If you are transphobic, you aren’t an anarchist.
If you are ableist, you aren’t an anarchist.
If you are homophobic, you aren’t an anarchist.
If you are racist, you aren’t an anarchist.
If you are cissexist, you aren’t an anarchist.
If you don’t check your privilege, you aren’t an anarchist.
If you have ever uttered the words: “I don’t date fat chicks” you are not an anarchist
To be an anarchist, is to be against all forms of hierarchy. It is to stand in solidarity with the oppressed against the oppressors, not to protect the rights of those who oppress.
I often see said “anarchists” on the internet, dropping gender slurs, siding with rape apologists, telling trans people to “stay out of their bathrooms” and so forth.
I often wonder if these internetarchists have ever actually been in a radical space before. Have they visited a commune? Have they made conversation with the clerk at the local radical bookstore? Have they stood in the streets in solidarity with their beloved comrades? Often times, it seems they have not. If one was to enter one of the many anarchist communes in Seattle and start dropping gender slurs, defending rapists, body shaming the “fat” or insulting trans-genders, they would be asked to leave in an instant.
So why does the anarchist subreddit known as /r/anarchism tolerate such reactionary nonsense? Is it because reddit can never foster a radical space? Or because the moderators running /r/anarchism aren’t radical themselves? /r/anarchism is the laughing stock of internet anarchist spaces, but it isn’t because the moderators are too authoritarian, it is because the subscribers are too reactionary.
When you tolerate reactionary politics in a radical space, it then ceases to be a radical space. A true anarchist will never compromise that belief; there can never be any compromises when dealing with oppression. There can be only solidarity with the alienated.
Anything short of liberation, is slavery.