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Parent Article: A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
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Re: A New World in Our Hearts: Mayday Anarchist Festival, NYC
04 Apr 2005
"I heard your mamma was a middle-class playground."

Your mama jokes are, of course, acceptable political discourse within this current paradigm of smear attacks. These attacks on people's assumed lifestyle choices and assumed class origins signal, to me, a general intolerence which no doubt stems from a feeling of impotence on the part of some who consider themselves within our general milleu.

If it is acceptable to wildly assume the class orgins and musical preferences of some anarchists and then use this to attack the planning of an Anarchist May Day Festival then it is acceptable to use school-yard ridicule to highlight the futility of such unprincipaled attack. After all, how much of what has been said here has been based on any concrete knowledge and how much has been nothing short of vulgar assumption?

What all of this this amounts to, despite your positioning on the many debates that rage within anarchism, is a general smearing of anarchists en toto. And comrades, believe me, we are only weaker for it. If we respected diverse opionions, backgrounds and, most importantly, each other with the hope of reaching a deeper analysis and a more liberating practice then perhaps we would be able to accomplish some of the goals which we surely do have in common. Is it not enough to say that those who are against states, hierarchy, oppression, capitalism and alienation are our allies and should be approached and treated accordingly? Can we not say that those who are hard at work on projects to promote the afforementioned ideals should deserve our support? And, is it too much to askthat if there is a feeling that something in these projects is lacking that people step up and recognize that the onous falls on them to make them more complete?

We need rebellion from ALL sectors of society against ALL forms of domination in order to bring about real lasting radical change.

"When the last bastion falls, it will be either the end of a world or the end of the world. It's up to us to knock it down before it falls down by itself and drags us all with it." -Raul Vaneigem