Ten Years on…
“Radical critique is not about exchanging compliments, but about looking at the limitations of movements which claim to be anti-capitalist and trying to contribute to their development. The task of over-emphasising the ‘sexy and inspiring’ sides is better left to the various direct action conferences and gatherings, whose only purpose seems to be exactly that: big doses of self-reassurance and the absence of critical engagement…In the midst of enthusiasm and grandeur, the direct action movement sees a growing anti-capitalist movement everywhere. This illusion stops them from recognizing that, in its present form, the direct action movement is going nowhere.”
Undercurrent #8: Practice and ideology in the Direct Action Movement
As valid as when it was written ten years ago. Has this movement truly matured as Naomi Klein would argue? or are we still dealing with many of the same debates and problems as we were then?