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#23624

OMG:
https://medium.com/@danielkashepava/wpirg-s-worrying-anarchist-underbelly-507a4a35e94d

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  1. Before attempting your big takedown of a large diverse grassroots organization on the grounds that it's anarchist, antidemocratic, and against public interest, it would be good to make at least some token effort to understand (a) what anarchism is, (b) what democracy entails, (c) what "public interest" means, (d) how large heterogeneous grassroots organizations work, (e) basic honesty, and (f) cogent argumentation.

    Or, you know, try it your way instead.

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    1. You've added nothing to the conversation with your snide comment. Make a clear point or get out.

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    2. > heterogeneous grassroots organizations

      http://i.imgur.com/1eZ2a7O.png

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    3. That the linked post is incompetent in every way seems a pretty clear point.

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    4. You've said little enough to avoid giving anyone who disagrees with you anything of substance to dispute. Pretty cowardly in normal circumstances, but much more so on an anonymous site.

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    5. @1/1c
      And you are an idiot using big words in an attempt to sound smart without actually addressing the issue. This seems like a pretty clear point.
      The fact is that a political organization is funded using a mandatory opt-out fee. This organization presumoptuously claims it is serving "the public good", which is insulting to students who don't agree with the radical leftist ideology. Do you have any justification for this?

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  2. People who call the WPIRG anarchist/communist/whatever should realize that 1) it's not, and 2) it's for anyone interested in local politics. If the majority of people who care happen to be anarchist or communist or liberal or whatever, then it's not their fault for being the only ones who care about local politics.

    Look up the history of the PIRGs. Ralph Nader was/is far from an anarchist or a communist, the guy was a presidential candidate.

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    1. So WPIRG is neutral? That's fucking bullshit. WPIRG is pushing a radical leftist agenda using the students' money. If you think they are neutral, you are delusional. The point is not whether their political stance is good or bad. The point is that they are doing politics using the students' money. Why is WPIRG opt-out instead of opt-in in the first place? Oh right... because the vast majority of students wouldn't care enough to pay for this.

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    2. lefty here: i think we would all be royally screwed if they turned out to be a communist. Anarchist/socialist is better

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    3. @2b you don't really get the point. NOBODY CARES ABOUT THEIR PARTICULAR IDEOLOGY. They can believe and promote whatever they want, but they should do so with the money of their own members, like every other political group on campus.

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    4. 2c, strictly speaking, the other political groups on campus are the UW Young Liberals, the Campus Conservatives, and the Young Greens (or w/e they call themselves).
      These are all Feds clubs, and therefore are funded by our mandatory Feds fee.
      WPIRG just receives more of our money than they do, that's all.

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    5. @3: i accept this as an Appropriate response

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  3. infamous thief here lol: dont ask me how to spell ideology.

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