Episode Thirteen – Structure and topics

This week we talked about what the future of the show should be. How do we structure what we talk about. How do we do it well? What is our audience?

How anarchists talk about anarchism and anarchy is as, if not more, important than we give it credit for. Is anarchy a thing like politics and ethics, or a way of life like buddhism or vegatarianism? The frame of reference we share as we answer this question for ourselves far more than the content of our politics. One may be an anarcho-syndicalist but if one’s practice is taking group hikes and staring at the stars it may be more fair to describe their political desire to see worker control over society as a secondary or tertiary concern. It is a faith but not how one lives and breathes.

Or to be personal for a brief minute, I desire an anarchy unleashed upon the world and have a practice where I get to act in that direction but it tends towards the mundanity of publishing. About deadlines and goals, not chaos unleashed upon any portion of the world. Instead of being an embodiment of anarchy, I’ve structured my understanding of anarchy so it can exist in this shit world. Like so many that have come before I’ve structured something beautiful into something possible and the anarchy itself is less for that.

On the other hand the impossiblity of anarchy is part of the appeal. It is a will-o-wisp I’ve taken into a morass I would have never anticipated. When I think of children’s stories I’ve loved I can absolutely imagine life having taken me in the direction of being someone who only remembers these stories as the ones’ I tell my own children. I can imagine having made choices about anarchy & anarchism that would involve me having nostalgia about them and living in the memory of a set of good old days when my social life and conversations were about those wild days when we made love in the squat we cracked open. When we lived as free as we understood how to be.

Which is to say that I chose the former kind of enclosure for myself. I have structured how I conceive of anarchist practice and living in this shit world in a particularly way. As a result I can sit here every week and talk about anarchy but the frame of reference is probably counter-revolutionary and not that of the doomed man of revolution. How we structure this show reflects this and probably suffers for it but I ask, how does one change one’s stripes and would we be better for it?

3 Replies to “Episode Thirteen – Structure and topics”

  1. Soup & Oyster

    I listen during Anarchy Bang during my Corporate Monday.
    1) I don’t call in on Sunday since that is my precious time to do things. And haven’t had much to say on topics.But I listen faithfully.
    2) Like Buddhists I see anarchism as part of a daily practice.
    3) You really got the trolls out of the woodwork. C-SPAN not available?
    4) Not sure how you got the 400 listeners metric. Are you counting downloads?
    5) I hope you cover Grief and Loss. Cindy Milhstein’s book has some interesting talking points in an anarchist context.
    6) There are other podcasts on DYI and direct action. So might not be needed.
    7) Personally, like to see you continue as is. And people call in when they call in. (Including kids and trollers.) Maybe more two callers at the same time plus the three may be more dynamic
    8) Anarchistnews forums are not a safe space. Glad you agree.
    9)Hearing about Anarchy forums of the past is interesting.

    • Nettle

      Soup & Oyster,
      Thanks for the feedback. I applaud your commitment to self care, keep your Sunday to yourself!
      Yeah, I think what I meant by practice was not a certain thing to do like compost or Food not Bombs or an info shop, but yes like Buddhists coming back to their breath in meditation, a coming back to anarchy in the moment, being non-hierarchial, communicating straight across, as it were. No one up or one down in a game of who is more important in anarchyland. I just see that as what I can do now, since overthrowing the state is a tad out of reach.

      Good suggestion to talk about grief, since we will all experience it sooner or later. CM’s book probably won’t be the jumping off point for that discussion though.

  2. loiterhard

    There’s overhead required, but don’t big radio shows screen callers? Maybe it wouldn’t be workable.

    There’s no prank to these trolls. They are on the level of a bro driving by in a car yelling “gay” or something. Boring!

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