Posted 5 years ago on May 5, 2012, 4:06 p.m. EST by richardkentgates
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There seems to be a lot of people that relate to this topic much the same way they relate themselves to society, by trend and superficial connections. It's sad that so many offer so little in the way of integrity but that's another issue all together. I do want to help you make it past the misconception of Anarchy brought on by the shallow thinkers of our day. I'll start with the general definition.
a : absence of government b : a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority c : a utopian society of individuals who enjoy complete freedom without government
a : absence or denial of any authority or established order b : absence of order : disorder <not manicured plots but a wild anarchy of nature — Israel Shenker>
As you can see, violence is not part of the definition. Violence may come as a result but human nature is all that's needed for violence, with or without anarchy. So now let extend our look into the concept of anarchism as applied to society and/or ideology
Anarchism as a social movement has regularly endured fluctuations in popularity. The central tendency of anarchism as a mass social movement has been represented by anarcho-communism and anarcho-syndicalism, with individualist anarchism being primarily a literary phenomenon which nevertheless did have an impact on the bigger currents and individualists also participated in large anarchist organizations. Most anarchists oppose all forms of aggression, supporting self-defense or non-violence (anarcho-pacifism), while others have supported the use of some coercive measures, including violent revolution and propaganda of the deed, on the path to an anarchist society.
Like it or not, if you listen to rock music, 90% of the influences in contemporary rock come from bands and groups with solid foundations in anarchism. such as the Dead Kennedys, Sex Pistols, and Napalm Death. There are a lot more but I'm sure you get the point.
Trendy ass-hats misuse the anarchist label to describe themselves because they falsely believe this justifies being mean or violent to everyone they come across and of course, it sounds "cool". I was stalked on this forum for 3 months and even had a wiki page dedicated to slandering me by such a trendy ass-hat. The aggressor did so because I took my time before deciding to actually support Occupy, so by attempting pressure me into his way of thinking, he was proving that he did not understand the base concept of anarchy, Chaos. Chaos is the foundation for classic anarchy, while the popular misuse of the term prevents me from even considering calling myself an anarchist, I am a firm believer in Chaos and if you have ever seen the butterfly on my website and didn't connect the dots, shame on you :D I give props to Jart and here friend that went on Faux News. It takes more than most of you have, to go on international television and stand up for such an abused and misunderstood way of thinking.