What Does It Mean to Be a Revolutionary Today?

Scary, coming from a California/Massachusetts Ph.D. bearing liberal, in the same way my leanings to Turkish Islamism are scary. It is not the iceberg you have to be scared of, it is the tip of the iceberg. Every radical movement has a large mass of moderates supporting it. I hate the Turkish AKP as much as I hate the American GOP, but they are really gaining power and maybe in that chaos stability will come? Maybe we need ground troops to stabilize the Middle East and deliver aid and make the area safe so people can live there in the face of climate change induced social chaos? In the meantime, like in Germany, counter protests are needed to shut down these forces. In that way, my anarchist soul loves the All Out Atl movement (a counter protest to the pro-KKK rally planned for 4/23/2016 in Stone Mountain), radical leftists shutting down the radical right in America. The Atlanta Black Bloc organize please (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_bloc). I have my mask ready.

“I’ve been thinking lately that I want to write an article or a blog or status update, or all 3, titled “I don’t hate Donald Trump.” It’s not that I think he would make a good POTUS. Not at all. I will not vote for him, and I will work for his opponent, whoever that is. I think it’s important that he be defeated.

But I am growing weary of all the Trump-hating and fear-mongering that I see in my Facebook feed every day: the apocalyptic language, the threats to move to Canada, the comparisons to Nazi Germany, the over-the-top claims of how very, very bad it all is, so much worse than ever before, and the people who are so very, very AFRAID and TERRIFIED. That’s the bait that, at least now, I think we need to resist taking. Did we really love the status quo so much?

Yes, we have to take Trump seriously, but after all that he is still just a man, an entertainer, a fool. I think he will probably get the Republican nomination, but I don’t think he will ultimately prevail in the general election. Maybe some good can be brought out of his shaking up the status quo, if good people don’t give into fear and hate.”

Karen Allendoerfer


About kayaerbil

I am a Berkeley educated chemistry Ph.D. who is moving into the area of working on developing appropriate technology for communities that are subjected to socio-economic oppression. The goal is to use simple and effective designs to empower people to live better lives. Currently, I am working with Native Americans on Pine Ridge, the Lakota reservation in South Dakota. I am working with a Native owned and run solar energy company. We are currently working on building a compressed earth block (CEB) house that showcases many of the technologies that the company has developed. The CEB house is made of locally derived resources, earth from the reservation. The blocks are naturally thermally insulating, keeping the house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Eventually, a solar air heater and photovoltaic panels will be installed into the house to power the home and keep it warm, while preserving the house off the grid. A side project while in Pine Ridge is a solar computer. I hope to learn about blockchain encryption software for building microgrids. In addition, it is an immediate interest of mine to involve local youth in technology education.
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