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Conversations with other anarchists are forcing me to re-think my working philosophy. I have to see what axioms are basic to my ideology, and if they should remain, or be adjusted or eliminated. Here are some of them:

The Holocene extinction is real, and is ongoing: up to 400 species per day are disappearing for good. The "die-off" has already started; it just hasn't yet extended to the human race on any massive scale.

Dunbar's number (147) represents the upper limit at which humans in a group can maintain stable social relationships. Those anarchists who prefer group sizes of 2000 or more may therefore need to come up with new, non-hierarchical methods of maintaining group cohesiveness.

Humans are not, as a group, more valuable to me than all other life forms. At least, intellectually I cannot see it as being true; my gut reaction would probably always be to defend another human from attack by another animal. But if maintaining 6 billion humans on earth means continuing the Holocene extinctions, I don't see the value in it.

There are more, of course, but this is a start.

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