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Are insurrectionary anarchists at odds with revolutionary anarchists?

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asked Feb 16, 2012 by anonymous
edited Feb 17, 2012
While it's hard to take a question in good faith when "circle jerk" is a tag, and the question itself is basically meaningless because, while "insurrectionary anarchism" marks a relatively definable trajectory, "revolutionary anarchists" is a very large umbrella under which I@ would be able to comfortably take shelter from the rain along with most of its rivals.

I am considering taking a stab over at http://anarchy101.org/2484/when-black-bloc-youth-identifying-revolutionary-anarchists but the fundamental question has been asked and answered over at http://anarchy101.org/2154/what-is-the-difference-between-revolution-and-insurrection

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The People's Front of Judea has always been squabbling with the Judean People's Front. They each claim they are the One True Revolutionary movment.
answered Feb 18, 2012 by analfisting (280 points)
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No. Fortunately these two categories are not well defined enough to allow for a schism between them. Many people define themselves as insurrectionary anarchists, but this category is not excluding of the category of revolutionary anarchists (see attached Ven diagram). There may be some people who have embarked on a project of defining themselves as revolutionary anarchists in opposition to insurrectionary anarchists, but they have not yet made a splash. Try again in six months.
answered Feb 19, 2012 by Petar Mandzhukov (1,090 points)
actually many black bloc folks in the 90s called themselves revolutionary anarchists.
A possibility not excluded by my answer. Many of the "revolutionary anarchists" of the 90s subsequently began to identify as insurrectionary anarchists. Those who have not made a splash, in my opinion, are those who are now using the label of "revolutionary anarchist" as a critical counter to "insurrectionary anarchist".

Those who have made a relevant or at least vocal critique of insurrectionary anarchism have positioned themselves as "mass anarchists," platformists, anarcha-feminists, antiauthoritarian activists, anarcho-syndicalists, and anarchists without adjectives.
I had never heard of the "revolutionary anarchist" term before, but here http://theanarchistlibrary.org/HTML/Lawrence_Jarach__Anarcho-Communists__Platformism__and_Dual_Power__Innovation_or_Travesty_.html#toc2 Lawrence Jarach seems to claim that the term was coined by the Love & Rage people in order to brand a new kind of anarchism influenced by Bolshevik ideas.
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