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do inside info and need-to-know practices have value to anarchists? do these methods work?

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asked Nov 17 by anonymous
can you elaborate a bit on what you mean?
By "need to know" practices, do you mean this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Need_to_know ? I think it's best to keep stuff on the DL
i guess it would depend on what exactly 'anarchists' are doing.  i dont really think there is anything fundamentally wrong with keeping secrets, or hiding things; secrets can be a powerful tool.  it seems a bit hasty to try and decide whether or not the act of secret keeping does or does not 'have value' in some general sense, you know it just kinda depends on the context.  sometimes it does, sometimes it dont.  certainly i can think of situations where coverups and secrets could be considered quite harmful the 'healthy' function of a group, but conversely i can think of situations where secrets could keep a group alive and well.  it just kinda depends.
trust and safety are important to me. transparency vs "security culture" is a false dichotomy. it all depends on the context of any given situation, most importantly the relationships involved. claiming that either approach is universally "correct" is ideological bullshit, just like anything that ignores context.

by and large, though, i think people talk too fucking much. period.
there's an inherent contradiction between the desire to communicate anarchist ideas and have "movements" and the generally illegal desires of anarchists, but the way to reconcile this is to just be more specific with yourself about what information needs to be said and what doesn't to which people. Also, understanding and studying the state and the legal system is also helpful.

Also, it's just kind and respectful to be careful about sharing information about other people. Of course the general socio-political climate and the radical left/anarchist climate is one of paranoia, it's helpful to try and figure out what you need to really be afraid of and what you don't need to be afraid of.
"it's helpful to try and figure out what you need to really be afraid of and what you don't need to be afraid of."

words of wisdom
yes....i've found that intuition helps in that regard more than thought.....

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