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… imagining and acting on the assumption of the possibility of another kind of world is, in itself, a monumental and continual effort of resistance …

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To be an anarchist, in a place and time that is like any part of the world in the twentieth century, is to deny legitimacy of almost every feature of that world: its nation states, its religions, its pretense of representational government, its organization of production and consumption, its patriarchal customs, its warped ideals etc. .… there is almost no end to the things one is “against,” to the point that one continually risks slipping into an entirely negative and reactive self-definition (anti-capitalist, anti sexist…). When an “entire society,” i.e., almost everything around you, seemingly to the smallest detail, reflects assumptions contrary to your most deeply held convictions about what the world is and can be — namely, the assumption that hierarchy, domination, violence and injustice are the natural, necessary and permanent characters of existence — than merely to persevere in imagining and acting on the assumption of the possibility of another kind of world is, in itself, a monumental and continual effort of resistance.

— Jesse Cohn, Underground Passages: Anarchist Resistance Culture, 1848–2011[cherry_banner image=”4624″ title=”Adbusters #120″ url=”http://subscribe.adbusters.org/collections/back-issues/products/ab120″ template=”issue.tmpl”]Manifesto for World Revolution, Part 3[/cherry_banner]