We at C4SS would like to introduce S4SS, the Students for a Stateless Society.
The Quebec student strikes have offered us new insights and confirmed old ones. A robust and pre-existing political culture – student or not, student and not – is not sufficient, but certainly conducive to building, mobilizing and sustaining a confrontational political strategy – and the use of swarm protests is not only cool, but an effective display of open-source resiliency.
With S4SS, our goal is to develop a networked structure that will allow for maximum autonomy while fostering maximum inter/intra-chapter participation, communication, and coordination.
Leaning on Elinor Ostrom’s Design Principles for Collective Action we have decided to try the following organizational orientation:
The Students for a Stateless Society (S4SS) agree to the following four design principles:
1. “Student” does not mean subservient, submissive, or subordinate. A student is anyone who desires knowledge. A student can be either a teacher or a learner.
2. A stateless society is anarchy. Students have a right to contribute to and have a voice in the institutions they participate or constitute. As anarchists we will actively pursue and support hierarchy dissolving and mutual aid projects. Our time as students is not a time of passivity or mindless discipline, but a time for activity and creativity.
4. All chapters of S4SS, to be considered active, must have at least one volunteer “point of contact” that can be reached by interested students or encouraging chapters. There is no limit to the number of S4SS chapters that can be on any one campus – swarm and take over!
If S4SS sounds like a project that you would like to support or set up in your area, then see if one of the active S4SS chapters is near your campus or register your own.
And again, swarm and take over!