Anarchism in New Zealand

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Apr 14 2008 01:04
Anarchism in New Zealand

Hear from long-time anarchist activist Sam Buchanan from 128 in Wellington, Libertarian Socialist historian and author of Rabble Rousers and Merry Pranksters – A History of Anarchism in Aotearoa, Toby Boraman, Manu Caddie, organiser of an Anarchist Christian training camp in the Kaimas and hear from Metiria Turei Green MP, one of New Zealand's two anarchist ministers of parliament whose describes her self-chosen role as an anarchist to “widen the floor of the cage” (rather than a civil war) as her excuse. Insight, 53Mins. For interesting and informative for a general audience. (Sam was very good)
From the Radio NZ website:

13 April – Anarchy in Action
A Radio New Zealand programme about anarchists and the influence of anarchism on the protest and labour movements.

Anarchy for many is synonymous with chaos, disorder and violence but for a growing number of idealistic New Zealanders it’s a serious political philosophy capable of ushering in an era of freedom and equality.

The word, anarchy, comes from the Greek, anarchos meaning to have no ruler – which is one of the few things anarchism’s supporters and detractors can agree on.

Think of an anarchist and the image that comes to mind is likely to be either a black-flag waving punk or a bomb-throwing 19th century revolutionary.

Yet the list of those who consider themselves anarchists ranges from the radical in thought, but conservative in appearance, such as linguist and political dissident Noam Chomsky, through to the multi-pierced protesters manning the anti-globalisation barricades.

But do people seriously believe that society could function without a government or police force?

Part one:
Long time Wellington activist and anarchist Sam Buchanan talks about his beliefs and influences.

Part two:
Historian and author of Rabble Rousers and Merry Pranksters – A History of Anarchism in Aotearoa, Toby Boraman, provides a snap-shot of a century of anarchism in New Zealand.

Part three:
Christian anarchist Manu Caddie and Green MP and former member of an anarcho-feminist theatre troupe, Metiria Turei, discuss the influence anarchism has had on their daily lives.”

* http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/national/ideas/ideas_for_13_april
* http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/ideas

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Apr 14 2008 01:22

I just don't see why they interviewed Metiria, she hasn't been an anarchist for like 10 years...the others were interesting though.

yuda
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Apr 14 2008 01:43

Just listened to Sam and Toby's interviews. Thought Sam was really good Toby wasn't quite as good but interesting anyway. listening to Manu and Met's interview now....

[edit]Yeah Met's interview comes across as particulary liberal

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Apr 18 2008 01:23

"anarchist minister of parliament"??

Shouldn't that read "former anarchist"??!!

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Apr 20 2008 12:10

There's 2 ex-anarchist MPs over here...ugh. Most anarchists don't make excuses for them thankfully, although a couple do.

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Apr 22 2008 10:04
Asher wrote:
There's 2 ex-anarchist MPs over here...ugh. Most anarchists don't make excuses for them thankfully, although a couple do.

Yeah but the Greens have been nice enough to give us one of them back after the next election wink