Anarchist Action Network

1. To counter to defamation of anarchy and anarchists in the media 2. To foster cooperation, mutual aid, public space, compassion, understanding, sharing, community ... 3. To challenge the authority of all institutions and sources of coercion.

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The Defamation of Anarchists The impetus for this site was an article in the New York Times of November 24, 1997, which equated neo-Nazis with anarchists. We first called this site the Anarchist Anti-Defamation League with the goal of beginning the process of countering the defamation of anarchists and anarchy by those who should know better in the national media. The Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith in New York contacted us and told us that they "owned" the exclusive rights to the word "anti-defamation". [The Story]. We think they are wrong but decided not to fight them. [What others think] We continue to document the defamation of anarchy and anarchists by the media and support the direct confrontation of those who defame anarchists and anarchy. [sample media letter ]
Anarchy and young people Young people may be the best hope for a world with less authority and more cooperation. Many young people have direct experience of abuse by those with power - from parents to authority figures in schools and law enforcement. Many see first hand the hypocrisy of adults telling them one thing and doing another. They experience the cruelty of adults seeking to assert their will on the young - whether through curfews, censorship and other laws which are selectively enforced on the young or in the name of "protecting" young people. We encourage young people to question all authority and to hopefully grow up and create a world where there is less abuse of authority. We hope this site is helpful. You may start with the Homework Helper or jump into 'Fight the Power' (an introduction to anarchism aimed at teenagers). There are many resources related to anarchy online. You may want to join our email discussion list or add to the online forum. We hope for a day when people begin to see through the propaganda that they are feed daily by mass media - whether through ads or the selective control of the bounds of "legitimate" discussion exercised by the media elite. Question it all - and don't believe all you are told by the "experts".

How to spread anarchist ideas ...

Talk to people. If one person talked to 5 people who each talked to 5 people, it would not take long for non-hierarchical ideas to spread in the society. If all sources of coercive authority in a society knew that they had to justify their existence to members of the society, they might be more reluctant to abuse authority. What do you think?

The meaning of Anarchy The word "anarchy" is from Greek, prefix a, meaning "not," "the want of," "the absence of," or "the lack of", plus archos, meaning "a ruler," "director", "chief," "person in charge," "commander." The Greek words anarchos, and anarchia meant "having no government -- being without a government" [Peter A. Angeles, The Harper Collins Dictionary of Philosophy, Second Edition, pp. 11-12]. --Definitions & Introduction

ANARCHISM (from the Gr. , and , contrary to authority), the name given to a principle or theory of life and conduct under which society is conceived without government - harmony in such a society being obtained, not by submission to law, or by obedience to any authority, but by free agreements concluded between the various groups, territorial and professional ... --The Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1910

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    Emma Goldman (1869-1940)
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    See: Prominent Anarchists and Left-Libertarians - The Match! #79/Fall 1984
    Anarchist History The first clear expression of an anarchist sensibility may be traced back to the Taoists in ancient China from about the sixth century BC. Indeed, the principal Taoist work, the Tao te ching, may be considered one of the greatest anarchist classics. --Taoism & Anarchism
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  • Book: African Anarchism: The history of a movement, by Sam Mbah and I.E. Igariwey, review [amazon]
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  • Blackout Books - New York City
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  • What can anarchists do today?

    Any kind of illegitimate authority that exists, whatever it may be, from interpersonal relations up to huge states and transnational corporations, every such form of authority has to demonstrate legitimacy. -- Rage Interviews Chomsky

    In fact, what we call "the government" is actually a chaotic system of distributed nodes ... a feeling that the world and "the government" are out of control, coupled with a conflicting sense that someone somewhere must be in control. --Chaos Politics!

    "Hatred is never overcome by hatred, but by love alone. This is an eternal law." -- the Buddha Siddhartha Gautama

    "If I can't dance, I don't want to join your revolution." -- Emma Goldman

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