Hopefully this will make it a little easier for you to navigate around the blog. If you see the tags on posts they’re usually quite consistent right back to the beginning. So you should be able to use them to browse everything I’ve blogged on the subject previously with just a click. This page is a collection of some of the most common, or important, tags:
philosophical notions - thoughtful, slightly longer pieces. Usually making philosophical arguments or expressing my views on a matter in greater depth.
Liberation struggles and recurring concepts:
lgbtq - relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer etc politics. Struggles that (primarily) are effected by hetero-normativity and gender binary.
feminism - mostly relating to peoples’ struggle against and within patriarchal society.
poc - people of colour, struggles relating to racism within society.
native american - relating to anything to do with indigenous peoples of america. Note that by this I mean both north and south continents.
cultural appropriation - posts that relate to a dominant culture taking aspects of an oppressed culture and re-appropriating them, often for profit. In doing so atomising the appropriated aspects of that culture from it’s contextual whole and creating damaging misconceptions.
hegemony - hard to explain quickly, but essentially relates to the way media, education etc reflect and reproduce the values and perceptions of the dominant class while the subservient class is expected to consume and accept these. This includes examples of hegemony highlighted along with discussion on that nature of what it is. The aim of any class struggle must include creating it’s own hegemony so that it is not dependent on the values and ideals of the ruling class for communication.
rape culture - posts relating to the idea that we live in a culture which normalises rape.
image politics - posts regarding the way that capitalism and patriarchy influence our own perceptions of self-image and accepted beauty, for the purpose of power and profit, whilst in doing so alienating us from our true forms.
awesome women past and present - a collection of posts that look at pioneers of women’s struggle, or more generally awesome women that have done awesome stuff that get largely ignored because they’re not men.
Philosophers, individuals, specific movements and fronts:
Gramsci - Antonio Gramsci (leader of the Italian Communist Party, jailed by Mussolini’s regime).
Marx - Karl Marx.
Che - Ernesto “Che” Guevara.
Zapatista - relating to the EZLN and Zapatista movement in Chiapas, Mexico. A vaguely collectivist movement which established a proto-state, prioritising the people rather than profit and notably being a liberation movement for indigenous peoples of the region.
Marcos - Subcommandante Marcos of the EZLN
chomsky - Noam Chomsky.
finkelstein - Norman Finkelstein.
zizek - Slavoj Zizek.
wilde - Oscar Wilde.
Countries and regions that reoccur often:
uk - the United Kingdom.
us - the United States of America. (I generally try to avoid using the term America to refer to the country.)
palestine - relating to the land of Palestine, notably the Israeli occupation.
arab spring - events relating to the unrest and revolutions throughout north Africa and the middle east.
greece - mostly looking at the Greek fightback against austerity.
un - the United Nations.
cuts and fees - mostly the governments austerity in the UK but occasionally includes other states. Most stuff along these lines for non-UK states will tend to be filed under the name of that state.
precrime - examples of excessive or illegitimate policing.
riot porn - not literally porn, but pictures and videos that tend to get anarchists and revolutionaries all hot under the collar.
nature - from the cute to the majestic.
political - pictures, images, photographs of a political nature.
ponderings - less intensive than things filed under philosophical notions, generally thoughts or musings on a subject.
life - things relating to my life in general.
activism - things relating to activism that I’ve been involved in, in some way.