I just want to get this off my chest about the fake and or “legit” anarchists. My biggest complaint against most these self professed anarchists, is the fact that a large percentage of them are from middle class backgrounds. THEY are the PRIVILEGED. They went to schools in the better districts, they had a more “normal” upbringing than those that grew up in a single parent household and were impoverished.
THINK about how those so defiant people learned about anarchism in the first place. Yes, nowadays you can educate yourself about a plethora of topics via Goggle. When I was growing up, we still had floppy discs in the classroom. So, many of these people learned about anarchism through political theory classes or through economics classes that taught about capitalism and what not.
I will not follow someone that went to a four year private school university and was brought up in the upper echelon. An individual that had the privilege and choice to be the complete opposite of what her parents had wanted for her. I surmise that these types have some kind of guilt that they’re hashing out within themselves. That they are seeking to use anarchism or the crust punk lifestyle to ascertain that they are just as disenfranchised as someone that came from a working class background.
The major difference between these fakers and the working class types, is the working class types bust their asses to make a honest living and aren’t putting on airs about their status. SO, what the fuck are you afraid of you fake wannabes? I know you think that putting in 40 hours a week and having a boss as your overlord is selling out.
My question to you is what are you buying into then? I know some anarchists are academically educated and they should realize themselves more so than anyone else that anarchism is purely a utopian system. You also know that the general public isn’t quite intelligent enough to understand much less possess the tools to harness autonomy within their own household much less a community.
Granted, I know there are anarchist collectives that are the exception to the rule. It takes dedication, folks that are willing to settle to invest both their time and effort into a collective, and a lot more than others are willing to sacrifice to live less expensively. What exactly is the novelty of living in such an extreme way when you could take advantage of that diploma of your’s and apply it to a job that pays enough so that you could live how you chose?
As far as my opinion goes, I always viewed anarchism overall as both a lifestyle and political view. Don’t get it twisted. I know about anarchism well enough. The problem to me, is too many of these privileged kids get involved and find that it’s NOT fucking easy. They get involved in a collective and make promises with others that are more invested and then skip out when they find that living in a collective is work in and of itself and there’s not a lot of privacy.
Perhaps I’d have more respect for some of these anarchists if they did come from working class backgrounds where they were performing adult duties before they were adult in age. Where they had to get a job at 16 and when it came time to graduating, were told that they would be kicked out the house and they had to research and apply for every single scholarship and loan they could just to afford to pay for the first semester of University.
That was me. I spent all my life being nothing and the thoughts that kept me going were, that I would graduate high school, that I would attend college and after that, I hoped for the best. I had absolutely no help from my step-mother or any other authority figure in my life. I knew struggle, hard and mean from backwards to the front and I couldn’t afford to go around and scream at the top of my lungs about being another cog in the wheel.
Besides, I already knew how all that worked and life was real and unrelenting and there was no bitching I could do to change all that.