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(en) Freedom 6321 Nov 2nd 2002 - What anarchism means to me

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 22 Nov 2002 04:37:34 -0500 (EST)


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Moved by the beautiful anarchist vision of a communal,
cooperative, peaceful society - a society in which men,
women and all ethnic peoples are treated equally, a society in
which decision-making would be communal, not by the
dictum of power-hungry, corrupt politicians - I became an
anarchist back in 1936.
Now, at the age of 84, I've had plenty of time to think about
the role anarchism has made in my life. The number of
anarchists is minuscule and 'the revolution' won't occur in my
lifetime. But I'm still convinced that our vision is the only
hope for the continuance of life on earth.
We must incorporate our concepts into our lives and try,
difficult as it may be, to live anarchic lifestyles. We must
continually advocate peaceful solutions to problems that arise.
We can't kill our way to a free society.
Don't be lured by the promise of wealth and power. Try to
make as few compromises with your ideals as possible. Work
towards cooperative work and living solutions, rather than
enslaved or compromised ones. Build alternative schools,
establish communal gardens in your neighbourhoods and
alternative distribution methods, rather than patronising the
supermarkets.
Enrich your lives with music, art and literature, hopefully
produced by fellow community members. Reach out to as
many fellow beings as possible with your thinking. If
anarchists speak only to anarchists, our visions of a
productive, pleasure-filled society will perish.
We have all been corrupted by this macho, prejudiced, money
and power-oriented society. All of its institutions - religious,
governmental, educational or social - perpetuate the existence
of a small group of the super-wealthy who control the world
today.
Develop an awareness of who and what you are. Resist
becoming pedantic and 'superior'. If you choose an anarchic
lifestyle, you will live a full life marked by loving, stimulating,
fulfilling relationships that all the money in the world can't
buy. In addition, you'll leave your anarchist visions alive in the
minds of generations to come.
David Koven


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