By Chris Dixon, Angela Y. Davis
Dixon outlines the paintings of activists aligned with anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, and anti-oppression politics and discusses the teachings they're studying of their efforts to create social transformation. The e-book explores strategies to the most important problem for today’s activists, organizers, warring parties, and dreamers: development a important hyperlink among the paintings of against,” which fights ruling associations, and the paintings of beyond,” which develops liberatory alternatives.
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In anti-racist feminism, I found experiences and vision that strengthened my anarchist politics. In 1997, my friends and I traveled to Vancouver to participate in “crashing the summit” of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), a freetrade agreement among a number of Pacific Rim economies, including the United States and Canada. We joined activists at the University of British Columbia in reclaiming space, camping out in the middle of campus and using school buildings to organize. On the first day of the summit, in what became known as “SprayPEC” in Canada, police hosed down protestors with pepper spray.
Starting points Many movements and lineages of struggle have created visions of social transformation and revolutionary strategies to achieve those visions. What “Fighting against amnesia” / 25 has historically distinguished anti-authoritarian politics is its determination to fight colonialism, capitalism, and the state-form (and, over time, other systems of oppression) while putting liberatory visions into practice. This two-part orientation, the combined “against” and “beyond” that I discuss more in the following chapters, is the anti-authoritarian kernel that has been nourished through many seasons of struggle.
Some of this critical attention requires thinking historically. Too often those of us engaged in movements take particular ideas and practices for granted, as if they’ve always existed. But consensus decision-making processes, collective structures, direct action tactics, and anti-oppression politics, to take just a few widely-used forms, all have histories. And as products of historical circumstances, there is absolutely nothing fixed or eternally “correct” about them. One key to taking activist ideas and practices seriously, then, is historicizing them—understanding their origins and trajectories.