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This is such a great essay by Chisel-

“The Maoist tendency is to assume elevated understanding from those who are oppressed. The colonialist/missionary (etc) tendency is to assume that those who are free of bias/educated/enlightened are the most clear-headed and capable. If we reject both of those tendencies—which of course WE DO, then what we seem to be left with is more of what I’ll call here the Situationist tendency. The Situationists looked at how even the beneficiaries of the system suffered under the system, how we are ALL poorer for the lives we are forced to live in civilization, in all the -isms. Paying attention to how we all suffer, even when our circumstances are different, means the opposite of pretending that we are the same, it means respecting our differences, as diversity—with our different strengths and weaknesses that are (when we’re lucky) complementary—is crucial.”

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