“Those crazy anarchist kids!”: An Indictment of Respectability January 31, 2012Posted by Summerspeaker in Anarchism, Anti-imperialism, Primitivism, Queer politics.
The recent events in Oakland have let to a outpouring of anti-anarchist vitriol and heartfelt pleas for folks to just behave themselves. Even though the person who started the fire apparently doesn’t identify as an anarchist, we’re blamed for the action. I’ll admit seeing the symbol of the settler-colonial U.S. nation-state in flames stirs my soul. I don’t necessarily consider such tactics wise at this historical juncture, but I appreciate the aesthetics of defiance. Much love to my ungovernable comrades! I urge those of y’all who castigate the flag-burners to consider the implications of the narratives you employ. Condemning people as “juvenile” supports agism. Combined with the charges of unbridled passions and inferior mental capacity, this resembles the venerable rhetoric habitually leveled against workers, queers, people of color, and other oppressed groups. Do you want to continue this cycle? A movement built on the exaltation of discipline, prudence, and hard work perpetuates pernicious bourgeois values and excludes the people most marginalized in contemporary culture. That’s no path to collective liberation, but a perpetuation of this horrific disciplinary society. Those of us who favor organization and accountability must practice and promote this approach without dehumanizing others in the struggle.