Anarcho-celebs!

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May 30 2007 12:11
Anarcho-celebs!

As we’ve been interviewing people for all sorts of big anarcho-events recently, it only makes sense in this vein to do the occasional interview of people who are in themselves famed far and wide for the work they do (or simply because they’re a bit mouthy). Who would people like to see interviewed in the illustrious pages of Freedom and elevated to the status of official anarcho-celeb? Do any of the Libcom admins/posters themselves count? Is John. an A-list or just a wannabe? Is Raw glam or sham? Does revol’s notoriety span not just webspace but real time?

Off the top of my head, we’ve already done voice of the miners Dave Douglass, McLibel two Steel and Morris, and prison rebel Mark Barnsley, Noam Chomsky wrote ages ago, as did Murray Bookchin. But who else?

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Jun 3 2007 11:48

Jeff Monson if you can get hold of him.

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Jun 3 2007 16:54

Somebody from the libcom group would be pretty interesting, I think.

So would raw, actually, just don't do both at the same time wink

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Jun 5 2007 07:59

I was thinking at one point of seeing if I could get them both in a room to properly analyse each others' contributions (with a decent moderator) as a recorded/transcripted debate, but not sure I'm persuasive enough...

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Jun 5 2007 10:20

don't tell them, then lock the door after them.

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Jun 5 2007 10:27

yes i think Raw is worth interviewing because he is the most organised and able proponent of that kind of anarchism, european insurrectionary stuff. Also, a lot of the people who got involved with the UK end of this activity, did not share or understand that these politics were behind it.

And def someone from the libcom group.

And i suppose Ian Bone, who seems to have come out of retirement. Would be good to see how he has changed his politics since 1980 wink Might also be worth interviewing Paul, as a representative of the group who kept CW going/do a split piece with bone.

JJ, about whether he regrets the clowns yet and as an RTS person.

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Jun 5 2007 10:41

I think this is a very wrong idea tending towards the building or reinforcing of informal hierarchy. Run interviews with representatives of groups or tendencies not someone who is semi-famous for something that happened some years ago.

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Jun 5 2007 11:06

...or that, yeah.

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Jun 5 2007 12:02

Yeah the whole informal hierarchy thing… tbh I think it’s a false lead, I mean it’s not difficult for high-achiever/charismatic anarchos to create such informal hierarchies regardless of whether they’re a ‘face’ or not if they want, they can simply point to what they’ve done in the past in whatever group they come to (hell I’ve accidentally done so on a couple of occasions by talking about what I’m involved in to new people, and I’m nowhere near being an anarcho-celeb, I’ve just got a reasonable work ethic).

What’s more important is I do think that where people have successfully made significant contributions they should be asked what they’ve learned, what they can pass on etc, and can act as positive examples of people operating today, as opposed to the numerous faces of anarchism’s heyday (bear in mind the use of anarcho-celebs as symbols for upcoming generations has been a tactic in use since the 19th century) whose power to inspire is limited by such distance.