I know way too little about anarchist ideologies and have a deepseated fear of being wrong

Submitted by transtifa in Confession

I've kinda always only cared about praxis and I'm a complete noob to theory on the left/post-left (I don't even know what the fuck that means beyond "I'm anarchist but also even more edgy than the other anarchists") spectra.

I do things that make sense to me, and I am very very sure about being an anarchist. I'm not torn about my principles, but I don't spend a day without considering "what if I was wrong about [x] anarchist adjective" lol.


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celebratedrecluse wrote

Just keep doing what you're doing, better theory comes from trial by practical application than abstract lounging or internet arguments


Tequila_Wolf wrote

Seems like you're doing alright! So long as you keep trying to learn and do the work to be genuinely open to being wrong and learning from it, you'll be fine :)

I think not being sure about where you stand is a really productive position to be in. People who are sure of their position tend to stop learning, stop being open to being wrong, and stagnate.

I also think that we can all assume that we're wrong about many things. The likelihood that this handful of us on the internet are actually generally right about something when there's been billions of smart people in the world who think differently seems pretty small to me. But I think that assuming we're wrong is a great praxis of learning, and also being humble in our approach so we don't end up being preachy or thoughtless.


TheLegendaryBirdMonster wrote

As long as you believe you don't want to be ruled by anyone and you don't want to be the ruler of anyone else, you're anarchist. (And live by those beliefs). All other anarchist theory stems from that, and can be deduced/learned and depends on context/locality.

The reason the people on this site are well read is mostly because they are nerds.

The praxis stuff you post are dope BTW. I don't comment on them but it's heartwarming to see the japanese fnb grow.

You're arguably more anarchist than people who are all talk no action (like me lol).


Tequila_Wolf wrote

What kinda stuff is preventing you from action, if I can ask? Maybe we can help you brainstorm ways to do things.


TheLegendaryBirdMonster wrote

I do stuff, but on this account I don't do anything ;)

I've also reconciled the idea of studying high level STEM and my anarchism. It isn't technically praxis, but I have a scholarship and I feel like I can have an impact after mastering my field. Also I want to make the most of my privileges.


ziq wrote

Here are some simple guidelines to help you along:

  1. Resist all authority anyone attempts to force on you

  2. Recognize hierarchies and figure out ways to dismantle them

  3. Kill the cop in your head

  4. Don't fall for collectivist silliness where you're expected to put the needs of strangers above your own needs. The collective good doesn't matter if your individual needs are ignored.


transtifa OP wrote

  1. Mm
  2. Mm
  3. Yeah, I genuinely have to work on fixing my thought patterns
  4. Damn Idk I get it in the sense that like "you don't owe shit to anybody sis" but like being in a position of privilege I definitely see an obligation to do what I can for collective well-being.