garden161

What are my political views?

As this is a digital garden, all items are subject to change and this and all pages may be updated periodically to express myself more clearly.

Ideally, and admittedly a work in progress- I am committed to fighting normative violence, fascism, colonialism, and racial supremacy in all of its forms. To question and work to replace the capitalist structure and its abusive scripts about human worth in relation to work, productivity, and ownership. To subvert oppressive gender norms and put in question the binary. To actively unlearn biased and colonial thinking.

I am aggressively opposed to racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, nationalism, ethnocentrism, religious fundamentalism, and oppressive and coercive power structures of all kinds.

One often has to participate in a capitalist society to be able to support themselves while fighting to reduce its harms and pave a way forward to something new. However, the oft-repeated statement "there is no ethical consumption under capitalism" is not a free pass to abandon all principles and action. Do what you can, where you can.

The number 161 in the site name represents anti-fascism. Consider the anti-fascist stance of this site to also represent the ideas behind the three-arrows symbol.

The Three Arrows used by anti-fascist anarchists originated from the Social Democratic Party of Germany to mean "neither Stalin's slaves nor Hitler's henchmen" and was designed to be stenciled over swastikas. It represents the different types of authoritarianism that should be opposed: Reactionaries, Fascists & Authoritarian Socialists.

Parts of this taken/modified from here and here and here
   

What are my beliefs (religious, otherwise)?

This page will be updated with more information at a later time, but I will summarize where I currently land:

Ex-evangelical-christian (born into that world) that underwent a deconstruction of faith over a 5-10 year period and currently holds no particular religious beliefs in any particular deities or supernatural forces. Although the word is often misunderstood you can consider me an atheist- an agnostic one. At this point I would say that some spiritual paths may offer unique views that can be helpful (Buddhism, for instance) so I am not against potentially using bits and pieces from paths of faith to inform my view of the world, but I do so with intense caution, as coming anywhere near dogmatic views or beliefs in supernatural or authoritative forces can be harmful.