Justin Jacoby Smith is an organizer, web geek, Buddhist, and poet.

"consensus is a ritual of sacrifice"

I reflected for a moment--between the Thanksgiving ritual, Russell's prayer, the Quaker notion of meetings as spiritual events--whether there was some significance to the fact that the "process" anarchists are so obsessed with is always, elsewhere, seen as a partaking of the sacred. Creating accord is the creation of society. Society is god. Or, perhaps, god is our capacity to create society. Consensus is therefore a ritual of sacrifice, the sacrifice of egoism, where the act brings into being that very god.

--graeber, in direct action: an ethnography