Posted 07 June 2012 - 03:33 PM
And anarchists...who don't, as a rule, want to Tear Everything Down, so much as want to rid society of hierarchies. Governments too often being precisely Not about people taking care of each other, except in the most sinister sense of that phrase. The anarchists in Catalonia/Barcelona in Spain during the Civil War were able to withstand attacks from without (from the Carlists, Fascists, and lent-out Nazi bombers) and within (from the Communists) for about three years, not by tearing everything down, but because they were so much part of the society that they were propping up. (The Stalinists were so nasty that even the Troskyists such as George Orwell threw in with the anarchists...not a typical result.) This might not have much relevance to a guy with a bandana over his face throwing a rock at a fast-food restaurant or an international bank, but he might have hope to eventually fight such a Good Fight...or just want to [copulate][excrement] up. You usually have to chat with them. Might or might not be worth it.
And had I not had one of my own hot buttons hit the other week (on a really bad day for me), I wouldn't've had the invitation extended, or at least I wouldn't've have complained and had that invitation extended as a result (and had I thought I could add anything to a coversation about what's more cruel/supercilious than funny that Besser and company hadn't presumably had to think about themselves over the years, I would've accepted).