It’s time for another* edition of Things I Like / Things I Hate!
Magpie likes: Outsider Anarchism! That is to say, folks who pick up on anarchism from their own context, and not just get into it through the “movement.” Not that I don’t like the movement, and by working together we’ve come up with really important things. But I like when people get into it on their own and present radically new ideas. Like, probably, Artisanal-Retro-Futurism and Team-Scale Anarcho-Syndicalism, which basically is a modern syndicalism for computer programmers. It doesn’t take on the totality of the state or capitalism, but it’s interesting and useful nonetheless.
Magpie hates: Folks who think they own anarchism! I’m particularly frustrated right now with the slew of online (and fortunately, it’s mostly online) slander that tries to say “if you’re not an insurrectionary, then you’re a liberal” which is quantifiably false. Over on infoshop.org, someone has posted a little screed, “A Warning to Those Who Stole Our Word” that honestly seems to think that the 19th century stereotype of the anarchist-as-mad-bomber is the only legitimate form of anarchism. It also, well, says that you’re either with us or against us, that you either love rioting, in fact believe that the moment of anarchism will be an “orgy of destruction”, or you’re a liberal. Wonderful. Sigh. No, you can’t have the word anarchism all to yourself. Sorry. An anarchist believes that humanity would be better off without government. Everything from there is debatable.