Non à l’activisme; oui à la révolution
There is a rather particular attitude cultivated by activist culture. Infantile, self-righteous, judgmental, and above all a lack of self-criticism. By focusing on the problems with society (sometimes correctly, sometimes incoherently) it is easy to imagine that we are pure––smarter and better than the ignorant masses who often lack the same opportunities and time to be part of a largely student, academic, or at least upper strata (unionized) sectors of the working class. Often petty-bourgeois in the worst possible way, we focus on banal « anti-oppression » concepts that tend to preserve oppression and solidify divisions––the practice of criticism/self-criticism that is designed to create ideological and practical unity is treated as antiquated, unknown, or somehow « oppressive ». We imagine that we are extremely critical rebels even when we adopt the most mainstream notions of rebellion, liberal ideology dressed up as radical.
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