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How loud should you be?

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Jun 25 2009 15:11
How loud should you be?

I believe strongly in AFED. And I would be proud to be a memeber.
However, I just wanted to see what other people thought about how "loud" about being an Anarchist you should be.

The person who made me interested in AFED is extremely proud, and not scared to admit what he believes in. I would not be either. But I know of some who aren't extremely enthusiastic about being so forward about it.

I don't know, this might sound silly, but I'm really interested in what people think.

Lu -

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Jun 25 2009 15:42

well, it depends where you are and who you're talking to. for example, being loud about your politics at work is not a good idea, as your boss might not want you around for much longer. however introducing your workmates or friends to it at the pub or whatever isn't a bad idea, particularly if there's issues going on at work or in your neighbourhood that could be discussed. however in terms of how 'loud' you should be, people will be put off if you're too gung-ho about it. it's best to discuss/introduce your ideas in context, perhaps not even giving them a label at first, because despite their obvious superiority ( wink ) people don't like the words 'anarchist' 'communist' or 'socialist'. they will be more amenable to them once you've proved yourself not to be a mental.

edit: i'm not in afed. didnt realise it was in this forum. point stands though.

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Jun 25 2009 17:43
ColdHeritage wrote:
I believe strongly in AFED. And I would be proud to be a memeber.
However, I just wanted to see what other people thought about how "loud" about being an Anarchist you should be.

The person who made me interested in AFED is extremely proud, and not scared to admit what he believes in. I would not be either. But I know of some who aren't extremely enthusiastic about being so forward about it.

I don't know, this might sound silly, but I'm really interested in what people think.

Lu -

Yeah, everything Jenni says is pretty much spot-on. Ultimately, the way you behave is more important than how you describe yourself or how loudly you say it.

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Nov 19 2009 00:00

you don't have to shout it, but i personally think there's something wrong about not saying it when its relevant, or asked about it, in that it works against anarchism as a whole

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Nov 19 2009 00:28
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how "loud" about being an Anarchist you should be.

oh so quiet

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Nov 1 2010 17:45

I see your point. We live in a strange land filled with opportunity to produce and provide what most of us need, a certain amount of what would be desired of us from the work done would require our intiative to get on better with everybody else, but the rest of us should not be out there trying to take advantage of those committed enough to get there. This is how the ruling classes took over...

Surely, though you are not refering to colour?

Mr. T

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Nov 1 2010 00:41

never reveal about what you think because the fanboy revolutionaries will take you to town. It is preferable to agree with whatever the crowd are saying and agree with the left-herd mentality.

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Nov 1 2010 10:00
Guerrillawarfare wrote:
never reveal about what you think because the fanboy revolutionaries will take you to town. It is preferable to agree with whatever the crowd are saying and agree with the left-herd mentality.

I'm not sure what this means and I don't thinks it's very good advice for someone who is new to anarchism.

ColdHeritage, my advice is to "act like an anarchist" by getting involved in class struggle and trying to implement anarchist principles while you're doing this. This means organizing at work, with tenants, with the unemployed, or, if you're still at school, trying to orient the students' movement in line with a distinctly class outlook. I don't think it's necessary to "out" yourself as an anarchist, but you should try to build non-hierarchical organization based on direct democracy, mutual aid, and direct action.