TOTW: Paranoia: the mind killer
Strong relationships are built on good communication. While the anarchist diaspora is not synonymous with insurrectionary culture its influence is felt clearly among any publicly self-identified parties. Regardless of lifestyle we, as anarchists, carry a certain weight among us. To evade this association is to ignore our edge as innovators. However, the deeper our connection with our anarchist principles the less relatable we become to those unfamiliar with the Beautiful Idea.
To form strong relationships with each other we need to share information. Yet, to discuss a full spectrum of topics demands a certain security culture. An important question becomes, how do we share information with each other without succumbing to paranoia? How do we appropriately practice safety while remaining open to new acquaintances?
When does discussing our lifestyles and our principles require an appropriate security culture, and when does worrying about such issues cross a line into paranoia? And when does calling out ‘paranoia’ obstruct genuine and reasonable concern about topics that are legitimately dangerous to discuss?