Anarchy: What It Is and Why Pop Culture Loves It

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What is anarchism?
Anarchism is a radical, revolutionary leftist political philosophy that advocates for the abolition of government, hierarchy, and all other unequal systems of power. It seeks to replace what its proponents view as inherently oppressive institutions — like a capitalist society or the prison industrial complex — with nonhierarchical, horizontal structures powered by voluntary associations between people. Anarchists organize around a key set of principles, including horizontalism, mutual aid, autonomy, solidarity, direct action, and direct democracy, a form of democracy in which the people make decisions themselves via consensus (as opposed to representative democracy, of which the United States government is an example).
"Anarchism as a philosophy lends itself to many ideas. There is no one way to be an anarchist.

Classic anarchist traditions include mutualism, which is situated at the nexus of individual and collectivist thought; anarcho-communism, which favors community ownership of the means of production, and the abolishment of the state and capitalism; anarcho-syndicalism, which views unions, the working class, and the labor movement as potential forces for revolutionary change; and individualism, which has similarities with libertarianism, and emphasizes individual freedom above all. More recent, more post-modern schools of thought, including anarcha-feminism, Black anarchism, queer anarchism, green or eco-anarchism, and anarcho-pacifism, have found firm footing in today’s anarchist communities.

Anarcho-capitalism, which is interested in self-ownership and free markets, is much rarer, and is considered by most anarchists to be illegitimate because of anarchism’s inherent opposition to capitalism.



Everything You Should Know About Anarchism


Gotta love teen vogue.
 
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So, why do you or me need to know about anarchism and its different variations?
Anarchists are opposed to property ownership, so that eliminates libertarians as allies.
Personally, I don't believe anarchism can work over an extended period of time, because someone who has power over others...even if its by the traditional means of having the largest family....offhand this is why Yahweh blesses his favorite patriarchs with many sons...so they have the biggest private army. Study of traditional hunter-gatherer societies shows that they fit the bill as being essentially anarchists; but this is mostly because they have to move frequently from one location to another. And even if they have regular seasonal foraging and hunting grounds, it still eliminates the concept of property ownership, and limits materialism also....since you got to carry it with you when it's time to break camp!

Occupy Wall Street and other occupy groups were set up as anarchist collectives, and one of my cousins...who still lived near Zucotti Park in NYC in 2011, wanted to help them out...financially, though he wasn't much interested in living in a tent city! When I talked with him about it, he felt the biggest weakness of OWS was the horizontal leadership that Teen Vogue article talks about. It's a fancy name for demanding unanimous consent for every stupid decision that has to be made! btw, props to Teen Vogue! I didn't expect that a fashion magazine aimed at teenage or younger girls, were in the business of trying to educate their audience. My cousin also noticed that he had little success in trying to talk them into 'occupying' some available property...so they couldn't be evicted...which eventually happened nationwide. There was a small contingent of OWS who left the park before the raid and set up shop in the Rockaways...the very cheap and derelict port district of New York that had no transit service and was later inundated by Hurricane Sandy. And, they were able to put their community activism to work by forming the Occupy Sandy relief effort. And, though ignored by the MSM and political class, they did more with far less money than the Red Cross and other bloated, overpriced agencies did! So, even if they were unknown heroes elsewhere, many locals were impressed by the work of that group of anarchists.
 
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Personally, I don't believe anarchism can work over an extended period of time, because someone who has power over others...even if its by the traditional means of having the largest family....
Anarchy Eventually Boil Down
To Criminal Organizations Run By The Toughest Goons
Like 'Escape From NY'
And They'll Live The Same
Because They Won't Be Able To Produce Anything

Government Is A Requirement
Of An Orderly And Functioning Society
Like It, Or Don't
 
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Anarchy Eventually Boil Down
To Criminal Organizations Run By The Toughest Goons
Like 'Escape From NY'
And They'll Live The Same
Because They Won't Be Able To Produce Anything

Government Is A Requirement
Of An Orderly And Functioning Society
Like It, Or Don't
which is why we need good govt not all govt is good but absence of govt is absolute tyrrany
 
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Anarchy Eventually Boil Down
To Criminal Organizations Run By The Toughest Goons
Like 'Escape From NY'
And They'll Live The Same
Because They Won't Be Able To Produce Anything

Government Is A Requirement
Of An Orderly And Functioning Society
Like It, Or Don't
Anarchism does not mean anarchy or a state of anarchy! It's local government by consensus and could be considered libertarianism, except anarchism views property as theft from the common good....not taxes!
 
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Karl R. Popper > Quotes > Quotable Quote

“The so-called paradox of freedom is the argument that freedom in the sense of absence of any constraining control must lead to very great restraint, since it makes the bully free to enslave the meek. The idea is, in a slightly different form, and with very different tendency, clearly expressed in Plato.

Less well known is the paradox of tolerance: Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them. — In this formulation, I do not imply, for instance, that we should always suppress the utterance of intolerant philosophies; as long as we can counter them by rational argument and keep them in check by public opinion, suppression would certainly be unwise. But we should claim the right to suppress them if necessary even by force; for it may easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet us on the level of rational argument, but begin by denouncing all argument; they may forbid their followers to listen to rational argument, because it is deceptive, and teach them to answer arguments by the use of their fists or pistols. We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right not to tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal.”


― Karl Raimund Popper, The Open Society and Its Enemies
 

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