THE INTELLECTUAL HERITAGE OF ANARCHISM

A Presentation for Multicultural Communications, Steven Johns by Mac Crary TCC 3-2018

ADJECTIVE:  ANARCHISTIC ~ to be outside the boundaries of established rules, unruly.

Examples:

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BUTOH DANCE

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PUNK ROCK

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Result:  Tends to be vaguely associated with disruption, violent crime, and undesirable elements like Skinheads (racist punks)

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HOW DOES THAT HAPPEN AND WHY?

BECAUSE LIBERATION IS HOUNDED BY OPPRESSION FROM THE STATE

POLITICS:  ANARCHIST ~ a declared enemy of the state.

 

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HISTORY TIME

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MICHAEL BAKUNIN WAS THE FOUNDER OF THE ANARCHISM MOVEMENT BASED ON THE PHILOSOPHICAL IDEA OF PETER KROPOTKIN STATING THAT ANARCHY IS A THEORY OF LIFE IN WHICH SOCIETY FUNCTIONS MORALLY, SAFELY AND FREELY WITHOUT THE NEED FOR GOVERNMENT OR OBEDIENCE TO AUTHORITY.

         DURING THE 30’S, A TIME WHEN EUGENICS HAD BEGUN INFLUENCING GOVERNMENTS TO BEGIN A PROCESS OF STERILIZATION AND RACIAL PURIFICATION THAT EVENTUALLY BECAME THE THIRD REICH, ANARCHISTS WERE STRUGGING AGAINST FASCISM IN SPAIN, ANARCHIST LABOR MOVEMENTS SUCH AS THE WOBBLIES WERE RESISTING CHILD LABOR, AND ANARCHISTS SUCH AS OSUGI SAKAE WERE WRITING AND PUBLISHING IN JAPAN.

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    ALTHOUGH OSUGI SAKAE WAS IN PRISON DURING THE FAMOUS TREASON TRIAL OF ANARCHISTS SUSPECTED OF PLOTTING TO BOMB STATE AUTHORITIES

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HE WAS MURDERED DURING THE CONFUSION OF THE KANTO EARTHQUAKE ALONG WITH HIS LOVER AND NEPHEW.  THERE WAS NO TRIAL AND NO MEANINGFUL EVIDENCE AGAINST THEM.

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THE METHOD OF THE GOVERNMENT IN ATTACKING NON-VIOLENT ANARCHISTS INVOLVES AD HOMINEM ATTACKS, WHICH MEANS GUILT BY ASSOCIATION IN THESE CASES.

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     POPULAR IN SEATTLE ANARCHISM HAS ALSO BEEN REPRESENTED IN JAPANESE POPULAR CULTURE; FOR EXAMPLE THE SUBEKAN DEKA SERIES; WHEN THE YOYO COPS ARE ORDERED TO ATTACK HARMLESS ANARCHIST STREET CHILDREN, WHO HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG, BY AUTHORITIES PLOTTING A RIGHT WING TAKE-OVER, THE YOYO COPS FACE A MORAL DILEMMA, FORCING THEM TO QUESTION THE LEGITIMACY OF AUTHORITARIAN HEGEMONY AND DEFEND THE STREET CHILDREN.

 

        In its simplest terms Anarchism can be defined as a heterodoxy, meaning a social movement opposed to the status quo.  This leads to a questioning attitude and the ability to perceive things that would be ignored by a biased perspective.

      In conclusion, I believe that Anarchist Philosophy is useful in address of common and uncommon social problems and misunderstanding in the United States, many of which are due to intense changes in the new media in recent decades making access to unbiased, critical research investigation less common and restricted, leading to learning deficits affecting group morality.

        Independent media is commonly short on funds, unable to provide health insurance for their writers who labor without job security, nor Protection From Abuse, often without peer conscription.  Down and dirty investigations which in the old days of journalism were called the work of “Ink Devils” often get refused by papers, disowned by schools and subject to bullies and business office tyranny that was once kept out of the editorial and news rooms.

     FEAR OF THE STATE TRIGGERS PSYCHIATRIC BACKLASH, AND SEEKING THE TRUTH ABOUT DARK ISSUES OF OUR SOCIETY IS HARDER TO PURSUE DUE TO LOSS OF MORALE IN THE FREE PRESS.

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