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Has there been much anarchist activity in China?

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asked Oct 10, 2011 by anonymous
Do you mean historically (late-19th/early 20th century through 1949) or more recently? Do you mean all over the country?

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both in the revolutionary period and in the current period, anarchism existed.

a lot of similarities are often pointed out between the chinese taoist tradition and anarchism as well, although rothbard in an incredible bout of ignorance said chinese 'submissiveness' was a result of taoism, and others point out that people often view current happenings in china  through a rubric of unchanging "chinese tradition" in a way that is false; taoism itself has evolved substantially over the centuries.

it's also important to remember that everywhere anarchism has spread, it's adapted its method to a lot of cultural conventions, therefore anarchism in east asia broadly does not line up 1-to-1 with the categorizations of anarchism in europe or the us, even if the underlying sentiments remain the same.

try these :

for a great overview of chinese anarchism during the revolutionary period, try :




for the pre-modern times,

this contains a table of contents from an anthology which contains some relatives or precusors or affinity lines of thoughts of chinese origin :


and this comparison of taoism and anarchism : http://www.toxicpop.co.uk/library/taoism.htm

for modern times :

from this broad review of asian

"In China, anarchism remains influential as an underground resistance movement. Particularly, a significant underground labour movement has developed in opposition to state repression, with one such orgainsation being Autonomous Beijing. They, along with others, were responsible for the short-lived uprising in Tianamen Square. By neccesity, little is known of their existence and membership, but the existence of a continuing run of strikes and acts of resistance show that they are far from crushed."

Autonomous Beijing is a real thing, underground, word is that they are involved in some of the thousands of labor strikes and protests in china yearly.
answered Nov 16, 2011 by ego (230 points)
edited Nov 17, 2011 by ego