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Who we are Students who gave consent to participate in a class titled Anarchist Political Theory apt It s offered at San Francisco State University In depth critical analysis of how you not truly free Just remember that the state will always keep you from being truly free it is the responsibility of every human being to ensure domestic tranquility and true equality Bay area book fair bayareaanarchistbookfair com Berkeley Anarchist Study Group http sfbay anarchists org Bay Area Anarchist Black Cross https bayareaabc wordpress com anarchistnews org http www anarchistnews org The Anarchist Library https theanarchistlibrary org library No Gods No Masters Classic Anthology of Anarchism free eBook www ditext com guerin nogods pdf Take a Class on Anarchist Political Theory at SFSU www sfsu edu Sprout Distro An Excellent Source for Zines and Anarchist News www sproutdistro com an apt project made in the occupied geographic region known as united states of america san francisco ca Warning Contents may cause cognitive dissonance
Who we are Students who gave consent to participate in a class titled Anarchist Political Theory  apt . It   s offered at ...
Introduction Thank you for taking the time to at least open this pamphlet We hope that you find this stimulating on your commute home and we hope that you peruse it and it gives you some insight as to what nobody for president essentially means Essentially it s all about a word that begins with the letter A This word and its variations have a bad rap and we strive to clear up some of the misconceptions and offer an introduction to the A word anarchism as a philosophy and as an ideology Table of Contents Introduction 1 Autonomy Flowchart 1 Anarchy 101 by Bob Black 1 Diving Deeper into Anarchism 1 On Berkeley in Late April of 2017 1 What We Can Do 1 On Berkeley in Late April of 2017 1 Aren t anarchists bomb throwers No Communism Tainted 1 Reflections on Anarchism as a National Guard Member National Guard Member 1 Why You Should Emma Goldman 1 The first piece features excerpts from Anarchy 101 by Bob Black and quickly dispels some common misconceptions What follows is an introductory essay to anarchism a very basic yet succinct outline of what it is and is not It s followed by some pieces written by students personal essays personal experiences and personal reflections after being exposed to anarchism via a class titled anarchist political theory offered at San Francisco State University All apologies ahead of time for any cognitive dissonance you may experience Read at your own risk Abolishing Work 1 Something needs to go in this area right
Introduction Thank you for taking the time to at least open this pamphlet. We hope that you find this stimulating on your ...
Introduction Thank you for taking the time to at least open this pamphlet We hope that you find this stimulating on your commute home and we hope that you peruse it and it gives you some insight as to what nobody for president essentially means Essentially it s all about a word that begins with the letter A This word and its variations have a bad rap and we strive to clear up some of the misconceptions and offer an introduction to the A word anarchism as a philosophy and as an ideology Table of Contents Introduction 1 Autonomy Flowchart 1 Anarchy 101 by Bob Black 1 Diving Deeper into Anarchism 1 On Berkeley in Late April of 2017 1 What We Can Do 1 On Berkeley in Late April of 2017 1 Aren t anarchists bomb throwers No Communism Tainted 1 Reflections on Anarchism as a National Guard Member National Guard Member 1 Why You Should Emma Goldman 1 The first piece features excerpts from Anarchy 101 by Bob Black and quickly dispels some common misconceptions What follows is an introductory essay to anarchism a very basic yet succinct outline of what it is and is not It s followed by some pieces written by students personal essays personal experiences and personal reflections after being exposed to anarchism via a class titled anarchist political theory offered at San Francisco State University All apologies ahead of time for any cognitive dissonance you may experience Read at your own risk Abolishing Work 1 Something needs to go in this area right
Introduction Thank you for taking the time to at least open this pamphlet. We hope that you find this stimulating on your ...
Anarchy 101 Dispelling Distilling and Understanding Anarchy such as the San Bushmen the Pygmies and the Australian aborigines But we can t go back to that way of life The following are excerpts from a piece written by Bob Black It is edited such to quickly dispel misconceptions while simultaneously being informative Nearly all anarchists would agree But it s still an eye opener even for anarchists to study these societies and perhaps to pick up some ideas on how a completely voluntary highly individualistic yet cooperative society might work Anarchists are na ve they think human nature is essentially good What is anarchism What is anarchy Who are anarchists Anarchism is an idea about the best way to live Anarchy is a way of living Anarchism is the idea that government the state is unnecessary and harmful Anarchy is society without government Anarchists are people who believe in anarchism and desire to live in anarchy as all our ancestors once did People who believe in government such as liberals conservatives socialists and fascists are known as statists It might sound like anarchism is purely negative that it s just against something Actually anarchists have many positive ideas about life in a stateless society But unlike Marxists liberals and conservatives they don t offer a blueprint Aren t anarchists bomb throwers Not so It s true that anarchists reject ideas of innate depravity or Original Sin Those are religious ideas which most people no longer believe in But anarchists don t usually believe that human nature is essentially good either They take people as they are Human beings aren t essentially anything We who live under capitalism and its ally the state are just people who have never had a chance to be everything we can be Don t anarchists advocate violence Anarchists aren t nearly as violent as Democrats Republicans liberals and conservatives Those people only seem to be nonviolent because they use the state to do their dirty work to be violent for them But violence is violence Wearing a uniform or waving a flag does not change that The state is violent by definition Without violence against our anarchist ancestors hunter gatherers and farmers there would be no states today Some anarchists advocate violence but all states engage in violence every day No at least not compared to say the United States Government The bomb throwing anarchist stereotype was concocted by politicians and journalists in the late 19th century and they still won t let go of it but even back then it was a gross exaggeration Has there ever been an anarchist society that worked Some anarchists in the tradition of Tolstoy are pacifist and nonviolent on principle A relatively small number of anarchists believe in going on the offensive against the state Most anarchists believe in self defense and would accept some level of violence in a revolutionary situation Yes many thousands of them For their first million years or more all humans lived as hunter gatherers in small bands of equals without hierarchy or authority These are our ancestors Anarchist societies must have been successful otherwise none of us would be here The state is only a few thousand years old and it has taken that long for it to subdue the last anarchist societies The issue is not really violence vs nonviolence The issue is direct action Anarchists believe that people all people should take their fate into their own hands individually or collectively whether doing that is legal or illegal and whether it has to involve violence or it can be accomplished nonviolently
Anarchy 101  Dispelling, Distilling, and Understanding Anarchy  such as the San  Bushmen , the Pygmies and the Australian ...
Anarchy 101 Dispelling Distilling and Understanding Anarchy such as the San Bushmen the Pygmies and the Australian aborigines But we can t go back to that way of life The following are excerpts from a piece written by Bob Black It is edited such to quickly dispel misconceptions while simultaneously being informative Nearly all anarchists would agree But it s still an eye opener even for anarchists to study these societies and perhaps to pick up some ideas on how a completely voluntary highly individualistic yet cooperative society might work Anarchists are na ve they think human nature is essentially good What is anarchism What is anarchy Who are anarchists Anarchism is an idea about the best way to live Anarchy is a way of living Anarchism is the idea that government the state is unnecessary and harmful Anarchy is society without government Anarchists are people who believe in anarchism and desire to live in anarchy as all our ancestors once did People who believe in government such as liberals conservatives socialists and fascists are known as statists It might sound like anarchism is purely negative that it s just against something Actually anarchists have many positive ideas about life in a stateless society But unlike Marxists liberals and conservatives they don t offer a blueprint Aren t anarchists bomb throwers Not so It s true that anarchists reject ideas of innate depravity or Original Sin Those are religious ideas which most people no longer believe in But anarchists don t usually believe that human nature is essentially good either They take people as they are Human beings aren t essentially anything We who live under capitalism and its ally the state are just people who have never had a chance to be everything we can be Don t anarchists advocate violence Anarchists aren t nearly as violent as Democrats Republicans liberals and conservatives Those people only seem to be nonviolent because they use the state to do their dirty work to be violent for them But violence is violence Wearing a uniform or waving a flag does not change that The state is violent by definition Without violence against our anarchist ancestors hunter gatherers and farmers there would be no states today Some anarchists advocate violence but all states engage in violence every day No at least not compared to say the United States Government The bomb throwing anarchist stereotype was concocted by politicians and journalists in the late 19th century and they still won t let go of it but even back then it was a gross exaggeration Has there ever been an anarchist society that worked Some anarchists in the tradition of Tolstoy are pacifist and nonviolent on principle A relatively small number of anarchists believe in going on the offensive against the state Most anarchists believe in self defense and would accept some level of violence in a revolutionary situation Yes many thousands of them For their first million years or more all humans lived as hunter gatherers in small bands of equals without hierarchy or authority These are our ancestors Anarchist societies must have been successful otherwise none of us would be here The state is only a few thousand years old and it has taken that long for it to subdue the last anarchist societies The issue is not really violence vs nonviolence The issue is direct action Anarchists believe that people all people should take their fate into their own hands individually or collectively whether doing that is legal or illegal and whether it has to involve violence or it can be accomplished nonviolently
Anarchy 101  Dispelling, Distilling, and Understanding Anarchy  such as the San  Bushmen , the Pygmies and the Australian ...
Diving Deeper
Diving Deeper
Diving Deeper
Diving Deeper
Anarchism as resistance Introductory blurb about this essay goes here Anarchists promote self organized alternatives to hierarchical institutions This doesn t mean opening a collective business or starting a collective living space It means the creation of individual and collective projects that challenge the legitimacy of government and other institutions of social control not just projects where people have the opportunity to become accustomed to making and carrying out all the work and play decisions in their lives Anarchism as methodology What Anarchism Is Anarchism as philosophy Anarchism derives from the philosophical premise that institutionalized power and enforcement especially in the form of the State is a negative method of trying to create and maintain social cohesion The defining aspect of anarchism is a categorical rejection of the principle and practice of government Further anarchism entails a radical critique of the exercise of authority and power Holding to the conviction that cooperation is a better and more just way of attaining social harmony than competition anarchists have promoted voluntary cooperation egalitarian relations and mutual aid Anarchism as politics In the political realm anarchism begins from the premise that in order to be truly free people need to dispense with government and its institutionalization in the State The politics of representation being hierarchical is also considered authoritarian Instead anarchists promote direct action which means any action undertaken in one s own interest without asking for permission from the State and its agents The ultimate vision is a classless and stateless society free from all forms of exploitation Critical thinking leads to theory where life is examined with a mixture of objective and subjective analysis Ideology on the other hand leads to pat answers that have been previously formulated according to particular agendas while anarchism can easily become ossified into an ideology the constant use of critical theory can work against that Anarchist critical thinking provides a challenge to conformity and mediocrity in social and political relations This challenge enhances the place of the individual in relation to the collective Anarchist Principles Every political philosophy contains a set of principles These are perspectives and practices that are not negotiable they are the foundational definitions that make the philosophy distinct from others Anarchist principles are derived from the premises and theories of anarchism as well as the methodology of critical thinking and they reinforce each other The principles that come out of anarchist theory are the following Direct Action This term has become twisted and misused by various political activists in the past 30 years In its original anarchist meaning the term refers to any action undertaken without the permission and outside the interest of governmental institutions It can refer to volunteering with Food Not Bombs going on strike especially without the approval of a union shoplifting or setting up a micro powered radio station It doesn t mean engaging in civil disobedience in cooperation with the police it doesn t mean breaking the law or breaking a window if the intention is merely
Anarchism as resistance  Introductory blurb about this essay goes here.  Anarchists promote self-organized alternatives to...
Anarchism as resistance Introductory blurb about this essay goes here Anarchists promote self organized alternatives to hierarchical institutions This doesn t mean opening a collective business or starting a collective living space It means the creation of individual and collective projects that challenge the legitimacy of government and other institutions of social control not just projects where people have the opportunity to become accustomed to making and carrying out all the work and play decisions in their lives Anarchism as methodology What Anarchism Is Anarchism as philosophy Anarchism derives from the philosophical premise that institutionalized power and enforcement especially in the form of the State is a negative method of trying to create and maintain social cohesion The defining aspect of anarchism is a categorical rejection of the principle and practice of government Further anarchism entails a radical critique of the exercise of authority and power Holding to the conviction that cooperation is a better and more just way of attaining social harmony than competition anarchists have promoted voluntary cooperation egalitarian relations and mutual aid Anarchism as politics In the political realm anarchism begins from the premise that in order to be truly free people need to dispense with government and its institutionalization in the State The politics of representation being hierarchical is also considered authoritarian Instead anarchists promote direct action which means any action undertaken in one s own interest without asking for permission from the State and its agents The ultimate vision is a classless and stateless society free from all forms of exploitation Critical thinking leads to theory where life is examined with a mixture of objective and subjective analysis Ideology on the other hand leads to pat answers that have been previously formulated according to particular agendas while anarchism can easily become ossified into an ideology the constant use of critical theory can work against that Anarchist critical thinking provides a challenge to conformity and mediocrity in social and political relations This challenge enhances the place of the individual in relation to the collective Anarchist Principles Every political philosophy contains a set of principles These are perspectives and practices that are not negotiable they are the foundational definitions that make the philosophy distinct from others Anarchist principles are derived from the premises and theories of anarchism as well as the methodology of critical thinking and they reinforce each other The principles that come out of anarchist theory are the following Direct Action This term has become twisted and misused by various political activists in the past 30 years In its original anarchist meaning the term refers to any action undertaken without the permission and outside the interest of governmental institutions It can refer to volunteering with Food Not Bombs going on strike especially without the approval of a union shoplifting or setting up a micro powered radio station It doesn t mean engaging in civil disobedience in cooperation with the police it doesn t mean breaking the law or breaking a window if the intention is merely
Anarchism as resistance  Introductory blurb about this essay goes here.  Anarchists promote self-organized alternatives to...
to register public disapproval of some governmental policy Breaking things can be examples of direct action but the intention behind these acts are what is important not the acts themselves Direct action has nothing to do with pressuring any part of a government to alter a policy it is by definition anti statist Attempting to alter a government policy is called lobbying it is aimed at representatives and so cannot be direct action Presenting a list of demands or protesting a particular policy in the hopes of getting noticed by the state whose rulers will then somehow change something about the way it operates is never direct action even if the means used to pressure legislators are illegal Direct action is when we do things for ourselves without begging asking or demanding that someone in authority help us Voluntary Cooperation Anarchists believe that cooperation is more beneficial than competition Further we believe that cooperation in order to be authentic must be voluntary Guidelines and cultural norms are agreed upon and adhered to by the individuals who are interested in creating and maintaining them and there are no coercive institutions to enforce them Voluntary cooperation includes voluntary association Each individual retains the choice to join or not to join any particular association of people and the people in any association reserve for themselves the ability to ask another individual to join them or to refuse her him admittance Mutual Aid There are perhaps as many misunderstandings concerning mutual aid as there are about direct action Mutual aid doesn t mean automatic solidarity with whoever asks for it nor does it mean that anarchists have an obligation to enter into relationships with other oppositional forces It doesn t mean a tit for tat arrangement rather it means to be able to give freely and take freely from each according to her his ability to each according to her his need Mutual aid is only possible between and among equals which means among friends and trusted long term allies Solidarity on the other hand since it is offered to and asked for by ad hoc allies needs to include the reality of reciprocation otherwise it is nothing but charity Critical Thinking as Anarchist Methodology It is important to look at how critical thinking operates in terms of developing a course of action in the real world The crucial components to critical thought are the following Critique We notice that there is injustice and suffering in the world and so we ask the question What s wrong We look at the mechanisms institutions and social dynamics that create and perpetuate injustice and analyze them thoroughly down to their root causes hence the term radical For example there is violence in the world We need to examine what we mean when we use the term and what other people mean when they use it an anarchist definition will probably be different than that of a statist We need to figure out why that is Next we need to try to discover the main causes of violence and who benefits from its continued existence Analysis We try to understand how a particular injustice is created and perpetuated and why it s wrong We study discuss and interpret the relevant facts and history of the problem and begin to formulate a reasonable solution based on those facts Using the example of violence we develop our analysis by tracing its widespread practice by the various institutions that exist in the US and what they have in common with other formal and informal institutions around the world We will probably discover that as the world has become more dominated by industrial capitalism it has become increasingly more violent A possible solution to the continued existence of violence therefore might begin with the idea of abolishing industrial capitalism Strategy We devise a set of goals for how we want to change the situation into one that fits our principles and analyses This is where our overall vision is based We try to figure out how to implement our ideas practically A major goal of an anarchist strategy is to undermine people s belief in the legitimacy of the State to make it possible for all people to gain confidence in retaking control of all aspects of our lives Is one of the goals of anarchism to create a world where violence is minimized or to create a world completely without violence This will depend on how we define violence with our critique and analysis
to register public disapproval of some governmental policy. Breaking things can be examples of direct action but the inten...
to register public disapproval of some governmental policy Breaking things can be examples of direct action but the intention behind these acts are what is important not the acts themselves Direct action has nothing to do with pressuring any part of a government to alter a policy it is by definition anti statist Attempting to alter a government policy is called lobbying it is aimed at representatives and so cannot be direct action Presenting a list of demands or protesting a particular policy in the hopes of getting noticed by the state whose rulers will then somehow change something about the way it operates is never direct action even if the means used to pressure legislators are illegal Direct action is when we do things for ourselves without begging asking or demanding that someone in authority help us Voluntary Cooperation Anarchists believe that cooperation is more beneficial than competition Further we believe that cooperation in order to be authentic must be voluntary Guidelines and cultural norms are agreed upon and adhered to by the individuals who are interested in creating and maintaining them and there are no coercive institutions to enforce them Voluntary cooperation includes voluntary association Each individual retains the choice to join or not to join any particular association of people and the people in any association reserve for themselves the ability to ask another individual to join them or to refuse her him admittance Mutual Aid There are perhaps as many misunderstandings concerning mutual aid as there are about direct action Mutual aid doesn t mean automatic solidarity with whoever asks for it nor does it mean that anarchists have an obligation to enter into relationships with other oppositional forces It doesn t mean a tit for tat arrangement rather it means to be able to give freely and take freely from each according to her his ability to each according to her his need Mutual aid is only possible between and among equals which means among friends and trusted long term allies Solidarity on the other hand since it is offered to and asked for by ad hoc allies needs to include the reality of reciprocation otherwise it is nothing but charity Critical Thinking as Anarchist Methodology It is important to look at how critical thinking operates in terms of developing a course of action in the real world The crucial components to critical thought are the following Critique We notice that there is injustice and suffering in the world and so we ask the question What s wrong We look at the mechanisms institutions and social dynamics that create and perpetuate injustice and analyze them thoroughly down to their root causes hence the term radical For example there is violence in the world We need to examine what we mean when we use the term and what other people mean when they use it an anarchist definition will probably be different than that of a statist We need to figure out why that is Next we need to try to discover the main causes of violence and who benefits from its continued existence Analysis We try to understand how a particular injustice is created and perpetuated and why it s wrong We study discuss and interpret the relevant facts and history of the problem and begin to formulate a reasonable solution based on those facts Using the example of violence we develop our analysis by tracing its widespread practice by the various institutions that exist in the US and what they have in common with other formal and informal institutions around the world We will probably discover that as the world has become more dominated by industrial capitalism it has become increasingly more violent A possible solution to the continued existence of violence therefore might begin with the idea of abolishing industrial capitalism Strategy We devise a set of goals for how we want to change the situation into one that fits our principles and analyses This is where our overall vision is based We try to figure out how to implement our ideas practically A major goal of an anarchist strategy is to undermine people s belief in the legitimacy of the State to make it possible for all people to gain confidence in retaking control of all aspects of our lives Is one of the goals of anarchism to create a world where violence is minimized or to create a world completely without violence This will depend on how we define violence with our critique and analysis
to register public disapproval of some governmental policy. Breaking things can be examples of direct action but the inten...
Tactics Anarchism is not extreme Social Democracy We come up with actions that are compatible with our strategy The main question to ask is What methods tools can be used to achieve the goal The answer is whatever helps to make the goal s a reality whatever is expedient at the moment depending on who s involved and what exactly we are trying to accomplish Of course our tactics must be in keeping with our principles But it is important to remember that tactics are not the same thing as principles Nonviolence is not an anarchist principle it is a tactic Depending on the situation we decide when it s convenient or not to adhere to nonviolent guidelines At times we may decide that it makes more sense to fight back with force Morality plays no part in deciding upon which tactics to use in a given situation it only matters what is compatible with our strategy and principles The realm of Social Democracy is not really that much different than that of Liberalism the main aspect that has differentiated the two used to be a commitment to socialism meaning social ownership of property but really meaning state ownership instead of capitalism private ownership Since the mid 60s however almost all social democrats have abandoned this commitment in favor of what they call a mixed economy Social Democrats also consider that they are carrying out the will of the people through the State only the Social Democratic State has even more regulatory power than the classical Liberal State Social Democrats are committed to the tactics of peaceful and legal changes within a parliamentary State like Liberals they see the solutions to injustice coming from the election of better and wiser representatives What Anarchism Is Not Anarchism is not extreme Liberalism Liberalism is based on the theory of the Social Contract where citizens give up full liberty in exchange for political and economic security This security is supposed to be provided by the State which regulates mediates and enforces the Social Contract More generically Liberalism can be equated with Republicanism which stands for the rule of law The liberal wing pays lip service to rule of the people while the conservative wing is more honest in wanting rule of some people The principles of Liberalism include majority rule various civil liberties like free speech tolerance and equality before the law as well as free enterprise and private property These principles are legislated and guaranteed by the State which is seen as the same thing as the People Liberals who are unsatisfied with certain policies and wish to remedy them use tactics that are compatible with liberalism petition and demonstration Liberals believe that whatever injustices exist within the Social Contract can be fixed by electing better or wiser legislative representatives who will enact better laws to be enforced by better cops Anarchism is not extreme Leninism In the economic sphere Leninism is the most extreme form of Social Democracy while in the political sphere it more closely resembles conservative Republicanism Leninists don t waste time with any sort of private ownership the State owns and controls all production and most other realms of social activity The principle of Democratic Centralism limits the number of people who have decision making power to a small group The various derivatives of Leninism from the infinite varieties of Trotskyism through Stalinism and Maoism all have as a goal a strong centralized and bureaucratic State The goals of Leninism are the expropriation of private property the seizing of State power and the eventual global triumph of their ideology Tactically Leninists don t care if their methods are compassionate or nasty Leninists want to win and that s all that counts anyone who stands in their way is an enemy and deserves no mercy All Leninist parties and governments have a record of brutality and repression against perceived enemies especially anarchists Anarchism is not any form of Statism What all these different forms of Republicanism have in common is a belief that the State can and must control its citizens The Leftist trajectory from Liberalism through Social Democracy and up to Leninism is a continuum of increasingly intrusive government The principles of these forms of Statism vary only slightly and all of them have much more in common with each other than anarchism has with any one of them
Tactics  Anarchism is not extreme Social Democracy  We come up with actions that are compatible with our strategy. The mai...
Tactics Anarchism is not extreme Social Democracy We come up with actions that are compatible with our strategy The main question to ask is What methods tools can be used to achieve the goal The answer is whatever helps to make the goal s a reality whatever is expedient at the moment depending on who s involved and what exactly we are trying to accomplish Of course our tactics must be in keeping with our principles But it is important to remember that tactics are not the same thing as principles Nonviolence is not an anarchist principle it is a tactic Depending on the situation we decide when it s convenient or not to adhere to nonviolent guidelines At times we may decide that it makes more sense to fight back with force Morality plays no part in deciding upon which tactics to use in a given situation it only matters what is compatible with our strategy and principles The realm of Social Democracy is not really that much different than that of Liberalism the main aspect that has differentiated the two used to be a commitment to socialism meaning social ownership of property but really meaning state ownership instead of capitalism private ownership Since the mid 60s however almost all social democrats have abandoned this commitment in favor of what they call a mixed economy Social Democrats also consider that they are carrying out the will of the people through the State only the Social Democratic State has even more regulatory power than the classical Liberal State Social Democrats are committed to the tactics of peaceful and legal changes within a parliamentary State like Liberals they see the solutions to injustice coming from the election of better and wiser representatives What Anarchism Is Not Anarchism is not extreme Liberalism Liberalism is based on the theory of the Social Contract where citizens give up full liberty in exchange for political and economic security This security is supposed to be provided by the State which regulates mediates and enforces the Social Contract More generically Liberalism can be equated with Republicanism which stands for the rule of law The liberal wing pays lip service to rule of the people while the conservative wing is more honest in wanting rule of some people The principles of Liberalism include majority rule various civil liberties like free speech tolerance and equality before the law as well as free enterprise and private property These principles are legislated and guaranteed by the State which is seen as the same thing as the People Liberals who are unsatisfied with certain policies and wish to remedy them use tactics that are compatible with liberalism petition and demonstration Liberals believe that whatever injustices exist within the Social Contract can be fixed by electing better or wiser legislative representatives who will enact better laws to be enforced by better cops Anarchism is not extreme Leninism In the economic sphere Leninism is the most extreme form of Social Democracy while in the political sphere it more closely resembles conservative Republicanism Leninists don t waste time with any sort of private ownership the State owns and controls all production and most other realms of social activity The principle of Democratic Centralism limits the number of people who have decision making power to a small group The various derivatives of Leninism from the infinite varieties of Trotskyism through Stalinism and Maoism all have as a goal a strong centralized and bureaucratic State The goals of Leninism are the expropriation of private property the seizing of State power and the eventual global triumph of their ideology Tactically Leninists don t care if their methods are compassionate or nasty Leninists want to win and that s all that counts anyone who stands in their way is an enemy and deserves no mercy All Leninist parties and governments have a record of brutality and repression against perceived enemies especially anarchists Anarchism is not any form of Statism What all these different forms of Republicanism have in common is a belief that the State can and must control its citizens The Leftist trajectory from Liberalism through Social Democracy and up to Leninism is a continuum of increasingly intrusive government The principles of these forms of Statism vary only slightly and all of them have much more in common with each other than anarchism has with any one of them
Tactics  Anarchism is not extreme Social Democracy  We come up with actions that are compatible with our strategy. The mai...
Leftists rely upon legislation and representation anarchists adhering to the principle of direct action are the objective opponents of Liberalism Social Democracy and Leninism and the Leftists know it If anarchists forget or worse don t even know what their principles are it s all too easy for us to get sucked into manipulative alliances in which these principles play absolutely no part Without knowing and using anarchist principles we can t recognize authentically anarchist tactics or methods so that when nonanarchists adopt anarchistic methods like affinity groups and spokescouncils many anarchists become confused They think that the liberals or socialists have transformed themselves into quasianarchists because of the use of familiar tools But Leftists use these tactics because they function well not because the Leftists have suddenly become promoters of anti statism Anarchists being history s most consistent losers need to approach non anarchist oppositionists with suspicion not solidarity we need to look beyond form refusing to be hoodwinked by familiar looking tactics Anarchists need to know remember and maintain anarchist principles From that position of strength we can then decide when or whether to enter into short term alliances with those who d rather see us disappear
Leftists rely upon legislation and representation  anarchists, adhering to the principle of direct action, are the objecti...
Who we are Students who gave consent to participate in a class titled Anarchist Political Theory apt It s offered at San Francisco State University In depth critical analysis of how you not truly free Just remember that the state will always keep you from being truly free it is the responsibility of every human being to ensure domestic tranquility and true equality Bay area book fair bayareaanarchistbookfair com Berkeley Anarchist Study Group http sfbay anarchists org Bay Area Anarchist Black Cross https bayareaabc wordpress com anarchistnews org http www anarchistnews org The Anarchist Library https theanarchistlibrary org library No Gods No Masters Classic Anthology of Anarchism free eBook www ditext com guerin nogods pdf Take a Class on Anarchist Political Theory at SFSU www sfsu edu Sprout Distro An Excellent Source for Zines and Anarchist News www sproutdistro com an apt project made in the occupied geographic region known as united states of america san francisco ca Warning Contents may cause cognitive dissonance
Who we are Students who gave consent to participate in a class titled Anarchist Political Theory  apt . It   s offered at ...
Leftists rely upon legislation and representation anarchists adhering to the principle of direct action are the objective opponents of Liberalism Social Democracy and Leninism and the Leftists know it If anarchists forget or worse don t even know what their principles are it s all too easy for us to get sucked into manipulative alliances in which these principles play absolutely no part Without knowing and using anarchist principles we can t recognize authentically anarchist tactics or methods so that when nonanarchists adopt anarchistic methods like affinity groups and spokescouncils many anarchists become confused They think that the liberals or socialists have transformed themselves into quasianarchists because of the use of familiar tools But Leftists use these tactics because they function well not because the Leftists have suddenly become promoters of anti statism Anarchists being history s most consistent losers need to approach non anarchist oppositionists with suspicion not solidarity we need to look beyond form refusing to be hoodwinked by familiar looking tactics Anarchists need to know remember and maintain anarchist principles From that position of strength we can then decide when or whether to enter into short term alliances with those who d rather see us disappear
Leftists rely upon legislation and representation  anarchists, adhering to the principle of direct action, are the objecti...