For 5 1/2 years, a basement room at Ninth and P streets NW in the Shaw neighborhood has been part store, part resource center for radical activists in Washington -- a nonprofit cooperative run by volunteers, following anarchist principles.And yet, a store that depended on income from a customer base made up largely of underachieving college-age kids who live off of their wealthy parents is still going bust, despite the access to wealth that the average "anarchist" has. ("Hi Dad...I need another credit card. My other ones are all maxed out. Thanks! By the way, down with you and all of the other Capitalist pigs! Tell Mom I'll be over for dinner on Sunday.")
For the past two weekends -- just in time for the holidays -- the Infoshop has held a going-out-of-business sale, to help pay off its remaining bills. Everything must go: buttons, patches, books and records.
"Just because we are anarchist doesn't mean we don't exist within a capitalist structure," said David Combs, 25, as he worked the store's cash register Saturday night. "If we want to have a social space, we have to pay rent. There is always going to be a level of contradiction when your ideology conflicts with the politics at large."
I guess that there just aren't enough counter-culture America-haters to support even one actual store. Kinda ironic to see it crash on the eve of the Obama Coronation. You'd think that a socialist president would boost the fortunes of a store devoted to socialist principles. Guess not.
Oh well... Looks like the Black Bloc is going to have to get by in their little internet chatrooms from now on.
Or they could just get haircuts, take showers, and get up for work every day like the rest of us do.