a mission statement of sorts...


Itís not a form of statism. Anarchists donít want to impose their value-system on anyone else. Itís not terrorism - the cop who wears the gun to scare you into obeying him - is the terrorist. Governments threaten to punish any man or woman who defies state power, and therefore the state really amounts to an institution of terror. Anarchism never relies on fear to accomplish anything because a person who is afraid is not free. Hereís what Anarchists believe:

Government is an unnecessary evil.

Human beings, when accustomed to taking responsibility for their own behaviour, can cooperate on a basis of mutual trust and helpfulness.

No true reform is possible that leaves government intact.

Appeals to a government for a redress of grievances, even when acted upon, only increase the supposed legitimacy of the governmentís acts, and add therefore to its amassed power.

Government will be abolished when its subjects cease to grant it legitimacy.

Government cannot exist without the tacit consent of the populace. This consent is maintained by keeping people in ignorance of their real power. Voting is not an expression of power, but an admission of powerlessness, since it cannot do otherwise than reaffirm the governmentís supposed legitimacy.

Every person must have the right to make all decisions about his or her own life.

All moralistic meddling in the private affairs of freely-acting persons is unjustified. Behaviour which does not affect uninvolved persons is nobodyís business but the participantsí.

We are not bound by constitutions or agreements made by our ancestors

Any constitution, contract or agreement that purports to bind unborn generations - or in fact anyone other than the actual parties to it - is a despicable falsehood and a presumptuous fraud. We are free agents liable only for such as we ourselves undertake.

All governments survive on theft and extortion, called taxation. All governments force their decrees on the people and command obedience under threat of punishment. The principal outrages of history have been committed by governments, while every advancement of thought, every betterment in the human condition, has come about through the practices of voluntary cooperation and individual initiative. The principle of government, which is force, is opposed to the free exercise of our ability to think, act and cooperate. Whenever government is established, it causes more harm than it forestalls. Under the guise of protecting populaces from crime and violence, governments not only do not eradicate random, individual crime, but they institutionalize such varieties as censorship and war. All governments enlarge upon and extend their powers; under government, the rights of the individual constantly diminish.

Anarchism is in favour of a free society organized along lines of cooperation and mutual aid. If you would like to know more about this forward-looking philosophy, read some of the books written by Anarchists, or contact one of the Anarchist organizations or periodicals.

Written by Fred Woodworth, 1975
21, 000 copies printed, 1986
15, 000 copies printed, 1990
P.O. Box 3488, Tucson, AZ, 85722

a few anarchism links

Hypocritical Anarchists Patriot Award

The First Church of Chumbawamba - whether or not you like their music, you should really check out this site. it's got some great articles and resources for anarchists and activists of all flavours.

Yahoo!'s Anarchism directory - under the heading "Political Theory". Or, if you like, you can look through the other search results for the word "anarchism". - as of this writing, there is still no, so this will have to do. I haven't explored this site much, but it does look pretty good.

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