The Media Distortion Of Anarchism

If you have being watching the mainstream news medias recent reports on the “occupy movement” you might have noticed the media describing the protesters as “anarchists”, and you would have noticed the description of Anarchism giving by the mainstream is as follows ” a political belief of no government, no rule of law and permanent chaos” , I am sorry but this is another case of pure ignorance from the established news media and it is also a planned propaganda campaign against anarchism by the power élite, because the élite classes fully understand that anarchism threatens their current monopoly over the power and financial institutions of America and the world in general.
Anarchism is not a philosophy of chaos, of no law and the rest of the slanders directed against anarchism, what anarchism is, is an umbrella term giving to a school of political thinking which advocates, personal liberty, workers ownership of the means of production, the abolishment of the wage slave system instead being replaced by a system of full profit of your labor, the dismantling of the current system of centralized government that dominates, manipulates and oppresses societies this would be replaced by a highly organized society of voluntary involvement in the running of communities and workplaces with power being controlled from the bottom up instead of from the top down that now exists in the capitalist  centralized states of most of the world.
Anarchists believe in full personal liberation and ownership of your body and mind, because it is believed that the only authority that is legitimate is your own authority and the rest are illegitimate. This believe results in the conviction and confidence among anarchists that people are smart enough to run their societies themselves without government involvement,

“I believe that all other political states are in fact variations or outgrowths of a basic state of anarchy; after all, when you mention the idea of anarchy to most people they will tell you what a bad idea it is because the biggest gang would just take over. Which is pretty much how I see contemporary society. We live in a badly developed anarchist situation in which the biggest gang has taken over and have declared that it is not an anarchist situation – that it is a capitalist or a communist situation. But I tend to believe that anarchy is the most natural form of politics for a human being to actually practice”Alan Moore

A focus of anarchist thinking is the ownership of the means of production, what we believe is that the current system of wage slavery(renting yourself to a boss) is inhumane, unequal, illegal and morally wrong, we believe that workers in factories, farms and on should take control of their workplaces out of the control of States and Corporations and instead run their workplaces In a workers council, and the profits of the company would be split equally among the employees, such cases exist throughout the world most famously during the Spanish revolution and now in South American Countries where many cases of workers taking control of their almost bankrupt companies and turning a profit exist. Anarchism calls for the end of using human beings as cogs in the capitalist machine where they earn less than half of what their work is worth while their capitalist boss becomes a millionaire of the back of their hard labor .

” Well, I think that what used to be called, centuries ago, “wage slavery” is intolerable. And I don’t think people ought to be forced to rent themselves to survive. I think that the economic institutions ought to be run democratically, by their participants, by the communities in which they exist, and so on; and I think basically through various kinds of free association”Noam Chomsky

There are many different kinds of anarchism there is individualists like egoists or anarcho-capitalist who advocate self governance and Independence of their lives at home, and in the case of anarcho-capitalists independence in a laissez-faire Market economy, then there is collectivist forms of anarchism such as anarcho-communism or anarcho-syndicalism who advocate the running of societies based on self-control of  communities and workplaces through such means as labour unions or community councils, collectivists especially syndicalist advocate full workers control and ownership of workplaces in a regulated fair economy.
Anarchists do not propose we abandon modernism and revert back to the stone age instead anarchists propose we move into the future in a fairer, more humane more democratic society where the populations are no longer used as pieces in a game of monopoly by the élite.

Another main principle of most anarchist fields of thought and a principle mostly ignored by the mainstreams description of Anarchism is the principle of pacifism, anarchism is opposed to wars and violence as the two are generally seen as a tool of the élite to dominate, manipulate, divide and control the population, instead anarchism advocates the transition to an anarchist society through a process of educating the population in their rights as workers, as humans, and in their power to bring about change, we believe that this process of peaceful enlightenment will one day bring about an anarchist society

The way things change is because lots of people are working all the time. They’re working in their communities, at their workplace, or wherever they happen to be, and they are building up the basis for popular movements which are going to make changes. That’s the way everything has ever happened in history, whether it was the end of slavery or the democratic revolution, anything you want, you name it, that’s the way it worked. You get a false picture of this from the history books. In the history books there’s a couple of leaders”– Noam Chomsky.

It is impossible to describe anarchism in such a short amount of time and such a short article, this is just a piece about the main aspects of anarchist thinking that I feel is either being ignored or distorted by the mainstream media and political élite.

Author- Darren M


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