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Why do anarchists call each other comrade?

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I thought it meant friend or something of that nature? Am I correct on this? What are some different thoughts?
asked Jan 27, 2013 by AngryCunt (1,220 points)
Homie is the new comrade

4 Answers

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Like the word Communism, Comrade is often considered tainted because of its expropriation by Marxists (especially of the Stalinist variety).

Because of the relative size of the anarchist movement in Spain and the relative success of the Spanish revolution, however, many anarchists who are fans of history will refer to each other as "companero/a" (can't make a tilde on my computer, but there should be one over the 'n'). In Spain (and Portugal, as well as their respective colonies in the Western Hemisphere), the term has always been used by anarchists.
answered Jan 28, 2013 by lawrence (550 points)
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Irony.

At least in the company i keep.
answered Feb 5, 2013 by enkidu (6,110 points)
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They’re Italian. Italians literally use it to mean “amigo”, so you were correct.
answered Mar 8, 2013 by frenzy (720 points)
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To me, it merely depends on the context and who you are talking to.

In France, most anarchists and anti-autoritarians call eath other "comrades".

Some, especially individualists in and out of organisations, but also some autonomous and insurrectionnary anarchists prefere the word "companions" or "compa(s)", as a specific anarchist term.

I heard that italian anarchists, like some french ones often use the word "friends", or even "buddies" ("les copains" in french).

There is also a big joke here that says :

Do you know the difference between a friend and a comrade for anarchists ?
 When a friend do some crazy shit with you : it's not a friend anymore.
When a comrade do some crazy shit with you... Hey ! At least... It's still a comrade ! ;-)
answered Sep 8, 2014 by okapy (2,120 points)
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