TOTW: The Resistance, 2019
Following the 2016 election there was a wave of social unrest - we were called upon not to accept the “new normal” of the Trump administration, protesters attempted to disrupt the Inauguration, controversial immigration laws were met with people flooding airports, and countless reading lists bloomed to educate readers on the subject of fascism. This phenomenon was branded as The Resistance, a slogan which was soon to be associated with bumper stickers and obsessions with foreign intrigues that disrupt the “normal” as much as your garden variety conspiracy theorist.
Anarchists too were caught up in the moment of 2016, and our fires have been burning much longer than most whose stamina, attention, or faith in being able to change the world has waned into an angry malaise. In a podcast this January crimethinc. and IGD were even speculating that “the third year of any presidency is generally the most chaotic, and we must prepare ourselves for the very real possibility of mass collective action, as things continue to break apart.” Yet seven months into the year and much like in 2016 when IGD was speculating much the same thing in the wake of the airport protests any sort of frequency of individual or small group action, nevermind mass collective action, has failed to materialize or meet the seriousness of the situation we find ourselves in even as the “new normal” grows more nakedly cruel.
What do you make of the last three years of anarchist activities against Trump “and his world?” What might the next year (or five) look like? If there is indeed a “new normal” how do we resist it?