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Dec 3 2012 18:21
Articles on Anarchism in the mainstream media

Every week or so, I usually do a quick google news search for articles that mention or are about Anarchism or Anarchists. I though it might be useful to keep a list here and update it with a new comment every week.

26 Nov 2012
Graduate student Mona Luxion writes in the student newspaper of McGill University, Montreal about her political experiences and ideological development which has led her to hold a very sympathetic view towards Anarchism.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/bvdo8dp

28 Nov 2012
Kayla Goggans, in a student newspaper of a NYC university, writes about a freeshop run by Anarchists in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Usual overuse of the word 'anarchy' by both reporter and interviewees but a relatively sympathetic piece.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/c6z89v9

28 Nov 2012
Arun Gupta, founding editor of the Occupy Wall Street Journal, writes in The Guardian about the recent case of three "anarchists" involved with the Occupy Cleveland movement to prison terms ranging from 8 to 11.5 years for attempting to bomb a highway bridge last spring. It is has transpired that a paid FBI informant with a 20-year criminal record, facilitated every step in the plot.
Link: http://preview.tinyurl.com/d9jfv5y

29 Nov 2012
Leftie Michael Kazin writes in the long running arty magazine The New Republic that Catholic bishops in the United States recently unanimously endorsed a female anarchist, Dorothy Day (1897 - 1980), for sainthood.
Link: http://tinyurl.com/cmnly4a

30 Nov 2012
Eloise Horsfield, non political reporter originally from London, writes for an English daily news website about 100 years of Spanish Anarchism. Unfortunately she uses her marker as shooting of the the prime minister of Spain in 1912 by an Anarchist. Obviously more sexy than the founding of the CNT which was 102 years ago. It's a very basic article but relatively balanced. She mentions at the end that "Anarchist ideas are still extremely popular in some parts of Spain".
Link: http://tinyurl.com/cxa7pw7

2 Dec 2012
Tom Hodgkinson blogs in The Independent about politics, employment and wage slavery. Muses moronically "if anarchists are serious in their condemnation of wage slavery, then instead of whingeing and moaning when giant firms lay off 1,000 workers, they should be rejoicing that 1,000 people have been released from servitude."
Link: http://tinyurl.com/cy44tkn

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Dec 3 2012 19:31

Don't know if this would count, but it's a delightful misuse of the term.

http://theater.nytimes.com/2012/12/03/theater/reviews/david-mamets-anarc...

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Dec 3 2012 23:39

Nice idea, its something I do too, but mostly find myself getting seriously pissed off. Will post things up when I find them

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Dec 3 2012 23:46

And that Tom Hodgkinson one really fucked me off. I don't mind real criticism of my political philosophy, but all mainstream arguments seem to just say stupid shit like "how can anarchists be against state-funding cuts?" It is just pathetic and they have no grasp of an anarchists morals.

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Dec 3 2012 23:57
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2 Dec 2012
Tom Hodgkinson blogs in The Independent about politics, employment and wage slavery. Muses moronically "if anarchists are serious in their condemnation of wage slavery, then instead of whingeing and moaning when giant firms lay off 1,000 workers, they should be rejoicing that 1,000 people have been released from servitude."
Link: http://tinyurl.com/cy44tkn

WTF? That's the shittest thing I've ever read.

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Dec 5 2012 11:21

Hi,

To reduce time and energy - why not ask the admins to create an RSS aggregation of a google alert on the words "anarchism" and "anarchist". That way you don't have to keep updating it. The aggregate doesn't take up my service space or bandwidth and the link doesn't have to be made public/take up valuable website visual space.

Alternatively, if you want to be really smart, you can create a free drupal open source smarty pants news aggregator with http://managingnews.com/ and do all sorts of fun things.

I set this up for you on my server if you really want.

Hap' Chaos

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Dec 5 2012 11:45

Hi,

Thanks for the comment!

I think it might actually be worth doing it manually. Out of the 15+ of news articles with "anarchism" and "anarchist", only about five or six were interesting or relevant.

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Dec 18 2012 09:19

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/05/books/james-c-scott-farmer-and-scholar...

Couple of weeks old, but as someone who studies anthropology in south-east Asia I enjoyed reading this. Might not agree with him all that much, but was still worth a read

http://boingboing.net/2012/12/14/police-want-anarchists-to-remo.html

This made me smile!

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Dec 26 2012 12:08

25 Dec 2012

Anarchists Steal George Monbiot's Coat, Subject Him To Stories About Their Stupid Pets
Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/26/my-inner-anarchist-l...

Edit: Ok on second look he only insinuates that they had an anarchist character (story doesn't really pan out if they were labor/tories types) but 'anarchist beliefs' were lost nonetheless.

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Dec 26 2012 17:49
teh wrote:
25 Dec 2012

Anarchists Steal George Monbiot's Coat, Subject Him To Stories About Their Stupid Pets
Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/26/my-inner-anarchist-l...

Edit: Ok on second look he only insinuates that they had an anarchist character (story doesn't really pan out if they were labor/tories types) but 'anarchist beliefs' were lost nonetheless.

Isn't he saying that it was his own (ie Monbiots) "anarchist" beliefs that were challenged by these guys being mean to him this one time, rather than that the people being mean were anarchists?

What a stupid, worthless article.

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Dec 26 2012 19:55

^

What 'anarchist' beliefs of Monbiots were these, that idiots don't exist? Reagan said something along the lines of 'conservatives see individuals, liberals see demographics'...

His article ignores the police violence at the beginning and then goes THEM PIKIES 'EY!!

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Dec 26 2012 21:21

George Monbiot took a massive boxing day shit and decided to post it on the internet. Yeh, god help two poor people may not want to kiss your feet, George. God help that two poor people may not think that they owe society much. God help that class may play a part in shaping the personality and world outlook of some people.

Why can't everyone just be from Kensington eh?

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Dec 27 2012 14:40

In fairness there's a bit of a difference between not kissing his feet and wandering around robbing people, I'm all for telling liberals to go fuck themselves once in a while but if the description's right they were clearly out of order. What's wrong with it is Monbiot conflating being unable to handle confrontation and being an anarchist.

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Dec 27 2012 16:16

Nobody is saying that the guy's doing the stealing were not in the wrong and that being angry at them isn't an entirely understandable reaction, it's just that Monbiot has written rubbish about 'human nature' before and seems incapable of understanding the cultural reasons for a lot of the antisocial violence perpetrated by the poorer members of society, which is very weird for someone who claims to be on the left.

What is the point of the article anyway? I know he's innocently claiming that it was just a funny little story that he thought he would relay, but it's not hard to see the overriding narrative of 'the dirty gypsies were nasty and we were shocked' which is embarrassing, champagne socialist rich-kid shite that isn't funny or informative, and allows the usual suspects to have a nice anti-traveler rant.

That's what rankles with me the most: the seeming surprise that the travelers were not friendly and happy that these nice Surrey rich kids were trying to help. It's embarrassing. All the article showed me was what a pretentious cunt Monbiot is, something that I didn't need confirmed anymore but was just further rubber-stamped.

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Dec 30 2012 08:38
Uncreative wrote:
teh wrote:
25 Dec 2012

Anarchists Steal George Monbiot's Coat, Subject Him To Stories About Their Stupid Pets
Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/26/my-inner-anarchist-l...

Edit: Ok on second look he only insinuates that they had an anarchist character (story doesn't really pan out if they were labor/tories types) but 'anarchist beliefs' were lost nonetheless.

Isn't he saying that it was his own (ie Monbiots) "anarchist" beliefs that were challenged by these guys being mean to him this one time, rather than that the people being mean were anarchists?

Yes however he frames the story such as the robbers embody and personify the essence of the lower classes and their particular chaotic unruliness - which is why he includes the remark made by one of them about "pigs." The conclusion of the story wouldn't really work if it took place at a fancy dress party where two wasted yuppies tried to steal his coat and ended up getting arrested for unrelated reasons- leading him to say, "As they were led away, my anarchist beliefs battled my bourgeois instincts, and lost. "

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Dec 30 2012 12:05

I guess this qualifies:

NRA leaders are old fashioned anarchists

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Dec 31 2012 17:12

RR, I can't even bring myself to open the link....

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Feb 3 2013 16:43

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/02/201322103219816676.html

Actually a really awesome article for mainstream news on anarchists. Little bit for metalheads too, of which I wholly approve

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Mar 4 2013 17:33

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/381436/No-borders-anarchists-aid-migran...

tries to put us in a bad light, but it just makes me proud of our movement