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  1. Why ever would you do that?!?! Let's get all positions to have at least 2 nominees so there's a vote. I like votes, votes are good. I like votes, votes are good.
  2. The terms for the current GC are expiring -- I'm actually a little off on timing for this thread. (Oops.) That's why the nomination period isn't quite perfect. Don't wanna forget, though. Please nominate candidates here. Positions are the Councilor of Activities, Councilor of Information, Councilor of External Affairs, and Comrade WA Delegate. Please see this thread for a more complete description of the roles, if you are interested in running. If you are nominated by someone else, you must accept the nomination by posting your acceptance here for it to be valid.
  3. Hi!

  4. Easy to ask, hard to answer. By living in society, each of us depends on others for our day-to-day experience. We owe others for inventing the technology upon which we rely, for producing and transporting the things we consume, for teaching us, for so many other things. It is, therefore, legitimate that society can require some things from us in turn. The questions of what can fall under this category, how these things can be demanded, and who can do the demanding remain open under this framework. But in short, the interdependence between the individual and the group -- specifically that for which the individual owes the group -- is at least a potential basis for legitimate authority for the group to make enforceable demands of the individual. I should note that there is some parallel between what I have said and what Engels says: "Everywhere combined action, the complication of processes dependent upon each other, displaces independent action by individuals. But whoever mentions combined action speaks of organisation; now, is it possible to have organisation without authority?" I answer this question with a "no," given what I said previously -- co-dependence amongst people does, in my opinion, create situations where the group (properly understood as workers councils) has the legitimate authority to make certain demands upon the individual. In that sense, authority springs from organization in quite practically the way Engels goes on to explain.
  5. Well I'd say what I support looks like a government because I do think that these councils can justly/legitimately exercise coercion backed by threat of violence against a member of society. That's typically the hallmark ability of a government. I take it that most anarchists do not support any institution having this power. In this sense, I don't think that I fall under what Engels is calling "anarchists" here. But anyway, I was mainly concerned with Engels' definition of anarchy in context, but I think Freien's answer about context possibly makes sense. Much of the anarchist literature with which I am familiar is more recent, ie. Rudolf Rocker, for example.
  6. Although I am unsure if I should be considered an anarchist (I think not -- the kinds of workers councils I'd support look a lot like local governments), I do wonder if Engels is here committing an error by banking on an ambiguity on the word "authority," or even committing an equivocation. Do anarchists oppose the kind of authority Engels says they oppose? (And even if they do actually, do they have to to remain anarchists?) Engels says: "Authority...means: the imposition of the will of another upon ours; on the other hand, authority presupposes subordination." I am not convinced that these two "halves" of the definition are equivalent, that both are necessary, and that anarchists do oppose or must oppose both halves. (At least, not without further discussion.) Also, Freien never gets any love for posting these. Thanks, Freien
  7. Oh, a brief addendum -- The discord for the ILC organization includes a space to discuss GA and SC proposals and up for votes with members of the involved regions as well, so anyone who would like to see/participate should absolutely message me for a join link.
  8. Comrades, For some time, a coalition of regions has been working to create an organization to foster participation in the World Assembly called the Interregional Legislative Coalition. This coalition would include the DSA (a fellow NSLeft member), the SLU, and TVF, should these regions ratify the charter of the organization. This vote will determine whether The Internationale wishes to join. The charter for the organization can be found here, but I will briefly explain it below. The purpose of the ILC is to foster the creation of WA proposals from members of regions in the coalition, and allow us to make use of our combined WA experience to make our proposals effective and get them up to vote, and passed. The coalition also analyzes proposals up to vote in the WA and makes a recommendation. However, no member region is bound by that recommendation, and the WA delegate for TI is still expected to vote with the majority of WA voters in the region under most circumstances. The charter includes provisions for things like adding new regions to the coalition, ejecting regions from the coalition, amending the charter, etc. If there are specific questions about it or its implications, please post here. As always, VETO's do not count unless they are explained below. We were involved in the drafting of the charter, and several members of TI have been watching the discord where negotiations have occurred. If any of you would like to be added to that discord server, please let me know and I will add you such that you can see its chat history. We also held a short discussion about this earlier in the process. Voting ends February 22nd.
  9. The kind and beautiful @Zenganopoli did label the above the "first edition." Were you planning on doing this periodically?
  10. Actually now that you're bringing this up, I wonder if we should do this periodically.
  11. The results of the voice chat event where @Zenganopoli interviewed the candidates for CoA below, if you missed it: 1. what is the first thing you will do as CoA on the first day in charge? varsala: asking people what activity/discussion they want ayanka: i won't be online on that day, i will have a planification for activities if I get elected, anyway slc: stage a votation for deciding which RPs to start, and also a party radio event 2. name 3 projects you have in mind for your term varsala: 1 knowing each others better by having personal conversations by creating an even safer space (on the forums) based on invitations to discuss those topics, 2 more space for entertainment on discord, 3 socializaton of knowledge ayanka: 1 a RP: the international squad against the evil forces of turanism, 2 debate sessions on the forums, 3 discussion sessions about controversial figures of the left slc: 1 RP: NSLeft world cup, 2 political NS-based roleplay, 3 poster competition 3. what is in your opinion the best city/town/village of the entire world? varsala: Berlin ayanka: Moscow slc: Tolyatti 4. What is your opinion on ferries? varsala: we need to collectivise yachts ayanka: i don't like ferries, they are slow and promote consumerism, i prefer road travel slc: they're too low and so not good for accelerationism 5. who is inside TI your most favourite member? varsala: zengan (or ayanka, nobody really understood tbh) ayanka: Leninbot slc: zengan 6. and who is your least favourite freien? varsala: not freien ayanka: brad pitt slc: freien bash machine III Describe the following members of the internationale without fearing the consequences. 7. varsala varsala: soft ayanka: elf-boy slc: gay (because he's Gaius the gay) 8. ayanka varsala: fierce ayanka: asshole slc: tankie shitposter 9. slc varsala: bad taste for things ayanka: imadeshittybritishflagsforhim slc: british 10. Zenganopoli? varsala: wholesome ayanka: italian zizek slc: spicy zizek 11. diljan varsala: has the personality of a sandpaper ayanka: god slc: yezhov 12. what is the best thing you bought in the last 2 months? varsala: 200$ in hair products ayanka: buying thingsm what kind of shitty communist are you????? slc: chip butty (it's a baguette with chips in) 13. how much money do you think you need monthly to live the life you desire for your future varsala: 10000 reais because I want to travel a lot ayanka: 2000€, I'm a humble man slc: 0 because on communism there will be no money 14. None of you drive, are you planning to get a license and a car? which one? varsala: no, I'm terrified by driving ayanka: yes, but I want a motorcycle slc: yes, the cheapest car I can find 15. You have to answer to the next question by pretending you actually understand what I am going to say, ok? if I told you that the name of my favourite leftist party in its native language is this one: "partìd-front unid prugresèsta, di lavuratùr, di uparér e di cuntadèn pruleteeri, rivuluziuneeri, sucialèsta, anarco-tanchèsta, cumunèsta pupuleer dla repòblica bunkerèsta federatìva, sucialèsta, suvièètica, lèbra, dimucràtica dla zitee ad san marèn (ugiaèsta-pusadèsta)", what would you think about me? <basically it's the name of the party of San Marino, but in romagnol> varsala: *no hablo chino* (i don't speak chinese in spanish) ayanka: sorry, I don't speak Romanian slc: you're hoxhaist-posadist 16. What is your opinion on the letter F? varsala: F was the nickname of my first shitty boss, so "yuck" ayanka: it's the letter for "fuck you", so positive slc: F is for fascism and fascism is bad 17. what are your favourite weather conditions? varsala: warm and cloudy with a nice breeze ayanka: snow, it's the good thing that stopped the Germans in Stalingrad slc: rain, because it's the only thing i've experienced in jersey 18. Name a movie you would force your neighbour to watch varsala: Suite Française ayanka: who killed captain Alex? slc: the emoji movie 19. I stole the last question from jeff: Tell us about a dream or a nightmare that you've recently had varsala: my parents and I were sent to a slave camp into a mining field and then we tried to kill the guardians ayanka: I woke up in a plane and there was nobody in the cabin but the plane was still flying, then I saw a nuclear bomb inside the plane. Then I asked myself what I should. Then I drove the plane by listening to the radio, then I accidentally dropped the bomb slc: i beat a fascist to death with a crowbar
  12. To recap: WA Delegate: (1) Soviet Potheads and (2) Burninati0n accepted External Affairs: Zenganopoli accepted Information: Manseteus accepted Activities: (1) British Socialist Republics (formerly known as SLC), (2) Ayanka, and (3) Varsala accepted We have (3) for activities and still need one for External Affairs and Information for there to be elections. Any of you who are in for Activities want to move to one of the ones that currently has no election?
  13. I’d like to second Freien’s nominations. Also I nominate Freien for my old post of unofficial puppet master (TM). More seriously, I nominate @Asturies-Llion for Information. Or, you know, whatever other post he wants.
  14. I’ll accept Freien’s nomination for me as WA Delegate again. That gets us to 2 contested positions. We still need to find second people for External Affairs and Information so we can have a full gamut of elections. LET THE PEOPLE SPEAK!
  15. Nominations: WA Delegate: <none accepted> External Affairs: Zenganopoli accepted Information: Manseteus accepted Activities: British Socialist Republics (formerly known as SLC) accepted It would be cool if we actually got to hold elections (eg. if more people accept their nominations), so. Nominations are not over peoples.