TOTW - When should a project end?
In my years of anarchist activism I have mostly found the work to be in two categories. Too beautiful to survive and too focused to quit. Our general question is, what kind of projects are worth doing, past the point where their survival is no longer in doubt, and at what point should a project end?
Most of have experienced the first problem. We have a cause that's worth fighting for but the world changes, we change, or the war ends and our project fades away. Some of us keep on fighting (Occupy) but the work changes from chasing reporters away to begging them to come and notice. Many, if not most, of our work is temporary and fleeting.
The other kind of work ends up looking like maintaining a non-profit, or doing charity in a world that has infinite need. There is a real need but our project isn't making a difference as much as proving a service. What is to be done?
Should we stubbornly pick the particular fight (let's say feeding people) we desire and keep on doing it till we keel over? Should we institutionalize our anarchic projects into sustainable people serving apparatus? Or does the end of long term anarchist projects just look like individuals getting exhausted and just walking away one-by-one? Keeping the long view, at what point should we put long term projects to bed? Are there any projects that should live beyond their founders or the conditions that originated their need?