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.
CALL OUT FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
'Never Alone' Exhibition June 11-30, 2014
Curated by the Earth First! Prisoner Support Project
This year on June 11 – the International Day of Solidarity with Marie Mason, Eric McDavid & all Eco-prisoners – we will be running the 2nd annual Never Alone online exhibition. It will serve as an avenue not only for fundraising for these political prisoners, but as a way to reach out informatively to a broad audience on issues of earth & animal liberation and state captivity. We would love to invite you to contribute an artwork to this exhibition.
June 11 started back in 2004 as the International Day of Solidarity with Jeff ‘Free’ Luers, an eco-prisoner sentenced to 22+ years in prison in Oregon (U.S.) for an act of arson against 3 light trucks in an effort to highlight the threat of climate change. This threat is now widely recognized, as was the incredibly unjust sentence that Jeff received. An international campaign of support had a massive impact on the fact that Jeff’s sentence was ultimately reduced to 10 years. By the time he was released in 2009 many other activists in the U.S. had been locked up in prison for standing up for a better world. Two of these prisoners – Eric McDavid and Marie Mason – had been sentenced to 20 and 22 years respectively. Both were sentenced severely for their willingness to fight for a world without oppression – be that of the earth, other animals, or our human communities.
Last year the Never Alone exhibition raised important funds for Marie and Eric’s support campaigns. We want to build on all the amazing support shown by artists and art buyers, and make this year’s exhibition an even bigger and more successful fundraiser. You can still see last year’s online exhibition here: http://neveraloneart.org/?page_id=111.
Marie and Eric are contributing artworks for the exhibition, as well as a number of other amazing artists already on board. We are inviting a range of incredibly talented artists to contribute, whose art regularly touches on themes of liberation, wilderness and political action. We are very interested in contributions of original work, prints and small sculptures, and any other ideas that artists may have. Please feel free to get in touch and discuss with us any ideas you might have.
The exhibition will be online at www.neveraloneart.org, from June 11-30. It will be promoted heavily through our support networks, social media, and through other June 11 events being organized around the world. Artists involved would need to be able to provide suitable images of their artwork/s, as well as details of the dimensions, medium/s and price (incl. cost of postage within the U.S).
We are hoping that any artists involved will be willing to contribute between 100-70% of the sale of any artworks at the exhibition, with funds raised going directly to the support funds of Marie Mason and Eric McDavid. We would also require artists to be responsible for posting any sold artworks to the purchaser, with those costs being reimbursed to you by our collective.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Expressions of interest close on May 1st, 2014. We really hope to hear from you if you are interested in contributing, and look forward to working with you!
The Earth First! Prisoner Support Project team