Dear JennVicious: are anarchist lazy?
<table><tr><td>From <a href="askjennvicious.tumblr.com/post/35016856425/dear-jennvicious-are-anarchist-lazy-or-just-the-ones">Ask Jenn Vicious</a>
<strong>Dear JennVicious, are anarchist lazy, or just the ones I know? I know that anarchism has a long history of people doing hella (Emma Goldman, Sasha Berkman, Howard Zinn, and a half dozen others come to mind). If anarchists were not so myopically focused on their fucked up romances, disfunctional co-op houses, shitty jobs, and vegan lifestyles, we'd already be in the midst of the rev. I know capitalism is hard and that the rev begins with our personal relationships, but WTF? -- Still Waiting</a> - Anonymous</strong>
<p>Dear Still Waiting,</p>
<p>Sorry it took me so long to respond. I was busy taking care of myself after having some drama where one of my housemates convinced my partner to eat meat behind my back. No, I’m just kidding about that.</p>
<p>Obviously, I don’t think anarchists are actually lazy (being an incredibly busy anarchist myself.) I do, however, think that anarchists are just people, and people have their flaws. And, anarchists in this country are people socialized into a lot of ridiculous expectations and meaningless work-ethics based on monetary rewards and social prestige. Sometimes when you take those things away from someone, there is a period of readjustment, of finding a new reason to be motivated to do things.</p></td><td><img title="Meat!" src="http://anarchistnews.org/files/pictures/2012/clocksexist.jpg"></td></tr>...
<p>Sometimes it looks like this: wait, there’s no one telling me what to do? Sweet! I’m just going to sit on this couch all day, get drunk all the time, and eat out of the dumpster! Freedom!!!</p>
<p>Hopefully, these people you know will soon figure out that there are way better things they could be doing with there time. It probably wouldn’t hurt for you to point it out.</p>
<p>I agree with you, SW, that as anarchists, we sometimes get distracted from what ought to be our main goal: destroying capitalism. I know a fairly wise, older anarchist who often wonders what all these young anarchist kids are talking about all the time, with their workshops about veganism and co-ops. Are they trying to get rid of capitalism or are they just trying to make their lives under capitalism more comfortable, I’ve heard him ask. And it is a worthwhile question to ask ourselves.</p>
<p>I think that sometimes we get overwhelmed with how hard it is to change the big things, and so get stuck quibbling over the small things. I also know that a lot of us are dealing with some fucked up shit from how we were raised, and we are constantly working that shit out in our personal relationships.</p>
<p>Nonetheless, I do hope that we will find some balance of the personal and the political that allows us to live our lives to their fullest potential. And, personally, I hope that my fullest potential does at least some damage to capitalism.</p>