In 1999, a film (distributed by Crimethinc) was released called Breaking the Spell. The anti-WTO protests in Seattle, WA were the subject, but the loose thesis of the film and some other popular anarchist material at the time was that despite whatever intentions someone may have, and however systematically oppressed they may be, what often keeps people in line the most are beliefs in their own powerlessness and the invincibility of authority.
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The spectacle of professional sports, capitalism, and people making millions of dollars to perform in front of an audience seem to have little in common with anarchism. However, anarchists especially those in Europe and Latin America have a rich past of being involved in various sporting clubs, local community organizations, and associations especially with relation to soccer (football).
From the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton's e-mail debacle to the blah blah of Bitcoin enthusiasts, from Anonymous to Michael Schmidt catfishing fascists (or not), debates about Privacy, the Surveillance State, cryptography, whistle-blowers, and other security culture topics can be found everywhere today. As anarchists, this has been a longtime area of interest, being no strangers to the State (and others) targeting us for surveillance and infiltration.
What do you do to stay anarchist? How is that different from what you do to stay... functional/sane/coherent (for lack of better terms)? How are those different things (if they are)?
Some people step outside the anarchist scene, pop culture, games, fiction, tv, etc, and then apply anarchist criteria (however they define that), in a sort of two-step process, as a way to get the benefit of a release of pressure without negating or ignoring the real paucity of our options.
How do green or ecological factors affect your thoughts or actions as anarchists, if at all?
What is the importance of indigenous resistance or solidarity as green anarchists, now and moving into the future? What are the implications of the notion that civilization has encroached over every space on the planet, and is there any hope for escape? Would such an escape look like something completely different than anything we’ve known in the past, or would it resemble historical modes of living such as hunter/gatherers? Are tools and technology separated from or a part of nature, i.e. is there a distinction between what is natural and what is artificial? If so, what importance does such a distinction play in the everyday life of people (or yourself) today? Can terms such as wildness or domestication be useful or elaborated on or are they merely jargon or loaded concepts?
We have focused a lot of energy, as anarchists and as human beings, in the past year and a half on the history of oppression that we call racism in this country. Those conversations have looked like reflections on the impact that slavery, segregation, and jim crow laws have had on today. What we haven't done, and should, is plan for the future. What would we like to see the future of race relations look like?
As anarchists living in an consumer-driven industrial world where so much of our lives is dominated or facilitated by the State or what we may call Capitalism, what can we consider to be real in our lives, if anything? Are we truly in a Society of the Spectacle, or perhaps lost in the depths of post-modernity or some similar state of extreme alienation that makes the real impossible? Are we truly separated from nature, or are these all simply labels and empty theories that can only attempt to frame the chaotic and complicated world around us?
Fiction holds a certain allure in its capacity to spark our imaginative visions of the sort of lives or worlds we could be living and interacting in if we weren’t quarantined to the reality of our present. How stable is this presumed reality of the present that seems so counterintuitive in contrast to worlds dominated by the anarchist idea—worlds relegated to the imagination? What power or importance does fiction have in fomenting anarchist ideas? Does fiction have to be explicitly anarchist to be in-line with or contributory towards anarchist thought?