In the episodes of Anarchy Bang I’ve participated in, the concepts of legibility and illegibility have popped up quite often. The version of these ideas I know of comes from anthropologist (sad face) James C. Scott:
The more I examined these efforts at sedentarization, the more I came to see them as a state’s attempt to make a society legible, to arrange the population in ways that simplified the classic state functions of taxation, conscription, and prevention of rebellion. Having begun to think in these terms, I began to see legibility as a central problem in statecraft. The pre-modern state was, in many crucial respects, particularly blind; it knew precious little about its subjects...It lacked anything like a detailed “map” of its terrain and its people.
The name on everyone’s lips this past week has been Willem Van Spronsen and for good reason, they took a stand, put their body on the line and didn’t come out the other side alive. Yet looking past whether this particular, or generally any, action is good/bad, effective/ineffective, it ends up being supremely legible to radicals and institutions alike in terms of the reason for targeting ICE and the image of radicality the attack leaves behind.
My question(s) to the anon horde is what would less legible efforts look like in the Anarchist space? In what ways can we obfuscate our goals and carry out actions that defy a quotidian image of rebellion? Do you see any actions or projects that take Anarchy beyond reacting to the big bad, and instead move the conversation so far outside the state’s frame of reasonable demands that they successfully avoid the Gorgon’s gaze?