Category Archives: Manifest@

Why Does Colin Powell Have Any Credibility?

I know, I know, he’s not in the news right now, but this is appalling.

video here.

PS: I wish i could figure out how to embed more than just youtube videos.

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Working Title: Yupre Manifesto, for a complete and open revolt

know thyself

canvasser, know thyself, defend thyself

For a little while I have been mulling over the rights of social change workers and our ability to demand not only a better world for ourselves and others, but a better political economic organization of social change work. By social change work, I mean primarily work for NGO’s and Schools, commonly facilitated by an array of student work opportunities, internships, and arrangements such as Americorps and Teach for America.

I have also, been attempting to find way to make a living doing such work, in preschools and NGO’s, that can feed me and not make me feel like a jerk. Out of these feelings and many conversations comes this manifesto.

An early, albeit tongue in cheek, analysis of the situation can be found here.

I want to invite input, please critique or add to this, or create your own. I would like to form a nationwide working group to solidify strategies. Let me know.

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Getting Sick

I’m writing here because of recurrent mental health issues I am currently in the middle of and their relation to my interpretations and responses to the world around me. I have recently found these mental health concerns to be overwhelming and worrisome and wish to work them out in a way that blurs the boundaries between public and private, society and the individual.

My interpretations and responses can be broadly termed left-radical. I am dedicated to learning the histories of social change movements, both on the right and left, and have take much influence from these as well as my brief experiences as a politically active human being. These knowledges have influenced me to critically examine all hierarchy and authority in the world and to participate in creating a world devoid of hierarchy. I feel this commits me to anarchistic philosophy and action, more fed by feminist, anti-racist, socialist, and ecological organizing than any study of anarchist principals per se.

My mental health issues consist of paranoia, loneliness, high tension, and waves of depression.  Some of these are latent in my personality, I have struggled with depression on and off again since I was 15. Some are from my family’s medical history and their influence on me, my father has hypertension and has taken medication for it. Some are part and parcel of my move away from where I consider home, Austin, Texas. Some is attributable to the political and social atmosphere in which I find myself: constant expectation for political sharpening and participation, power abuses by police officers and school administration. Some are coming with the onset of a transition from school life to a life beginning outside of formal schooling, with the prospect of having to find meaningful work and how and to what degree it should be integrated with my political leanings.

As a young white able-bodied man from an petit-bourgeois background, coming of age in a time of broiling instability on a worldwide scale, I find myself negotiating the problems of the world in a way that has me constantly challenging my identity and relations with others. I believe that at its root this is a healthy practice. Yet the doubts, guilt, and angst this produces can become overwhelming and counterproductive. Often this has an effect on the way I encounter and plan for my future.

I hope to use this blog to more concretely describe my relationship with myself, others, and the outside world. I hope that it can be a conduit for negotiating the line between taking myself seriously and not seriously. The blog will be critical at its root, offering analysis, personal and political.

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