“If we declare that solely the assertion opposed to ours is false or else that solely ours is not false, we are nevertheless forced to admit an infinite number of true or false judgments. For the one who expresses a true assertion proclaims simultaneously that it is true, and so on ad infinitum.” -Camus
it’s a coincidence i just read this quote because i was thinking about this a few hours ago in regards to a debate (online, fortunately or unfortunately)
@bugs Not that I’m one to stick up for Marx and Hegel, but dualism has played prominently in western thought dating back to the Manichaeans and even pre-Christian Gnostics, and is largely unchanged to this day.
The fact that that folks lump themselves into opposing identity groups should make plenty clear the general lack of awareness of the futility of this cyclical mode of thinking. “We’re not fascists, we’re anti-fascists! I’m not an archist, I’m an anarchist!… and on and on…”
It’s a binary, not of two parallel or divergent lines, but two points on the circumference of a circle. They always come back to each other and sadly often occupy precisely the same space, as they are made of the same substance.
Of course I hear the calls , "those who do support are invested in the outcome that the troops on the ground fight for!" And I'm sure there are some, and the alliance between the two isn't negligible. Instead, what I aim to deconstruct is the idea that if you aren't on the frontlines then you MUST do support, as penance for your inability to engage in activities which would likely be far riskier than your regular daily activity.
Again I return to the development issue. If a person is neither; not interested in attack or support (for a further variety of reasons, less than is usually acknowledged), they become effectively useless to the struggle. And this is the tragedy of humanism, and subsequently struggleismo: that if your existence doesn't prove useful, you become worthless.
The centrality of "attack" in anarchist discourse and it's polar opposite "daily life's" underdevelopment is the leading cause of aging/burning out as well as a major factor in the dissonance of radical life in the 21st century.
We would do well to develop our own pockets of anarchy, and seek to see it in the world, never precluding the necessity of conflictual existence, but avoiding overemphasizing combat in comparison to intellectual pondering and evasion.
Basically anarchy should be clever-er
@eli paranoia and blaming outside agitators is pretty average authoritarianism. COINTELPRO is just an excuse they like to use.
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