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HippieWizard
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Apr 28 2009 22:18

Freedomfighter,
I am fairly new to anarchism too, I can recommend hanging out on internet forums to learn more about the movement, Anarchist Black Cat (www.anarchistblackcat.org) is good one I'm on. There are myriad books to read, Anarchism by Peter Kropotkin is a good start, though a little heavy maybe. Chomsky is good too. Put out feelers wherever you are to find some left-libertarian groups around you, try and find some likeminded mates!
Hope that helps.

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Apr 29 2009 08:29

The Anarchist Federation site is a good start too:

http://www.afed.org.uk/

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Apr 29 2009 09:14

ff87, whereabouts are you? I'd suggest getting involved with groups locally, getting a feel for what they do and what they're about, etc., before committing to any one organisation.

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Apr 29 2009 10:06

Demanding the impossible by Peter Marshall is a good book which gives a wide history of anarchism and what possible influenced the idea.

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Apr 29 2009 11:30

Actually, it isn't. A book that includes Thatcher as a libertarian???!!! You'd be far better off witth Anarchism by Daniel Guerin, which despite its faults, explains class struggle anarchism pretty well. Or some of the AF pamphlets!!

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Apr 29 2009 17:06
Battlescarred wrote:
Actually, it isn't. A book that includes Thatcher as a libertarian???!!! You'd be far better off witth Anarchism by Daniel Guerin, which despite its faults, explains class struggle anarchism pretty well. Or some of the AF pamphlets!!

Are you talking about Margaret Thatcher?...oh dear! I have not came to that part of the book yet! half way through it. Im not much of ana expert at book reviewing but its pretty interesting to me anyway.

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Apr 29 2009 18:30

At the Cafe: Conversations on Anarchism. by Malatesta

“For the first time in English, Malatesta, in his usual commonsense and matter-of-fact style, sets out and critically analyses the arguments for and against anarchism.”

What Is Communist Anarchism? by Alexander Berkman

“In a clear, easily understandable conversation with the reader, Berkman discusses the major details of Anarchist thought”

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Apr 30 2009 11:47

Anarchy by Malatesta should be your starting point. As succinct as the day it was written.

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Apr 30 2009 13:36

You'd be shit too if your name meant "headache."

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Apr 30 2009 14:07

Weeler, if you ask for a question, you should wait for a response.

Slovenly beast.

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Apr 30 2009 16:18

You are incorrect in any case.

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Apr 30 2009 21:56
weeler wrote:
But wait, isn't malatesta shit, yes he is.

Why/how? Life and ideas is pretty good imo.

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May 1 2009 20:06

There are many tributaries to the river of anarchist thought.
In England the place to begin is Wm Godwin's Political Justice. He was forced to recant much of it, but the critique holds true.
Read PJ Proudhon, the Property is Theft! man
Michael Bakunin, esp. his anti=Marx material
Alexander Berkman, whose major work, Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist, written after he was jailed for a failed attempt to assassinate Frick, the financeer. It caused some prison reforms to be enacted.
If you can find copies of his (Berkman's) newspaper on line, it was called The Blast.
Rudolf Rocker, esp. on anarchosyndicalism.
The Individualist tendency: Max Stirner, The Ego and It's Own. Benjamin Tucker and Josiah Warren in the US. Warren's experiment with what he called a 'Time Store' is an early attempt to change the relationship of labor and profit. They were both quite prolific.
Thoreau's essay, which states that, that government is best which governs not at all.
A wonderful out of print SciFi novel by Eric Frank Russell, The Great Explosion.
The writings of Kropotkin, especially Mutual Aid. He is the father of scientific Anarchism, the social science which studies Authority, rejects the dialectic, and relies on the scientific inductive-deductive model.
A quick overlook by one group is at: www.anarchy.no/anarchism.html
Nestor Makhno's writings. He led an Anarchist uprising in the Ukraine during the Revolution and Civil War. Defeated the White Army, the Army of Interention and Trotsky's Red Army. the definitive work on the movement is Arshinov's History of the Makhnovist Movement.
I could go on. but there's enough here to set your feet on the path. Read critically, Read with the understanding that sometimes these older writings were polemical in nature, addressing contemporary concerns that we today usually know little or nothing about. This deprives us of context and can lead to misinterpretation. The truth of yesterday is not necessarily the truth of today.
Have fun and don't forget to smash the State

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May 1 2009 21:43

CORRECTION: The anarchy.no site is bogus and there are warnings about it on the IFA website. Sorry for the bad lead.

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May 2 2009 07:08
Battlescarred wrote:
Actually, it isn't. A book that includes Thatcher as a libertarian???!!! You'd be far better off with Anarchism by Daniel Guerin, which despite its faults, explains class struggle anarchism pretty well. Or some of the AF pamphlets!!

Sorry Battlescarred but I think you're misrepresenting what Marshall wrote. In a chapter on 'The New Right and Anarcho-Capitalism' he wrote:

Peter Marshall wrote:
In the United Kingdom, neo-Conservatives argue that 'there is no such thing as society' and wish to 'roll back the frontiers of the state' - a view adopted, in theory if not always in practice, by Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990.

Hardly calling her a libertarian.
I found Demanding the Impossible to put anarchist thought into a historical perspective and whilst I may disagree with some of Marshall's conclusions on some things as a history of anarchism it is second to none.

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Oct 31 2010 22:53

I was an anarchist long before I knew this was the case because as a radical I was on the left and I not only got into a lot of scrapes because of my politcal beliefs, further along that road I was influenced by socialism, or communism. Consider where you live. Also, be practical. Anarchism is an eternal mainspring, its workings are simple, but when you consider where it took place, it becomes complicated as it develops significance. The AF will put you in the picture, if this is what you are after.

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Nov 1 2010 00:51

Stay away from anarchist forums like this, scout out local anarchist groups and see what they're about. Preferably create your own with like minded people, and try to stay away from the big groups that focus on control and oppression.

You can however do a lot of work on your own, depending on what you're willing to do i.e if you're no stranger to breaking the law.

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Nov 1 2010 09:32
Guerrillawarfare wrote:
Stay away from anarchist forums like this, scout out local anarchist groups and see what they're about. Preferably create your own with like minded people, and try to stay away from the big groups that focus on control and oppression.

You can however do a lot of work on your own, depending on what you're willing to do i.e if you're no stranger to breaking the law.

Why should you stay away? I've learnt alot from here. Also what do you mean by breaking the law. What do you suggest?

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Nov 1 2010 11:20
Guerrillawarfare wrote:
Stay away from anarchist forums like this, scout out local anarchist groups and see what they're about. Preferably create your own with like minded people, and try to stay away from the big groups that focus on control and oppression.

You can however do a lot of work on your own, depending on what you're willing to do i.e if you're no stranger to breaking the law.

I was about to suggest that Guerrillawarfare was THE OUTLAW but the spelling and grammer is much to good for that. Perhaps he is THE OUTLAWS inlaw?

Anyway his/her advice is daft and meaningless.

Get in contact with local groups and speak to those involved in these. Don't rush head long into activity for activity's sake. Do what you feel comfortable with and enjoy the experience of meeting like minded people and don't be afraid to ask questions.

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Nov 1 2010 11:13
Guerrillawarfare wrote:
Stay away from anarchist forums like this, scout out local anarchist groups and see what they're about. Preferably create your own with like minded people, and try to stay away from the big groups that focus on control and oppression.

You can however do a lot of work on your own, depending on what you're willing to do i.e if you're no stranger to breaking the law.

Yeah, what a load of nonsense. FreedomFighter, if you're still around, disregard this.

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Nov 1 2010 11:25

yes, that was the "outlaw". now banned, again

gypsy
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Nov 1 2010 11:29
Steven. wrote:
yes, that was the "outlaw". now banned, again

awww don't ban him.

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Nov 1 2010 12:18
Steven. wrote:
yes, that was the "outlaw". now banned, again

"Steven" wasn't that THE OUTLAWS real name too? MMMM could it be???

gypsy
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Nov 1 2010 12:24
_LIAM_ wrote:
Steven. wrote:
yes, that was the "outlaw". now banned, again

"Steven" wasn't that THE OUTLAWS real name too? MMMM could it be???

No his full name is
'comrade steven 'thug life' miller'

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Nov 1 2010 12:39

he got banned from revleft for holocaust denial

http://www.revleft.com/vb/showpost.php?p=1856403&postcount=10

gypsy
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Nov 1 2010 12:55
radicalgraffiti wrote:
he got banned from revleft for holocaust denial

http://www.revleft.com/vb/showpost.php?p=1856403&postcount=10

fuck sake...I guess he's been going on stormfront abit too often. sad

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Nov 1 2010 16:01

two things i better clarify for you middle class cunts

a) i'm not this guerrillawarrior geezer
b) i didn't deny the fucking holocaust just stated that the nazi's did not gas 6. however many jews, the majority of them died from starvation not from being gassed or murdered at the hands of the fucking nazi's (though they are still responsible for their deaths). Though free fuckking speech is obviously something which the fucking wannabe anarchists and the left, do not agree with in general, why? because they're small minded cunts, that are not trying to build a mass revolution, and in fact actively work against its fucking interest.
verdict: cunts

I still regular visit this site w/o posting and like some of the articles on here, but i do not believe this to be an anarchist forum and anarchists i've met on my travels see this site as a joke, due to the immature and general post content of the the fucking pricks that use it.

Adios The Outlaw
/viva la revolucion
(a few of you on this site, have revolutionary potential and i've got faith in a few of you fuckers, but sadly the fucking top brass are cunts)

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Nov 1 2010 16:27
ATrueAnarchistWarrior wrote:
I still regular visit this site w/o posting and like some of the articles on here, but i do not believe this to be an anarchist forum

You don't post because you are incapable of logical thought and each time you write something it comes out as ill thought out and mentalist nonsense and results in you getting banned because your throw your toys out of the pram when anyway attempts to engage with you and point out errors in your rants.

A Parish Council Anarchist Wannabe wrote:
anarchists i've met on my travels

Would that be your travels from the parish council to the student council? Or have you actually got out into the real world yet?

Love the way THE OUTLAW dismisses everyone that he disagrees with as MIDDLE CLASS cunts. Do you think when he eventually meets some real workers and they tell him to fuck away off, his "you are a middle class cunt" argument will convince them to become "real anarchists"?

OUTLAW you are a lumpen cunt!

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Nov 2 2010 17:28

This is not LibCommunity so let's keep it civil