TOTW: Just Anarchist
Not to go off on a rant but watching thread after thread on anarchist news treat whatever new piece of information as the foundation of a new hyphenated anarchism demonstrates a central problem to North American Anarchism. As if our desire for a world without coercion, politics (meaning representation), or commodification were not niche enough it seems further refinement is necessary... or not. But a quick trip through anarchist twitter shows a dozen flags and a tumblr-gender number of different anarchist splinters. Does anyone really consider themselves a blue anarchist (beyond a small clique of friends who own boats)? Does hyphenation clarify as much as obfuscate the simplest of ideas (the idea of no to a sick society)?
But seriously, to what end endless hyphenation? Does it save one time in getting to know one another? Is it just for the lulz? What possible satisfaction or utility do you get out of describing yourself as anything more than just anarchist?