The Potential for Individual Autonomy in Common Protest Tactics
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This SIP has undergone a lot of change since I started writing it. It began as a historical study comparing American protest movements. Since then, my focus has shifted to one aspect of such movements in particular: the transformative effect of participation in a radically democratic project, where one can experience real freedom, even if only temporarily. The experience of complete solidarity while challenging the status quo quite literally changed my life. We were able to create a small pocket of reality where the revolution was happening. And if such utter trust between strangers is possible in those moments - I had, in fact, never met any of my comrades before that day - then it's possible anywhere. Anarchists and anti-capitalists are not special, pure, or virtuous people, not any more or less than anyone else. If they can do it, anyone can. And if anyone can, then we really do not need politicians or police or bosses to tell us what to do, because we can figure things out for ourselves. It might not be as efficient or organized or skillfully done, but it will be ours. Freedom is possible, all we need to do is take it.