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"when thousands of people are in the streets with an established culture of what they do together, and then a couple people do something like throw mollies without any warning at the very beginning way before anyone's ready for confrontation, doesn't *that* impose the will of a few on the whole crowd?"

just as "a couple people" do not represent the whole of thousands of people in the street, their decisions to throw fire are no more impositions upon others as any other action or choice. just as your writing here does not represent/reflect on or justify consequence to the entirety of portland-based anarchists.

collision and conflict does exist between any two or more anything.

"we need some other way to navigate this tension between different forms of elitism, while still supporting people in doing their own thing"

what do we look like, academics?

maybe worry less about analyzing and controlling the action of other anarchists.