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Sep 18 2011 21:14
article for freedom

I thought I would re post my article that should be appearing in the first monthly edition of Freedom in a new thread as the other thread about the changes Freedom is going through got a bit. This is about my experiences so far coming into anarchism.

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I don’t know when I first came across anarchism to be honest. My memory of coming across anarchism is scattered. Many sources spring to mind; the lyrics of Immortal Technique, the Zeitgeist films and my results on the political compass test which made me Google ‘anarcho syndicalism’. I also remember writing ‘fuck the system’ on my hand and wearing a Che Guevara (Stalinist turned pop art icon) tee shirt I still guiltily have to this day. But I, like everyone, had to start somewhere.
I will not pretend I have progressed far in my journey since, well, I don’t know when. However, I am content with my current location in this long tunnel, which seems to have a light at the end. This light, emanating from red and black stars, that flickers at times, but shines very brightly at others. My political life currently revolves around the forums at libcom.org and my A level politics class at school. As of yet, I have only been to one demonstration, the June 30th marches and protests. I am yet to read all the classics; Bakunin, Rocker, Kropotkin, the founder of this publication, and know all of the Marxist jargon. I like to think I have some understanding so far of the nature of capitalism and the nature of the alternative we propose to it, which is apparently enough to make me now consider calling someone a Trotskyite or a Leninist, a feared insult. The journey has had its ups and downs, both emotionally and intellectually.
Intellectually, anarchism can liberate you and change your whole world view. Anarchism has been a fascinating epiphany, a revelation. I hope others have experienced the same thing, because it feels really good. Emotionally, it’s a double edged sword. If I wanted to, I could easily say that I don’t like something about anything most people take as a norm, which I often find myself doing whilst in a bad mood. Casual passing comments made by friends can become a depressing reminder of the effectiveness of the brainwashing coming from the state. The media, perhaps the state’s favorite puppet, is everywhere, so it can be a constant and relentless source of torment. It becomes difficult to separate people from their politics, beliefs that they often don’t know they even have. Having such a fundamental disagreement in principal with what is now the norm of the whole world can give the impression that I am always depressed and hate everything. But at the best of times, I can be so passionate about how good things could be I can’t begin to explain it. So over all, my experiences coming from the outside in haven’t been perfect, but what is?

Does anyone know how people are credited in Freedom. The editor didn't ask me and I didn't sign it or anything. Is it by full name, email address, or is it anonymous ?

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Sep 18 2011 23:04

I would e-mail the editor back saying what name you would like it to be credited to

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Sep 19 2011 18:54

as someone who is also pretty new to anarchism i can definitely relate to a lot of this. i'm sure i'm not the only one either. i think this sort of article could be useful to a lot of people

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Sep 19 2011 21:08

Croydonian, I'm not gonna lie, but I'm really confused as to the anarchist content of Zeitgeist?

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Sep 20 2011 01:10
Chilli Sauce wrote:
Croydonian, I'm not gonna lie, but I'm really confused as to the anarchist content of Zeitgeist?

tbf zeitegeist has a lot of anti-capitalist content eg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mkRFCtl2MI&feature=player_embedded#!
http://vimeo.com/10707453
both of which are quite well argued in parts, specially the second one imho

problem is of course that as part of a conspiracy theory millieu they approach the world solely in terms of revealing its flaws by showing films, rather than proposing action or dealing with material reality/struggles.
That said,you know i think its a severe weakness of anarchism that we don't make enough effort into actually putting forward our critique of capitalism as a whole or any vision of a better society.

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Sep 20 2011 16:10

Perhaps it's a criticism of anarchism that we do need much better visual propaganda (esp in terms of film), but it's a strength of anarchism that we focus on the practical, relate to people materially, and then use the space opened by struggle to discuss things like class society and a post-capitalist future.

That's how we create dedicated militants and anarchists, not politicos and crimethincers.

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Sep 20 2011 19:46

Is there any plans or future in a libertarian socialist video to be distributed for free or is there a smug answer to be given on why this is irrelevant/counter-prodcutive?

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Sep 20 2011 20:06

Yes, the reason why I like zeitgeist as is because at least its anti capitalist content is a useful starting point for people because it explains it very clearly, no political jargon etc

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Sep 20 2011 21:04
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Is there any plans or future in a libertarian socialist video to be distributed for free or is there a smug answer to be given on why this is irrelevant/counter-prodcutive?
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Its not free but its something. This actually looks quite good really, the fact that they interviewed a couple of primitivists is annoying but the majority of people they interviewed seem to be class struggle.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Anarchism-A-Documentary/113880171992624?sk=wall