Removal of poisonous weeds
Genuine anarchs need to self-police a little in order to successfully bloc-up. This is in order to routinely catch out cop infiltrators but also left-communist or red-fascist infiltrators.
As more and more people reject red-fascism ( or Marxism for short) the sight of known Marxists posing, preening and posturing as 'anarchists' must disturb more and more ordinary people.
All anarchs need to recognize this historical trend and cater to it to some degree. Because if we don't weed out known fascists then the weeding will be done by others. And then it may take a few 'flowers'.
This left-communist thing is using anarchists to move around and spread. It will fight if it has too; but it prefers anonymity. Exposure is sunshine and disinfectant. Zombie ideologues stay away from the light.
In addition to the names of groups I've already mentioned, the nym 'lilprole' has come up in an 'anti-capitalist' context. Both 'proletarian' and 'anti-capitalist' are tells that this activist has marxist priorities and should not be allowed to represent any kind of anarchist point-of-view.
The net hands us a powerful tool for exposing fascists - right and LEFT fascists - you could even place a sticker on yr computer cover that ' This machine kills fascists'.
Now to a seperate but related issue - the slogan ' Class War'.
As I think its critical we offer something better than either democratic or authoritarian socialism, I think we need to pitch our propaganda with a lot of care. In my opinion class war has been degraded by usage in the UK and SF by association with Bone and Keating respectively. Its worth dropping or at least playing down on the grounds that we don't want any more Bones and/or Keatings running around calling themselves 'anarchs'.
Then there is the latent danger implicit in a term that saw more people killed in worse ways than even the Holocaust last century. The Holodomor, the Great Leap Forward and Cambodia Year Zero were all class wars in Marxist terms. The long-suffering North Korean peasantry continue to be tortured to death. Its bleeding obvious to me we need more and better 'brand differentiation' if we are ever to be believed. That libertarian-socialism or anarchism really is a valid and thoughtful alternative.
Using Marxist approved terms and tropes allows for vastly increased chances for Marxist entryism. At present I see some of the most active Marxist entryists, since the infamous and unholy neocons, working on anarchism.
Most are left-communists of the Situationist style but some are ' Class struggle', 'Platformist' and ultra anarcho-syndicalists of the Black Flame stripe. ( Anarcho-swindicalists) 'Autonomist' is also used as a cover. None of this would matter if there were a firmer boundry between us and those to our left. Just past these left-communists lie the recovering Trotskyites btw. Over the past 10 years I've noticed definite edges to the anarchist scene on the center, the right and even the fringe ( Zerzanist in the main) These boundries are regularly patrolled and fences repaired. Yet there is little or no edge to our left. This marks us out as a failed ideology;just as surely as Israel without an Eastern border is a failed state. This unwholesome and unhealthy situation allows for the free movement of red-fascist entrysists into and out of anarchism.
A start has been made to fix this rather glaring and obvious problem by identifying left-communists quicker and easier. Credit to Iain McKay for some yeoman work here exposing how shallow left-communist politics are dating, as they do, from 1918 at the earliest. ( Pannekoek ) It would be hard to find a more egregious case of sectarianism than an ideology that claims to want most, if not all, that anarchists have wanted since 1868 at least, yet insists on maintaining the insane fiction that their politics might be descibed as 'Marxist'.
The other name for a communist that wants to take whats been yours for fifty years is 'thief'. Left communists, if they are honest, must admit to being common or garden thieves and liars to boot. This explains their habitual sneaking around under a plethora of nyms and anonymity and their parisitic attitude towards 'lesser' untermenschen anarchists.
You can't square the circle and make some synthetic Marxist-anarchism or anarchist-Marxist. All you make is a Frankenstein monster. When Marx hated and fought with Stirner, Proudhon and Bakunin this is absurd. Oxymoronic in a word. These are not the revolutionary droids your looking for. This is a test as to whether anarchism is ready for prime time. We know hordes of young people are looking for something better than stale white-bread democratic-socialism. We mustn't offer them black bread soaked in blood. Marxists, NO PARASAN.
To conclude - this is an immediate task a ' What is to be done' moment of great consequence but theres no deed to be deadly earnest about it. One way to exorcise a known fascist is simply to laugh them out the door.
For us its much better - and a great change! - to have problems-of-growth rather than problems of decline and decay. There is no question that democratic and authoritarian socialisms are flailing and failing. We are winning, and so long as we have the net and good story to tell we will go on winning. With left-communism minimized ( no point chasing every rabbit down every burrow ) I will have no hesitation in calling for planet wide social revolution in 2016. 2016 marks the anniversary of the worlds last great revolutionary year 1936.
No matter if we don't make it either. 2020 will be even kinder to us as the anarchist future keeps happening.
Hasta la anarchist victoria siempre! Viva anarchist VIVA!