September 20, 2002
Will they use Robert's Rules of Order?

Kyle Still and the Angry Clam point me to the case of Katie Sierra and her fight to establish an anarchists' club at her high school. Reading the Court TV coverage, there's some interesting questions about free speech and the limits that a public school can impose on it, but I don't feel like talking about that (go read the Clam's comments for some decent discussion). I'm too busy trying to imagine what a meeting of the Riverdale High School Anarchists' Club would be like:

FIRST ANARCHIST: All right, settle down, I call this meeting to order.

SECOND ANARCHIST: Hey, who put you in charge?

FA: What do you mean? I'm the duly elected President of the Riverdale High School Anarchists' Club.

SA: Well, I don't believe in elections. They're all rigged so they can propagate the patriarchal power structure and oppress the masses.

FA: You were my campaign manager!

SA: And you were oppressing me the whole time! I'm taking charge here.

FA: No, you're not!

THIRD ANARCHIST: Hey, there's a monster movie marathon on TNT right now. Anyone wanna go to my place and watch with me?

(He leaves, with two other anarchists in tow.)

FA: Wait! Where are you going? We need to approve the charter and bylaws. We won't have a quorum if you leave! How can we get anything done as anarchists if we don't have proper rules and procedures in place?

SA: I wonder if the chess club is still taking members...

Posted by Charles Kuffner on September 20, 2002 to General snarkiness

Actually this was a very real issue at my high school. They had a group of nonconformists, which seemed like a contradiction. I was president of my school's sesquipedalian club (just an excuse to get a group photo in the yearbook). Some activitities just defy organization. Like bloggers perhaps?

Posted by: Robert Nagle on September 20, 2002 1:45 PM

I don't know. I think we need a blogger hierarchy.

I nominate Larry Simon for Blogosphere Court Jester.


Posted by: R. Alex on September 20, 2002 5:47 PM