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To dissolve, submerge, and cause to disappear the political or governmental system in the economic system by reducing, simplifying, decentralizing and suppressing, one after another, all the wheels of this great machine, which is called the Government or the State. --Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution

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Wednesday, March 05, 2014

On C4SS and the "Cultural Left"

On C4SS's "outreach mission": Today @C4SSdotorg came under fire for throwing away its anarchist outreach mission in order to promote "bargain basement content" like social justice and other trivial "PC" concerns. Our goal is to promote left-market anarchism to a broad, mainstream audience.
If our mission is "outreach," as he says, it obviously means reaching out to people who don't already believe as we do. It means saying unpopular things to people who are offended by them. He apparently doesn't object to all the right-wingers like Walter Block who are pissed off about our anti-capitalism and class struggle stuff. So basically he must be saying the class war aspects of left-libertarianism and anarchism are worth taking a stand on even at the expense of pissing some people off, because getting the workerist and anti-corporate types on our side is worth it, even if it means treating the concerns of PoC, women and LGBT people as marginal trivia and throwing them under the bus. But taking a stand on the concerns of the latter from a libertarian standpoint is bad because those people aren't important -- but the workerist dudebro types and their hurt feelings are.

Shorter version: Anti-empire and class stuff is important, "real" anarchism; people who are fucked over by social forms of domination aren't. The people who get offended by calling them out on racism, homophobia, etc. are vital to our outreach mission. The PoC, women, gays, trans ppl, etc., who have felt excluded from a white middle-class and culturally right-wing movement for years, and dismissed libertarianism as irrelevant, are entirely expendable.