Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else’s opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation.
— Oscar Wilde, De Profundis
When Marcus is not trying to survive in the capitalist system, ey participates in social movements supporting workers, migrants, prisoners, and housing justice.
Marcus writes essays, poetry, personal narratives and other explorations, and shares the work of others that influence eirs thinking. What ey writes here, like eirs knowledge, is always work in progress and subject to fresh insight and revision. Some of the posts are rough and in the wild like Marx’s 1844 Manuscripts (brilliant but choppy) with a promise they will become refined over time. This blog is also a work of what Donna Haraway calls “situated knowledges.” It flows from eirs own situated position in the social relations and bodily knowledge shaped by the social structures of class, gender and sexuality. It is the recognition, generation, and cultivation of situated and oppositional knowledge from below.
After SWAT teams eliminated the Occupy Denver encampment in 2011, Marcus was one of 50 people arrested for civil disobedience. The photo above was taken seconds after ey was knocked to the ground with a police baton. Participating in Occupy Denver gave em an opportunity to experience the sweetness of direct democracy at General Assemblies and contrast it with the callousness of elected officials toward the people as they served corporate interests. It also gave em a street-level view of how the state operates to crush social movements manifesting a critique of the owners of the means of production. This experience, combined with teach-ins by local philosophers, helped em see the roots of injustice more clearly and shifted em to organizing for an anarchist communist society.
Marcus has participated in the International Marxist Humanist Organization, helped found a local of the Black Rose Anarchist Federation, lived for a year at Madison Community Cooperative and organized with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Ey also collaborated with AK Press to sell books at Creating Change, a conference of the National LGBTQ Taskforce, to help open queer communities to more revolutionary ideas in justice organizing.