I Hate Hate – Hating hate since 2007

I started this blog in 2007 – I’m writing this now on 20 March 2016, which means I’ve kept it up for 9 years.  Yes, there have been dry periods when I just had nothing to write; but I’m still kinda proud that I’ve kept it up so long.

The blog’s got regulars and followers – not a huge number, the blog certainly isn’t a great breakthrough popular concern.  But the regulars, followers, and the more casual readers do mean a lot to me.  I’ve got no real fixed agenda here, except the title: I Hate Hate.  And I like to think those of you who come read my stuph also hate hate… or at least dislike it, eh!

I’ve mentioned before where I got the title – it’s a song by an 80s US punk band, Reagan Youth.  You can hear it here:

and the lyrics:

I, as in M-E fuckin’ me!
Hate, as in H-A-T-E, hate!
Haaaate!
I hate up and down – I hate hanging ’round
I hate here and there – I hate everywhere
I hate this and that – I hate where I’m at
I hate near and far – all you hate is all you are!
Why hate the life you live? Hate makes waste – I’m positive
Why waste the life you live? Life’s to love – I’m positive
I hate one or two – I hate the world and you
I hate A to Z – I hate life and me
Why hate the life you live and hate yourself on top of it?
Why waste the life you live? Life’s to love – I’m positive
I hate hate! I hate hate! I hate…hate!
I…haaate!
Is life a losing war? There’s no need to fight no more!
You don’t have to lose no more – there’s a way to win the war!
Stop loving hate and hating love – when the fighting ends the war is won!
Stop loving hate and hating love – when the fighting ends and all is one!
I hate!

(http://www.lyricsfreak.com/r/reagan+youth/i+hate+hate_20220550.html)

A lot of you are not punks, or left-anarchists or anarcho-syndicalists – but I like to think we share one value: that of hating hate.  This world’s only so big, there’s only so much room for us; I hope that more of us are anti-hate, anti-haters… that we want to get along with each other, let each other do what we want (within reason, of course – no one should enforce their doctrine on others).  And that you agree, at least in part, with Emma Goldsmith’s definition of anarchism:

“Anarchism stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion and liberation of the human body from the coercion of property; liberation from the shackles and restraint of government. It stands for a social order based on the free grouping of individuals…”
Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

And another “quote” attributed to Goldsmith, that she probably didn’t use these exact words but they accurately reflect what she was saying:

“If I can’t dance to it, it’s not my revolution.”

At this point of time it’s very unlikely there will be a left-anarchist or anarcho-syndicalist revolution.  But the ideals of cooperatives, collectives, communes and other related systems are working, quite well in some places – various locations in Central and South America for instance.  And there are writers and thinkers in Western “democratic” society who promulgate the same ideals.  If as many of us as possible actually do something to make collectivism etc work around the world, one day we will be free of the haters and able to love instead.  Let’s try to do that, eh?

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