The Non-Anarchist is today’s recommendation for Wonderful Wednesday. It’s not a Friend of the Blog (to be that you have to link me and generally be cool,) but it’s an informative and entertaining read.
Strobe, the proprietor of the blog, is a self-described “downwardly-mobile American liberal who’s read some Marx” living in rather notorious West Oakland, CA. According to the About page, The Non-Anarchist “strives to support a non-reactionary understanding of anarchism” and combines research and observation of local anarchists, particularly among the Occupy Oakland crowd.
Among other topics, the author writes about conflicts between anarchist squatters and local black residents, the violence of the Black Bloc protestors at Occupy Oakland and conflicts between anarchists and socialists. Strobe seems to have a general disdain for his subjects, but he’s much nicer than I would be covering this group.
As I mentioned, Strobe is a liberal, so there’s some early sympathy with the Occupy movement before Oakland became a train wreck, and he has a tendency to use the words anarchist and libertarian synonymously. One can be an anarchist and a libertarian, I suppose, but when I think of an anarchist I see a left winger with a mohawk. Other than that, The Non-Anarchist is good stuff.