Praxis

Praxis is the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted, practiced, embodied, or realized. “Praxis” may also refer to the act of engaging, applying, exercising, realizing, or practicing ideas.

College students piss me off. Now, hold your horses, this isn’t going where you think it’s going. I live in a college town, I’m “college age”, but I don’t go and have never been to college. I’m also a militant anarchist and radical queer and trans* person.

College students piss me off because they’re  all theory. Everything is theoretical to them, poor people, queer people , people of color, etc. I’m so fucking tired of trying to explain to college kids why their theories about poor people and what to “do about them” are moronic and classist. I’m frustrated because these kids live in an ivory tower bubble, debating the academic merits of this and that theory, but they are completely cut off from the real life experiences of the people on which those theories are based.

Don’t get me wrong, theory is important, it’s really fucking important. It informs our organizing, it’s the why behind what we do, but if it doesn’t coexist hand in hand with lived experience it’s useless. The best theory is built from the ground up. It comes from the people who are doing on the ground organizing, whose lived experiences inform their theory and whose theory informs their organizing. The best theory comes from the people who live their theory and continually critique it as they see it in action. The best theory, the only theory that can be meaningful to those of us outside the ivory towers of academia is a living theory, and it is only living so long as it is lived.

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