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What is the best way for a person who is interested in anarchist ideas to learn more?

+10 votes
asked Mar 29, 2010 by anonymous
edited Apr 7, 2010 by dot

6 Answers

+6 votes
nothing replaces what you learn when you do things yourself, with your friends and family, and with the people around you.

but to do that with as much creativity and determination as possible, it can be helpful to get a variety of opinions and perspectives, by reading history and philosophy by other people who have also (tried to) live anarchist lives.
answered Mar 30, 2010 by dot (51,200 points)
As an individual it can sometimes be confusing on where to go with anti-authoritarian sentiment.  I've found that posters and graffiti are typically an anarchist mainstay despite differences in anarchist tendencies, so experiment with creative efforts here while one ponders on "what to do" could be an excellent learning exercise.  

It should be pointed out that many anarchist theorists have put time into posters like Wolfi Landstreicher, Bob Black, John Zerzan as well as anti-authoritarian pro-situationists like Bill Brown, Kevin Keating and Ken Knabb.  Historic groups like "Up Against the Wall Motherfucker" also put significant time into poster making.  It should be pointed out that just about all noted made posters for a short time and they blended their poster making with a variety of other approaches.
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I would begin with texts from www.TheAnarchistLibrary.org. I would start with some of the keywords with the most "hits". These are popular entry points for anarchist studies.
answered Mar 30, 2010 by Saint_Schmidt (2,230 points)
There are a ton of introductory texts at http://theanarchistlibrary.org/topics/introductory.html
To add to this, a discussion group or a bulletin board that uses these texts as talking points can be a great aid in understanding of anarchist ideas.
+2 votes
For me it has been important to live at the edges and make a practice of yanking away my comforts and addictions, however insignificant. One will be challenged with struggle and if they retain a base of self respect then struggles will lead to answers and these ideas will appear. Reading various texts, anarchist and often otherwise, will further your already burgeoning ideas.
answered Apr 1, 2010 by matt.the.prick (520 points)
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the anarchistnews comment section.
answered Jun 16, 2010 by victorhazzard (110 points)
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For ideas, I'd recommend starting with "Anarchy in Action" by Colin Ward.
answered Dec 17, 2010 by Tower of Babel (580 points)
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If I wanted to learn what I could acknowledge as the closest thing to the truth of my existence in the world, should I ask someone to simply tell me what I must believe?  
Who has such answers?  The Internet?  
What if I asked questions of myself?  Do my thoughts have weight?
What if I asked questions of others?  Can I find value in perspectives other than my own?
What if I listened when others asked questions of me?
What if, then, we acted on our conclusions?
Can I call myself an anarchist should I act on any compulsion other than affirmed, and only affirmed, belief, and without regard for structures that I cannot myself justify?
answered Apr 19, 2011 by blark (950 points)
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