A new blog Ideas For Action features an article by  Selina Musuta and Darby Hickey on current trends among activists in various social movements (and, implicitly in the "activist community" subculture), No Justice and No Peace: A Critique of Current Social Change Politics. They question everything from the politics of mobilization to the vogue for "anti-oppression workshops" as a way of dealing with issues of "privilege" in the movement. These written discussion by activists engaged in the problems they discuss are invaluable, even when not clear or ultimately correct in their assessments. It's how we learn.

There is much to dig into, and the inability of the existing social movements to deal with radically changed priorities in Bush America is something of a crisis. Red Flags is re-posting this article because what is most interesting about it is, strangely, what it doesn't say.

There have been many articles of this type before, and will undoubtedly be more -- but what it lacks is an interrogation of the underlying methodology of movementism that sees activism as distinct from building properly political organizations. It's as if they can see all the symptoms, but fail to diagnose the malady that causes them.

Ideas for Action is a project of Max U., an editor of LeftTurn magazine. No Justice and No Peace was originally published in the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest. These are two of the most interesting and fresh publications to come from the US activist scene -- and they are both increasingly interested in the particular problems facing their general method. Both are also loathe to discuss what it is that activism aims at: In other words, they are the publications most associated with "activism sans politics." This "new" orientation has not gelled well into a convincing strategy, and the strains of it are certainly showing.

LeftTurn devoted their last issue to an important discussion of the Non-Profit Industrial Complex with a lead article by Eric Tang: The Non-Profit and the Autonomous Grassroots.