Getting kind of bummed that people keep sharing images of that one billboard. The FBI ran this campaign precisely because they want that persons name and image fresh in everybody’s mind. Now, for every one person who actually saw the billboards, thousands upon thousands of others will see it because of social media shares. People who never otherwise may have recognized him now might. What if an animal liberation activist on the run, who has been so vilified in the media that he will never receive a fair trial, got caught because of your share on Facebook? How is it not obvious that we should avoid doing the FBI’s work for them?
The term the “radical community” constructs itself as in contrast to that of the plain old “community” and those fucked up people who comprise it. The radical community designates itself as the proprietors of truth. Those who understand a certain truth of the workings of the world alien to those outside it as the term indicates. In discourse it proclaims to hold a certain perception of power and the human condition ultimately invisible to the “working class”. Supposedly with a common directive to unlock this potential. To create a liberator y society. A vanguard if not in name but because they already (to borrow a Maoist term) represent the “advanced”. The select few who hold their sacred knowledge, on an ever beleaguered quest to expose the great deceit to the uneducated “working class” and activate their true potential, revolution or insurrection. To bring their pretentious holy words to the ignorant masses.
The radical community is politics. The radical community is a religious organization. The radical community is an undefined cognitivly dissident social institution that operates like any other. A social institution that abuses spirituality and political discourses towards its own selfish ends. Founded around secretly despised and unacknowledged charismatic leaders and sacred texts from inspired moments in history to give their hopeless lives meaning. Deaf to the dialects of everyday life. Its a constantly inwardly focused critical investigation and dialogue that secretly despises the uneducated masses and fears their spontaneous revolt if it cannot be controlled.
What calls itself the radical community is almost always exclusively made up of privileged college educated white individuals. Ultimately interested in obtaining a semblance of social status. A social status increasingly less available to them under late stage capitalist de-industrialized U.S. society. The radical community is comprised of the dying white middle class. A social group which has been sprung to reactionary action rather its the tea party or Occupy in an every exhausting attempt to maintain its old economic and social status. The radical community represents the abandoned churches of the industrial era to the youth of this lost generation. The radical community is a “new” narrow minded church full of sage who wield and twist old ideologies and fables of liberation, construct “new” morals and systems of deviancy, sacredness and social norms and a flock who desperately need something to believe in, something to be apart of and an opportunity for status and power. All under a guise of openness, accountability and mutual aid. Rather its through extensive publishing of “radical” or “critical” theory, high enough status to be able to live off or abuse others unquestioned, or brow beating all those who question your integrity or importance.
Materialist discourses on justice and equality provide the ideology. The radical community is the penultimate “static ideology” the ultimate reactionary discourse of the dying empire. It is the cognitive crutches of a population use to having power. A population who must have power. A population who increasingly limited access to real power. A population who has historically not had much interest in “revolution” the white american middle class. It is a group who will never “make revolution” because they have no intention to construct a new world but only to blame the old to cover their own individual inadequacies.
The radical community constantly attempts to evangelicalize the others to its system of beliefs. The cognitive state and praxis of the “radical community” ultimately boils down to that of the colonial era evangelical doctrine of manifest destiny. The narrative of the inevitability or the inherent rightness of a utopia destined to come. Educated in universities the radical community often takes a vow of poverty in order to prove their fanaticism and obtain status and legitimacy among their peers. This is often used as sole evidence of their conviction to their ideas. The radical community participates in actions of “collective effervescence” through its ritual protest, demonstrations and insular “community” events. The radical community primarily utilizes systems of social ostracization and exclusion to better define its norms through manufacturing deviancy and distinguish between the “in-group” and “out-group” which increases in-group solidarity and social cohesion among its members.
The radical community is the Ellis Island of modern day systems of assimilation for angry poor white people looking for some new utopia. The disenchanted with the order of things are ultimately filtered through a living museum of dead revolts and either join the circus or leave disturbed. At its best it is a gathering of lonely people commiserating their respite for the state of society and its social ills. Plotting false non committal strategies for their erasure to pass the time.
um, yes, pretty much everything i’ve been feeling about anarchist groups in this country.