Thanks to all who have contributed long and thoughtfully – and heartfeltly – to this debate. Here’s a couple of random reflections:
1. One of the few immediately practical ideas is from Ales for some kind of mass SHOPPING WITHOUT MONEY action – maybe organised on the net through Facebook or other networking sites or flashmobbing like the Scientology/tube drinking actions – – with free food redistribution encouraging a good turn out for a bite of a Marksy’s bagette. Other ideas from Italy’s 70s autonomist movements like CANT PAY – WONT PAY might be equaly worth looking at……with escalating utilities bills a mass burning of bills outside British Gas or some or the electricity companies might be a goer and connect with a wider than usual audience. Our traditional ways of organising for these events through laborious build up of meetings need to be ditched for the ways truckers and bikers have pulled out many more for fuel protest actions actions at 24 hours notice.
2. If you read Michael Collins book THE LIKES OF US on the decline of the white working class – ‘We used to be the salt of the earth, now we’re the scum of the earth’ – check out a fucking great book by JOE BAGEANT on the similar American experience – ‘DEER HUNTING WITH JESUS’.
3. ANONYMITY – we’ve got to get rid of our fixation with anonymity which borders on cowardice. Revolutionary movements are composed of real people – people with real names – real addresses – people not deluded they’ll be under attack from fascist goon squads as soon as they declare their identity.What is this anarchist fixation with anonymity – even the Left like the SWP aren’t scared to reveal who they are at local level – why are we? Hardly anyone posts here under their real names – take a bow Ella/Ales/Paul Stott – and I’d like to encourage people to ditch their other identities and post under their names. There’s 101 excuses not too – but dont even bother – if we cant do that we’re hardly likely to be further emboldened are we comrades?