not at all, a lot of people call themselves anarchists and do a whole lot of nothing, or have some views many others would consider contradictory to that self identification. lots of other people don't self Identify as @s but mount a whole lot of direct action type resistance to the state and capital.
that being said, this is from the 1954 comic book code, its always good to be aware of and critical of what you take in.
"I feel like the "heroes" motives are to strike down one supervillain to retain the hegemony of another."
Good point. I can't imagine the moral dilemmas those heroes must face sometimes. The anarchist heroes I mean.
Yes.(kidding)Whoever told you that sounds like they must have super powers of anarchist-identification. Maybe they are a comic book character? Like in the Archie & Jughead lineage.I am not super familiar with the particulars of any of those comics, but so what if you read them? I read lots of books that are not anarchist books, and whose conclusions or assumptions I disagree with or am critical of, but I still enjoy them. I watch TV shows and movies that are definitely. not. anarchist. Guess what? I enjoy them and it doesn't affect my ability to be an anarchist one bit.Your self-righteous friend seems to think we should live in an anarchist world where we only do anarchist things with anarchists. Or something similar. They are ignoring the fact that we live in a world that is not only populated by anarchists, and that we can't be pure. One can watch Dirty Harry and still hate cops.
ok - since everyone else is hitting the "it's all cool dude" button, i'll come in and be a hardass. lol.
it's fine to say that we all have fun in ways that are not in synch with anarchist principles (in one way or another, and that's a topic worth exploring itself of course), but it's also totally appropriate to question how that impacts our thinking and behavior, and impacts us in ways that we don't recognize and/or wouldn't like if we did recognize them. i've been known to watch way too many detective shows while i'm doing other things, and i think my imagination and level of impatience has been negatively impacted by the inherent assumption that detectives always win, and that things are wrapped up in an hour (naming only the most obvious two -- who knows what else is more insidious?)... OBVIOUSLY it's easy to go overboard and be controlling of other people's behavior, which is not what i'm talking about. but being engaged in what we ingest is already common practice here (hence funky@ and ba@ being outside a lot, etc)... so we can talk about this more interestingly than just "do what you feel..."
i'm sure most of us do a lot more than just have fun, in ways that are not in sync with our (anarchist) principles. hard to avoid, in this fucking world. it sucks that so often, for so many, principles and priorities are not well aligned. that has been a focus for me for a couple decades now - trying to get mine to align better. i've been mostly pretty lucky; as my principles (if i can use that word rather vaguely) have clarified for me over time, my priorities seemed to adjust pretty easily.
here's one i am almost ashamed to admit: i recently got a little bit back into professional basketball. i have always been a bball nut, having grown up playing on the streets and playgrounds of nyc, and watching the pros every chance i got. when i left urban life, i left that behind, without even thinking about it. then, not too long ago i was at a bar that had a game on the tv - i was totally sucked in. i hate the "professional" and economic aspects of the game, as well as the size of the egos (true of any celebrity), but i found that i still absolutely love watching the game.
yeah, but did everyone fantasize about a threesome with him and jimi hendrix?
(well, neither did i, exactly, but i wanted to!)
not Hendrix but I am a fan, I couldn't help but to notice kurt cobain is quite handsome.
MMA is my fav sport
"it seems like we get a polarity (again). either we are over-controlling/controlled, or our desires get sold to us (obv both). is there a way to break out of that duality?"
only way I can think of is find similar ways to gain the same satisfaction, be it entertainment, sex toys, or a space to interact with a large number of people, that doesn't involve buying a product. so I guess DIY, stealing, and salvaging, bonus points if you come up with something so original it doesn't require anything that necessitates industrial capitalism.
my favorite things to do for fun are biking longboarding, hiking, playing with my dog, reading forums, studying Spanish. you can actually diy a bike or a longboard if it really bothers you that they necessitate industrialism.
common denominators are that these are a one time buy in or completely free. I suppose this amounts to minimizing participation. a big part of my anti civ feelings are that while it is very comfortable to have showers and tv and such, and so interesting to have such a huge variety of music, if I never knew these things wouldn't I simply find other ways that were available to me to find the same satisfaction?
they say we have a higher standard of living but this is based almost entirely on materialistic criteria, if you judge a persons quality of life on happiness, amount of stress/fear/worry, amount of time spent on obligations(work) vs. what they would like, or even a marriage of these things ideally, then I think a lot of the modern world is entirely unnecessary.
also ingrate (ha) I do appreciate you pointing out that some media might be decidedly not anarchist, but prescriptive lines seem, troubling
part of the reason that prescriptions would be counter-indicated (as well as not anarchist! lol) is that people get different things out of different things. i watch a show that has a strong female lead (fucking netflix terminology) and perhaps for me that offsets the fact that she works with a cop to figure out who did things. or i watch a show on cops and try to use the information it provides about cop protocol to prepare for if/when i get arrested. as i said explicitly before, this is not about setting rules for others, this is about being aware of and wary of the balancing act we're doing all the time, especially when we're (arguably) most vulnerable--ie taking it easy.