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(en) US, Minneapolis, DAYBREAK #6 - Columns: Agent Cooper A sucker for a man in uniform

Date Fri, 10 Jun 2005 07:23:18 +0300


If whether or not we’re a movement is in question, the answer
may lay, sadly, in fashion. Do we shun the woman in the pant suit
in spite of the chance, albeit slim, that she too is a radical? Maybe
it’s grant application day. Obviously, what makes us radical is
not our uniform. But do we rely for some reason on its exclusivity,
and by that exclusivity ensure our radical-ness? Marginalizing
ourselves like that seems counterproductive. We need more room
to share with people the values and ideas that we believe make
the world into something where cliques don’t belong. Only
showing our zines, for instance, to those we can safely assume
already are aware of the ideas contained within them, we risk being
only a scene and risk not being a movement. Even engaging the
rare, brave asshole who wanders into a show lacking crust and
opening her or his mind would seem to be a success at the
moment. It’s possible that an offering of our cool cheap beer
isn’t all she’s looking for. It is true that when each of us
has finally had enough, and at last decides to say fuck the dominant
culture, we need something to anchor ourselves, and the
community our clothes can create can be wonderfully effective to
that end. When society exerts acute pressure to conform, it is
much easier to maintain our strength with the things that set us
apart from that society. But when we become too strongly aligned
with a style, rather than something else, how much further can we
go as a community or communities, as a movement, or even as
individuals?

Maybe approaching that guy at work, who looks just too clean cut,
with a big, juicy zine is a stupid idea, a waste of time. But why not;
did you pay for the copies, anyway? And can we just let him go on
believing this society is the way things are supposed to be?
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Daybreak is an anarchist tabloid put out from Minneapolis.

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