Continuing the discussion from Ferguson: protesters hold peaceful march, militarized police aim guns at them:
First of all plenty of anarchists and libertarian-communists have already said that one of the reasons that Occupy failed is because of lack of organisation. We disagree with you about the need for hierarchy though.
My experiences of the heirarchical LGBT rights movements in the UK is that of pushing other marginalised people to the side to gain rights. First of all it was the lesbian and gay members of the LGBT movements marginalising the Bisexual and transgender members, then it was LGB ignoring the T. Now we have transsexuals defining transgender† to exclude other non-binary and non gender normative people. How many more decades are you expected to wait until it is your turn to be the one claiming rights, and who gets pushed aside then?
Being told that people will eventually work towards changing the law is meaningless when people are shouting abuse, attacking you and smashing your windows today. Sometimes the best thing to do is organise a group to fight for your collective interests against the will of the hierarchy, and do so knowing that they will try to take over and claim credit for your work in six months time.
† A friend of mine was involved in the work to change London LGB Pride to LGBT Pride in the early 90s, where they defined transgender as “People who challenge traditional assumptions about gender.”