Regarding the ongoing ‘discussion’ about gender identity politics in the anarchist and radical movement and the divisions this has caused, if anyone wants to know what the current state of our relationship to the ‘movement’ is, we suggest they take a look at the links in the sidebar on this blog and also on our sister blog, On Uncertain Ground. Astute observers of the anarchist scene will notice a few absences in these links.
These absences are a) a reflection of our current semi-detached relationship to the movement and b) a rejection of an increasingly dogmatic, ‘take it or leave it’ attitude towards acceptance of certain aspects of trans ideology that leaves little or no room for debate or questioning.
Deleting certain groups from the links sections on our blogs isn’t a decision we’ve taken lightly. If we feel there’s an element of pressure from certain groups in pushing us to accept a position we can’t fully reconcile ourselves to, then sadly, we feel we can no longer link to or be associated with them. We hope the absences will make the groups concerned pause and reflect on how toxic and divisive this row has become and to pull back from inadvertently causing further damage to an already fractured movement.
We value our autonomy and the right for us to decide what we publish and who we associate with and refuse to surrender that to elements on both sides of the divide who want to shut down discussion and debate.
And that’s it, over and out… We’re going to carry on working with other class struggle anarchists and community activists and in the process of doing that, play our part in building a progressive working class alliance that will bring about meaningful change. We’re leaving the identity politics people to their own machinations – so long as they leave us alone, we’ll leave them alone. From this point onwards, as far as we’re concerned it’s onwards and upwards.