Thursday, March 24, 2005

Lessons from Madagascar

Some words of wisdom from David Graeber's Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology:

[taken from the emerging autonomous/anarchist groups Graeber observed in the Madagascar highlands]

"The Merina rice farmers described in the last section understand what many would-be revolutionaries do not: that there are times when the stupidest thing one could possible do is raise a red or black flag and issue defiant declarations. Sometimes the sensible thing is just to pretend nothing has changed, allow official state representatives to keep their dignity, even show up at their offices and fill out a form now and then, but otherwise, ignore them." (p. 63-4)

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