Like a Subculture.
There was a lot of hype leading up to the recent Santa Cruz Anarchist Convergence, held at the SubRosa InfoShop from May 7th through the 11th. Among the media releases was an interview on Freak Radio Santa Cruz. The interviewee was introduced as a volunteer at SubRosa, and the organizing body behind the convergence. When asked about what the convergence would look like, the interviewee details a lineup that is not to be missed.
GOD DAMN. REALLY? REALLY?
This fucking girl starts off by equating anarchist infrastructure with anarcho-franchise projects like Food Not Bombs, the InfoShop, the Santa Cruz Free School, and Freak Radio station itself, all of which are shitty subcultural institutions that serve only to deepen the divide between normal people and anarchists, or more appropriately for Santa Cruz, "radicals, freaks, and weirdos." Man y'all best learn to take yourselves seriously, c'os fuck. Then she talks about how anarchist relationships need to be special, not like normal people, because they are based on "autonomy" and exist outside of "normitive" power constructs. What the fuck does that even mean? If none of this interests you, you could attend another consent workshop, which the girl is really proud of. Consent is sexy, but the last time I was at one of this girl's consent workshops, she told me it was okay to take advantage of drunk people, and wouldn't take any criticism. Then there's something about how "applied anarchism" equates to some theoretical bullshit, and resistance takes the form of some white kids with dreads eating moldy oatmeal in a tree with a harness on. God this shit is dumb.
This is where it gets good. The girl mentions, among other things, that the fun social events to take place during the bookfair consist of a punk show with some obscure bands than no one from outside either the anarchist milieu or the santa cruz subculture have ever heard of, and a square dance. Really? Fuck. We wanna get serious here. Who's gonna attend a punk show? Who's gonna attend a square dance? Think about it. Those are the people that they're trying to cater to. Those are the people who're gonna show up to this shit. And only those people. Man. Think about your shit every once in awhile.
Next, this guy asks her to define how she relates to the term Anarchism. It sounds like she read the Anarhcism article on Wikipedia, and mixed it together with the Whole Earth Catalogue. She sees her anarchism come to life most when she's talking with her housemates about not flushing piss without poop, or fighting against the power that oppresses all those brown people who live in the next town over. Seriously, success is not having some random kid crash on your floor, getting to eat lentils from a garbage can, or drinking alcohol with some herbs mixed in for as long as you can stand being sick before going off to stay at your rich uncle's house in mountain view. Man if this is Anarchism, call us fucking Howard Dean.
We're not even half-way through this shit, but we can't take it anymore.
SC Anarchists: -1