are welcome to continue to participate in civil debate here as long as you do. Thanks.
I mean, it's already done, and they don't seem to be bothered by it so I'm not sure it's worth unbanning them. I was mostly just curious if something happened that I didn't see. But if others feel they should be unbanned but warned I wouldn't object to that either
Yes, that slot is still open. It goes against the standard procedure for adding AMAs, but if the other mods are cool with it, then I think it is a good idea and I'd be more than happy to add you to the schedule.
I won't be able to finish up here, so if I could get one of you all to check in with it now and then and make sure it's taken care of, it would be much appreciated. I have no problem with any of you reversing anything I've done if I'm wrong. Thanks!
I see that /u/hamjam5 set the suggested comment sort in one thread to new. I think that's actually a good idea for a debate subreddit. There's a setting that lets us do that for every thread in the sub by default. What does everyone think about doing that?
just for background: I did that in that thread because the thread creator was frustrated by the behavior of the person with the top comment, and the way they started derailing the thread, and they asked if I could do anything to remove the comment so that the conversation wouldn't be derailed. I suggested changing the sort order so as not to over moderate.
As far as the more general question of sort order, I have a soft preference for the way it is, but if the other mods feel strongly otherwise, I wouldn't argue against it.
Hello, I’m /u/joycedevivre75, y’all probably know me, if you do, from /r/shittankiessay or one of the bad-x subs. I’d like to talk about the relationship of the Modernist novelist James Joyce to the Anarchist movement. I’ve spoken to a few people about it before, but I thought it might be worthwhile to do an AMA on the subject, so, without further ado, I’d like to explain myself—here’s two short paragraphs on his life a la anarchistic trends:
As a youth, Joyce saw the turbulence generated by Irish politics of the time, i.e. Home Rule. His father, John Joyce, was a loyal supporter of Charles Parnell with deeply anticlerical beliefs, which were further exaggerated by the betrayal of Parnell by the clergy after it was discovered that he was having an affair with Kitty O’Shea. To the Joyces, both pere and fils, this incident would haunt their political and literary thought until their deaths. The Irish Parliamentary Party would henceforth lapse into ineffective attempts at securing Home Rule. We might conjecture that this event soured Joyce to the possibilities of electoral solutions to large-scale problems and made him wary of the clergy.
Joyce was an opponent of the bourgeois morality of his time. Much like Goldman, he gave free reign to his sexuality and ended up living with a one-time chambermaid, Nora Barnacle, without any marriage certificate until he was required to marry her for the sake of gaining entry to the UK. They remained unmarried for so long because Joyce did not want to deal with a government clerk or a priest and could give less of a fuck about the prescribed morality.
Ellmann, in a footnote on page 142 of the 1982 revised edition of his wonderful biography of Joyce (steal it if you can find it online), lists those anarchists Joyce had read: Most, Malatesta, Stirner, Kropotkin, Reclus, Spencer (ehh…), and Tucker. Of these, Tucker was his favorite and he thought the first sentence of Das Kapital so absurd that he returned it to the lender.
If you wish to situate Joyce as an anarchist, as I do, then it would be best to put him with the individualists. His ideal world, as he saw it, was one where he could be left to his writing without being dictated to by moralists, law-givers, or the wealthy. His characters (especially Stephen in Ulysses) often utter anarchist or anarchist-like beliefs of a sort in line with a Stirnerite by way of Armaud…
A while back, on /r/badphilosophy, I gave a list of sources to check out that further argue the relationship between Joyce and anarchism. Here is the link, for those of you with badphil access:
There's a chapter and/or section on him in David Weir's Anarchy and Culture
He gets another chapter in Specters of Anarchy (god, what a Stirneresque title!) by Jeff Shantz
There's this if you have access to this database; I'm not an academic, so I don't.
• Here's another article, which you can see even if you aren't an academic.
Joyce's relationship is briefly mentioned by Ellmann (who preferred the New Critical vision of the apolitical Joyce) in his wonderful biography on page 142 (in the revised version from the 80s) and in that page's footnote.
I think it also gets a short mention in The Most Dangerous Book, but I have not read that one.
Finally, James Joyce and the Politics of Egoism deals in depth with the connection, while also bringing in a lot of concepts from Derrida, if that sounds interesting.
There are probably other things that deal with this topic, but I'm as of yet unaware of them. In truth, I would suggest reading many of Stephan's comments in both POTA and Ulysses, as he says some rather anarchistic stuff--I mean, his motto is "Non Serviam"! Even if you're skeptical of an anarchist reading of Joyce, he's still a giant of literature and I have read Ulysses twice now, and gotten entirely new experiences out of both readings.
Sorry if you've already read him a great deal, as I don't mean to condescend.”
I will temporarily be stepping back from DebateAnarchism due to real-life intruding on my ability to faithfully perform my duties as moderator. PSJJJJ_, formerly known as Rad_q-a-v_, is tapping in for the time-being to help manage the AMA series.
Thank you again PSJJJJ_ for your willingness to help. Instructions for what I typically do will follow.
If it's a single-person AMA, just send them a PM reminding them that their AMA will be starting the following day and asking them to start preparing their blurb.
If it's a multi-person AMA, send PMs to each person reminding them not only that the AMA is coming up, but also of the usernames of each other user putting on the AMA, and ask them to coordinate on who will post the thread.
If an AMA is scheduled to start a week from tomorrow:
If it's a single-person AMA, just send them a PM reminding them that their AMA will be starting next week, not this one, and ask them to start thinking about what they would like to put in their opening blurb.
If it's a multi-person AMA, send PMs to each person reminding them not only that their AMA is next week, not this one, but also of the usernames of each other user putting on the AMA and ask them to coordinate on what they want to put in their opening blurb.
If there was an AMA last week:
Add a link to it in the sidebar. Note: This task may need to be repeated for any previous week where this was not been attended to. Addendum: This has not been attended to at all this year. Addendum: Sorry.
If today's host remembered to post their thread, sticky it.
If today's host did not remember to post their thread, please ping them and ask if they are still interested in doing their AMA. Whether and how they respond will determine the right response on a case-by-case basis. I trust your judgement fully.
Please revisit the schedule thread and send PMs to people who still haven't committed to dates for their AMAs and see if they can be added to the schedule.
Please reach out to some of the individuals and groups who people have asked to come to DA this year for AMAs and ask if they would be interested in participating.
So, I normally use reddit on mobile, through one of those apps. I don't see any difference once I became a mod, like no options to alter the page or anything. If I log in on a computer and go to D@ will it be obvious how to go about editing stickies and whatnot?
Sorry to just bail from moderating again. I did it as a favor and I don't feel that the favor is necessary to fulfill any longer. I have a few emails out looking for people to come in and host AMA's. As those responses start rolling in I'll let you know what happens. Most of my actions were out of spite, I do still care about this AMA process and want it to run smoothly, so if I really need to do it, I'm still available. I have volatile and intense emotions and sometimes they get the better of me and I take it a few steps too far.
Sorry folks, I'm not online Thursday through Saturday so I'm just seeing these messages. /u/hamjam5 thanks so much for your work on this. Should we discuss bringing aboard another mod to help out with AMAs?
Please, I ask you all from the bottom of my heart, let me back in. I spammed once accidentally and you kicked me out! I only did it thrice and the fourth one was actual but you still kicked me. Please, please, I sware it was an accident.