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Thank You IMC (english)
16 Nov 2003
Modified: 17 Nov 2003
The tedious task of slashing posts and comments to the newswire is appreciated by me at least.
Like on the "Jerry Springer" show where do they find these people? I have all through out my life sided with the underdog. I think that is why most of us are here. I am disheartened when fascists think they can goose step in here and bust up the joint. I think that if we think rationally, we must all support the underdog. And now the easiest way to fight fascists is to log on and speak up. And just for the heck of it buy a sticker.

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I agree to a point (english)
17 Nov 2003
"I think that if we think rationally, we must all support the underdog"

It depends. If the underdog is such because he/she is not deserving of attention, then I dont think the underdog should be supported. If your rational thoughts lead you to believe that all underdogs must be supported, then you should also support Racists, Nazis, Skinheads, Christian Fundamentalists, Moonies, etc. They are all underdogs, because they have unpopular ideaologies. I dont like the idea of a crowd of anarchists shouting obscenities about our President, no matter who he is at the moment. There is a special right we have here in the United States. Its called a VOTE. If used wisely and collectively, it can do much more to change conditions than holding up any sign.
Linda, are you serious? (english)
17 Nov 2003
Voting doesn't change anything, and anyone with an ounce of knowledge about how electoral politics works in the United States would know that. How is it one canidate (Al Gore) could "win" a POPULAR vote by a few hundred thousand votes, yet still lose the presidential election? Does this sound like democracy in action?

Aside from this, how about when, historically, socialists have actually won important positions in office (such as, say, mayor of a major city), yet were removed from office in periods of reaction for sedition or some other excuse? Okay, it hasn't happened in awhile, but this was quite commonplace at the turn of the century (when labor and social movements were much stronger), as dozens of leftwing politicians were stripped of their elected positions in times of war or social strife.

How about when the United States has supported reactionary paramilitaries to overthrow popularly elected leftwing officials in countries where economic interests are threatened? Read much on recent Latin American, Southeast Asian or Middle Eastern political histories?

Are you really that naive, or just ignorant?

Voting is poor excuse for democracy and popular power. Real democracy is developed in popular assemblies, in neighborhoods, in workplaces and in the streets.
I agree with the above (english)
17 Nov 2003
Voting is a farce. Elections are bought. Presidents are appointed. Bush stole the election. And society knows the voting system does not work. Apathy still runs strong in Amerikkka.
thanks (english)
17 Nov 2003
I'm glad to know that many of our users think we've been doing an OK job of handling this mess. Any constructive feedback, whether you agree with what we're doing or not, is helpful.
...a suggestion nonetheless (english)
17 Nov 2003
Just to give a little input on the handling of the newswire. The concept of hiding eccentric, unknowledgable, useless articles and posts is probably the best I've seen yet. And the feature that allows you to search and view hidden posts is extremely useful as well. Just a suggestion to maybe open up the newswire a bit more, and be a bit more true to 'open publishing'. If it was set up more like a message board, with categories for posts, it could allow all posts to be viewed easier. Categories could run along the lines of demonstrations/marches, news articles (local, national, international), different issues (anarchist, socialist, communist, feminist, gay/lesbian/bisexual, etc.). Also have a separate category for bullshit, useless posts. People could choose the category for their post at the time, or each post could be reviewd before it was put into a category.

This is probably a huge pain in the ass to do, and would be a bitch to moderate and regulate.

A crazy suggestion, but a suggestion nonetheless.