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:
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:
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.
I also added some links at the bottom if you want to check them out, too.