Monday, 4 June 2012


A debating point worth a little thought from Infoshop:

Conflict, safe spaces and removing people.
by Scott Crow
May 30, 2012

         To all of us engaged in groups in general. If you will allow me for a minute. I haven't paid attention to all of the chatter and conflict etc . of your particular group, but I bet it is similar as to most places. I wanted to take a moment to address anarchism and open groups in brief. I believe our spaces have value to them and we have all learned and shared things over their existence. Flame wars have happened since the dawn of the interwebz and personal conflict has happened at least since we could open our mouths. But sometimes we have to say Ya Basta!(Enough!)
          I have been an anarchist in the real world for a long time and I do not believe in large open groups for much more than short term organizing. They always fall into trouble over the long haul due to not having enough cohesion ,collective input and shared power . I actually mostly only work in small closed collectives with people I can develop intimate shared ideals, principles and actions.
Our Spaces , Our Places.
          Anarchism is not about all of us getting into one big boat and heading towards the horizon--and all getting along singing Kumbaya. This is the mess we are in now. This 'boat' is filled with the lowest common denominator of ideal/principles of all the participants. The way I see it is that the horizon is the goal (follow me on this for a minute). And instead of all getting into one big stupid boat, we call get into our own boats, rafts, ships or whatever and head towards the horizon without sinking each others boats. Some will get there faster, and some will not make it, some will go in armadas. But the key is we get there individually or collectively how we can--without sinking each others boats.
          I also believe and practice protecting the spaces we have carved out within groups, workplaces, meetings, housing etc. I am not a liberal who believes we have to , or can accept everyone. It's why I am an anarchist. We need multiple small accountable groups that can federate , network--or not. If we can't get along then we form other groups and don't try to sink the others boat. We don't have the capacity to deal with everyone's personal issues--whether its drugs, alcohol, mental health or they are just assholes looking for a fight. There is plenty of pie to go around for all of us, plenty of problems to solve and lots of disagreements to be had with people we like or love without the added stress . Find the place that fits and work in it.

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