About Anarchism

Anarchy-Curious?

Are you interested in learning more about the ideas of Anarchism, the kind of society that Anarchists would like to see, and how we hope to get from our current, State-dominated society in a free society without government? Did you recently get a pamphlet or handbill that piqued your interest about what Anarchism is and what Anarchists do? A-Cafe is a good place to meet local Anarchists to talk more about their views in an informal setting. The Las Vegas Alliance of the Libertarian Left also distributes a series of pamphlets and handbills, called Vegas Anarchy, which discuss anarchistic theory and practice in more detail. Here’s some of what they have to say on the subject:

What is Anarchy?

Anarchy means lawlesness. It does not mean riot or chaos. The government schools and the corporate media have taught you to believe that Anarchy means disorder because they need you to believe that order and peace can only exist where they are imposed by government laws and enforced by government police. The elite few who pull the strings in the government and in the corporate media need you to believe that social order requires social control. After all, they intend to do the controlling. They expect you to surrender your freedom to their authority. In exchange they promise you peace, protection, security, and order. But what they deliver is fear, war, police brutality, and humiliating security checkpoints. Their order means taking orders. Their protection is a prison.

In Anarchy there is another way. Instead of a coercive order imposed by government, we believe in consensual order. Instead of protection from brutal government cops, we look to individual and neighborhood self-defense. Instead of relief from indifferent government welfare bureaucracies, we look to fighting unions, worker solidarity and cooperative community-based mutual aid. Instead of order imposed by obedience to government laws, we look to voluntary contracts and agreements between free people negotiating as equals.

We oppose all government prohibitions, government taxes, government borders, government police, and government wars, because we are for peace, freedom, and social harmony. These can only exist between people who come to agreements as equals, not between people who are forced to obey out of fear. It is government law that produces violence, riot, and disorder. Only in Anarchy can there be true order, real peace, individual freedom and social harmony.

Why Anarchy?

Well, look around. Consider the alternative.

Think about the last time you were at the airport. Think about what it feels like to go through a government security checkpoint. The endless lines. The searches. The arbitrary orders about laptops and shoes and liquids and gels. Did the harassment and humiliation make you feel safer? Or did you feel something else?

Think about the feeling that you get in the pit of your stomach when you see a cop’s patrol car in your rear-view mirror. Do you feel safer when you see the government at work? Or do you feel something else?

Think about how you felt when you watched the video of police beating Rodney King.

Think about how you feel when you see a letter from the IRS in the mail. Think about how you feel every Spring as you slog through preparing and filing your taxes.

Think about the billions of dollars that are being spent, and the thousands of lives that are being lost, in an endless, hopeless, deadly, and fundamentally wrong war in Iraq.

Now, think about the fact that every one of these government programs is funded by tax dollars. That you are forced to financially support them, against your will, no matter how foolish or appalling you think they are.

Think about how that makes you feel.

Then, think about your favorite government program. It could be schools, NASA, Social Security, food stamps. Ask yourself, Would I be willing to give up that program – to give up those services or get them through voluntary grassroots neighborhood groups – if it meant I would never have to feel this way, or make anybody else feel this way, ever again?

Government is not constructive. It is not charitable. It is not peaceful. It is, always, an instrument of force. It is the employer of cops, of soldiers, of jailers, of hangmen. It operates through authority, fear, and violence. Whatever promises it makes, whatever services it claims to offer, what it delivers is misery, humiliation, and terror.

In Anarchy there is another way. Instead of a coercive order imposed by government, we believe in consensual order. Instead of protection from brutal government cops, we look to individual and neighborhood self-defense. Instead of relief from indifferent government welfare bureaucracies, we look to fighting unions, worker solidarity and cooperative community-based mutual aid. Instead of order imposed by obedience to government laws, we look to voluntary contracts and agreements between free people negotiating as equals.Only in Anarchy can there be true social harmony, individual freedom, and real peace.

If you are interested in learning more about these ideas, or meeting other people in Las Vegas who are working to make them a reality, join us at the Anarchist Cafe for discussion, networking, and strategizing.

¿Qué es la Anarquía?

(Traducción por Gloria M.)

Anarquía significa ausencia de gobierno. Esto no significa disturbio o caos. Las escuelas de gobierno y sus corporaciones te han enseñado ha creer que la ausencia de gobierno es lo mismo que el desorden, ya que ellos necesitan que creas que orden y paz pueden existir solamente donde estan impuestas por las leyes gubernamentales y reforzadas por la policia gubernamental. La escasa elite que manipula al gobierno y a sus aliados necesita hacerte creer que el orden social requiere control social. Después de todo, ellos intentan controlar. Ellos esperan que cedas tu libertad a su autoridad. A cambio, te prometen paz, protección, seguridad y orden. Pero lo que te dan es miedo, guerra, brutalidad policiaca y humillantes inspecciones de seguridad. Su orden significa tomar órdenes. Su protección es una prision.

En la Anarquía hay otro sendero. En lugar de un orden represor impuesto por el gobierno, nosotros creemos en un orden consensual. En lugar de protección de brutales capturas gubernativas, buscamos la autodefensa y la de vecindario.

En lugar de asistecia de las indiferentes burocracias beneficas, nosotros luchamos por las uniones, solidaridad laboral y comunidades de cooperacion basadas en la ayuda mutua. En lugar de orden impuesto por la obediencia a las leyes gubernamentales, luchamos por contratos voluntarios y acuerdos entre gente libre negociando como iguales.

Nos oponemos a todas las prohibiciones gubernamentales, impuestos gubernamentales, fronteras gubernamentales, policia gubernamental y guerras gubernamentales, porque estamos aqui por la paz, libertad y armonia social. Esto solo puedo existir entre gente que haga acuerdos como iguales, no entre gente que es forzada a obedecer por miedo. La ley gubernativa es la que produce violencia, disturbio y desorden.

Unicamente en la Anarquía puede haber verdadero orden, verdadera paz, libertad individual y armonia social.

Si te interesa aprendar mas acerca de estas ideas, o conocer otras personas en Las Vegas quienes trabajan en ellas para hacerlas realidad, asiste a Las Vegas Anarquist Café.

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    • I didn’t actually write this post, but personally I think that so long as it isn’t applied by force people can work out the economics amongst themselves. However, we can and do discuss politics pretty much every week and have had plenty of differing opinions.

    • I think if you have an introduction to Anarchism that calls out corporate media, and specifically proposes “voluntary grassroots neighborhood groups,” “fighting unions, worker solidarity, and co-operative community-based mutual aid,” and you manage to read through that introduction without seeing “a single mention of capitalism,” then it sounds likely that you’re spending more time looking for a particular set of theoretical-jargon buzzwords than you are trying to communicate or to understand the meaning of what you’re reading.

      Of course, if you think that any given brief introduction to anarchism would be better by adding the word “capitalism” explicitly to it, you’re welcome to rewrite these as you see fit, or to write your own, and show off the improved version.

  2. OK look I’m a budding anarchist for what its worth I’ve studied the anarchist cook book lol really powerful stuff, what I’m trying to say is u guys are taking anarchy ALL WRONG YES the government is oppressing the hell out of it’s people yes its wrong buy do I want to talk about it? No I wanna do something about it! People should not fear the government the government should fear it’s people! Fuck peace it will never happen the ppl need to stand together unite and fight for our rights as human beings we need a revolution to fix this broken world we live in! WHO is with me? Who AS AN ANARCHIST wants to live in a world without fear of police or unjustified cruelty of our government where the people govern themselves and we determine OUR OWN destiny and will do whatever it takes to obtain that goal whatever means necessary??? WHOS WITH ME?

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