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This is a short introductory pamphlet designed to clear up common misunderstandings and to provide basic information on anarchism in a clear, easily understandable manner. It's a revised and expanded version of a portion of the introduction to Cuban Anarchism: The History of a Movement.

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Anarchism: What It Is & What It Isn't <p>There are many popular misconceptions about anarchism, and because of them a great many people dismiss anarchists and anarchism out of hand.</p> <p>Misconceptions abound in the mass media, where the term "anarchy" is commonly used as a synonym for "chaos," and where terrorists, no matter what their political beliefs or affiliations, are often referred to as "anarchists." As well, when anarchism is mentioned, it's invariably presented as merely a particularly mindless form of youthful rebellion. These misconceptions are, of course, also widespread in the general public, which by and large allows the mass media to do what passes for its thinking.</p> <p>The identification of anarchism with chaos, mindless rebellion, absurdities (such as primitivism), and antisocial attitudes and behaviors (such as amoral egotism) has three primary undesirable effects: 1) it allows people to easily dismiss anarchism and anarchists; 2) it makes it much more difficult to explain anarchism to them, because they already think that they know what it is and have rejected it; and 3) it attracts a fair number of what Fabbri calls "empty headed and frivolous types," and occasionally outright sociopaths, whose words and actions tend to further discredit anarchism. So, if we're ever to get anywhere, we need to make plain what anarchism is and what it isn't.</p> <p class="description_box"><span class="x-archive-meta-description"><strong>Author:</strong> Chaz Bufe<br /><strong>Language:</strong> English<br /><strong>Format:</strong> Pamphlet<br /><strong>Pages:</strong> 12<br /><strong>Released:</strong> 2003<br /><strong>Publisher:</strong> See Sharp Press<br /><strong>Dimensions:</strong> 148 mm × 210 mm<br /><strong>Weight:</strong> 24 g</span></p>
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There are many popular misconceptions about anarchism, and because of them a great many people dismiss anarchists and anarchism out of hand.

Misconceptions abound in the mass media, where the term "anarchy" is commonly used as a synonym for "chaos," and where terrorists, no matter what their political beliefs or affiliations, are often referred to as "anarchists." As well, when anarchism is mentioned, it's invariably presented as merely a particularly mindless form of youthful rebellion. These misconceptions are, of course, also widespread in the general public, which by and large allows the mass media to do what passes for its thinking.

The identification of anarchism with chaos, mindless rebellion, absurdities (such as primitivism), and antisocial attitudes and behaviors (such as amoral egotism) has three primary undesirable effects: 1) it allows people to easily dismiss anarchism and anarchists; 2) it makes it much more difficult to explain anarchism to them, because they already think that they know what it is and have rejected it; and 3) it attracts a fair number of what Fabbri calls "empty headed and frivolous types," and occasionally outright sociopaths, whose words and actions tend to further discredit anarchism. So, if we're ever to get anywhere, we need to make plain what anarchism is and what it isn't.

Author: Chaz Bufe
Language: English
Format: Pamphlet
Pages: 12
Released: 2003
Publisher: See Sharp Press
Dimensions: 148 mm × 210 mm
Weight: 24 g

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Anarchism: What It Is & What It Isn't

Anarchism: What It Is & What It Isn't

This is a short introductory pamphlet designed to clear up common misunderstandings and to provide basic information on anarchism in a clear, easily understandable manner. It's a revised and expanded version of a portion of the introduction to Cuban Anarchism: The History of a Movement.

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