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Parent Article: Revolution or Alienation?
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29 Jul 2004

I am not a pig. I think the system is fucked completely. I do think the only way to fix it is to junk it completely and take back power from the multinational corporations and the Washington elites and return it to the people and thier communities. I know you cannot have a revolution without having revolutionaries; I do not think an effective strategy is to alienate people who are truly interested and want to learn about anarchism and its movement. Isn't the point supposed to be about cooperation, free association, freedom, fraternity? How are such values being implemented when someone tries to articulate an honest response to an article and is attacked as being a pig? Would you please tell me what about my post made me an authoritarian? Would you reach out and attempt to educate me instead of calling me names? I did go to the conference in Lawrence. I do believe in the principles of anarchism. I am active in my community, and I am not a pig. It is unbearably frustrating when the whole point of my post was that many people who would be friendly to the ideas, the intellectual matter and substance of anarchism are being put off by the emphasis of some in the community on certain lifestyle values without educating others about the reason for them, which I felt in Lawrence and St. Louis. There are words for that: snobbery, elitism. And I don't care what anyone says about that. I was there at an anarchist conference in Lawrence and then spent time in some anarchist collectives in St. Louis, and met many great people but was put off by what I could best describe as lifestyle elitists. I understand some of the princples now, but when I first showed up in Lawrence I was freaked out and thought about leaving myself, like some of the people of color who left another convergence center.
If we are not reaching out to people and educating them and leading them in the path of liberty and solidarity, then there will be no change. If the purpose is real change, then we need a lot more people involved and on the streets and in their communities agitating for change in order to effect real social prgress. When I was in Lawrence, Ward Churchill said the left ends up canablizing itself, and I can see this in the screaming of "pigs" and "cointelpro" at people who post on this website and attend conferences and don't conform to a certain look. It is not an effective strategy. If you are going to call someone a pig, back it up. If you are going to say someone is with cointelpro, back it up. It pisses me off for one, and it is counterproductive. Tell me what you think! That is all I am looking for; a sense of community and solidarity and the truth. Don't scream at me. Talk to me.
What I said earlier about education is true. Ask a random person on the street or even a relative: what is anarchy?
Almost everyone I've asked has said chaos, etc. This is a falsehood. But this is what most people believe. Don't spend your time calling me a pig. Spend it educating me and others about anarchism and what it really stands for. I expressed my frustration with my feeling that I have so much to learn. The amount of inherent pretentiousness in screaming pig at others who ask questions and make honest statements is enough to make me cringe.
I do not understand these approaches.