By Chris Dixon, Angela Y. Davis
Dixon outlines the paintings of activists aligned with anti-authoritarian, anti-capitalist, and anti-oppression politics and discusses the teachings they're studying of their efforts to create social transformation. The booklet explores options to the most important problem for today’s activists, organizers, combatants, and dreamers: construction a noticeable hyperlink among the paintings of against,” which fights ruling associations, and the paintings of beyond,” which develops liberatory alternatives.
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18 / Introduction This orientation, I argue, focuses attention on how to bring ordinary, nonactivist people together and build collective power toward social transformation. I discuss the implications of this orientation and how it concretely manifests in anti-authoritarian political work. In addition, I highlight instructive challenges that anti-authoritarian organizing raises for more traditional organizing models. Chapter 7 turns to the issue of leadership. In movements influenced by anti-authoritarian ideas, leadership has long been something to completely reject.
This eventually led to the resurrection of the Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty (S-CAP), which has since made a name for itself in Ontario through combative organizing with poor people for entitlements and against austerity. Participating in the occupy movement, working with S-CAP, and then experiencing the Quebec student strike in 2012 inspired me. They also all demonstrated to me the vitality of bottom-up organizing and the continuing relevance of another politics. After moving to Ottawa, Ontario, in mid2012, I felt this further through my participation in Idle No More.
By the late 1960s, such prefigurative commitments were widespread in the New Left, as the convergence of sixties movements is often called. 26 There were also strains in the New Left. Activists grappled with combining efficacy and liberatory aspirations in the face of daunting challenges of strategy 32 / Politics and direction. 27 In the late 1960s, this turn took one or another of two main forms. 30 Both orientations—party-building and armed struggle—grew out of activists’ dedication to social transformation and shared desires for more seriousness and organization.