“The basic problem with most of the big-tent and bridge-building exercises in anarchist circles seems to be the basic lack of — even opposition to — solid uprights or abutments. The only tenable strategy at the moment seems to be to drop all pretext of establishing a sharable philosophy, let alone a school, and concentrating on getting one’s own story straight. We have a dynamic — and, of course, not just in anarchist circles — where 1) debates center around labels, but 2) people use labels with the most careless disregard for tradition, other people’s identifications, etc. It’s pretty hard, under those circumstances, to distinguish gestures of solidarity from attempts at entryism and conquest.” —Shawn Wilbur
These problems are some of the reasons why I like the neological practice of naming one’s self, whether or not you happen to fit neatly in to an established tradition.
The goal, for me, is to break down as much as possible the ability of anyone – past, present, or future - to assume who or what you are prior to palaver, colloquium, deliberation, or all three - all at once!
At the end of Lewis Carrol’s Through the Looking Glass Alice is written, captured, and imprisoned within the lines of an acrostic poem - Libertied. The only way to free her from this fate is to either write a new story for her to play in or go back and start the existing story all over again - Libertyed.
Even for Hobbes, the conversation is the method and the medium that delivers us out of the “war of all against all.” Therefore I see no good reason to ever truncate or substitute this process; the truncation and the substitution is the state, Bellegarrigue’s civil war. —ALLiance Journal
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