Identity has become a code word for most anarchists. For those who reject it, it connotes people who embrace their victimization. For those who embrace it (or who at least don't reject it), it means the ways that groups of people are linked in how they suffer in this world (and implies solutions to that suffering, as well). The criticisms of identity, like those of the term "p.c.", have also been jumped on by right-wing folks, looking to negate the idea that there is more structural unfairness aimed at some than at others...
This is similar to a past topic of the week but I'd like to emphasize the question a bit differently. What do we do next? It appears that for some anarchists the most exciting work being done now is in the antifa or international solidarity fronts. Do you agree?
Is there work a little closer to home that you advocate for or should our practice look a little more like improving our daily lives? Our question this week isn't "What is to be done?" but what do we do next?
From The Brilliant
In this episode of the Brilliant, we begin by discussing briefly what made us first call ourselves anarchists: Aragorn! talks about being realistic by demanding the impossible while Bellamy almost mistakes the episode for a therapy session. We then spend a good bit of time on the Paris attacks, an effort which mutates into a discussion about how we frame analyses of distant events. Finally, we use a thoughtful and lengthy critical e-mail from a listener as a point from which to wander through the subjects of revolution, “changing the world”, pessimism versus passivity, and the meaning of joy.
In a Topic of the Week past, emphasis was placed on anarchist life after 30 and how it is experienced individually, at the early stages of family life, amongst other anarchists (the “Scene”), and in its consequences on anarchist-specific capacity. This week, we'd like to move in the opposite direction with the question of age and discuss the life of younger individuals...