When there are many captains in the boat, the catch is always small.

Txalupan nagusi asko daudenean, arrantza gutxi.
January 02, 2019
"By exposing the shortcomings of authoritarian pseudo-solutions to social problems, anarchists can hope by precept and action to strike the same spark of protest off in those who long since gave up hope. When enough people have seen through the swindle of authoritarian systems clearly enough to feel cheated themselves, then it won't matter whether they vote with their hands or their feet. One way or another society will just have to move in an anarchist direction." - Bob Green

https://libcom.org/library/ethics-anarchism
December 19, 2018
"The most effective anarchists have either been propagandists, like Kropotkin, or pioneers in the educational field like Homer Lane and A. S. Neill.. In the industrial field neither syndicalism nor mutual aid has fired the imagination of any significant proportion of the population. So far from being interested in workers' control, the average worker cannot be bothered to take an active part in Union activities." - Bob Green. https://libcom.org/library/ethics-anarchism
December 19, 2018
"There are no short cuts to the free society. The problem is basically educational, and the process is inevitably a long one. The most that can be hoped and worked for is that the next generation will be less authoritarian in outlook than the present one." https://libcom.org/library/ethics-anarchism
December 19, 2018
"In attempting to analyse the value systems of anarchists it is not suggested that they can be sorted into three neat piles, egotistic, humanitarian and hard core. Many anarchists, possibly most, have never bothered to consider to what extent their anarchism is based on self interest, a love of mankind, or an article of faith concerning the nature of man. Elements of all three may probably be found in various proportions in all anarchists." Bob Green. https://libcom.org/library/ethics-anarchism
December 19, 2018
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December 07, 2018
My paper "Towards a Cross-Cultural Conceptual Framework for Researching Social and Emotional Education" was just published in The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) Journal of Education.

https://iafor.org/journal/iafor-journal-of-education/volume-6-Issue-3/article-7/

Abstract:
The central aim of this study was to investigate how different countries practice social and emotional education (SEE) using a comparative research design to create a cross-cultural conceptual framework. The study used a sequential quantitative-qualitative analysis with a comparative design that included 750 teachers. Cross-cultural differences were found in the research sample regarding teachers’ self-perceived role in socialising emotion: specifically, the teachers’ openness to emotional expression in the classroom, and what social and emotional aptitudes were more likely to be included as part of SEE provision. More variation was found in these variables internationally compared to intranationally. A conceptual framework using two dimensions was created in order to aid future cross-cultural research regarding SEE provision and the study of emotional rules in the teaching profession: the Ideal Affect (likelihood of suppressing rather than expressing emotion) and the Ideal Self (likelihood of developing skills for independence versus interdependence).

December 06, 2018
What they're trying to protect is not humanity, but their gardens, houses and lands.

Rather, if anyone dares threaten their authority,

they'll be extinguished, whoever they are.
November 30, 2018
Mental health coping strategies
I was watching a 'Rachel and Jun' video on youtube the other day - if you don't know them, they are a very cute couple who create infotainment videos about Japan and the culture clashes in their marriage (she's American, and he's Japanese). I found a comment on one of their videos where someone confessed to 'saving' Rachel and Jun videos for when they are dealing with severe anxiety.

That made perfect sense to me. Jun is pretty much the Bob Ross of cooking, here he is making blueberry cheesecake with homemade yogurt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Jmce2tUn88

And Rachel is a badass. Her translating Japanese women's tweets with the hashtag 'let's be angry together' after the exam-fixing scandal was an amazing video (definitely for the more high energy days though): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-HWoLVJdoY
November 30, 2018
"Edurne Scott Loinaz, co-founder of the HAHA Academy, introduces a comparative study of 66 ‘lower left’ organisations – that is, groups that are autonomous from the state, use horizontal organisation for planning and decision making, are not for profit, and anti-capitalist. She points to the importance of thinking and communicating in terms of a dimensional ‘zone of solidarity’, rather than the damaging reliance on binary language."

https://anarchiststudies.noblogs.org/article-no-profit-no-hierarchy-a-comparative-study-of-the-lower-left/
November 28, 2018
I agree with Popper: fuck Plato.
November 18, 2018
As I write this there's a helicopter circling round and round and round over my small neighbourhood, like a blood-thirsty mosquito in the night. It's keeping vigil over the November 17th demonstrators in Exarcheia clashing with the police.

Tear gas rounds are being fired one after another by cops who treat fellow humans like cockroaches. The gas will creep into the bedrooms of young and old tonight. Tear gas gets up in every hole on your face and in a matter of seconds you're just snot, spit and tears.

To quote my new love De Cleyre, "Subvert the social and civil order ... Aye, I would destroy, to the last vestige, this mockery of order, this travesty upon justice."
November 17, 2018
Spent the last three days reading Voltarine De Cleyre and I'm in love.

"It is not violence the ruling classes object to; for they themselves rule by violence, and take with the strong hand at every door. It is the social change they fear, the equalization of men ... What! These creatures who drill men in the science of killing, who put guns and clubs in hands they train to shoot and strike, who hail with delight the latest inventions in explosives, who exult in the machine that can kill the most with the least expenditure of energy, who declare a war of extermination upon people who do not want their civilization, who ravish, and burn, and garrote and guillotine, and hang, and electrocute, they have the impertinence to talk about the unrighteousness of force!"
November 17, 2018