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The Life and Living of the Exalted Founder of the International Tea Conspiracy

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About teapolitik

This is the political journal of a Seattle activist, artist, writer and spiritual explorer. Most of my writing here will address other activists and politically-minded people, focusing on political strategy and critique of trends in various social movements in which I take part or active interest.

I also have started a journal discussing spirituality (tea_spirit), and a journal to showcase some of my photography (wasichu). Their userinfo pages will be expanded in the near future.

Ideologically, I identify as an anarchist communist, with anti-industrial and anti-civilization tendencies. I am operating from Derrick Jensen's definition (which seems to be the most consisten with reality), which says that civilization is characterized by the development of cities, which he defines as any settlement of humans requiring the importation of resources. In other words, I oppose the excersize of power by some humans over others, either by force or by material deprivation; I oppose the arrangement of human communities around class, social status, specialization and division of labor; I oppose the valuation of production over ecological integrity and sustainability, as well as the valuation of some humans over others, and of all humans over other species.

Writing this now, I'm annoyed that the basis of my political thought is expressed by the things I oppose, rather than the things I support or believe in. I believe in community and mutuality; educational, philosophical and spiritual emphasis on human and inter-species interdependence; communal autonomy and valuation of inter-community cooperation; reintegration and reconnection with nature; social and sexual freedom and responsibility.

Off the Internet, my current political focus is on helping to build the Seattle CrossSection Collective (which is not tied to, nor an advocate for, my particular ideological perspective). In the past, I have focused on anti-war, anti-imperialist and environmental issues.

Book recommendations

I could recommend many books, probably numbering in the hundreds. But that sort of list is usually a useless flood that's hard to pick through. Here are a few important books which have greatly influenced my thought and perspective. Needless to say, I think anyone who would read my journal ought to read these books immediately.

The River Why
The River Why
David James Duncan

Fishing, philosophy, death, humor, love. I was nearly in tears or hysterics through at least half the book.

The Culture of Make Believe
The Culture of Make Believe
Derrick Jensen

The author sets out to create a short essay on hate groups in the US, and instead produces six hundred pages exploring hate, destruction, violence, exploitation, and how these all interconnect within our culture. Jensen's writing is often haunting, as it wraps the political, the social, the spiritual and the personal into one damning portrait of the world we find ourselves in.

Widening Circles
Widening Circles
Joanna Macy

More than a simple memoir, Widening Circles inspires spiritual exploration, healing, and a reconsideration of our culture. In her life, Macy developed new approaches towards the destruction of our planet, and helped people connect to the suffering of those lives most affected, always empowering rather than overwhelming.

The Quantum and the Lotus
The Quantum and the Lotus
Matthieu Ricard, Trinh Xuan Thuan

The authors explore the connections and distinctions between Western science, particularly quantum and astro-physics, and Buddhist philosophy. Unlike a lot of these types of discussion, the reader is neither assumed stupid nor overwhelmed by jargon and concepts. Both Ricard and Thuan explain their respective philosophies in ways that are easy to understand, while retaining the profound meaning they are meant to explain. And instead of mental masturbation, the concepts the authors discuss are offered with a context of their impact on real life.

On the Justice of Roosting Chickens
On the Justice of Roosting Chickens
Ward Churchill

This book is an excellent reference, as it catalogues US military actions since 1776 and violations of international law since 1945. But its true impact comes from its opening essay, a harsh critique of the American delusion of innocence, challenging us to learn the lessons that past criminal states have been forced to learn: we cannot engage in mass crimes with impunity.

A Language Older Than Words
A Language Older Than Words
Derrick Jensen

Jensen opens Language with these words:

There is a language older by far and deeper than words. It is the language of bodies, of body on body, wind on snow, rain on trees, wave on stone. It is the language of dream, gesture, symbol, memory. We have forgotten this language. We do not even remember that it exists.

The book explores interspecies communication, and more broadly the history of communion between humans and nature, and the silencing and destruction of this relationship. Again, the political is connected to the social, the spiritual and the personal, making it clear that our relationship with the world touches every aspect of life, as well as every life.

The Miracle of Mindfulness
The Miracle of Mindfulness
Thich Nhat Hanh

I don't particluarly like most of Hanh's work, but The Miracle of Mindfulness is a perfect introduction to the practical benefits, as well as the philosophical background, of Buddhist practice. Rather than a guide to sitting meditations, this book leads the reader to make mindfulness a regular, even central, part of living.



I support Ward Churchill

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