December 14, 2004

Look! Below Rock Bottom! A Lower Place!

You know the one thing lamer than a plagiarist?

An anarchist. And the one thing even lamer than an anarchist? A SOUTHERN anarchist. Because while a sort of laissez-faire, apolitical, pseudo-anarchy is part and parcel of the southern character (think moonshiners), organized anarchists who spout off with stuff like:

Yet anarchist Steve Roberts, 22, of Winston-Salem, who says he did not take part in the protest, says the destruction of property pales next to the destruction of the human spirit by the political structure. "You can't change the system from within, because the problem is systemic."

Are, frankly, an embarrassment to the region. Not to mention overwrought. Oh, and wrong. Let's see how that whole "fighting the power" thing has worked out for our homegrown anarchists, shall we?

The vandalism occurred after about 200 protesters marched down Hillsborough Street just before midnight. Police arrived to find about 20 people in black clothes attacking the GOP building.

A man who lives on Forest Street, next to the headquarters, discovered two women near his garage shedding black clothes. He prevented them from leaving until police arrived. A young man also was arrested, and all were charged with the felony of causing malicious damage to property by use of an incendiary device.

Vanessa Zuloaga, 24, Melissa Brown, 18, and David Hensley, 20, all of Columbia, S.C., were jailed on $50,000 bail each. Supporters across the country contributed more than $15,000 over the Internet to bail out "the Raleigh 3," and they have been released. They are scheduled for a court hearing Monday.

Here's my question--if you're an anarchist, you eschew the capitalist system, and, like, money and stuff, right? So how do you explain the internet fundraising campaign? It just seems so, so, bourgeois! And is ANYONE surprised that Indymedia was involved? Me neither.

And because we live in an area surrounded by institutes of higher learning, we can't just get over the fact that a bunch of pissed-off ex-goths wanted to get drunk and do some property damage; no, we have to have a freaking panel discussion on What It All Means!

So what does anarchy mean? Well, as it's ANARCHY, it tends to mean whatever the anarchist being interviewed at the time SAYS it means. Pretty neat, that. Naturally, this being an academic-sponsored panel, no one was going to be so tacky as to, you know, form a judgement concerning the appropriateness of vandalism. Dude, keep your artificially constructed, like, limits, off me, man!

We do have this fun quote:

"Just like any social movement, it's multifaceted," McPherson said. "You can't characterize it by one event."

She said maybe the best definition of anarchism is believing in living -- or trying to live -- a nonhierarchical, nonauthoritative and noncorporate way of life.

Yes, because nothing says Fuck Whitey like refusing to buy that Tootsie Roll.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at December 14, 2004 08:38 AM

Uh oh. You mentioned Anarchy. Now a bunch of self-proclaimed anarchists are going to come crawling out to tell us through all sorts of name and title dropping what real anarchy is. Amazingly, each one's idea will not be any of the others think it is. Same thing happens when someone mentions Ayn Rand.

Posted by: fad at December 14, 2004 09:01 AM

Call me shallow, but I keep wondering why they all wear black. All of them. As if they were part of some, oh, I don't know, system.

Posted by: Michael at December 14, 2004 10:36 AM

So how do anarchists organize 200 people to go out and do their destructive thing? I mean, it seems like somebody must've been giving other people orders, making decisions, even choosing the appropriate fashions for the event. Doesn't this fly in the face of what these people are supposed to believe?

Pardon me, anarchists. I forgot. Anarchy has no room for logic.

Posted by: dhanson at December 14, 2004 11:26 AM

You'd expect an equal number are archists, if it's really anarchy.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at December 14, 2004 01:40 PM

I suspect that in the phrase "anarchist Steve Roberts, 22", the operative term is "22."


Posted by: ManFromPorlock at December 14, 2004 03:43 PM

This reminds me of the town Winston and I mercifully fled this summer, where the anarchists had . . . A PRESIDENT. Um? And when they were arrested, they claimed their rights were being violated because the jail didn't offer vegetarian meals.

Posted by: Julia Smith at December 15, 2004 12:01 AM

In the interest of clarity, the blogatrice has edited this comment so that its meaning is more readily apparent to the reader. You're welcome. Edited comment follows:

Ah, look! I am a 20-something anarchist hoping to hijack the comments with my oh-so-clever fake name, email and url!

I have managed to singlehandedly reinforce every stereotype of kneejerk idiot 20-somethings out there with my comments!

Go me!

Just Another Moron

Posted by: Joe Sixpack at December 21, 2004 02:06 AM