TOTW: Sign of the Times
If the latest controversies have taught us anything it is that the newest generation of anarchists (and anarchist-adjacent) deal with political disagreements differently than we have in the past. The story is likely apocryphal but it is said that when Johann Most (German anarchist who immigrated to the US in 1882 to join the labor movement here!) talked shit (generally implying that the Berkman assassination attempt against Frick was not what was claimed by Goldman) Emma whipped him across the face.
There was a time in past decades where social exclusion was the mechanism by which disagreements were resolved. Green did not socially participate in red functions (and visa versa of course) and some functions embraced all. This big tent never really covered everyone but was a conceit generally shared.
The Internet change this of course. It was possible to fragment into smaller and smaller political persuasions and still find a crowd. It was also possible to go across the full arc of a anarchist life (from baby anarchist to old time jaded) and never meet another real living anarchist in meat space.
Largely this has meant that political disagreements happen less. We aren't forced to share the same infoshop, or town, and since we can find a crowd we appreciate we don't necessarily associate with those we disagree with. Or if we do, our disagreements rarely rise to the level of being public because, what's the use? This placid scenario runs right into the other political phenomena of our time, call out culture, where fucked up behavior has become the primary concern of a new class of political operative.
Where does this new interpretive vision of anarchist political disagreement leave us? Does it represent a positive term because individual personalities and relationships no longer matter because only ideas and actions matter? Or does it represent a new era where context is trumped by... something else? Rather than talking about whether it is good or bad our hope is to talk about how information technologies have changed how we relate to each other and how we practice our politics.