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Anarchy: April 13-14, 2001


Anarchism is the rejection of all forms of domination. Anarchism imagines revolutionary transformations in art, science, politics, history, and music. Anarchism disrupts, agitates and subverts while holding out the possibility of creating social utopias, ideal worlds where order allows for change. This open, transformative capacity precludes static definition and differentiates anarchism from all other ideologies.

Anarchy threatens establishment power, but its unpredictability may also be its weakness. Unpredictability threatens the powerful but leaves resistance open to cooptation. Without a clear objective, subversion can become a commodity. Consumers buy back anarchy and rebellion as images that pacify and assimilate—as a fashionable pair of jeans, an album cover, or a chic theory. A commerce-driven society can often condense anarchy into a bumper sticker.


 

Anarchy in the U.K. means freedom from the police state.

-Sex Pistols graffiti, London, 1976


 

As both political philosophy and personal lifestyle, social anarchism promotes community self-reliance, direct participation in political decision-making, respect for nature, and nonviolent paths to peace and justice.

-Social Anarchism Online description


 

She was a committed romantic and anarcha-feminist. This was hard for her because it meant she couldn't blow up beautiful buildings.

- Jeannette Winterson, Written on the Body

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