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What is Your Definition of Anarchy?


Anarchy is conduct through self motive rather than governed or conventional motive.
Celeste Sazani
Santa Cruz | Math Student

The definition of freedom.
Brent Elliott Adams
Santa Cruz | Caregiver

lt_jeffTo me anarchy is the ultimate form of responsibility. If we can't trust the government or the majority then we have to take corrective action on our own. If the government is only responsive to corporate needs and not human needs then it is our duty to act in a responsible manner to take care of our needs. There are those who give anarchy a bad name by removing the component of responsibility out of the equation to do whatever they feel like without regard to how it affects others.
Jeff Larkey Santa Cruz | Farmer

Anarchy is a philosophy of an idealistic, cooperative society, without government, regulations or laws. It may work in very small communities, but would never be adhered to in a modern civilized world, due to the inevitable traits of human nature ... greed and emotion. The misguided people who use the word “anarchist” as a mask for their violent tantrums are hypocrites who benefit from the protection of society somehow.
Jeremy Matthews Santa Cruz | Sales Ops
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written by Jo2, June 05, 2011
How is being an anarchist different from being a libertarian?
written by micky, April 09, 2011
Doens't Wes Modes get paid with a GOVERNMENT CHECK by working at UCSC Library?!?!?!?!
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written by Don, April 07, 2011
There's goes Wes Modes again. May Day is coming up real quick. Downtown Businesses had better buy anarchist insurance!
2 Good resources
written by jesse.w, April 07, 2011
I think Jeremy should submit his definition to Webster. Especially the part were you say 'somehow.' J/K

Thanks Good Times for asking an interesting question!
Readers: These two Wikipedia articles can help develop a better understanding of this diverse political philosophy, and why some Anarchists may choose to destroy property in the name of their beliefs:
Not bad.
written by Wes Modes, April 06, 2011
Santa Cruz must be the only town in the country where the mainstream weekly asks a bunch of random people at the farmer's market "What is anarchy?" and gets intelligent, rational, and reasonably accurate responses. Though even anarchist scholars might disagree with each other, the above responses serve as a good start on a working definition.

Perhaps when people think anarchist are tearing down their town, they are confusing anarchists with nihilists.

Here are some of the (occasionally contradictory) notions of anarchism we offered up at the Demystifying Anarchy event:

“The principle or theory of life and conduct under which society is conceived without government - harmony in such a society being obtained, not by submission to law, or by obedience to any authority, but by free agreements concluded between the various groups, territorial and professional, freely constituted for the sake of production and consumption, as also for the satisfaction of the infinite variety of needs and aspirations of a civilized being” (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910)

“The doctrine that human communities can and should flourish without government. Voluntary cooperation should replace the coercive machinery of the state; government itself corrupts the natural sentiments of people. Anarchists may differ about the nature of the revolution that should destroy state power, but historically have tended to be associated with advocating violent opposition to the state.” (The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy, 2010)

“The ideal republic is a positive anarchy. It is liberty free from all shackles, superstitions, prejudices, sophistries, usury, authority it is reciprocal liberty and not limited liberty; liberty not the daughter but the Mother of Order.” (Pierre Joseph Proudhon, The Solution of the Social Problem, 1927)

“The philosophy of a new social order based on liberty unrestrained by man-made law; the theory that all forms of government rest on violence and are therefore wrong and harmful, as well as unnecessary.” (Emma Goldman, Mother Earth, 1910)

"A system of social thought, aiming at fundamental changes in the structure of society, and particularly the replacement of the authoritarian state by some form of non-governmental co-operation between free individuals." (George Woodcock)

“We are not the least afraid of ruins. We are going to inherit the earth. There is not the slightest doubt about that. The bourgeoisie may blast and ruin its own world before it leaves the stage of history. We carry a new world, here in our hearts. That world is growing this minute.” (Buenaventura Durutti, during the Spanish Civil War, 1936)

"Anarchism is the attempt to eradicate domination. This includes not only such obvious forms as the nation-state, with its routine use of violence and the force of law, and the corporation, with its institutionalized irresponsibility, but also such internalized forms as patriarchy, racism, homophobia.” (John Zerzan, Running on Emptiness, 2008)

"Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners." (Edward Abbey, Notes from a Secret Journal, 1990)
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written by Anarchy Gurl, April 06, 2011
Anarchy is a political philosophy. There are violent Republicans & Democrats, as well as violent anarchists. As a life-long pacifist, I have never thrown violent tantrums. I am an adult anarchist and I take personal responsibility for my actions and my own happiness. There is more to anarchy than what the media may hype about it and there are MANY types of anarchism.

Those of you who are so against anarchy... have you ever run a stop sign? Ever gone above the speed limit? Those are acts of anarchy: you decided what your actions would be, regardless of what the government dictated. You took responsibility for those actions.

Some anarchists believe in building community - we take care of each other and do not depend on the government to do it. I give my time to my community freely in order to build a stronger community bond and to make my little town a better place to live. Yes, I am idealistic and it's been working for me for over 50 years. My happiness is my own responsibility, not the government's doing. Also, I would prefer not to pay government to perform acts I do not agree with.

Lastly, there has been no proof that last May Day was actually a statement by anarchists. Someone spray painted an anarchist A on a wall, but is that really proof? If I spray a nazi symbol on your house, does it make you a nazi? Does it make me a nazi? Or does it make me an irresponsible jerk?
written by SCruz, April 05, 2011
Jeremy NAILED IT! Brent, read a book.
written by Brenda , April 05, 2011
Jeremy is so right on! If people don't have personal responsibility to include not tearing apart our downtown then maybe the defunct ideology would have some strength. When do the liberators become the dictators. Freedom? I think not.
written by Venus, April 05, 2011
That Jeremy guy is smart AND HOT.

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