As anarchists, we place considerable emphasis on consent and the framework of consent as a means of approaching our personal interactions. While this works well in some situations, is consent the best framework through which to analyze direct action tactics and strategy? This zine explores the topic, looking at how we define consent, power, and reality. It argues that a more fertile approach might be the politics of seduction and desire, illuminating new and previously unimagined possibilities and situations. It’s worth considering, both for its discussion of the limits of consent-based political actions as well as its discussion of how “consensus reality” limits our ability to conceptualize alternatives.
The text originally appeared in an experimental Crimethinc publication called “Terror Incognita.”