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After a frustrating "discussion" about anarchism and non-violence on an anarchist Myspace group, (essentially, most people resorted to calling me "naiive" and a "fucking hippe" instead of trying to responding to my strongest points) I decided to start a "Peaceful Anarchism" group. Here's the link if you're interested:

Peaceful Anarchism

I just started it, so no one has joined yet, but I'm trying to get some rational discourse on the subject. Here's the blub I wrote to introduce the group:

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As self-proclaimed radicals, there seems to be an awful lack to radical thought among anarchists. Resorting to violence is not a radical idea. Violence and the threat of violence are tools of authoritarian power structures. If we, as anarchists, want to rid the world of all kinds of oppression, the last thing we should do is engage in violent action. By using violence we are buying in to that mode of thought and creating an "us" and "them" mentality which creates only more fear and hate, which spawns more oppression, not to mention starts a cycle of perpetual revenge. How does that make us any better than all the wackos in the world?

What anarchism needs is a revitalizing push away from the pre-conceived notion held by many that all anarchist want is destruction and chaos. Many people may feel they want the type of freedom that anarchism could bring, but are morally and ethically against violence. The more inclusive we are as a movement, the more power we gain.

But, we are not simply misguided hippies who think that all we need is a Beatles song and a drum circle to change the world. True anarchism cannot happen over night. We need flowers and peace signs about as much as we need Molotov cocktails and pipe-bombs. What we do need is a social revolution before a political revolution is possible; educate people away from destructive cycles like consumerism, the illusion of the political process, and retribution. We need people who are willing to make sacrifices, not by hurling bombs, but by flooding the streets with our numbers in large scale strikes, shouting from rooftops that authoritarianism will not be tolerated, hijacking the economy by producing our own goods The list can go on.

This group is for discussion of Anarchist theories and methods to bring about true, radical change, over time; not a superficial revolution that could topple at any moment. These discussions should be centered on the idea that all people, underneath all the muck and mire of civilization and societal programming, are generally good and as such deserve proper respect from others words and actions.

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I also added some links at the bottom if you want to check them out, too.
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From:super_weasel
Date:September 26th, 2006 02:18 am (UTC)
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Hey dude, wonderful idea, but I'm getting an error message when I follow the link...

Zach.
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From:ichzitterenicht
Date:September 26th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
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Hey Zach,

Yeah, I recently deleted my myspace account. No one had joined the group, and myspace is too... well, myspacey. I didn't really use my account anyway. I was thinking of making a livejournal group for the non-violent anarchism stuff; or maybe something else. I'm not sure. Any ideas?
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From:super_weasel
Date:September 27th, 2006 02:38 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I hear you on MySpace. LJ (or even Facebook) all the way.

I've been thinking about starting some kind of group for spiritual/religious anarchism – something that is not about Christian anarchism specifically (many Christian anarchists are pretty theologically conservative I find, which is fine but it's not what I'm interested in), and probably welcoming of atheist and other nontheist interpretations of religion/spirituality. I was thinking of maybe working on some kind of manifesto to kick it off (which would be posted in lj_anarchists and elsewhere, and create all kinds of flaming of course).

I know that's not exactly the same as what you're suggesting, but I think it's the same general direction, no?
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From:ichzitterenicht
Date:September 27th, 2006 03:05 pm (UTC)
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Definitely the same direction. I'm not a nontheist, but neither am I a Christian. I'd love to help you write it, or in any other way you need/ want. Just let me know.
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From:super_weasel
Date:October 3rd, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
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Awesome.

What do you think for a name? The 15-character limit restricts our choices a lot – anarchospiritual, anarchistspiritual(ity), radicalspiritual(ity), etc. are all too long. I just snagged anarkospiritual, which looks funny at first, but the k is used elsewhere in the anarch. scene (e.g. anarkismo.net), so I think it wouldn't be too strange.

I've been thinking, and I think a 'manifesto' might actually be premature, since as of now there isn't much of a 'movement' that is 'manifesting' itself. Just something explaining where we're coming from for the userinfo would probably be fine. I'm working on something right now...
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From:ichzitterenicht
Date:October 3rd, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
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I like anarkospiritual, but what about radicalspirit? Maybe that sounds too much like Christian jargon...

Yeah, I think a manifesto would seem set in stone. Maybe we could call it "statement of purpose" or something similar that would be sort of open-ended, and up for discussion if the need arose.

Go ahead and post what you have here when you're ready, or you can email it to me at mdpeters@roanoke.edu
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From:super_weasel
Date:October 3rd, 2006 04:52 am (UTC)
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I think radicalspirit does sound a bit like Christian jargon... plus, anarkospiritual plays off a familiar (to anarchists) pattern, e.g. anarchafeminist, anarcho-communism, etc...

What do you think of this?:

http://community.livejournal.com/anarkospiritual/profile
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From:ichzitterenicht
Date:October 4th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
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It looks great! I'm really excited.
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