Member Spotlight #27: Ask The Man anything

The Man

Great Old One
AKA
Aaron
#26
I watch baseball sometimes (basically whenever a restaurant I'm in has a game on, and sometimes during the playoffs), and I paid cursory attention to the World Cup the last time it was going on. I can't really describe myself as much of a sports aficionado anymore though, although I used to be absolutely obsessed with baseball when I was younger.
Neglected to mention that I also followed basketball back during Michael Jordan's heyday. That Bulls team was basically the 1927 Yankees of our day, and I'm lucky that I saw a couple of their games in person. I don't think we'll see another team like that in our lifetimes. There haven't been any players like Jordan since, though. He was not just probably the best basketball player in history but also a class act.
 

The Twilight Mexican

Ex-SeeD-ingly good
AKA
TresDias
#27
Well, as long as you weren't looking for a good tip from him at a restaurant. :monster: (I went to school with folks who worked at a restaurant he frequented)

What do you think of his baseball stint?
 

The Man

Great Old One
AKA
Aaron
#28
He clearly tried to be a great baseball player, but I guess he just didn't have it in him. Incidentally, though, that's sort of when I started following his career closely, so make of that what you will.
 

trash panda

---m(O.O)gle---
AKA
Howl
#32
Where do you want to be? Both physically and in state-of-mind.

What makes you happy? Not just content, but truly happy deep down inside.

Member you most want to meet IRL and why. Go on, give us a sappy/cheesy answer that'll make us all cry.

What's the last nice thing you did for yourself?
 

The Man

Great Old One
AKA
Aaron
#33
Where do you want to be? Both physically and in state-of-mind.
Physically, I want to move either to Washington, D.C., or one of the Nordic countries. The former would be in an attempt to bring libertarian socialism to the U.S. (which I will probably fail at) as well as to live somewhere where I can actually put my first degree to use, and the latter would be to live in one of the countries that's closest to actually being libertarian socialist. As far as state of mind, I want to be a lot more in control of my emotions and better able to deal with mundane household tasks and shit. And able to deal with work stresses better. Having a relationship or friend with benefits (or more than one, as monogamy isn't really a thing I'm too concerned with) would be nice too.

What makes you happy? Not just content, but truly happy deep down inside.
Music, friends, and sex are probably the big three. As I've been deprived of the last of these for more time than I'd care to admit, my emotional state hasn't been the best. And while I was doing fine for several years, I'm finding myself becoming increasingly obsessed with it. At least the first two have kept me from going completely nuts.

I think being able to see a society in which people view taking care of each other as a civic duty would help make me happy, too. Unfortunately, America is not that society.

Member you most want to meet IRL and why. Go on, give us a sappy/cheesy answer that'll make us all cry.
There are lots of you I'd want to meet (in fact, there have only been three members in the history of this board that I wouldn't want to meet, all of whom were consistently rude to me, and two of them don't even post here anymore), but any female that would want to sleep with me would rocket to the top of the list for presumably obvious reasons :monster:
 

Dawnbreaker

~Heiress of Her Will~
AKA
Warrior of Light, Daryl Falchion, Dragonsoul, Dawnbreaker, Amy Pond, Cheryl Tunt
#34
In a revolution, what part would you play? What would you tell people to do? How would you help them? What is the plan to survive it and improve the world, not just Animal Farm it?
 

The Man

Great Old One
AKA
Aaron
#35
In a revolution, what part would you play?
Dunno. Possibly I'd try to work on the logistics of the economy or something. I can't really see myself being at the front lines.

What would you tell people to do?
Well, a revolution is a pretty good opportunity to take charge of one's own destiny, so that. Also, try to help each other as much as possible and do as little harm to others as possible.

How would you help them?
I'm not sure. I probably should read more books about this kind of thing before the revolution comes. :wackymonster:

What is the plan to survive it and improve the world, not just Animal Farm it?
The best answer to this question may actually be found in another Orwell book, namely Homage to Catalonia. This depicts the actual Spanish Revolution, during which an actual functioning anarchist society was set up in Catalonia. A lot of the book describes Orwell's experiences fighting in the trenches (which, as he notes, was characterised by lengthy periods of boredom followed by brief bursts of intense fighting), but other parts of it describe the way Barcelona and other parts of Catalonia functioned. It probably would have continued to work out if they hadn't been back-stabbed by the Communists.
 
#36
When you feel you need comforting, what do you do?

What's more important to you, good liberal attitude & supportive job or community you live in? (EG as open as I am, I've always lived in the closet in one or the other. In China the people at my work were fab & I could be open (though obviously not to students), but not so much in the society. In Indonesia it was the other way round. Still worked with fab people, just couldn't really be open)
I'm asking cos imo it would affect any future move you make re job/relocation.

Do you go to many gigs? if so what's the attraction of a gig for you? If not, why not man! You're nuts about music, why cut out half the experience?

If you were to make a signature cocktail, what would it consist of?

What motivates you to be so active on this forum? (esp regarding the jobs which are far from glamorous)

Are you the type to forgive & forget or do you hold grudges?
 

Carlie

CltrAltDelicious
AKA
Chloe Frazer
#37
Time for some sex questions. :awesome:

Pick two guys from the forum to have a threesome with and two girls.

Have you ever had any sex dreams involving TLS members?

Have you ever seen two people in the forum interacting and thought "man they would make a great couple"?
 

Atticus

Kissed by Fire
#38
How do you and your parents get along?

Do you ever wish you had siblings?

What is your happiest memory?

How did you first come to post on forums?
 

Octo

KULT OF KERMITU
AKA
Octo, Octorawk, Clarky Cat, Kissmammal2000
#39
Something you feel guilty about?

Something you feel proud about?
 

The Man

Great Old One
AKA
Aaron
#40
When you feel you need comforting, what do you do?
Pet the dog. Listen to music. Jerk off. Not all at once.

What's more important to you, good liberal attitude & supportive job or community you live in? (EG as open as I am, I've always lived in the closet in one or the other. In China the people at my work were fab & I could be open (though obviously not to students), but not so much in the society. In Indonesia it was the other way round. Still worked with fab people, just couldn't really be open)
I'm asking cos imo it would affect any future move you make re job/relocation.
I'm honestly not sure. I think being surrounded by like-minded people would be important, but being able to pursue a fulfilling career would also be important. I'm not sure if I could prioritise one or the other. Ideally wherever I move would have both.

Do you go to many gigs? if so what's the attraction of a gig for you? If not, why not man! You're nuts about music, why cut out half the experience?
Not very many, because not very many artists I like come to Florida, or if they do, I only hear about their concerts after they're sold out. I do enjoy them when I go, but it's usually only like once a year or something. Hopefully after I move I'll be able to see more shows.

If you were to make a signature cocktail, what would it consist of?
I don't drink alcohol (it conflicts with medication I take), so this is pretty difficult to answer. It would probably contain lemonade.

What motivates you to be so active on this forum? (esp regarding the jobs which are far from glamorous)
Truth be told, a lot of it is because I appreciate the recognition I get for my efforts. Even just getting Thanks for a post is nice.

Are you the type to forgive & forget or do you hold grudges?
Depends on how severe the offence is. It can be a mix of both, too. Frequently I'll be pissed off at someone for like a month and then forget about it.

Time for some sex questions. :awesome:

Pick two guys from the forum to have a threesome with and two girls.
Guys: No idea. Tres and MOG probably have the most experience. Though they probably don't have much experience with dudes so maybe I should go with the gay guys. Idk.

Ladies: I have to restrict myself to just two? Ok, again, Avec, Fangu, and/or Cab probably have more experience than most of the others, so probably two of them, but I can't think of any female members of this forum I'd turn down :monster:

Have you ever had any sex dreams involving TLS members?
If I have, I've forgotten them. I don't remember most of my dreams, even sex dreams :sadpanda:

Have you ever seen two people in the forum interacting and thought "man they would make a great couple"?
I can't think of any cases offhand, but I'm sure it's happened.

How do you and your parents get along?
Pretty well most of the time.

Do you ever wish you had siblings?
Occasionally.

What is your happiest memory?
Unquestionably the time I spent with my ex. Nothing else even comes close.

How did you first come to post on forums?
I was searching for info about some Final Fantasy game or other and thought the discussion on one of the forums I found was informative enough that I wanted to participate. Before that I was on a forum-ish Marathon site, but it was all run by one guy who just posted emails he got.

Something you feel guilty about?
Most recently, a few lies I've told.

Something you feel proud about?
Idk. Not being a misogynist shithead, maybe.
 
#41
Ok mocktail then cocktails need no alcohol.


Also, do we say thanks enough? Srsly, you do loads of work round here, of course it's not a one man effort, but I think I speak for everyone when I say we're very appreciative. :properhug:
 

The Man

Great Old One
AKA
Aaron
#42
Sure. I don't know what else I'd mix in with the lemonade though. I don't have much experience mixing drinks. Maybe limeade.

I mean, I won't complain if people want to give me more recognition/Thanks/other signs of gratitude. I don't really feel underappreciated though.

Note: I'm going to be in Newark for the next couple of days so don't expect the next participant's thread until I get back. My answers probably won't be very prompt either.
 

The Man

Great Old One
AKA
Aaron
#43
Also, since someone asked about revolution, I feel compelled to quote this excerpt from TV Tropes' article on anarchism:
In wanting to transition from the current hierarchical society to one based on voluntary cooperation without rulership, the question of how to get from "here to there" is one that has been of crucial concern to anarchists of different stripes from day one. However, it's also an issue which has divided them, though they would all at least agree that the strategy of taking state power and strengthening it to bring about libertarian socialism is out of the question. As a consequence, they tend to oppose taking part in electoral politics both on principle and out of the belief that it's ineffective compared to direct action (grassroots activity unmediated by formal political institutions).

However, some anarchists like Noam Chomsky recommend what's called "defensive voting" (using your vote as a form of self-defence against the state) in situations where a certain candidate or party winning an election could be catastrophic, like a fascist coming to power or a war being launched. (For example, he advocated voting for Barack Obama in the 2008 election, though he rightfully advised people not to expect any radical changes. In 2012, he endorsed Green Party candidate Jill Stein). A few others support taking part in municipal elections (though never national elections) so as to devolve the powers of local governments to directly-democratic neighbourhood assemblies and to municipalise enterprises before turning them over to worker self-management, though this is a minority position, with most anarchists being against taking part in any form of electoral politics.

They agree with most other radical socialists that class struggle (of the popular classes against the ruling elites) is a necessary part of social transformation, though they tend to disagree with many, especially Marxists, who see economic class as the only/primary form of oppression, with others - like race, gender, sexuality, nationality, ecology - being secondary or at worst a distraction. Rather, they see it as necessary to integrate class struggle with trans-class forms of struggle, unifying them in a way that makes purely class-based issues (like workplace organising) complement non-economic concerns (like fights against gender or ethnic oppression, or defence of the environment) as part of an intersectional social struggle against all forms of hierarchy and domination, whatever the specific tactics used for achieving an anarchist society.

To offer a brief run down of the various strategies that have been proposed to dissolve hierarchical society and bring about libertarian socialism, they are:

  • Insurrection: Armed struggle to violently overthrow the state and private capital and set up a confederation of worker councils and popular assemblies in their place. The tactic of "propaganda by the deed", which was popular in the second half of the 19th century, involved committing small-scale acts of violence against ruling elites in the hope this would incite the working classes to rise up and get into insurrection mode. As the now common image of the Bomb Throwing Anarchist terrorist proves, this didn't work. In fact, it only served to alienate most working people by associating anarchism with mindless terrorism. What few proponents this tactic has today at least agree that they need to get popular support for the uprising before committing any acts of violence, and that isolated acts of terrorism don't do much besides turn people off their cause.

  • Anarcho-syndicalism: While many have (somewhat inaccurately) used this term to refer to a social anarchist economic system, it's actually a strategy of achieving libertarian socialism through the use of trade unions. Anarcho-syndicalists propose setting up anarchist syndicates (unions), as well as establishing an anarchist presence in mainstream unions, so as to get as many working people organised as possible and eventually declare a general strike (or "general lock-out of the capitalist classes") to shut down the capitalist economy until the capitalists and landlords agree to sign over control over the means of production, distribution, and investment to the federation of syndicates that would have been established, who would then reorganise the economy on the basis of decentralised worker self-management. This strategy is still very popular today despite having been developed over a century ago in very different economic circumstances. It's also the one that's been most successful thus far, winning many labour victories through trade unions in the early 20th century with the Spanish Revolution of 1936 successfully establishing a libertarian socialist economy for a short time (before being suppressed by Marxists on the Republican side of the Spanish Civil War).

  • Dual Power: Creating counter-institutions to capitalism and statism - like worker cooperatives, directly-democratic popular assemblies, affinity groups, democratic schools, interest-free banks, intentional communities - and then linking them all together into a confederated network to contest the power of corporations and governments over the administration of society. Dual Power strategists see this process of "exodus" from hierarchical society as creating an anarchist transfer-culture which will prefigure the forms the new social-institutional structure will take "within the shell of the old". Most want this endeavour to be as nonviolent as possible while still defending the use of self-defensive violence as a last resort to prevent the Dual Power from being dismantled by state or corporate power. It was originally devised by Proudhon and is the primary strategy recommended by market anarchists, though several social anarchists like Gustav Landauer, Paul Goodman, and Murray Bookchin have supported it as well. Some even see Dual Power as compatible with anarcho-syndicalism, with trade unions confronting capital directly (and defending workers from its effects) while the Dual Power institutions try to route around it, offering people an escape from it and from the state.
I tend to support anarcho-syndicalism and dual power above insurrection, although I suspect all three will be necessary eventually.

I recommend reading the article in its entirety. It's very good.
 
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