Author: Zach Frailey Escobar

US soldiers stand uniformed wearing helmets facing protesters on the right during the BLM uprisings.

Cultivating Organic Leadership: A Critique of Anarchism Within BLM

During the George Floyd rebellion, anarchist politics inspired a brand of “leaderless” organizing which was counterposed to the Democrat/NGO model of the “peaceful protest.” While a horizontalist politics of revolt is a welcome departure from liberal moralizing against those who defend themselves against the capitalist state, it has proved insufficient to the historic challenges we face. Instead, socialists and anti-racists need to build democratic organizations that can formulate strategic perspectives and mobilize masses of people according to a common program.

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