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What are some of the movements withtin anarchy working toward anti-capatalist goals? How to join?

–5 votes
I suppose this question is best begun by asking... What is the type of action necessary to bring about the anarchical goal (as far as individual effort)
What organizations exist to aid in this effort?  Of course, this said action would have to be non violent....
asked Nov 18, 2012 by anonymous

1 Answer

+3 votes
There are lots of different projects working towards anarchist goals and some of them are non-violent, such as many activist-oriented initiatives (Food Not Bombs and eco-defense groups come to mind as a couple obvious examples). Beyond that sort of stuff, some anarchists choose to engage in tax resistance so as to remove their economic support for the state. Many live lives that attempot to minimize their involvement in "the system" (whatever that means to you). Others seek to organize and take control of their workplaces, create anarchist cooperative projects, and so on. There are actually several other questions on this site that ask about the same thing, look around for more details. You could also check out the CrimethInc book "Recipes for Disaster" for more ideas of actions and projects you could engage in. It isn't my favorite, but many people find it useful.

However, I down voted this question for a couple reasons. To begin with (and this might just be a typo, but based on the framing of the question, I doubt it) there is no "anarchist goal," but rather many anarchist goals, more goals than there are individual anarchists, I'd posit, so the answers you could get could be really really diverse.

I also wanted to problematize the assumption that said action would have to be non-violent. Why? I'm not saying it has to be violent, but it leads to several sticky questions that anarchist grapple with constantly: What is violence? Are we talking about violence towards people, property, or both? Whast about self defense? What if we view society as an assault on us, does that justify self defense? Why does creating a dualistic violence/non-violence dynamic matter? There is a lot written about this, and I am not one to tell you what to decide for yourself, but I would encourage you to explore all of this, and to not presume that non-violence is a given, ever (because our enemies certainly don't).

While I can offer up examples of things some people are doing, that is not prescriptive in that those projects might work in some contexts but not others (Many anarchists are critical of Food Not Bombs, activism in general, syndicalism, and so on). So it seems like figuring out what needs to happen where you are to further your anarchist goals is going to be important. Good luck!

edited because it sucks to have a typo in an answer when you say part of what you dispute in the question might be a typo.
answered Nov 18, 2012 by ingrate (20,520 points)
edited Nov 22, 2012 by ingrate