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How prominent were anarchists in the global uprisings from Arab Spring on?

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I'm writing a book about global youth activism and need to include more about the impact of anarchist philosophy and activists. I have a draft if you'd like to critique it. Thanks, Gayle Kimball
Here's what I have so far:
The philosophy of anarchism developed during the French Revolution two hundred years ago, with many different branches. The Greek root an-arkhos means without a leader. Activist writer David Graeber explained that the easiest way to explain anarchism it to say, “It is a political movement that aims to bring about a genuinely free society” without the threat of violence by police, prisons, and armies.  Anarchists played an influential role in Spain, especially before Francisco Franco’s victory in the Spanish Civil War of 1936 to 1939 when farms and factors were collectivized, and then were active in the trade union movement. When Franco took power, he assassinated thousands of anarchists. In the US, revolutionary anarchism surfaced between 1875 and 1914 as with radicals like Emma Goldman, until Bolshevik success in the Russian Revolution silenced anarchism in Russia and communism became the dominant revolutionary ideology in the US.

Anarchism resurfaced in the global justice movement after 1989 and the fall of the USSR. The anti-globalization movement adopted direct democracy methods of decision-making and direct action in defiance of unjust laws such as Gandhi breaking British law to make salt. Consensus decision-making had its roots in Quaker meetings and Second Wave feminism. The Internet hacker group Anonymous does anarchist direct actions as described on their Facebook page.  The editors of Occupy Everything explain “We write anonymously because we are conspiring to take apart everything in this world.” Graeber pointed out the anarchist principles of direct democracy, direct action and creating alternative institutions influenced the US civil rights movement, the anti-nuclear-movement and the global justice movement. The difference is none of these movements grew as quickly as the 2011 Occupy encampments.

Anarchistic goals influenced global uprisings in their anti-state government stance, a reluctance to make demands for changes that would imply recognition of the legitimacy of governments controlled by the 1%. A statement by the General Assembly at Occupy Wall Street explained, “Occupy Wall Street is a people’s movement. It is party-less, leaderless, by the people and for the people.”   With similar goals to Marxist belief that the state must wither away as a tool of capitalist control, the difference is Marxists believe they need to take over the state and then transform society. Anarchists don’t want to be associated with national governments and believe they should practice the democratic new society now as in communes, co-ops, free school and worker-controlled factories “in the shell of the old.” Hence, all the Occupy movements quickly self-organize free services including kitchens, libraries, clinics, and childcare.
asked Dec 20, 2013 by anonymous
edited Dec 20, 2013
Not really sure what you're looking for. Your history is inaccurate, your double reference to Graeber is two too many, and your invocation of democracy is liberal. Do you want help correcting your assumptions, do you want suggestions on how to reach different conclusions, do you want coaching with your writing?

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Im guessing not many anarchists in the Arab Spring color revolutions, likely these were CIA/Mossad backed uprisings under false pretenses.  Anarchists may have been manipulated and utilized, but look at where those countries are at now.

this activity is meant to foment a large swath of Islamic fundamentalist gvts in the Middle East and Saharan Africa to create an enemy for the western Wehrmacht to fight against in perpetuity in order to form a police state in North America and the European Union.

Id like to believe it was people throwing off shackles, but likely not...... :(
Anthony Wile goes into detail about this theory
answered Dec 3, 2014 by DiogenesDog (130 points)
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