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" hive mind, mob mentality, herding, flocking, stampede, kettling, organizing, directing, managing? which is it? crowd does not have a “collective brain”, neither does gut flora!"

In Portland (like in many places) this summer, people developed the mechanism of a super-quick "choose with your feet" selection tool for deciding where to go when we were cut off, when we needed a new target, etc. This was a counter-swooping technique, specifically intended to avoid having a manager class. It had down sides, it wasn't perfect, etc. But it was definitely a step in a more anarchist direction, imho.