So my expectation is that a year or so from now—however soon I can wrap up TGM: Rearmed—I’ll be essentially wrapping up this blog as well, and probably transforming mutualism.info into something a little bit more organized and FAQ-like. I’ve had another project gradually developing for quite awhile now, dealing with revolutionary mythologies, political violence, ethics outside the context of presumed prohibition and permissibility, and the question of whether anarchism presents some new “Good News” or is purely concerned with destroying and burying the old world of authority. The first phases of that will probably begin to appear fairly soon, under the title “Dancing with Saint Ravachol,” starting with a serious examination of this question:
If Ravachol could appear as anarchism’s “violent Christ,” then which of our sins did he die for, and what new dispensation did his execution mark?
After all, Proudhon was far from the only figure who could pose provocative questions about anarchism’s key concerns, and arguably the literature surrounding “Saint Ravachol” is a fine site to begin to dig into them again in a more overtly revolutionary context.
Part of what all of this means is that I will be in the midst of a transition, and at some point not too far down the line I will no doubt still be a “two-gun mutualist,” but the focus of my research, writing and my passion in general will probably be elsewhere, in this continuation of the work to which I’ve committed much of the last 5+ years. So sooner, rather than later, is probably the time to come out and play, if you want to engage with the details of “the gift economy of property” and “anarchism of approximations” before they’re just details relating to “my old project.”