Friday, December 14, 2007

My take on Anarcho-primitivism

It has been interesting participating in discussions at the Derrick Jensen forum. One thing that I have learned (among many) is that Anarcho-Primitivists seem to do a lot of fighting among themselves. This has been referred to on the forum as "horizontal hostility" and may sometimes come from a replacement of conflicts with authority (the state, capitalism, the industrial economy, etc.) with conflicts with each other over a sense of "personal purity". This is really a shame, and here's why.

Because I really think that these Anarcho-Primitivists are probably right. Civilization isn't going to come to it's senses. Compact fluorescents and recycling aren't going to save the world. I think these people are really on to something, but I'm not yet convinced that they are the same people who are going to organize into action. Their movement needs to take a page from the Communist Playbook and learn about solidarity and organization. CPUSA is organized into local chapters - small cells if you will. That is how a movement like this can grow. And growth is going to be necessary if an ultimate confrontation with power will ever be effective.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

You're absolutely correct. I haven't been in on the discussions that you mention, but I certainly believe it. I work for a labor union and find that it's that way within our union, across the union movement, and across the so called "left" in general. I don't know about CPUSA a whole lot, but the SEP (Socialist Equality Party), which runs the WSWS (World Socialist Web Site) is also into the in fighting thing, attacking other socialist groups, anarchist individuals (like Chomsky), etc. I'm coming to the conclusion that a good number of (albeit well intentioned) people on the "left" are extremely dogmatic and intransigent in their views. Well anyway, keep up the good fight...

Anonymous said...

P.S. Jensen's "Welcome to the Machine" was absolutely incredible.