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(en) Pakistan, karachi, Media: Anarchists at frontline of Anti-Globalisation Movement

Date Sat, 08 Jan 2011 13:41:08 +0200


The T2F organised here on Thursday a discussion on anarchism entitled ‘No State, No Master’. Fahad Desmukh, a freelance journalist based in Karachi, led the discussion. Speaking on the occasion, Fahad said that the term anarchy is usually used in a pejorative sense, conjuring up images of bomb-throwing terrorists out to destroy everything. Anarchy is used to describe a scenario of total societal chaos but another aspect of this picture also exists, which is not discussed, he said. ---- Fahad said anarchism actually refers to a vibrant political tradition and philosophy, which saw the removal of social hierarchy and authority as being essential to the quest for social justice and freedom. ---- He discussed about the unjust authority of state, church, working class and patriotism. “The most well-known aspect of the anarchists’ agenda is the demand to abolish the state. Anarchy is also associated with the freedom and social justice.” Fahad said.

He said, “Though it is seen impossible, but the people should live without the bounding of state, borders and society.”

Anarchists have also been at the forefront of the movement to establish an eight-hour working day. They were also involved in the anti-Imperial Ghadar movement of pre-partition in India, and are the front line of the Anti-Globalisation Movement today.
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