today we are here to talk about THE MOMENT OF CRISIS + what happens inside of it
what are the tactics we’ve seen in these texts?
what are 3 things we can practice for real?
leah lakshmi article: what happens with policing + when it breaks down?
is that what always happens? when the state can’t regulate things break DOWWWWNNNN
princess says no! easy and possible to act w/o coherence of state structure
slab city! autonomous city with some organization. how do people deal with conflict? who is putting up street signs? fear of chaos! IF THERE’S NO COPS EVERYONE WILL RIOT (bs) – people accept cops because they don’t have any other ideas
5th sacred thing – conflict resolution – people tap in, different families, all taught conflict resolution – less conflict and people are faster/more direct
marge piercy’s he/she/it – rewriting prague golem story onto the eastern us corporate enclave gang territory – team meeting as fundamental arbitration unit – does this meeting-y structure depend on stable structure though?
is institution building a goal? ie, static structures (# coordinators in a council, building coordinators, etc)
what is the difference between militarized and everyone for themselves?
what makes lauren olamina a leader? people follow her, on some level – she has an idea and invites people along.
we see lauren in process – making a more open process as she grows
what is the opposite of the militarization of strategy?
what is the opposite of the white man savior? -> is it native cultures/ideas of tending the land, redeveloping the fertility of the soil, our continuity and its is the same – tipping it back towards sustainability
makes the situation of what to do in a crisis includes what kind of crisis is it + what sets up what practices in a way that preserves and sustains the unit of people we’re talking about in a non-isolationist way?
the story of kiribati, tuvalu, et al – crises you can see coming vs. those you can’t
rojava – autonomous territory in northern syria – kurdish enclave, semi-autonomous, getting out ISIS, successfully saying both we are not establishing a government AND the syrian state is not running this place. bc of cxn to both syrian civil war and the turkish one.
action plans respond to different known circumstances
zombie virus – trope to create a chaotic mob
militarized public health response – call in Some Force to deal with the mob
28 days later digression and other of those structures – the militarized
what about the purim structure: not premised on capitalist success but on instead continuing to work on that mode and get better at it. but is the bettering only among the people who are the leaders in the “horizontality”? that is a live question! what is the unit that we are talking about? and if we are talking about some level of concentric layers of engagement – what are the relationships btw these things? how permeable or impermeable is it?
how did the fifth sacred thing talk about collective process, nonviolence, and protective use of force? people take turns + rotate through. the q they are answering: what is the force we have if we are non-violent? if we start to think defensively then we’re thinking like our enemies and in that they are winning. when the first soldiers come, they offer them water. soldiers shoot a couple of people, citizens of outpost use protective use of force to disarm the soldiers but just disarm them. invite people in – “there is a place for you at our table.” at the end, the people win – but that predicates on being able to have human contact with soldiers and isn’t that outdated? the living army? – how do you deal with the confrontation of people who have the capacity to kill you at a distance but don’t because they see more value in your living exploitation.
we can expect to lose the opportunity to starhawk a military conflict long before it changes a situation substantially.
like an ursula k leguin book – invading forces from the north, how do we confront or receive this confrontation if we are also nonviolent?
moment of crisis policing vs occupying force policing – how are these tactically different – ie protests around mike brown & eric garner
the q of manageable units – 40k people can get blocked by a line of police in a way that a small group cannot – a manageable until becomes tactical
having a plan of receiving confrontations – not an action plan as much as a reaction plan?
a big q: is the definition of success survival or an ethical enacting of principles?
maybe? both? survival with principles intact? physical survival vs emotional survival? what are the dynamics of survival for the unit of people + the people beyond that – a q not a presumption depending on the situation? but also interested in resisting heroic martyrdom narratives?
what is the moment before heroic martyrdom that perhaps comes to “the best thing for us to do given the goal we have is for a lot of us to die.” how did people survive, how are people surviving in the face of truly mass death? how are people who will be shot by the police confronting the police? what is that founded on? is it simply that there is no other option?
the cynicism of “i feel curious about what small communities of radical folks would do with the presumption of survival” – fear that radical folks get wiped out because we didn’t have underground bunkers, guns, etc.
survival at all costs! -> no, not really? if what we are seeking is the preservation of radical people and ideals, at what point is that struck down by people’s actions?
but at what cost ideological purity and the inevitable failure of our own moral goals?
the exodus generation situation – how do these things get started? – can the people from before come forward or must someone new take their place? why don’t these books ever tell us HOW? (the holdfast chronicles do, esp the 3rd book – what happens when someone who is a product of the most repressive society, who has spent time in the least oppressive, then comes back to a moment of collapse in that home repression society)
but korach’s rebellion – the idea that making a society after the revolutionaries died is to make sure the revolutionaries can’t get in there and eff it up
what is and is not learned by experiencing oppression
what do you do tactic wise if you’re like oh! we’re in a crisis, and so and so is having a panic attack and so and so is triggered and so on and so forth
the usefulness of the transitional generation bc the collective memory, narrative, coping mechanisms are so useful – you need that to found a future society
in the dispossessed, the idea of ode’s experience, odo writing her book similar to lauren olamina’s book – veneration of how people saw things + what they wanted to have
what is the usefulness of all this – these memories, etc.
some survival is important – cannot just cut out a middle generation
w/o dense intergenerational relationships, we can’t say ways of passing on are fucked or not fucked
but what do we take all of this talking into goals?
do we need to invite lots of people into this, intergenerationally in particular? do we make smaller the scope?
thinking abt the goals in terms of developing principles; size of unit/resource distribution; also people with kids
who needs to be in the room? who needs to be in the group? how do we fail forward; communication principles + thinking them through is worth some energy –
also, like, fruit tree + edible plant tree mapping; where is the water spigot – but then what do we do with that knowledge + how we are creating it
how do we create urgency/false requirements? ** important to notify people that crisis/stress may happen **
how do we allow for scenarios/success of ability – urgency vs rushing – letting this be ambiguous – do we believe this rumor – why are you running and why is it urgent