Racist Comments from Sam Freedom

i love comments on my blog.  But not quite all of them.

On August 5th Sam Freedom (from strategicallies@gmail.com) responded at first with a quip to my long blog post on the communities struggle over certain types of kinky sex.

Ok, I’m in… where do I sign?

Half an hour later he (i am assuming Sam is a he) responded with a more thoughtful (tho still simplistic) response

Ok, in all seriousness, there are 2 kinds of violence:  inner and outer.  In the big picture, they’re actually the same because we are connected and if you hurt yourself, your relationships suffer which is painful to others.  Take, for example, a person who cuts himself.  Maybe he isn’t as sensitive to the pain and the sight of blood gives him a rush.  Legally, he can do that but he might be considered mentally unwell.  And, how does that make his parents feel?  His friends?  Himself, over time… is it really ok or does it become increasingly dangerous such as potential infection of self, infecting others if infected blood drips around…

And so on.

Now that example might not sit well with some because of its graphic nature but it serves a purpose just the same.  It goes to show that the issue is not the BDSM, or the consent.  It is the ultimate effect on the living space and on living, dynamic, ongoing relationships with the other inhabitants.  Some can explore such things playfully.  For others, it can become addictive.  The former will never affect the community.  The latter will, if left alone, hurt, and possible, destroy it.

So, a community has to have an ultimate aim, a central guiding principle, or a group of guidelines and if you’re going to espouse non-violence, then that should mean both inner and outer.  And for those who say BDSM isn’t violence but consensual play, you’re just kidding yourselves.  As a black reverend once told me, “A white man ain’t black just because he eats some fried chicken and watermelon.”  e.g. you aren’t practicing BDSM just because you say you are or just because you’re emulating something you say in a book or was taught by someone “in the scene.”

Or let me put it to you this way…

SADO MASOCHISM IS NOT PLAY.  IT IS SADISTS HURTING MASOCHISTS.  And anyone who allows that to take place in their community is either a sadist or a masochist themselves.  But as for that “other stuff” called BDSM, yeah, whatever, let the kids do their roleplaying and get it out of their systems.

For a guy who’s name is “Freedom” this guy arrives with lots of judgements around what consenting adults can do and clearly he is game to play police of other peoples behaviors in a way that i am not.

Then on my rant on meditation Sam suggested

Hey, Mr Important.  Is it REALLY going to hurt you so bad to sit on a cushion for 30-60 minutes and pretend?

Which is a completely understandable comment, if you inhabit the mainstream.  And i have been teased about thinking that i am “Mr important pants” by more than one person who i am very close with.  And we are trying to move away from pretending,.  Pretending it turns out is a big problem collectively.  Pretending you are monogamous, pretending it is okay to oppress people, pretending the known problems of technologies (like nuclear power) dont matter.  I dont need to pretend to anyone who i care about.  And i certainly dont need to waste my time on a cushion pretending to meditate.  And i get that for lots of people this is a valuable exercise.

Regarding a post on the BP Oil spill Sam wrote

And why didn’t Obama let the Swedes help with their mammoth ships that were specifically built for cleaning and containing spills this large?

Here Sam’s right wing lunacy and my radical sentiments align.  I want to know the same thing.  Why did not Obama let the Sweds use their cool boat?   Obama is a huge disappointment, we should throw him out.  Only Sam and i disagree about what type of person should replace him.

On Japans success in conserving energy and avoiding black outs with 2/3rds of its reactor fleet idled, Sam wrote:

If you really want to get your point across and have more people read it to completion, please consider being more concise.  As for the Japanese having this amazing pull togetherness and conserving “obsessively”, it really does look special to us over here but we still see them as *japanese* whereas we are a nation of so many different types of people.  So, let’s just start with the illegal aliens (12 mil reported but more like 20-25 million) and tell me if a single one of them cares an iota about energy conservation.

Now that I think about it, think of all the trees and energy we’d save if we just forewent the printing of their checks and just wired the money back home to Mexico for them… kind of like setting up one huge autopay to Mexico

This racist comment out of left field inspired the following response from me to Sam via his email, he has never replied.

Dearest Sam:

i know a bunch of illegal aliens.  Several of them working on energy
issues. Normally i would just blow you and your ignorant racist
comments away.  but since i have an email for you and three of your
four comments we simply abrasive, i’ll give you a chance to redeem
yourself.  If you want to be in dialog please answer the following
questions (since you seem to have plenty of time to read my blog).

1) Do you actually know any aliens personally, illegal or otherwise,
to base your carelessness claim on?

2) Why should i not simply blow away your comments and blog you from
posting on my blog and permanently block your address from future
posts?  In other words, why should i not just eliminate you like i do
most Fox News bozos who show up in my comment section ?  Hint: The
only proper answer to this is that you have something thoughtful to
add.

i wish you good luck on your journey, which likely has very little of
us doing much together.

Paxus at Twin Oaks

5 Harvest of Errors 2KXI

Soon i will blow Sam’s thoughts away and block him from future commenting on my blog.  As a street artist might  clean up trash graffiti from their work, so i will zap Sam’s thinking.  But i felt drawn to immortalize it here.  So if you have something clever to say about Sam’s thinking (an area he clearly needs some help in) you can share it.  And if you feel he has a legitimate point (besides the Swedish clean up ship) then now is your time to defend the deep thinking Fox News audience.

About paxus

a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

10 responses to “Racist Comments from Sam Freedom”

  1. Ryan Mlynarczyk says :

    hey Paxus,

    you seem troubled by this guy.

    i can totally understand, and I imagine we will be potentially dealing with people with very different views then us when we put our views out there to the world with our movie soon.

    however one thing I do feel compelled to ask you is this:

    do you think that by erasing this guy from your blog, you are really going to stop him from commenting as another username?

    In my humble experience in life, I have learned that the things that i want to escape from, will only keep coming back to teach me what I need to learn.

    Lovingly,
    Ryan

    • paxus says :

      dearest Ryan:

      i am confident i will stop Sam from commenting on my blog. Because i always succeed in this. This is not the first guy i have blown away and as i get more popular i will attract more trash. And they will switch user names, and i will blow them away and they will try for a while, but since they are ultimately powerless and i quite care how my blog appears and they dont really, my will will prevail. i am not troubled by this guy. i am troubled by what this guy represents. Some dangerous ‘we’ (as reflected by our collective voices) have made racism fashionable, we have decided that people who are intolerant should amplify their voices to get heard, rather than to collectively ask them to leave the useful conversation.

      Thanks for your concern, but direct it where it is useful. What are Sam Freedoms unmet needs? Other than grafting my graffiti. He needs compassion and support, i’m fine.

      Paxus at Twin Oaks
      8 Harvest of Errors 2KXI

  2. Kenna J says :

    I support you in deleting him from your blog, if you want. I’ll bet he won’t try to post again, whether or not you block his address.

    But, I actually loved what he said about BDSM! (Except for the black reverend part, or thinking about who is a “real” BDSM-er and who isn’t. Whatever.) I didn’t find it simplistic but actually insightful into the situation’s natural complexity. I think he’s saying something true, that BDSM is violence. Before reading what he wrote, I wasn’t sure. I see his point that a community committed to non-violence needs to ban BDSM behavior.

    However, in my worldview, you can’t create a long-term human environment in which there is no outward aggression or violence. I don’t think such a thing is even desirable, because it cultivates passive-aggression. To me, the pursuit of an entirely aggression-free life is the backward, destructive essence of Christianity. I think it is unloving. So, to avoid scary, destructive aggression, you have to name structures within which aggression is okay. Anger has to have a home; aggression has to have a home.

    I think maybe a solution would be to say, in the community, “We are aware that some people like to experience violence associated with sexuality. Here is how we are going to ascertain that such play is consensual: _____________ . And here are the limits we are putting on that play: _____________. People for whom these limits are too strict are encouraged to explore their sexuality in off-farm venues.”

  3. bnmng says :

    Since most of the comments on my blog come from spambots, I find the idea of blocking a real person intriguing.

    Just to be argumentative, I say that Sam isn’t necessarily a racist. There are legal citizens of Mexican descent who also hate illegal Mexican immigrants (Sam might be one of them). Sam’s sweeping assumption about 20 million illegal aliens is prejudicial and wrong, but not racist unless he also feels the same way about Mexican citizens (or those of other countries that we associate with illegal immigration) or every legal U.S. citizen of Mexican (or other..) decent. The most racist part of his comment is that we should “start” with the illegal aliens, implying that we would eventually continue with some other group, but he’s not wrong in pointing out that Japan’s cohesiveness is due in part to their monolithic culture.

    If you want to block someone for hating, Sam seems like an obvious pick. But if your criteria is racism (implied by the title of your post), you should decide if Sam’s anti-illegal comments are covert racism (start by getting people to hate illegals, then get support for hating others).

    On the other hand, it’s your blog and you can block anyone named “Sam” if you want.

  4. richard w. lisko says :

    Straighten that shit out, Pax! Interesting how these people always manage to work “freedom” into their schtick. Perhaps you could suggest a maunual on non-violence for him or point him towards King or Ghandi. Peace, amigo

  5. Slowlyistep says :

    I feel disturbed by sams post and the rebuttal thereof. Some is valis- sone is far from
    A cover of what is some unacceptable comments. I myself try to keep from too
    Much judgement but feel as a voice – is in some small way just that – a voice. Paxus your fervent response says the opposite of what you posted. As well it should. I agree with certain things you stated but as Ryan stated this guy has gotten to you in a way – be it as simple as fueling what your beliefs are. He doesn’t deserve that. I also have to say that I feel Kenna had some validity to her take on his comments. That’s really a whole different subject. As far as him being an immigrant himself – as was commented by b. . . – in my heart and intellect I highly doubt he was a sympathetic fellow Mexican – but rather a person with ” a pot to stew” during what may be difficult times for themself. Either way – unacceptable. The energy of the universe is in fathomless discord right now. But – I suppose that’s why outlets of discussion, as such may help serve some purpose. All the best . . . C

  6. Slowlyistep says :

    P.s I wouldn’t block him unless he gets too irratic. Fools as such deserve a modicum of leeway. But thats about it. On a more superficial note – exuse the typos. It’s just not the same writing from My phone, especially when I can’t scroll back. Goodnight P. Keep believing. -C

  7. drebsays says :

    First of all, let me say that this Sam is representative of a huge reason I am looking for an intentional community. I think the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back came when I told one friend that another friend was coming to town and he asked me if she was “fuckable.” I hung up and didn’t talk to him for a couple of days. It seems I cannot escape racist, sexist, homophobic comments, and they really piss me off.

    I can relate to the desire to purge repugnant comments from your blog. It’s your creation – something in which you should take pride. It shouldn’t be sullied to the point where you can no longer fully enjoy creating it. I’m glad you purged the comments because I didn’t come to your blog to see that crap. There’s a but coming…

    It really wasn’t nice to publish the person’s email address. It stepped outside the bounds of decency. Those who maintain WordPress blogs and publish items of enough interest to others to elicit comments, have the privilege of seeing information that people might not divulge if they thought it would be made public – information that comment posters are assured won’t be made public. That is their email address. Sam’s opinions may be repulsive to some of us. They are their opinions, though. You don’t need to provide them a home, but you also don’t need to break a trust that is at least implied by publishing information they had every reason to assume would remain private.

    Just my thoughts. Please don’t publish my email address. 🙂

  8. paxus says :

    @drebsays:

    Dont worry i wont publish your email. And i will publish the email of anyone who comments on my blog in manners which i find inflammatory and ethically problematic. Sam is trying to stir up angry conversation. If a hacker friend of mine floods his email address with thousands of spam msgs, this seems like an appropriate response. You deface my blog with your intolerant trash and there might well be some blow back.

    If your email needs to be protected, you should avoid inflammatory comments. You are comparing yourself to him in an inappropriate way. You are a concerned, reasonable contributor. Sam is a loon ideologue. You should get different treatment.

    Just as i support the Anonymous group crashing the Visa and CIA websites, These groups deserve some digital blow back for their terrible behavior. i am happy with folks telling Sam what they think of his ideas. His momentary lost privacy is not a concern of mine.

    Paxus at Twin Oaks
    23 Harvest of Errors 2KXI

    • drebsays says :

      Hi Paxus,

      I suspected you might feel this way, and I understand. I would just encourage you to give it some more thought.

      I’m just replying here because I want to let you know I really enjoy your posts. It’s really cool to get some insight, as an outsider, into life in an intentional community.

      Peace,
      Bill

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