A Word On Behalf of Anarchists

Art McGee amcgee at SPAMigc.org
Mon Dec 13 02:52:06 MST 1999


Please excuse the cross-posting of this message, but it's important that
it reach all the folks who participated in the thread entitled "Anarchism
vs. Marxism", which was originally sparked by some comments on the marxism
list run by Louis Proyect.

In the course of the debate, Mr. Proyect gleefully trumpeted out the fact
that the majority of the people involved with forming the Black Radical
Congress were either Marxists or Revolutionary Nationalists. This is true,
although to be correct, you need to add Revolutionary Feminists, since the
BRC has probably the best gender balance at the national level of any
non-gender specific left-leaning organization in the U.S. (half of our
national Coordinating Committee are women), and they were critical to it's
formation and it's continued operation. If they left, there wouldn't be
any BRC in my opinion.

However, what Mr. Proyect and others may not clearly be aware of or
understand, is that Anarchists deserve specific credit for keeping the
BRC's online communications network running, while people with other
political leanings have tended to be flakes or downright untrustworthy.

When I asked my Anarchist comrades for assistance, they came through and
kept their promises. Even more startling, they showed me an example of
trust which I would NEVER, EVER see from people with any other tendencies,
including possibly the BRC itself.

Not only have Anarchists been extremely supportive from a technical
standpoint, but their knowledge and understanding of the importance of
online communication (not one-way diatribes and pronouncements) far
exceeds that of anyone else I've dealt with, and I've been out here in
cyberspace a long damn time.

In addition, as opposed to the various Marxist and Nationalist tendencies,
Anarchists have been almost completely accepting of and supportive of the
BRC from the beginning, possibly due to the non-coersive coalition nature
of our structure.

How refreshing it is to deal with people who neither view you as a threat
to their white supremacist leftist need for control, nor as a t-bone steak
to be devoured in the frenzy to recruit new members. What a joy it is to
interact with people who neither question whether we are Black enough,
nor are whining because we only allow Black people to join.

Because of my political position within the BRC, it would be irresponsible
of me to enumerate the fuckups by various people who call themselves
Marxists, Nationalists, etc., so I'll stop and leave you to ponder the
positive my Anarchist comrades have done for the BRC.

Lastly, if you're wondering how I would label myself politically, I'm
probably closer to being a Revolutionary Nationalist, although as I
mature, various aspects of Anarchism and Marxism have appealed to me.

In other words, I'm still developing and growing, so don't try to pin me
down just yet. :-)

Thank you for listening.

Art McGee

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