Ed Cone links to a really well written article in the NYT by Liz Seymour called Inviting Anarchy Into My Home. It’s about her experience growing an intentional community run with consensus – aka anarchist collective – in Greensboro, NC. Itâ€™s such a beautiful story.
I hope it will help people learn about these lifestyles and have respect for them. So much fear and ignorance abounds. Even the most progressive democrats I know are terrified by the ideas behind Anarchism. It isn’t just made up of the violent, no rules, black hooded, molotov cocktail throwing crowd.
Fear of Anarchism is truly perpetuated by governments. Mainly because some Anarchists suggest that governments arenâ€™t necessary. Some are against ANY government and some are against national governments only.
One of my favorite parts is:
After Isabell came home from college an anarchist herself, I began to put aside my preconceptions about these people â€” as disorderly, violent and destructive â€” and to see them as a community dedicated to replacing hierarchy with consensus and cooperation. (Isabell once described them as Quakers who swear a lot.) Over time I found myself drawn to their hopeful view that people know best what is best for them and to their determination, naÃ¯ve or not, to build a better world right away. Anarchism, at least as practiced here, seemed to be more about building community gardens and making your own fun than about black bandannas and confrontations with the riot police (although it was about those things, too).
If you want the facts about Anarchism I recommend you read An Anarchist FAQ Webpage. But the only way to really understand is by getting to know people with an open heart.