Anarchy Works by Peter Gelderloos

Anarchy Works by Peter Gelderloos

By Peter Gelderloos

This ebook takes examples from world wide, selecting via background and anthropology, exhibiting that individuals have, in numerous methods and at diversified occasions, validated mutual reduction, self-organization, autonomy, horizontal choice making, and so forth--the rules that anarchy is based on--regardless of whether or not they referred to as themselves anarchists or no longer. Too good documented to be strictly mythology, and too generalized to be strictly anthropology, this is often an inspiring resolution to the folks who say that anarchists are utopian: a point-by-point creation to how anarchy can and has really labored.

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13 What is the factor that allows societies to avoid domination and coercive authority? A study by Christopher Boehm, surveying dozens of egalitarian societies on all continents, including peoples who lived as foragers, horticulturalists, agriculturalists, and pastoralists, found that the common factor is a conscious desire to remain egalitarian: an anti-authoritarian culture. ” 14 Rather than culture being determined by material conditions, it seems that culture shapes the social structures that reproduce a people’s material conditions.

In June 2006, 70,000 striking teachers gathered in Oaxaca de Juarez, the capital, to press their demands for a living wage and better facilities for the students. On June 14, the police attacked the teacher’s encampment, but the teachers fought back, forcing the police out of the center of the city, taking over government buildings and 48 evicting politicians, and setting up barricades to keep them out. Oaxaca City was self-organized and autonomous for five months, until federal troops were sent in.

Many groups also use a “vibes-watcher,” someone who volunteers to pay special attention to emotions and interactions within the group, recognizing that the personal is political and that the tradition of suppressing emotions in political spaces derives from the separation of public and private, a separation on which patriarchy and the state are based. Next, the participants create an agenda in which they list all the topics they want to talk about. For each topic, they start by sharing information.

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