“I learned the value of presenting my revolutionary ideas in an accessible format. How I dress, the words I choose, and how I articulate them affect how I am received, so if my primary goal is to convince people of what I am saying, then it’s often useful to shed my ‘inessential weirdness.’ ”
In other words, anyone who wishes to change society would do better to wear slacks and button-up shirts than jackets with anarchist patches and metal studs. If one is looking to have a message spread, it helps to look “normal,” and it’s easily worth the sacrifice of the “inessential weirdness” that we all possess. It’s also more dangerous: if people can’t tell the difference between the establishment and the revolutionaries, their perceptions are blurred and confused, which can only help a nascent movement.