Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Simply Anarchism.

Anarchists seek to build free and equal communities.
Hierarchical power structures are limiting of humanity and creativity, and the root cause of many social and health problems.
Anarchists seek to abolish all hierarchies – whether in unaccountable global corporations, in the state sector, or in our personal relationships.
Elections don’t give any real democracy, instead we seek direct local participation in decision-making and community stewardship of resources.
Economic growth only delivers wealth to those already wealthy; instead flexible cooperative working could increase leisure and bring economic security with better working conditions.
Rather than globilised production of worthless goods for profit, we would aim for environmentally-sustainable local production for real needs, bringing back good craftsmanship.
Anarchists take direct action – to highlight and prevent abuses and exploitation, and also to build non-hierarchical alternatives

What Might an Anarchist Society Look Like?

1 The world’s resources would be held in common and shared with all the diverse life on Earth.
2 People would manage their own lives, work and communities, and everyone would have a say in decision making through decentralised forms of organisation.
3 Relationships in all areas of life would be based on mutual respect and equality regardless of gender, skin colour, sexual orientation,disability, age, culture etc.
4 Work wouldn’t be boring and repetitive, but instead would be a means of voluntary self expression and fulfilment; unpopular or difficult jobs would be shared.
5 Education would be integrated into daily life to produce free individuals who think for ourselves.
6 Goods and services would be produced ecologically for human needs based on the principle “from each according to ability, to each according to need”.

Why Anarchism?

Freedom and Equality

Fundamentally, anarchism is the struggle for freedom. Freedom from rulers and corporations who dominate our lives and are destroying our earth. Freedom for workers, women, and all oppressed people in all parts of the world. We believe that this sort of freedom can only be achieved together with equality and a fair distribution of resources.

Individual and Collective

Anarchists believe in the inherent dignity and humanity of the individual. But this dignity and humanity can only be fully realised in a co-operative, egalitarian society. This is why we are in favour of working together collectively and being organised. It is incorrect to equate anarchism with individualism or chaos.


Anarchists understand that this truly free and equal society can only be achieved through revolution – meaning a complete transformation of society. This society cannot be ‘given’ to the people by politicians or bureaucrats. It must be built by people from below.

Change by Direct Action

Anarchism opposes the violence which is an integral part of capitalism and the state (this violence comes in many forms: war, patriarchy etc.). We believe that means shape ends – in other words, the way we struggle will shape the outcome of the struggle. This is also why we do not support the seizure of State power by authoritarian political parties. However, anarchists do believe in direct action – action taken by everyday people to address the power imbalance in present day society. This includes strikes, boycott’s, work-to-rule’s and occupations.

The Past

Both authoritarian communism (as in Russia, China etc.) and ‘labourism’ (ie. The labour parties of the world), have failed to solve our global crisis. We need a different path to a better world. Anarchism offers itself as a guide on that path.

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