It’s one of the eternal questions in politics – whether to work within the system, or outside of it.
A local political activist is attempting a run within the confines of the existing power structure, even if it may have cost him his anarchist street cred.
Filing for this May’s City Council election recently closed, and we noted the large amount of contenders vying for Place 5: six candidates, not including incumbent Bill Spelman who is running for reelection.
One of those candidates is John Duffy. His website touts his anarchist credentials and involvement with Occupy Austin. Our curiosity was further piqued by a press release stating “As a self identified anarchist, my candidacy is a contradiction of terms, and has cost me a lot of ‘street cred’ with other anarchists.”