A couple of days ago I read the current article that is yet again making the rounds in anarchist social circles. From reddit to facebook I have seen the piece be praised and adored, and for every like and upvote I want to claw my fucking eyes out.
The piece is based upon a middle class lens of repression, and what fighting back actually means.
It, intentionally or unintentionaly, claims that resistance is only material and social on a mass scale and assumes all youth in this country are meer slaves that need adult guidance. That we all go to school and care about college/ have access to college.
It assumes we are a homogenous identity with a fixed trajectory with no independant thought outside of pop culture and hegemonic learning.
It assumes we are all white and liberal and love everything about this country. It assumes we are scared and weak. It assumes.
FUCK THAT NOISE. Youth fight back everyday in small ways, wether it is a social rejection of productivity and school, or a material anger of rules and order. There are plenty more than 8, but these last 8 I have seen this past month.
1. Tagging And Street Art
A big part of youth culture is the negation of sacredness. From ideas to buildings. The past is behind us, there is only the now.
This world is so baren and bland. Ads everywhere, art nowhere. Why not leave your mark? Why not colour things up a little bit?
From gang tags to just names, youth brighten our daily walks to work, literally and figuritively.
2. Fuck School, Lets Get High
School, as many of us youth know, is indoctrination central. It's were we go to destroy our individuality and become apart of the glorious working mass.
We sit around all day cramming useless and boring knowledge for the sake of value and future.
Sometimes though, we don't feel like it. Sometimes we wish to break that vicious cycle by taking some fat bong rips at the park by our schools while having existentialist talks of why pizza.
3. Social Media Hopping
In todays fucked up world of draconian anti-hedonism and orwellian surveilance youth culture is a big part of social media.
From myspace and facebook, now to kik and snapchat we hop from site to site once adults get involved.
I remember having a myspace, then quickly leaving once my mom discovered I had one.
Remember when facebook was cobsidered purely for old people? Well those old folks promptly left to join myspace. Of course we decided to ditch them like suckers.
With the rise of tumblr and other sites youth are now avoiding those sites in favor of psuedo anonymous messaging apps.
Dick pics fer dayzzz
4. Hedonism And Nihilism
It's no lie youth fuck like rabbits, or at least want to. Its also no lie we really just dont give a fuck about the future. We do what we want, not what we should.
This society tells us we must "conquer" as men, and stay "innocent" as women. Who do these men really conquer? Nobody, if you treat it like that.
Wether we are in a friends room while a kegger pops off in the background, or a park with the moon as our only light, we fuck.
From missionary to pile drivers, from oral to tongue wrestling, we indulge lustful taste of hedonistic joy and hunger. We feel the tenderness and warmth of skin on skin, bodies combining. We love every minute of it. In those moments, the world does not exist, just you and I.
With this rabid hedonism comes a special kind of nihilism, a flavor only youth can taste. It is the nihilism of now, of yesterday, of tomorrow. It is the feeling that the present is all that matters, and to focus on anything else is pointless.
Why not steal your fathers car? Why not get piss drunk in this graveyard? Why not fuck me here and now?
Why not now?
5. Ragers And Keggers
Every youth, at least every youth that knows how to have fun, participates in some drunken deubachery by getting piss drunk and puking in a neighbors bushes before they attempt to sneak back into their home.
We love our parties, and adults hate them. We love endulging in the cheapest beer, blasting the top 40 hits as loud as we can, and doing some dumbass shit.
We let neighboring adults know when we do a keg stand, because fuck them and fuck the cops, tonight is our night.
6. Don't Means Do
Everytime an adult sits us down and lays down ground rules we think only one thing; lets do that shit!
Adults act as if they are protecting us when they attempt to squash our daily rebellion, when in reality they encourage us! Dont go to that awesome sounding party? Sure, I'll go!
Don't date that person because they are trouble? Challenge accepted.
Rules are meant to be broken. Why follow a fixed trajectory devoid of experience? Why and try to prevent these experiences when they teach us lessons we shall carry on in the future?
It does no good, only fuels our urge to fulfill our simple self.
The rush and experience is worth the weekend grounding I say.
There can be no limit to a youth's indulgance into "petty" adventurism, because we seek joy not happiness. Happiness to adults implies stability and a fixed position with no trajectory.
Joy for us implies unlimited pleasure and valuable experience od the unknown, of the dangerous, and of the illegal. It implies an unstable trajectory with no set destination, just a careless ride of hedonistic, nihilistic, and iconoclastic joy.
8. Authority? NAH NAH NAH
The police are our enemies. They are the ultimate challenge to our youthful spirits, the final boss. They represent order, tedious slavery.
We represent chaos and freedom, nah, we ARE chaos and freedom. We are what everyone craves to be. Lawless and boundless.
We wont attend your schools. We wont pay your overpriced bus fairs. Hell, we wont pay for your beers! We will tell you to fuck off as we run away from you at the first sight of your sirens.
Why you ask?
Because we hate YOU.
Not just your institution, not just the "bad apples."
We. Hate. You
This response may read like the rantings of an angry twelve year old pissed at their parents who ironically also has horrible actualization of written english; good, I hope it reads that way.
I hope it reads like it was written by every stereotypical teenager you can think of.
We are young and dumb, but we arent old and stupid.
You may trivialize this response as uneeded frustration.
That is because it is. I do not need this in my life. I dont need the urge to write responses to horrible psuedo-academic analyses on youth by washed up and pathetic activist attempting to be hip.
We negate power all day everyday, and will continue to do so.
Why? Because fuck you.