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  •  If people could bring themselves to admit this (1+ / 0-)
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    then maybe they might investigate some of the other ideas of Anarchism rather than running to the nearest public space and yelling incoherently.  I wish I could just say to everyone, "Look, this event, which you apparently consider one of the most inspiring things to ever happen in your lifetime, is operating on Anarchist principles... maybe you should look into it, eh?"
    Instead I see people trying as hard as possible to make a big demonstration of distancing themselves from 'the "A" word'.  And all I can do is sigh...

    •  alas, "anarchism" is, like "communism" or (2+ / 0-)
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      RanDomino, Clarknt67

      "class struggle", one of those naughty words that good patriotic Americans aren't permitted to speak aloud in polite company.

      Publicly identifying oneself as an anarchist gets you a visit from the FBI.  Take my word on that.

    •  a short reading list for people who are interested (1+ / 0-)
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      The philosophical basis of rightwing individualist anarchism was first clearly set down by a guy named Max Stirner, in a  book titled "The Ego and His Own", published in the mid 19th century in Germany. The title says it all.

      The collectivist anarchists have a much richer written tradition, the three best-known writers being Peter Kropotkin, Mikhail Bakunin, and Alexander Berkman. Berkman's "ABC of Communist Anarchism" is probably the best introduction.

      All of these are available in English translation all over the Internet--Google will probably turn up dozens of websites.

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