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(en) Britain, Anarchist Federation - Hereford: The black apple #3 - ANARCHISM IS...

Date Thu, 26 Jul 2007 16:13:22 +0300


Anarchism aims to create a society without hierarchical authority. --- That means no divisions between rulers and ruled, workers and bosses, leaders and followers, order givers and order takers. It means decisions are made directly by those affected by them, not by authorities. ---- Anarchists seek freedom for all. ---- Everyone should be free to determine their own destinies, limited only be the equal freedom of others. This freedom should be a real, actual possibility, not an abstract right. ---- Anarchists are opposed to patriarchy and to racism. ---- A free society will not exist while women face fear, discrimination and dependence on men. Neither will it exist where people are judged because of the colour of their skin. Discrimination treats people as representatives of a stereotyped group, rather than free, unique individuals.

Anarchists are not opposed to organisation.
Anarchy is about organisation. It is about
voluntary co-operation between equals.
We are opposed, however, to organisations
based on authority and hierarchy.

Anarchists believe in the necessity of
`direct democracy'. Rather than taking the
management of their own affairs away
from people and putting it in the hands
of others, anarchists favour organisations
which minimise authority, keeping power
in the hands of those who are affected by
any decisions reached. Instead of electing
politicians to rule us, we can make our
own decisions through face-to-face
neighbourhood and workplace assemblies
and voluntary confederations.

Anarchists seek the destruction of the State.
The State centralises decision making
power into the hands of a few, giving
them the power to use violence to enforce
their will. It separates society into rulers
and ruled, and robs us of the freedom to
control over their own lives. We will not be
free while the State exists.

Anarchists seek an end to private property
and state property. Of course, we
recognise everyone has a right to personal
possessions ­ we don't want to make our
toothbrushes common property! Private
property means the monopoly of wealth,
the right to prevent others using it, whether
you are using it or not. Property creates an
authoritarian relationship between those
who own the means of life, and those who
use them but do not own them. We think
that land should be managed by those
who occupy or cultivate it. Houses should
be managed by those who live in them,
without having to grovel to landlords or
local governments. Workplaces should be
managed by those who work there, under
the guidance of the wider community. In
short, "property" should be controlled by
those who use it or are affected by its use.
No one should "own" (i.e. control) land,
housing and productive tools that they
are not personally using ­ whether they
are "private individuals" or government
officials.

Anarchists are socialists. But we are
libertarian socialists. For us, socialism
means management of production by the
workers themselves, not owners, bosses
or government bureaucrats. Workplaces
should not be controlled by private
owners or by the state, but by those who
do the work and by those people that are
effected by the work. We should manage
our workplaces without bosses, through
workers councils - face-to-face meetings
of the whole workforce in every factory,
office or farm. These would collectively
make all "management" decisions on a
basis of one-worker-one-vote.

Anarchists take action in the here and now.
We don't vote; we organise! We have as
much freedom as we are willing to take.
Only by taking direct action to change the
world can a libertarian society be achieved.
Anarchists are busy organising in their
workplaces and communities, spreading
our ideas and leading by example. We
work to create the facts of the future,
today, planting libertarian institutions like
seeds within our authoritarian society.

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