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(en) US, Athens, Ohio, Media, NAAC, 200 Anarchists Meet at Ohio University

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Date Sun, 15 Aug 2004 08:59:14 +0200 (CEST)

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About 200 anarchists from around the nation are gathering to talk
about ways to distance themselves from government. The site of the
meeting, a government-funded university -- doesn't seem to bother them.
Organizer Nathan Ebert said he sees no contradiction in the
group meeting at Ohio University in southeast Ohio. "It's a
government-funded university, but I think educational institutions
should be used for conferences of this sort and promote these ideas,"
Ebert said. The three-day conference started Friday and will include
workshops with such titles as work is a dictatorship, pirate
radio for beginners, and compassionate anarchy.

Anarchists believe everyday people should be directly
involved in making decisions through group consensus about
their communities instead of leaving that up to elected
lawmakers and corporate executives.

Herb Asher, political science professor at Ohio State
University, said he sees "a little bit of irony" in the
location of the conference, but points out that the group
has to meet somewhere.

Richard Vedder, an Ohio University economics professor, said
he is proud the school in Athens is hosting the event.

"I chuckled when I heard about this," Vedder said. "I said
as long as they don't blow up the town, it's probably a cool

Anarchists have drawn attention in recent years as key
participants in sometimes violent protests at meetings of
international groups such as the World Trade Organization
and World Economic Forum.

Robert Adams, assistant professor of political science at
Wright State University, said anarchists holding a
conference seems to be somewhat of a contradiction since
anarchists are known as individualistic free-thinkers
opposed to rules and authority that an organized event suggests.

"You can joke about it," Adams said. "I'm sure they see the
irony in it, too."

On their Web site, event organizers acknowledge that Athens
residents may have concerns about anarchists rolling into
their town. Registrants are warned not to shoplift,
spray-paint graffiti or do anything illegal.

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