Anarchist Leaflet

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Mar 15 2004 11:59
Anarchist Leaflet

Having sold Freedom on quite a few demo's now and handed out other anarchist propoganda, it seems to me that there is a real need to have a general leaflet that anyone can use explaining briefly what anarchism is and listing relevant contacts (including national feds and publications like BF and Freedom). Unlike the SWP I doubt we have the time or resources to produce bespoke leaflets for every protest so it would be good to have something that could be given out. What do people think?

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Jacques Roux
Joined: 17-07-06
Mar 15 2004 12:04

Yeah would be cool to have something general which doesnt set anything in stone but gets ppl interested and then points them in other directions to find out more info about certain things...

Joined: 7-10-03
Mar 15 2004 12:37

Definately agree. Maybe the new FAQ on this forum could be used as a basis.

Wouldn't it be great if somthing (even a draft version) were ready in time for this Saturdays's anti-war demo (hint hint)!

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Joined: 26-09-03
Mar 16 2004 10:25

A simple what we mean by anarchism would be a great help, but could we agree on definitions without watering down the content or making it unreadable.....

Joined: 30-09-03
Mar 16 2004 11:32

A new issue of resistance is brought out each month - if anyone wants a bundle to dish out just let us know.

red n black star circle A

Joined: 16-10-03
Mar 16 2004 11:42

I brought this up months ago on these boards.

I definately think there needs to be a leaflet because when us at WMA do our stall trhe same question keep coming up, i dont mind answering them but if we had a leaflet then it would be easier and faster for people to understand.

Joined: 28-10-03
Mar 16 2004 16:35

One such attempt at a general leaflet explaining anarchism can be found at It is edited (from 'Anarchism and Ireland) to be international (ie no local references) and around 300 people a month download it. Some of the places it has been used can be found at the bottom of the page

Joined: 30-09-03
Mar 16 2004 20:32

I'm sure the AYN did a basic introductory leaflet not so long ago. And there's the text of an old ACF one on the homepage of Surrey Anarchist Group:

Joined: 16-03-04
Mar 17 2004 17:47

Sorry if this sound like a political clap trap neutral, if you are going to produce leaflets, in my opinion shouldn't be any bigger than single A5 sizes. Anything bigger it will be just the case "I read it later when I get time!" plus it's being cheaper too to mass-produce (On a small scale of course!).

Also you got to look eek at the type of people you are targeting, middle class, students, etc. etc. Each will have there own "typical concerns."

And lastly do away the old image and bring in a more welcoming image. I hate to say it spin!..sigh! roll eyes

Rant over! 8)

Joined: 16-03-04
Mar 17 2004 18:01

I just been Browsing through your website and come across this eek

It's just those points mention in the above link is the real reason why I'm here in the first place. Maybe a leafet base on those princples might work wonders what you you think?? confused

Joined: 16-09-03
Mar 18 2004 16:09

yeah the ayn text we've edited a bit and made into a leaflet with links to loads of anarchist stuff, like the Bookfair, Freedom, listings of all the group (in the enrager britain section), indymedia etc.

We've printed about 1,000 of them - the text has been changed a bit but i mostly the same as here:

if people want to hand them out on the march 20th demo look around for some freedom or enrager people on the lib bloc and they should have some smile

the leaflet's being redesigned at the mo and we'd like to print more of them soon - I'll try to put up a PDF soon so people can let us know what they think?

(it's 2-sided A4 folded into A5, with full-page picture on front, written in informal style)

Joined: 14-10-03
May 7 2004 13:40

I've done a basic intro to anarchism - I did it originally because at Norwich Anarchists there was no basic intro available. It's one sheet of A4 folded in half.

Criticisms would be appreciated! If you want the Word Document then e-mail

This is going to press shortly so if you want to make suggestions, be quick!



What is Anarchism?

Anarchism is a set of basic principles and ideas for the reconstruction of society. Anarchists believe that people should be able to make up their own mind how they live, and not have such decisions made for them.

Anarchists demand freedom and equality. We demand freedom from oppression, as well as the freedom to the fruits of our labours and natural resources. (The most obvious one being land.) We demand freedom of movement, and see borders as artificial and unnecessary.

Anarchists advocate federalism - which means that every community lives how it chooses, and links up with other communities for joint projects. We are against centralisation, and government from above. Anarchy means: without [an] rulers [archy].

Anarchy is often misconceived as a chaotic state, or a chaotic state is mislabelled anarchy. This is based on the assumption that we need to be ruled to stop us killing one another and robbing each other blind. Unsurprisingly, it is the people doing the ruling who not only hold this view, but enforce it and maintain it.

Most people who commit crimes do so because they are poor or unhappy. If people are not so poor, they won't need to steal. If people aren't so unhappy, they're less likely to harm each other. Often, unhappiness is channelled by rulers into infighting amongst the ruled. This is called 'divide and rule'. Sadly it works. Anarchists believe that humans are all different, but should all be treated with respect. This is what we mean by equality, not some nonsense about dividing up money equally. (Most anarchists advocate the abolition of money).

Anarchists aim to abolish the state: its armies, prisons, police, and all other hierarchical and repressive structures.

Anarchist Methods

Specifically, anarchists advocate direct action to change things. Direct action means doing something directly confronting the problem, without reference to external authority. So if people are chopping down the ancient woods behind your house, talk to them, obstruct them, finally sabotage their equipment.

The most well known form of direct action is the strike. As most people who use direct action are pretty powerless within the law, disruption and sabotage are often their only option. Other direct action includes squatting the surplus houses of the wealthy, collectivising factories and farms and organising non-hierarchical structures to replace the state.

Anarchists do not wish to seize 'power', but to abolish it. We do not want your vote! We think that meaningful social change comes about through people taking control of their own lives, not from taking control of other people's.

Although anarchists want to see a massive change in society, we do not want to force it on anyone.

Anarchy? What would an anarchist society be like?

An 'anarchist' society exists all the time - like a seed beneath the snow. When we're not at work, we do whatever we please, and lots of groups form, work and run without any need for a police force, elected rulers or any other such nonsense. Decisions are made through discussion, and people ultimately have a choice over what they do. If this mode of organisation extended to the whole of society - we would be living in 'anarchy'.

The technical term for this is: a decentralised and self-regulating society consisting of a federation of voluntary associations of free and equal individuals. This society aims for its members to all reach their full potential.


Further Information

Anarchism is a complex and subtle philosophy, and this pamphlet only skims the surface.

For more information try your local anarchist group - see below

On the net: is a good place to start

Recommended Reading:

"Anarchy In Action" by Colin Ward. Freedom Press.

An interesting collection of case studies and evidence for anarchism as a theory of organisation. Based on observation, rather than theory.

"Demanding The Impossible: A History of Anarchism" by Peter Marshall. HarperCollins.

A hefty tome that surveys anarchism as well as anarchist history. Anarchists tend to get written out of history, so it's nice to see this book! It's also easily available from mainstream booksellers.

"About Anarchism" by Nicholas Walter. Freedom Press.

A really good introduction to anarchism.

"The Soul of Man Under Socialism" by Oscar Wilde.

A classic essay, though the terminology is quite different!

Available at:

<in here is a box for local group details>

This is a work in progress, so if you have any comments or criticisms e-mail

Feel free to photocopy and distribute this pamphlet. If you want the original computer document, I can e-mail it to you from the above address.

by Verrier @nti(opyright 2004 v.1.3


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the "Circled A" meaning Anarchy is order

Introduction To Anarchism <big letters>


Joined: 16-10-03
May 7 2004 15:49

Us at WMA put one together which is really small and straight to the point, if GT sends it to me ill will out it up on here, unless he will.