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in my years of experience, most anarchists are so afraid of standing outside a clique that they relish the identification and vilification of "villains". i've witnessed loads of self-described anarchists fall victim to rumor and gossip without checking the source and/or without bothering to ask questions to the people targeted with vilification to find out what the hell happened in the first place. without any actual first-hand information, these anarchists create and perpetuate moral panics, engaging in the ugliest kind of "call outs" that are nothing so much as virtue-signaling pile-ons. the most obvious example is Bob Black, but others have included the late Aragorn Bang, and LJ (who's virtually disappeared, no wonder). after all, identifying and vilifying in/out-group villains is far easier than fighting the cops.

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