What’s missing is the X factor.
Things are too constrained to give birth to the unexpected, random or truly heterodox. Anything seems out of place and there is a twitch to get rid of it rather than to see where it goes.
It is founded in arrogance. People think their views are of a higher quality, and so they should be the arbiter therefore of quality, they can then discern what should be allowed based on that. The problem remains, and I must stress this there is zero qualification or metric by which this supposed “quality” is judged and never has been it is entirely down to personal preference
And, frankly, a majority of people are incapable of differentiation between “objective quality” and “my own subjective tastes” and often confuse “my own subjective tastes” with “the highest possible synthesis of revolutionary theory”.
There is very little room for people accepting that they might be wrong and therefore hearing out other opinions to the extent that you allow them to be around.
What has been lost is challenge, what has been lost is debate besides on a few topics. The scope of orthodoxy that you can’t question has expanded.
I am no longer an anarchist, but this began with the Rojava purge, which amounted to basically a purge of the anarchists. I don’t even like anarchists, but the board was healthier with a culture where there was basically no sacred cows and less consensus besides on a few very fundamental things. Post too long. Click here to view the full text.