An invite to a party
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Rather an intriguing design! What was the context for this invitation?
It was a flat-warming party at a new flat in what had been my old house, the house I’d grown up in ( my parents had shared ownership with another family, who lived on the first floor, wth us at the top and the bottom being shared by both families). The party turned into a disaster; some (mainly working class) anarchists turned up and trashed it, one (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Wright_(anarchist) ) spraying fascist (National Front) graffiti over the walls, others breaking a window and trying to provoke me and other people. They had some illusion that I owned the whole house – though I in fact owned (because my father and the other family sold it to me cheaply) one (large) room and a large kitchen that lead to a large garden. A friend of mine said that it had genuinely turned into a sado-masochist party.
Some party! Reminds me a bit of the anarcho-maoist trashing given to post-left anarchists at the last Oakland Anarchist Bookfair after a previous confrontation where one of the post-leftists said ‘All the churches should be burned’ to which the anarcho-maoists objected ‘What about the black churches?’ – ‘Black, white, all of them.’ The book-fair was taken as an opportunity to avenge this expression of ‘white privilege’. I don’t think the anarchists that did the trashing were actually any more maoist than Martin Wright was/is fascist, but they weren’t any less either…
Martin Wright is definitely not a fascist and certainly wasn’t when he trashed the party. In fact, he wrote quite an interesting account of his time in the 70s when he’d beat up loads of fascists. Don’t know if he’d been a fascist before that – but no-one should be judged by the attitudes they had when a teenager. Nowadays, of course, he’s totally part of the anarcho-Bonist (Ian Bone) scene, promoting the ridiculous publicity machine which participation in electoral politics involves. Though better than Bone, that ‘s not hard.
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