“There are a lot of ways to practice the art of journalism, and one of them is to use your art like a hammer to destroy the right people” - Hunter S. Thompson
Finally, someone’s getting it right about anarchy. The majority of anarchist action revolves around fitting libertarian-socialism, communalism, or mutualismarrangements into the capitalist society at large. When people think of anarchy they think of riots, smashed windows, chaos, and little cartoonish round black bombs with long fuses. What they should be envisioning is a living room of used furniture filled with people in black t-shirts drinking tea and discussing Bookchin’s contribution or Chomsky’s early works.
Brendan Kiley, of Seattle’s The Stranger, finally gives Anarchy the plain brown wrapper it deserves. From the article “Anarchy is Boring”:
Figuring out how to run a sustainable anarchist household (that values time spent washing the dishes and time spent making money as a computer programmer equally) isn’t as headline-grabbing as a downtown smashup. But Seattle has dozens of functional anarchist organizations—or anarchish organizations. Some of them operate in an anarchist way (consensus decision making, a focus on mutual aid instead of competition) but don’t call themselves anarchistic. And even the ones that do are constantly debating how to strive for anarchist ideals within the current economic and political system. (Give me two anarchists, and I will give you a debate on what “real” anarchism means.)
Anarchy, [David Graeber] writes, is about gradually figuring out new ways of organizing everyday life “which will, eventually, make currently existing forms of power seem stupid and beside the point… there are endless examples of viable anarchism: pretty much any form of organization would count as one, so long as it was not imposed by some higher authority, from a klezmer band to the international postal service.”
Small examples of functional anarchy are everywhere—it’s just a matter of learning how to see them and, if you are so moved, lend them a hand.
Read it all at The Stranger.
Anarchy treated fairly in the press? The hell you say …