Anarchists Go To The Mall!!!!
A theory on spreading the word, and tactics for growth. It's long, but hey....
So let's face it, we're (the anarcho/feminist/vegan/whatever we ares) are really good at making personal decissions. We boycot (usually with the help of a small group of friends) whatever it is we feel is a not just product/system/area ext. We sit in our own little worlds with our tables made out of stollen electrical spools, our dumstered meal, and our comfy neighbors and we participate in what is really a silent protest against consumer culture.
We drop out.
This is not an argument about if boycotts work. I think they do, I think dropping out is the best possible thing any of us can do in this society, and that it is really the strongest thing we can do to really change anything. But, we are dropping out of this culture in ones and twos. We are moving to neighborhoods that support us, and that we support. Dropping out is good, but leaving it simply at that is, well inherentlly selfish! All of us, everyone reading this could simply continue to boycott all we want and nothing but "OUR" world will change. And I didn't drop out to change my world, my partners world, and my roommates. I dropped out to change the world the kids nextdoor live in, the world the pissed off skaters, and the depressed housewifes live in. The world that surrounds me, is killing me, and you, and all of us, including our children (whether they are alive, or will come about in the future).
So how do we spread the love?
Well I say go to the mall, go to Wallmart, go to the movies, ext!!!! Don't buy anything of course, don't get a "made in china" lamp that will match well with that spool sitting in your living room. BUT FUCKING GO!!!! Go to WallMart and graze! and while you are grazing talk to people, tell people that the system is fucked. Hand that kid (you know the one, with the bleached spiked hair, and the pre-fab punk outfit, standing with his mom), when he looks up at you with those "wow" eyes hand him a flier. Talk to the workers. Pick up the phone and state the number of casualties that have happened in Iraq so that it comes on over the intercom (the "employee only phones").
Or go to the mall, and go to that store Hot Topic, or Spencers, or something and walk around. Stick fliers in "punk" shirts that say shit like "think Blink 182 is cool, check out the Crass". Stick stickers up with web pages, or information about Free. If anyone in this world is a future anarchist it's the skater/proto punk kids that think their rebelion comes in the form of "made in china" leather belt with spikes on it!!!! These kids are looking for something, and well we are it!!!!!
The havoc you can wreak at the mall is awsome!!!!
YOUR NOT LESS OF AN ANARCHIST FOR GOING, IN FACT I WOULD SAY YOU ARE DOING MORE THEN THOSE OF US WHO JUST WANT TO CURL UP AND FORGET ABOUT THE REST OF THE WORLD.
The frustration in the air right now (in this country) is so apparent. You can feel it.
Did you know that Urban Outfitters (a fucked up store if I've ever seen one) is selling shirts with slogans like "Make Pizza Not War", and "Another Baby for Nukes" (with a picture of a three eyed smiley face? I will never buy a shirt that costs 20 bucks, but there are kids out there that are! Imagine if they bought that shirt, only to take it home, and see stuck to the inside of the sleave, a website with information on it about how our government is screwing over the Denali people!
Let's step outside our little boxes for little bit and try and spread the love!!!!
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