Mutualism and Wobbliness

 Via wikipedia, I came across a quotation from C. Wright Mills - author of 'the sociological imagination'.  This quote...

December 14, 2007

 Via wikipedia, I came across a quotation from C. Wright Mills – author of ‘the sociological imagination’.  This quote comes from his ‘Letters to Tovarich’‘I am a Wobbly.’ I mean this spiritually and politically. In saying this I refer less to political orientation that to political ethos, and I take Wobbly to mean one thing: the opposite of bureaucrat. […] I am a Wobbly, personally, down deep, and for good. I am outside the whale, and I got that way through social isolation and self-help. But do you know what a Wobbly is? It’s a kind of spiritual condition. Don’t be afraid of the word, Tovarich. A Wobbly is not only a man who takes orders from himself. He’s also a man who’s often in the situation where there are no regulations to fall back upon that he hasn’t made up himself. He doesn’t like bosses –capitalistic or communistic – they are all the same to him. He wants to be, and he wants everyone else to be, his own boss at all times under all conditions and for any purposes they may want to follow up. This kind of spiritual condition, and only this, is Wobbly freedom.The ‘Wobbly’ quote here  alludes to the membership of the International Workers of the World, which sought to being about a ‘new order within the shell of the old’, from 19o5 onwards through passive resistance…In the face of all conceivable forms of constraint and authority – from the dysfunctionality of eBay, to dealing with the DVLA, all I can say is YES, YES, YES.  This is how I feel.  I feel distinctly Wobbly in my relationship to the state..The allure, and erosion of all forms of Wobbly Freedom, and the evisceration of state accountability lies at the heart of my yearning for mutualism…



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