As the communal sleeping bag argument between Lauren Digion and Sage Roberts threatened to get out of hand, a facilitator in a red hat walked by, brow furrowed. “Remember? You’re not allowed to do any more interviews,” he said to Digion. She nodded and went back to work. But when Roberts shouted, “Don’t tell me what to do!” Digion couldn’t hold back.
“Someone has to be told what to do,” she said. “Someone needs to give orders. There’s no sense of order in this fucking place.”
Leaderless anarchy is not sustainable. Voluntary compliance with rules established by consensus sounds great, until someone stops voluntarily complying and enforcement becomes necessary. The OWS’ers say they are building a new community, a new kind of community. Fair enough, but communities eventually need some kind of governance, as the OWS’ers are discovering.