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  •  In terms of legitimacy I meant less of a practical (0+ / 0-)

    question than a moral one.  As I said, the practical question really is the real question.

    Looking at the United States as an example of a democracy I would dispute the accusation that democracy is violent to a small number of people.  We are violent to a huge number of people in our own country and are purveyors of violence both directly and by proxy to huge numbers in other countries.

    In regards to what you would need to see to get you on board I'd point again to revolutionary Catalonia and the Free Territory.  Both were organized on anarchist lines and both ere successful until they were attacked by their overwhelmingly powerful neighbors.

    I think the second one is interesting because I don't know that we would have to throw out the constitution to have a functional anarchist society.  In theory we could rework it in such a way that we would still technically have a constitutional government but functional it wouldn't do much of anything.  Part of the reasons for avoiding that is that I think the amount of resources spent on electoral politics could be better used for other things.

    I'll be honest, my point in doing this series isn't necessarily to convert folks to anarchism.  This is a Democratic blog and that would definitely be outside the goals here.  What I do want to do is get rid of some of the misconceptions about anarchism and anarchists, because in a very real sense you and I are working toward the same goal:  A more just world with less oppression.  I think we can work together to reach that goal.

    There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

    by AoT on Sun May 27, 2012 at 11:20:11 AM PDT

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