so tired of anarchy's only vibe being punk.

instead of white boys drawing graffiti on brick walls, give me black lesbians harvesting the vertical farm on the side of their collectively governed skyscraper

instead of white boys wearing black and flipping off cops, show me an open air market that doesn't need police because everyone can take what they need

vandalizing walls and flipping off cops are valid forms of resistance, but what we're fighting for is beautiful too

@emi straight up, I feel like a lot of privileged people get caught up in the idea of rebellion and don't actually know/remember what they're fighting for half the time

you tend to see a lot of people trying to style themselves as career revolutionaries, instead of "normal people fighting for a better life" and honestly the zealotry there makes me nervous

@emi As someone a bit on the outside as far as Anarchism goes this feels increadibly important.

If all the world sees of you is how you're fighting back, it gets harder for them to see what you're fighting for.

@emi Honestly I _really_ hope autonomous zones take off as a memetic influence here.

Tent cities popping up in the middle of downtown, overrunning government buildings and turning blocks from business centers into gift economies. Loud and boisterous, a bit disorganized but helpful, and you want to see black community farmers? Look in the parks when they're in control. :3

@emi And yes, some of the local watch are literally so punk that they're indistinguishable from Fallout cosplayers, especially the ones who were around for the WTO protests.

But that's like a dozen people. Among thousands.

It's a good style when it doesn't overwhelm everything else.


"If you look through the Earth, you shall see, That the landlords, Teachers and Rulers, are Oppressors, Murtherers, and Theeves in this manner... one Reason of our digging and labouring the Earth one with another; That we might work in righteousness, and lift up the Creation from bondage: For so long as we own Landlords in this Corrupt Settlement, we cannot work in righteousness"

Gerrard Winstaley
The True Levellers Standard Advanced

@emi I think there is too much glorification of revolution itself, as in the armed insurrection and struggle(which is likely necessary, but will not be pleasant by any standards) and not enough of the world we are trying to create. If that doesn't change, we are likely to just re-implement the same struggles with power with the new leaders same as the old leaders. I really appreciate your post for bringing some light to that which we fight for > that which we fight.

@emi a lot of Mastodon anarchists have helped me not only appreciate anarchism more, but helpfully correct other people's misconceptions of what anarchy is.

@emi "oh no you see
You may have your anarchism, but only if you take this machismo glorification of violence as well.

If you suggest violence may happen, but is a bad thing, you'll have to stay within the boundaries of democracy.

If we accept gay hippie anarchists, the veil will fall, and society will disappear."

@cwdolunt Yes solarpunk, but also not just that. We can dream of a future that's beautiful in a million ways, there's no need to pick just one

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