June 19, 2022
From Anarchist News

Repetition legitimizes. Repetition legitimizes. Repetition legitimizes.

In response to the latest entry from The Transmetropolitan Review by the fictional character Barabule Cutarescu, someone commented:

“It’s important to emphasize, for those who might think that the author is being coy, that this *actually is* a work of imaginative fiction written from much further away from the events than it seems to imply. Which… is a risky maneuver, since some of us will *actually* be at the book fair in Cluj and the author will not be. Anyway, don’t get taken in by speculative fiction. Shit is complicated in Ukraine and the surrounding areas and… it’s best to listen to people who are actually from there, not to anything that reaches you through secondary filters. It doesn’t solve the problem, but it’s better than letting other Americans tell you how to be less American or whatever.”

Surely there must be a better option than the false dichotomy between facts on the ground mediated by ideology and transmitted as propaganda, and completely fictional accounts that try to question said ideology and propaganda. How can imaginative fiction be a risky maneuver? What does it mean to be taken in by speculative fiction? Should fiction be discarded as a secondary filter? What’s the difference between the stories others tell us, and the stories we tell ourselves? What’s the role of fiction and its use by anarchists? Discuss your favorite works of fiction by, about, and of interest to anarchists.

Source: Anarchistnews.org