nosho18

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nosho18 wrote (edited )

It is difficult to discern unified goals among the Gilets Jaunes in France, because it is a large and very complex social movement that is very much politically contested.

In Canada, the Islamophobic far right has been trying to appropriate the yellow vests for their own purposes, but anarchists, leftists and anti-fascists have also been starting to wear them.

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nosho18 wrote

It's good the there are autonomously controlled communications platforms set up. Reddit is the best of the worst in terms of allowing actual anonymity, but in the end they benefit from keeping a self-referential space that doesn't build power irl. Fundamental to anarchism, for me, is that there is no separation between ideas and actions -- it's why free speech arguments fall flat and also why liberatory and rebellious ideas are seen as threats.

It's true that the reason people try so hard to do their politics on mainstream platforms is the sense that they're reaching people that way, which is maybe true. But for most of us, the goal isn't to get the most likes or make space for super low level participation like that. People critique projects like raddle as "talking to ourselves", but what's wrong with that if the goal is to deepen our analysis, maintain lines of communication, and build solidarity to take struggles back into the streets?