The crumbling ruins of anarchism-in-general;
a tower of failures, all those who have fallen, stacked up like stones in a pile…
Borrowing lingo from engineering and using it metaphorically:
What are well-known ways in which anarchists fail according to their own criteria?
Fracture: When cracks appear
Yielding: When a body gives way to pressure
Insufficient Stiffness (Deflection): When flexibility causes failure
Buckling: When a loss of stability creates big damages
Fatigue: When time causes a loss of strength
Creep: When a body deforms over time
Add to that: Failure to launch, failure to detonate, catastrophic failure, derailing, stalling, crashing and burning, and many more.
What are the known stresses and potential failure mechanisms? What have we learned from all typical failure modes? How are they taken, or not, into account? Let’s rank them by how interesting, meaningful or pointless, fun or boring, safe or dangerous, rare or commonplace they are. What types would you like to see more, or less of? Can you propose fail-safes or even new ways of failing? How do you dance in the ruins of anarchism?