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  1. One thing I find most regrettable about the modern anarchist movement is that anarchism has lost the fearsome image it had during the “propaganda by the deed,” Sacco and Vanzetti or Spanish Civil War periods. Now, it’s just a moronic youth subculture. I’ve never minded much that “normal” people might think of us as criminals or terrorists, but I don’t like the way the anarcho-brats have given us a goofball image. Whenever I read the hysterical personal attacks directed against myself on their sites, I’m always grateful because if those people liked me I’d be really embarrassed.

  2. I feel the same way, Keith. Particularly if we are wanting to reach out to criminal subcultures as you have proposed, we will need some no nonsense people with (dare I say it) street cred.

    In my world I’d just like to come across as authentic. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I don’t run in anarchist circles except for online. I have one anarchist friend, whom I’ve known since before I was one.

    So my version of the 1 percenter idea is Lingit Latseen, the title of my blog which literally is our tribal warrior code. Among my tribe and other tribes across the country there is a soft, liberal side that is trying to cast a “warrior” as someone who gets an education, joins the tribal government, etc. Those things are all well and good (some of it isn’t, in my opinion.) I’m trying to recast it as literally being a warrior. My mother’s tribe gets it. We have a very ad hoc militia. Among the Tlingit I’m trying to get across the idea that being a warrior for your clan/tribe means training with firearms and being ready to defend your sovereign territory.

    I’m looking forward to the day when some young radicals from my tribe storm a museum to reclaim some of our artifacts. That’d be a good start.

  3. It’s too bad you wanna-be goofball anarchists (Vince and Kieth) are only capable of attempts to tear down our society and do not have any options to change things through voting, volunteering or envisioning a more peaceful and productive world. You goofballs have the wrong Lenin. Protests are cool but John Lennon would have frowned upon your format and dogma of anarchy. Please note, outside of few of you frauds, no one cares. You’ll grow up someday and realize the folly of your ways.

  4. Jesus H Christ! Are we not acting in accordance with the ideology of the great anarchist theorist John Lennon? Next you’ll be saying we are in contradiction of the teachings of Bon Jovi.

  5. It’s so sad that you base your ideology on a song. John Lennon was nothing more than a very wealthy and pious junkie elitist. Imagine that! He did nothing to change the world but pocketed all revenues from the song. Did John give the song to the masses? No, he sold it to them, hook line and sinker. That makes anyone who believes in its message as one of anarchy a hypocrite. Glad you trolls are back in the safety of your mom’s basement. Can’t you frauds come up with your own ideas? I guess a dead rock and roller’s song is easier to use.

  6. Rj, It’s typical for you to make flagrant assumptions without facts. The trolls that you list represent a threat to my way of living and I will do what I can to denounce any form of anarchy. Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly are nothing more than right-wing gasbags. Actually, you have more in common with them than you think. But then again, you can’t think. You people are sad and you will face consequences for your belief in anarchy as a tool for your misguided causes. God Bless America! I promise you that we are legion and we will not tolerate any form of anarchy. It’s only a matter of time.

  7. I think even though I’m a Lennon fan Che is right though. I don’t think Lennon was ever much into being a spokesperson for the Left — I think he was uncomfortable with any kind of corruptible ideology. I’ve always hated that song “Imagine” — he seems to suggest a shangri-la that cannot exist. I think because he was under pressure from the Left at the time, Lennon just threw them a bone and it happened to be Imagine.

    I think Lennon’s real statement was “Working Class Hero” — he just tore the notion that working-class life was ideal down. Whether you agree with the message or not, the song has much more power than “Imagine” ever could.

    But for the most part, I don’t think Lennon was just a rich, selfish rock-star either. If you listen to the John Lennon Plastic Ono Band album, I think you’d discover he was much more complex than a one-dimensional rock star or revolutionary wannabee.

  8. Che is a textbook troll; I remember using the very same techniques back when I was, like, 12 or whatever. Bait the hook with an outrageous statement; follow-up with an incoherent but equally inflammatory non-sequitur (notice how he goes from invoking John Lennon to admonishing him), rinse, and repeat.

  9. “anarchism has lost the fearsome image it had during the “propaganda by the deed,” Sacco and Vanzetti or Spanish Civil War periods … I’ve never minded much that “normal” people might think of us as criminals or terrorists, but I don’t like the way the anarcho-brats have given us a goofball image.”

    Glad someone finally said it.

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