December 3, 2021
From Wessex Solidarit (UK)

Chapter Thirty-one of The Authority of the Boot-Maker by Mal Content.

“If I were you I wouldn’t start from here.”

– Anon.

Anarchism is prefigurative, meaning that anarchists try to operate their spaces and projects along the same lines as the society they wish to create, actively seeking equality in all things and for all people. Decisions must be taken collectively and the process should be transparent to all; we have no need for coercion or subterfuge. As I have attempted to show, this is in direct contradiction to the way states and political institutions operate.

“There is no greater fallacy than the belief that aims and purposes are one thing, while methods and tactics are another, this conception is a potent menace to social regeneration. All human experience teaches that methods and means cannot be separated from the ultimate aim. The means employed become, through individual habit and social practice, part and parcel of the final purpose; they influence it, modify it, and presently the aims and means become identical.”

– Emma Goldman: ‘My Further Disillusionment with Russia’. 1924.

Prefiguration implies that you act as you feel you should act, and as if there were no obstacles to your doing so. This is not always entirely feasible, if you’re living in occupied Gaza for example, compromise with the state is sometimes mandatory to avoid being destroyed or neutralised by it; but as you get used to the idea, the structures and hierarchies of society, the threats of poverty, violence and incarceration, are only as bumps and potholes in the road, some larger that others.

In prefiguration you can act unilaterally. Suppose

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