Vagueness makes it easy for people to jump on and support a critique, but they might not know what specifically they’re standing for or against. You have to name the behavior clearly enough that near no one assumes something that didn’t happen.
Problematic people will always exist, but a movement is healthier when we can explicitly name bad behavior without exaggerating or using vague terms to get people on our sides.
Using the most damning words in every instance removes the gradation of harm. It poisons discussion
If you saying “person X did Y” and people won’t cancel them, either they don’t understand Y, they stan X, or they don’t care. Exaggerating doesn’t change any of these.
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It boggles my mind that there’s a huge part of the “left” that thinks the only way to a better world is following the footsteps of a bunch of dictators from 100 years ago instead of like... actually developing theory and praxis in line with the modern world and sociology
So when someone comes along as says “hey ML, this things is harmful” they tend to back it up with a stack of Lenin quotes or whatever on why it’s not or why it’s necessary, but anarchists look at all the harms and say “hmm maybe we can get rid of that too.”
In all seriousness, anarchists tend to focus on how to make life better for the individual and how society would look after that.
MLs tend to focus on top down approaches like “if we reshape society, then surely individuals will have it better” and they ram this down our throats
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