What is Anarchism?
Part 0. Introduction
Obedience is the evil from which all other evils follow. –unknown
If you are reading this, you are probably curious as to what it is that people who call themselves “anarchists” think. The goal of this pamphlet is not necessarily to turn you into “an anarchist”. It is to show you how similar the social philosophy known as “anarchism” may very well be to some of your own views, whether you think of yourself as a liberal, a conservative, a progressive, a moderate, a libertarian, or something else. Anarchism is historically considered to be on the far left of the political spectrum, but we’re not interested in dividing people based on political views. We sympathize with all who want freedom and control over their own lives. Don’t let the word “anarchy” drive you away – the ideas that anarchism represents are so terrifying to those with power that they have gone to great lengths to define “anarchy” as chaos, disorder, violence – the opposite of what it really means. Whatever words we use – “radicalism”, “participatory society”, “libertarian socialism”, “direct democracy” – the ideas are what matter.