Do you identify with a specific tendency when describing your anarchist views? Why or why not? You don't have to read the rest if you don't want, I got really invested in this :)
Submitted by TheInsurGent in Anarchism
This is something I've thought about, and while it may not be a hugely important topic, it could still be interesting to discuss.
Personally, there are specific currents and ideas that influence me and appeal to me, but there isn't anything I specifically call myself other than saying I'm an anarchist. Maybe I'd add "post-left" if it applies to the situation, though it seems better to explain that I reject the political spectrum entirely instead of bringing that up.
For one, saying I'm an anarchist easier to start with if the topic of my beliefs is brought up with anyone. If a person wants to learn more about my views, then I can go more in-depth about my understanding of it.
The other thing is that I feel like I'm still constantly developing my views. I think it is still a relatively recent development in my life for me to associate with anarchist ideas, plus I'm still young and don't have the autonomy to go out and get involved as much as I'd like, so I don't have a lot of real world experience with anarchy as a practice. Also, while I have a basic understanding of a lot of the ideas I take influence from, I struggle getting into more in-depth reading of theory and such, so I don't like describing myself as an "egoist anarchist" or a "nihilist anarchist" or even a more broad term like "individualist anarchist". It is hard to cleanly apply any of those as a "main influence" or anything like that.
I should mention that while I have a decent amount of confidence in my beliefs (accounting for me always building a better understanding of them), I struggle with explaining them in a coherent way myself, so it is easier for me to point someone to a resource that I feel words things in a better way than I could. That isn't an issue exclusive to talking about my views, in general when I try to talk about or explain a concept I'm really passionate about, I tend to get really invested and overcomplicate things, and before I know it I am getting into different topic that I find interesting, then I realize how much I've been talking and stop myself. Sometimes I can't even figure out how I was able to get from one topic to another completely separate topic, it just sort of happens.
Anyways, it seems I am already starting to lose track of what I was originally writing about, so I should leave this here. No, I will not put in the effort to make everything I wrote shorter and more "professional". I will find a way to lose track of things again, and it is too much work anyways. I don't know if anyone will take issue with that, but I'd rather just embrace my autism right now. Doing that seems good for me right now with a lot of things I've been dealing with in life lol, but that is another topic, just want to enjoy this moment of confidence ^-^
I just call myself an anarchist without adjectives. There are a million different ways to organize anarchy and a million different tactics to fight for it. These tactics and methods should be decided by the people themselves based on their customs, needs, and material conditions.