* I am concerned that there is a real division forming. Many have recognized it, but attribute it to differences in strategy. I'm not so sure about that.
* Take for example, the "It's Time for the Militants" article. Where an author expresses anger at "White Liberalism" and speaks for the need for action outside the "systems"
* A comment titled "Vandalism is Foolish" wrote:___ "You are not causing significant damage to corporations by breaking a window, graffiti-ing, or doing other forms of vandalism that can be covered by multinationals' other arm....the insurance industry." (comment#31866)____
and said that:
___"If you want to reduce the dependency on multinationals, form a food (or other supply) co-op. Grow your own food; borrow other people's belongings for use around the house; buy used or make your own clothing. Learn how to fix things instead of buying them new. (FreeGeek is a *brilliant* idea....computers are powerful tools, and FreeGeek makes them FREE for sweat equity building systems for others.) " (comment#31866)___
The author of comment#31866, believes that the "militant stance" is against all the solutions they listed.
A comment to his comment, agreed with him saying:
____"These are very radical changes and not at ALL what white
liberals do. White liberals aren't ready to give
up there SUV's and fancy clothing styles. They would rather
vote for Democrats and scold those of us who don't vote or know it is an exercise in futility and will spend the next four years fighting the decadence they enjoy! (While your shopping, bombs are dropping!) But there consciences are clear
because they voted for a Democrat! Give me a fucking break! " ("Liberals won't even go that far" comment#31874)____
If you read this carefully, you will see that what the author of comment#31874 means by "white liberal" is someone who believes that by just simply voting for a democrat, their conscious is cleared at they can do living their life of "decadence."
IT IS ABSOLUTLY ESSENTIAL THAT ANYONE WHO IS UPSET BY THE LANGUAGE OF 'MILITANTS' TO REREAD COMMENT#31874. The author clearly states "These are very radical changes and not at ALL what white liberals do"
OK. I would like to make some important conclusions.
I don't see two different views I see do different language systems;
* People who believe that the system isn't working, so they are working on alternative and empowering structures. They see themselves as creating real alternatives and are therefore building ONTO the system. They also believe in protest and civil disobedience, but they want to present it in a way that brings in people who are more mainstream. They are concerned with empowering people who are stuck in the system and helping them get onto a better path. They get upset by militant language because they associate violence with the power structure and do not what to act only in reaction. To them: "MILITANT" means "VIOLENT." "WORKING WITH THE SYSTEM" means "CREATING ALTERNATIVES"
*People who believe tat he system isn't working, so they are working on alternative and empowering structures. They see themselves as creating real alternatives and are therefore building OUTSIDE OF the systems. They also believe in protest and civil disobedience, but they want to present it in a way that shows people that they are not simply begging the master for bigger cages. They are concerned with empowering people who are stuck in the system and helping them get onto a better path. They get upset by the Antimilitant language because they desire REAL change and so think that the critique of their strategy to react to the system is an attempt to usurp the movement. To them: "MILITANT" means "MOVITATED AND EFFECTIVE." "WORKING WITH THE SYSTEM" means "BEING A GOOD SLAVE."
So, do you see it?
There is a translation problem, but I simply don't see much of a difference in strategy.
Nonmilitants: the "Militants" don't want to hurt people. They love the alternative solutions. They are concerned that the systems will prevent the realization of those solutions. They view their actions as "self-defense." They are your allies, not your enemies. Do not be distracted from the work of getting things on the right track.
Militants: the "Nonmilitants" don't like the democrats either. They vote strategically because they want to effect the systems how ever they can. Most don't vote anymore anyway. They are the folks who are working on all the alternative strategies for the world that we need when the system collapses. They are your allies, not your enemies. Do not be distracted from the work of getting things on the right track.