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Re: <nettime> Elites' Tryranny of Structurelessness
David Mandl on Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:27:44 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> Elites' Tryranny of Structurelessness


Let's not forget Cathy Devine's anti-authoritarian response to this, "The Tyranny of Tyranny":

http://libcom.org/library/tyranny-of-tyranny-cathy-levine

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...There are (at least) two different models for building a movement, only one of which does Joreen acknowledge: a mass organisation with strong, centralised control, such as a Party. The other model, which consolidates mass support only as a coup de grace necessity, is based on small groups in voluntary association.

A large group functions as an aggregate of its parts - each member functions as a unit, a cog in the wheel of the large organisation. The individual is alienated by the size, and relegated, to struggling against the obstacle created by the size of the group - as example, expending energy to get a point of view recognised.

Small groups, on the other hand, multiply the strength of each member. By working collectively in small numbers, the small group utilises the various contributions of each person to their fullest, nurturing and developing individual input, instead of dissipating it in the competitive survival-of-the-fittest/smartest/wittiest spirit of the large organisation....

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