I'm starting to get seriously annoyed at anarchists who have so little common sense. I have always believed that the revolution should be beautiful and fun, & I respect that these independent actions are striving for that; but they're failing miserably. In fact they're setting themselves up for failure--and making their own ideals harder to achieve. Demanding instant, complete and permanent victory and dehumanizing your opponents doesn't just prevent you from being co-opted by community institutions; it prevents YOU from co-opting THEM, and it poisons the discourse.
The Carrboro Commune could have claimed a real victory by setting an intention to demonstrate your ideals for a limited time, say a few hours, and inspiring the neighbors to want you to come back & even to join you. Instead you invite your opponents to call you childish & arrogant, & leave your potential allies little reason to believe they're not right.
Thanks, Byron--please link your Gray profiles from the archive. Does anyone around have a Gray story to share, by the way?
Thanks for a thought-provoking & tasty bit of writing, from "continental divide" to "carbonated yet calibrated". Planning an expedition to Raleighwood now!
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