652 An Anarchist Affection for Democracy 2, by Paul Z. Simons

652 An Anarchist Affection for Democracy 2, by Paul Z. Simons

2021 Oct-Dec
2021 Oct-Dec
652 An Anarchist Affection for Democracy 2, by Paul Z. Simons
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  1. The first part of this essay definitely threw me off. I was not expecting such a staunch defense of so called direct democracy but he does nuance it and becomes a little easier to sympathize with his argument later. That said the quote about Rojava has no direct reference within the essay as is pointed out but I did find it relevant when he was going over democracy and anarchism in relation to Goldman’s aristocracy point. The rojava so called direct democratic or commune system is actually occupied in large part BY political professionals every level of decision making that has any actual affect on daily life there is kadro involved. From the communes to the hospitals there is always a “responsible” kadro who ultimately is there to act exactly as a political professional and represent the party in one capacity or another. 100% his tour of rojava was guided by these kadro who picked and chose which events or processes he saw. This is also the case for many visitors of rojava especially those there for a short time. If you remain and socialize only within the party structure and never talk or interact with civilians outside of that you get a very different perception.

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