Student group advocates alternatives to hierarchy

From The Daily Tarheel

Students interested in rushing this semester might find something outside Fraternity Court — anarchy.

The UNControllables, one of UNC’s newest student organizations, will host its first Radical Rush Week, a series of events to foster student support for anarchist ideas, the first week of September.

While the political club only has between eight and 10 members, UNC junior James Hoopes said the group’s presence at FallFest and in the Pit this week has gained them 200-plus names to their listserv.

The UNControllables formed after last spring’s vandalism of UNC’s Chi Psi fraternity house was attributed to an anarchist group. Hoopes, one of UNControllables’ founders, said he felt it was important to educate the student body about what he sees as the positive aspects of anarchist ideology.

Tammy Lambert, UNC’s assistant director for student organizations, said the Student Union does not have any past anarchist groups on file, likely making the UNControllables the first recognized group of their kind at the University.

Hoopes said Radical Rush Week events will be held nightly on campus or in the community during the week to stimulate discussion and mobilize potential members.

Tony Perucci, a UNC communications professor and the group’s faculty adviser, said he was approached by Hoopes early on because of his teachings on radical politics.

Perucci said the UNControllables bring a new perspective to the table that is often misunderstood as chaos-making.

“I think the really exciting part of this program is that it shows students all the different networks of (anarchist) political action that already exist on campus and in the local community,” he said.

Hoopes said the group’s mission is to educate people about ways to organize without hierarchy, power or competition but rather on a basis of cooperation and mutual respect.

He said the UNControllables have no president or majority rule and decisions are made collectively because they want to allow members to have autonomy.

UNC Young Democrats President Peter Vogel said he speaks to people every semester who do not believe in the two-party system and perceive themselves as anarchists.

“My view is that social change and progress happens at the community and institutional level,” he said. “We’re two sides of the same coin, really.”

Hoopes said the group plans to meet with Student Congress about funding its speaker events. He said they hope to bring in a web security expert to talk about the NSA surveillance controversy and participants from the June uprising in Brazil.

Even though the UNControllables are becoming an established campus group, Hoopes said they are not looking for passive supporters.

“We’re looking for active supporters who are looking to be active agents of change.”

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If I remember correctly, this is the same college that had a white supremacist group forced off of campus a few years ago.

And a quick Ctrl+F for "activism"... Hey, this might not be so bad.

@'s who can afford to go to school should stop feeling guilty about it and should start student groups on campus. Cheap or free printing, ability to host and pay speakers, access to meeting space, meet new peopleetc....not the worst thing in the world at all.

wow. it's almost like the late 90s/early 2000s all over again, when that was common, then people all dropped out or graduated, and the groups largely fell apart. i agree with you about the plus sides of organizing on a college campus, and about people getting over their various guilt complexes. the main issue, however, with student organizing like this is the question of how to continue a group once its core members have graduated. the constant turnover rate at universities is even worse than the constant turnover rate in many major cities. if the upperclass members (as in seniors, not as in incredibly wealthy people, who i'm making the blind assumption are some of the core folks in the group, sorry if i'm wrong) in the uncontrollables can figure out a way to pass on their passion and motivation to a new group of freshman or sophomores before they gtfo, then they may be on to something.

While free resources should be exploited, the focus shouldn't be on organizing students. College students are typically middle class, without much revolutionary potential. It would be much more interesting to see the group find ways of working with and providing solidarity to other working class and radical groups off campus.

To be clear, I agree with 8:39. It's not really easy to organize on campuses at all because of turnover rate. I meant to encourage anarchists to basically leech off of university resources and to meet new people there if that is where they are.

As for 8:56, shut up Leninist. Everyone has revolutionary potential. The bourgeoisie is the only class that has ever revolted as a class and actually one. Maybe your ideas about class struggle are missing something.

Everyone has revolutionary potential? That's absurd on its face. But by all means, don't let me discourage you from wasting your time organizing the future middle managers of America. Might as well organize the police too for all the good it will do.

UNC Young Democrats President Peter Vogel said he speaks to people every semester who do not believe in the two-party system and perceive themselves as anarchists.

“My view is that social change and progress happens at the community and institutional level,” he said. “We’re two sides of the same coin, really.”

Why do democrats and librlz think they're the same coin as us? I'm gonna have to blame Cindy Milstein, Noam Chomsky, Andrej Grubačić, David Graeber, Howard Zinn, Scott Crow.

you nailed one big piece

For the record, the UNControllables don't agree with the young democrats on this one.

yes i know! good luck

Hey, can these UNControllables swipe me into lenoir for lunch?

so a punk walks into lenoir...

Srsly tho, why are there punks again?

you're giving yourselves away...to the state, and cops, and peers...whatever happened to the opacity of insurrectuals around here? one can still exploit the resources of the school systems without having to attend or collaborate or even pay for class.

opac·i·ty noun \ō-ˈpa-sə-tē\
plural opac·i·ties

Definition of OPACITY

1
a : obscurity of sense : unintelligibleness
b : the quality or state of being mentally obtuse : dullness
2
: the quality or state of a body that makes it impervious to the rays of light; broadly : the relative capacity of matter to obstruct the transmission of radiant energy
3
: an opaque spot in a normally transparent structure (as the lens of the eye)

bom·bast noun \ˈbäm-ˌbast\
: pretentious inflated speech or writing

There's a pretty decent website that has the student/anti-government activist thing going on, theacademicactivist.org

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