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Thanks very much for the great meal yesterday.
I've hesitated to do this, but I'd like just to make a few comments on your local FNB and my involvement with it.
I had the sense that my attempts at a face-to-face inquiry about FNB met with some discomfort from some members, so I thought it might go over better in writing. We libertarians tend to be rather blunt and direct in our discussions, and maybe I came across as overbearing. If so, my apologies.
I know that though I am a vegan and firm and long-time advocate of animal rights, and share some common ground with the punk culture---DIY, Just Do It, frugality, etc.---I know there are many areas where FNB and I have different beliefs, values and sensibilities.
Beginning in the APA (Amateur Press Association) The Libertarian Connection, I have followed the heated and interminable debate between libertarian anarchists and minarchists for years. I believe in maximum freedom for the individual, but I've moved toward a position of neutrality and non-commitment toward anarchy. I've read a lot about anarchy, so am fairly familiar with it. I'm open-minded toward it, but it's not necessarily central to my own ideology or strategy. I don't want to make this a point of contention, but just lay it on the table.
I don't care if a person involves themselves in institutions and heirarchies or vigorously shuns them. To each his own. I respect your own "non-heirarchical" community and methods of organization and will try to follow them at your feedings.
Do I belong in Food Not Bombs? Does my involvement serve a purpose? Are my beliefs and personality to different to make it fruitful? I'm not sure at this point. Feel free to frankly give your opinion.
If this facebook page is not a good place to discuss all this, by all means, let me. I wanted to air this somewhere in the interest of mutual understanding, but didn't want to "go behind your back".
Here's a letter to an an left libertarian anarchist that might interest some of you:
James N. Dawson