Diana

Most of you that follow me know I’m an Anarchist.  That means I also don’t believe in things like the royal family, or any sort of Monarchy.

The thing with Diana is that she never really liked being a Princess.  They really treated her badly.  She came from an aristocrat family, but it was her adult life that I enjoyed.  Once she got away from Chuck and the family, she focused on her kids, and really put HIV/AIDS, landmines and more, on the public map in a different way.  She had some good sense to use her celebrity (meaning not movie star, but rather famous for being known) for something good in the world. 

It was a big deal that people like Michael Jackson, or Diana Spencer, or Liz Taylor, were going to hospitals in the 90s, and actually touching HIV and AIDS patients.  There was still so much ignorant stigma around people living with HIV & AIDS, that they were treated like quarantined, caged animals.  It was a stupid notion, and I partly blame Ronald Reagan for ignoring it for so long, and creating a sense of “out of sight, out of mind” among people.  I mean my god, if the president doesn’t acknowledge it, why should I?  It wasn’t until his 2nd term was almost over that he even mentioned HIV & AIDS in the public.  (Of course by the end of his miserable life, he didn’t even remember he was president, most likely.)

I’m glad Diana, and whoever else with the social clout to get eyes on a disease, did what she did.  For that, I can forgive her being a royal the first few years of her adult life.

Footnote:  I find that most people today still don’t know all the ways (there’s only 4) that HIV can be transmitted.  ‘Murrica! 

Home of the spied upon, land of the ignorant.

I know you’re out there. I can feel you now. I know that you are afraid. You’re afraid of us, you’re afraid of change. I don’t know the future. I didn’t come here to tell how this was going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin.
[…] I’m going to show these people what you don’t want them to see. I’m going to show them a world without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible.
Where we go from there, is a choice I leave to you.

Neo

Who Owns What

I struggle with the idea of intellectual property.  I completely understand it on the side of Anarchism.

But I think, like all of us having been raised in a culture where everything revolves around money, and “mine mine mine!”, it’s hard to consider writing a book or publishing music and not having any control over it as to how it’s distributed or who’s making money off of it. 

Any artist puts a lot of effort into their works, and they just want to be compensated for that.  But therein again is the idea of money being the focus of things, once the work is done.  Money is never really the focus when you’re creating, but once it’s done, then it’s “how can I sell this?” that comes to mind.

It’s one of the last elements of anarchism & a voluntaristic^ society that alludes me, a bit.

(^Totally made that word up. You’re welcome.)