Beyond Revolution has moved to Beyondrevolution.wordpress.com. The reason for this is to fight anarchist in-fighting as well as to acknowledge that though the current global uprisings may be anarchist in nature or that they may be very anarchistic, Most of the elements that have come together to make these movement(s) what they are do not identify as anarchist. In short, this global movement we are seeing today is one of a natural, instinctual character and as so it hopefully will avoid the sectarianism and dogma of any single ideology. The new version of the site, I hope shall demonstrate this. Another reason for moving away from the word ‘anarchism’ as opposed to moving away from its core principles is to avoid unjustified preconceptions of what anarchy means and as such gain an even wider audience. It is my opinion that regardless of what we call this push towards liberty it is that push that is important and not the label(s) attributed to it.
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“Good teachers have nothing to give but enthusiasm to learn; they cannot with the best will in the world, give their students knowledge” -Bill Mollison, Permaculture Two
“Only after the last tree has been cut down, Only after the last river has been poisoned, Only after the last fish has been caught, Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.” – Cree Indian Prophecy
“The State represents violence in a concentrated and organized form. The individual has a soul, but as the State is a soulless machine, it can never be weaned from violence to which it owes its very existence.” -Gandhi
“There is room for all in the sunshine of the revolution” -Proudhon
“The revolution is not, and cannot be, the work of a party. The most a party can do is foment a coup détat and a coup d’état is not a revolution.” -Angel Pestaña
“The Anarchists are simply unterrified Jeffersonian Democrats. They believe that ‘the best government is that which governs least,’ and that which governs least is no government at all.” -Benjamin Tucker
“From my point of view the killing of another, except in defense of human life, is archistic, authoritarian, and therefore, no Anarchist can commit such deeds. It is the very opposite of what Anarchism stands for…” -Joseph Labadie
“John Burroughs has stated that experimental study of animals in captivity is absolutely useless. Their character, their habits, their appetites undergo a complete transformation when torn from their soil in field and forest. With human nature caged in a narrow space, whipped daily into submission, how can we speak of its potentialities?”
“Anarchism is my declaration of peace with you. It is a repudiation of the use of coercive power to achieve my own ends, or to abet the domination of any man by his fellows, or over his fellows.” – Cat Farmer
“Anarchism does not mean bloodshed; it does not mean robbery, arson, etc. These monstrosities are, on the contrary, the characteristic features of capitalism. Anarchism means peace and tranquility to all.” -August Spies, Haymarket anarchist
“We who ploughed the prairies and built the cities can build again, only better next time. We carry a new world, here in our hearts. That world is growing this minute.” Durrutti
“I cannot teach you violence, as I do not myself believe in it. I can only teach you not to bow your heads before anyone even at the cost of your life.” -Gandhi
Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
— Dr. Seuss
“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”
— Albert Einstein
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
— Mark Twain
“The skylines lit up at dead of night, the air-conditioning systems cooling empty hotels in the desert and artificial light in the middle of the day all have something both demented and admirable about them. The mindless luxury of a rich civilization, and yet of a civilization perhaps as scared to see the lights go out as was the hunter in his primitive night.”
“‘What I believe’ is a process rather than a finality. Finalities are for gods and governments, not for the human intellect.” – Emma Goldman
“The essence of all slavery consists in taking the product of another’s labor by force. It is immaterial whether this force be founded upon ownership of the slave or ownership of the money that he must get to live” -Leo Tolstoy
“A democracy cannot be both ignorant and free.” –Thomas Jefferson
“There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else. That is the misery of being poor.” –Oscar Wilde
“Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners.”- Edward Abbey
“Anarchism is no patent solution for all human problems, no Utopia of a perfect social order, as it has so often been called, since on principle it rejects all absolute schemes and concepts. It does not believe in any absolute truth, or in definite final goals for human development, but in an unlimited perfectibility of social arrangements and human living conditions, which are always straining after higher forms of expression, and to which for this reason one can assign no definite terminus nor set any fixed goal.” -Rudolph Rocker
“Despite the popular idea of anarchists as violent men, Anarchism is the one non-violent social philosophy.… The function of the Anarchist is two-fold. By daily courage in non-cooperation with the tyrannical forces of the State and the Church, he helps to tear down present society; the Anarchist by daily cooperation with his fellows in overcoming evil with good-will and solidarity builds toward the anarchistic commonwealth which is formed by voluntary action with the right of secession.” -Ammon Hennacy
“Hence the futility of revolutionaries who have no gardens, who depend on the very system they attack, and who produce words and bullets, not food and shelter.” – Bill Mollison
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Yesterday, I and some comrades (my brother and my girlfriend) went to the EXDO event center in north Denver to counter-protest the bigot extremists from the Westboro Baptist Church. The campaign was a great success as they were too cowardly to even show up and from what I gathered, at the previous location they wanted to spew their bigotry at they only stayed for ten minuets before having to retreat. Regretfully, I did not bring my Canon but I did use Amelia’s Kodak which isn’t the greatest camera but I still got some decent pics of the event.
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I plan to, in the forthcoming days to create a small guerrilla permaculture plot at the small creek next to my house. The property is public and owned by the city and as such is “illegal” for me to plant there. The first step I will have to accomplish is to find a spot where the city maintenance crew will not just mow over it as well as a spot where I won’t be harassed by the law. I will also have to choose a spot that will minimize the threat of vandalism being used against the garden.
Then I will have to assemble the materials I will require to create my very small, experimental plot. First I will take some old paper grocery bags I have lying about the house and cut off the tops of them leaving about 4 to 6 inches left in the bottom of the bag. I will then fill the bottom of my grocery bag with soil from the garden I planted in my backyard.
Next I will take some mulching materials which I will locate from some source either at or near my house, the cut off part of the bag, a bucket, the clipped bag with the soil in it, a wooden stake about 3 to 4 feet long, possibly some newspaper (if I can find some), the left over morning glory seeds I collected last season, a spade and either a hammer, rock or brick to the plot site I have selected.
I will then clear a spot there, soak the cut off part of the bag and newspaper thoroughly with water from the creek using my bucket. Then I will lay down some of the mulch approximately 3 to 5 inches deep on top of the site, followed by the soaked paper bag trimmings. The bags and mulch will keep the weeds from coming up by depriving them of an easy growth path, sunlight, and oxygen but by soaking them it will make it possible for my plant’s roots to establish themselves below the bag and into the mulch when they mature.
Next I will place the grocery bag planter on top of the prepared site and hammer it into place with the stake which will not only keep the bag in place but will also provide a growing structure for the morning glories when they mature.
I will then soak the soil and planter thoroughly to allow for germination and surround the planter with organic mulch to somewhat disguise it and to prevent “weeds” from over growing the surrounding site which could easily deprive my seedlings of light or even infiltrate the planter from above. I will also very lightly cover the soil with organic material to keep airborne seeds from contaminating it and to help keep the soil moist. The covering mulch will also get a soaking.
From time to time, I will venture over to water this planter and as the seedlings begin to mature, I will add more and more mulch to protect the soil from invasion and keep it moist. Hopefully all will go according to plan and I will keep this page updated with the outcome of my experiment. If all goes well, I will create a much larger plot next season using the same or slightly modified techniques which should be replicable by almost anyone. The cost of this concept is pretty minimal, and should consist of only soil (If you don’t have any that is usable) and seeds as pretty much anything else I will use here can be obtained from home or can be acquired or recycled for free.
The two reasons that I chose this method are that I did not want to have to use to much physical labor and also that I have virtually no money, so this technique can be applied virtually anywhere and modified to fit whatever your needs are. Some variations of this could include contour planting in between rows in a conventional backyard garden with the incorporation of a drip hose system. Just lay the hose under the bags and/or under the conventional rows in your garden and all you have to do then is to connect the hose with your faucet, turn it on and not really have to do much else but harvest or plant.