Bad Romance: Un-settling Anarchism and Self-Reference

How we construct the political, political agency, and the anarchist tradition more broadly has enormous consequences. It legitimizes some actors and some utterances, and renders others invisible. Often, this is where the legacies of colonialism, white-supremacy, patriarchy, and class hierarchies speak most forcefully in our work. Setting aside how this leaves us tone-deaf to vibrant anti-authoritarian politics, it may also compromise our trustworthiness with those deep in struggles of real necessity. How might we not only tackle this habit, but articulate anarchism around a non-condescending ethics; one that de-centers the anarchist identity, in favor of common methods in movement-building?
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Joshua Stevens