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May 4, 2009 / JV

what you mean is "reactive"

this is the beginning of a series called “for the good of the order”. mostly because I really enjoy series.

i’ve noticed comrades in the struggle for rainbows and sunshine use the word “reactionary” when referring to someone or something that solely reacts to another situation as opposed to birthing their own independent ideas/actions. unfortunately, this is not what reactionary means.

reactionary: (of a person or a set of views) opposing political or social liberalization or reform.

i fell into the trap of using this word in the wrong ways, an act i attribute to reading a bunch of black panther literature (i’m pretty sure a few of the members used “reactionary” wrong quite regularly).

but at last, the word we’re looking for is reactive.

reactive: acting in response to a situation rather than creating or controlling it.

alright, now that we’ve cleared that up. onward and upward! hasta la victoria siempre!

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  1. latra / May 7 2009 5:01 pm

    i think of reactionary as kind of a combination of reacting without birthing independent thought and opposing political/social change… i think what a lot of the bpp and aim literature was getting at in its use of the term was that there are those who, as a result of rash ‘reaction’ without independent thought, inadvertently (or wholly intentionally) undermine the struggle. i think that reactionary is a very valid term, its only issue is that people confuse ‘reactive’ struggles with reactionary ones. i think of reactionary as an antonym to revolutionary in that reactionary folk are often damaging to the struggle.

  2. keondra. / Jul 1 2009 7:17 pm

    yeah BPP uses it incorrectly often but i believe they just got confused since i’m sure they heard/read the word “reactionary” (used properly) in Marx’s and other Communist texts regularly.

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