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1. “With the way a lot of men function, I'd say "single" womyn are a threat to society. In fact, I'd go as single womyn are a threat to the system. As a womyn, if you aren't spending all your time looking for what you were socialized to, you're doing something productive. I'd say that scares a hell of a lot of people.”

Tags : Anarchism Empowerment Equality Feminism Freedom Independence Liberation Women Women S Rights Women S Strength

2. “People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.”

Tags : Anarchism Independence Independent Thought Inspirational Liberty Revolution
Author : Emma Goldman

3. “The situation is like this: they hired our parents to destroy this world, and now they'd like to put us to work rebuilding it, and -- to add insult to injury -- at a profit.”

Tags : Anarchism French Revolt Revolution
Source : The Coming Insurrection

4. “Anarchists did not try to carry out genocide against the Armenians in Turkey; they did not deliberately starve millions of Ukrainians; they did not create a system of death camps to kill Jews, gypsies, and Slavs in Europe; they did not fire-bomb scores of large German and Japanese cities and drop nuclear bombs on two of them; they did not carry out a ‘Great Leap Forward’ that killed scores of millions of Chinese; they did not attempt to kill everybody with any appreciable education in Cambodia; they did not launch one aggressive war after another; they did not implement trade sanctions that killed perhaps 500,000 Iraqi children.In debates between anarchists and statists, the burden of proof clearly should rest on those who place their trust in the state. Anarchy’s mayhem is wholly conjectural; the state’s mayhem is undeniably, factually horrendous.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Chaos Genocide Government Killing Mayhem State Statism
Author : Robert Higgs

5. “At one time in the world there were woods that no one owned”

Tags : Anarchism Nature Property
Source : Child of God

6. “Though I knew so far as Anarchism was concerned I was backing a lost cause, it didn't seem to matter as every other cause had won at some time but that of the people themselves. At least it threw so a light on any other political persuasion.”

Tags : Anarchism Lost Cause Political Persuasion
Source : I Couldn't Paint Golden Angels

7. “Provided we can escape from the museums we carry around inside us, provided we can stop selling ourselves tickets to the galleries in our own skulls, we can begin to contemplate an art which re-creates the goal of the sorcerer: changing the structure of reality by the manipulation of living symbols ... Art tells gorgeous lies that come true.”

Tags : Anarchism Art Radical Theory Social Change
Author : Hakim Bey
Source : TAZ: The Temporary Autonomous Zone

8. “You cannot buy the revolution. You cannot make the revolution. You can only be the revolution. It is in your spirit, or it is nowhere.”

Tags : Anarchism Revolution
Source : The Dispossessed

9. “Our masters have not heard the people's voice for generations and it is much, much louder than they care to remember.”

Tags : Anarchism Politics Revolution
Author : Alan Moore
Source : V for Vendetta

10. “That is what I have always understood to be the essence of anarchism: the conviction that the burden of proof has to be placed on authority, and that it should be dismantled if that burden cannot be met.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Authority Politics
Author : Noam Chomsky

11. “Your pretty empire took so long to build, now, with a snap of history's fingers, down it goes.”

Tags : Anarchism History
Author : Alan Moore
Source : V for Vendetta

12. “To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality."General Idea of the Revolution in the Nineteenth Century, translated by John Beverly Robinson (London: Freedom Press, 1923), pp. 293-294.”

Tags : Anarchism Government

13. “Ask for work. If they don't give you work, ask for bread. If they do not give you work or bread, then take bread.”

Tags : Anarchism Revolution
Author : Emma Goldman
Source : Anarchism and Other Essays

14. “Authority, when first detecting chaos at its heels, will entertain the vilest schemes to save its orderly facade.”

Tags : Anarchism Authority
Author : Alan Moore
Source : V for Vendetta

15. “Every society has the criminals it deserves.”

Tags : Anarchism Criminal Emma Goldman Politics Society
Author : Emma Goldman
Source : Red Emma Speaks

16. “Anarchism is founded on the observation that since few men are wise enough to rule themselves, even fewer are wise enough to rule others.”

Tags : Anarchism Wisdom
Author : Edward Abbey

17. “If you would know who controls you see who you may not criticise.”

Tags : Anarchism Authority Paranoia
Author : Tacitus

18. “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.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchist Politics
Author : Edward Abbey

19. “No one is more qualified than you are to decide how you live; no one should be able to vote on what you do with your time and your potential unless you invite them to. ”

Tags : Anarchism Freedom Politics
Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Expect Resistance: A Field Manual

20. “The individual cannot bargain with the State. The State recognizes no coinage but power: and it issues the coins itself.”

Tags : Anarchism Politics
Source : The Dispossessed

21. “Modern industrial civilisation has developed within a certain system of convenient myths. The driving force of modern industrial civilisation has been individual material gain, which is accepted as legitimate, even praiseworthy, on the grounds that private vices yield public benefits in the classic formulation.Now, it's long been understood very well that a society that is based on this principle will destroy itself in time. It can only persist with whatever suffering and injustice it entails as long as it's possible to pretend that the destructive forces that humans create are limited: that the World is an infinite resource, and that the World is an infinite garbage-can. At this stage of History, either one of two things is possible: either the general population will take control of its own destiny and will concern itself with community-interests, guided by values of solidarity and sympathy and concern for others; or, alternatively, there will be no destiny for anyone to control.As long as some specialised class is in a position of authority, it is going to set policy in the special interests that it serves. But the conditions of survival, let alone justice, require rational social planning in the interests of the community as a whole and, by now, that means the Global Community. The question is whether privileged élites should dominate mass-communication, and should use this power as they tell us they must, namely, to impose necessary illusions, manipulate and deceive the stupid majority, and remove them from the public arena. The question, in brief, is whether Democracy and Freedom are values to be preserved or threats to be avoided. In this possibly-terminal phase of human existence, Democracy and Freedom are more than values to be treasured, they may well be essential to survival.”

Tags : Activism Anarchism Authority Brainwashing Chomsky
Author : Noam Chomsky

22. “If this is the price to be paid for an idea, then let us pay. There is no need of being troubled about it, afraid, or ashamed. This is the time to boldly say, “Yes, I believe in the displacement of this system of injustice by a just one; I believe in the end of starvation, exposure, and the crimes caused by them; I believe in the human soul regnant over all laws which man has made or will make; I believe there is no peace now, and there will never be peace, so long as one rules over another; I believe in the total disintegration and dissolution of the principle and practice of authority; I am an Anarchist, and if for this you condemn me, I stand ready to receive your condemnation.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchist History Politics
Source : Exquisite Rebel: The Essays of Voltairine de Cleyre -- Anarchist, Feminist, Genius

23. “Anarchism is democracy taken seriously.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Democracy Politics
Author : Edward Abbey

24. “You are what you do. If you do boring, stupid monotonous work, chances are you'll end up boring, stupid and monotonous. Work is a much better explanation for the creeping cretinization all around us than even such significant moronizing mechanisms as television and education.”

Tags : Anarchism Neo Situationism Philosophy Political Philosophy Political Science Post Left Anarchy Situationist International Sociology
Author : Bob Black
Source : The Abolition of Work & Other Essays

25. “But what about human nature? Can it be changed? And if not, will it endure under Anarchism?Poor human nature, what horrible crimes have been committed in thy name! Every fool, from king to policeman, from the flatheaded parson to the visionless dabbler in science, presumes to speak authoritatively of human nature. The greater the mental charlatan, the more definite his insistence on the wickedness and weaknesses of human nature. Yet, how can any one speak of it today, with every soul in a prison, with every heart fettered, wounded, and maimed?John Burroughs has stated that experimental study of animals in captivity is absolutely useless. Their character, their habits, their appetites undergo a complete transformation when torn from their soil in field and forest. With human nature caged in a narrow space, whipped daily into submission, how can we speak of its potentialities?Freedom, expansion, opportunity, and, above all, peace and repose, alone can teach us the real dominant factors of human nature and all its wonderful possibilities.Anarchism, then, really stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion; the liberation of the human body from the dominion of property; liberation from the shackles and restraint of government. Anarchism stands for a social order based on the free grouping of individuals for the purpose of producing real social wealth; an order that will guarantee to every human being free access to the earth and full enjoyment of the necessities of life, according to individual desires, tastes, and inclinations.This is not a wild fancy or an aberration of the mind. It is the conclusion arrived at by hosts of intellectual men and women the world over; a conclusion resulting from the close and studious observation of the tendencies of modern society: individual liberty and economic equality, the twin forces for the birth of what is fine and true in man.”

Tags : Anarchism Human Nature
Author : Emma Goldman
Source : Anarchism and Other Essays

26. “School has become the world religion of a modernized proletariat, and makes futile promises of salvation to the poor of the technological age.”

Tags : Anarchism Deschooling Society Education Ivan Illich Pedagogic Philosophy Pedagogy School
Author : Ivan Illich
Source : Deschooling Society

27. “One must commit acts of the highest treason only when dressed in the most resplendent finery.”

Tags : Anarchism Dandyism Fashion
Source : Sebastian O

28. “One of the problems with all of this is that not all narratives are equal. Imagine, to take a silly example, that someone told you story after story extolling the virtues of eating dog shit. You've been told these stories since you were a child. You believe them. You eat dog shit hotdogs, dog shit ice cream, General Tso's dog shit. Sooner or later, if you are exposed to some other foods, you might figure out that dog shit really doesn't taste good. Or if you cling too tightly to these stories (or if your enculturation is so strong that dog shit actually does taste good to you), the diet might make you sick or kill you. To make this example a little less silly, substitute the word pesticides for dog shit. Or, for that matter, substitute Big Mac, Whopper, or Coca Cola.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarcho Primitivism Civilization Idustrialization Primitivism
Source : Endgame, Vol. 1: The Problem of Civilization

29. “This is what it means to be an adventurer in our day: to give up creature comforts of the mind, to realize the possibilities of imagination. Because everything around us says no you cannot do this, you cannot live without that, nothing is useful unless it's in service to money, to gain, to stability. The adventurer gives in to tides of chaos, trusts the world to support her - and in doing so turns her back on the fear and obedience she has been taught. She rejects the indoctrination of impossibility.”

Tags : Adventuring Anarchism Endless Possibility
Author : Hib Chickena

30. “Nothing is yours. It is to use. It is to share. If you will not share it, you cannot use it.”

Tags : Anarchism Ownership Sharing
Source : The Dispossessed

31. “Love is it's own protection.”

Tags : Anarchism Love Marriage
Author : Emma Goldman
Source : Marriage and Love

32. “A revolution on a world scale will take a very long time. But it is also possible to recognize that it is already starting to happen. The easiest way to get our minds around it is to stop thinking about revolution as a thing — “the” revolution, the great cataclysmic break—and instead ask “what is revolutionary action?” We could thensuggest: revolutionary action is any collective action which rejects, and therefore confronts, some form of power or domination and in doing so, reconstitutes social relations—even within the collectivity—in that light. Revolutionary action does not necessarily have to aim to topple governments. Attempts to create autonomous communities in the face of power (using Castoriadis’ definitionhere: ones that constitute themselves, collectively make their own rules or principles of operation, and continually reexamine them), would, forinstance, be almost by definition revolutionary acts. And history shows us that the continual accumulationof such acts can change (almost) everything.”

Tags : Anarchism
Author : David Graeber
Source : Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

33. “The duty of the individual is to accept no rule, to be the initiator of his own acts, to be responsible. Only if he does so will the society live, and change, and adapt, and survive. We are not subjects of a State founded upon law, but members of a society formed upon revolution. Revolution is our obligation: our hope of evolution.”

Tags : Anarchism Revolution
Source : The Dispossessed

34. “Regarding the need to pray, the anarch is again no different from anyone else. But he does not like to attach himself. He does not squander his best energies. He accepts no substitute for his gold. He knows his freedom, and also what it is worth its weight in. The equation balances when he is offered something credible. The result is ONE.There can be no doubt that gods have appeared, not only in ancient times but even late in history; they feasted with us and fought at our sides. But what good is the splendor of bygone banquets to a starving man? What good is the clinking of gold that a poor man hears through the wall of time? The gods must be called.The anarch lets all this be; he can bide his time. He has his ethos, but not morals. He recognizes lawfulness, but not the law; he despises rules. Whenever ethos goes into shalts and shalt-nots, it is already corrupted. Still, it can harmonize with them, depending on location and circumstances, briefly or at length, just as I harmonize here with the tyrant for as long as I like.One error of the anarchists is their belief that human nature is intrinsically good. They thereby castrate society, just as the theologians ("God is goodness") castrate the Good Lord.”

Tags : Anarch Anarchism Ethos Freedom Gold Human Nature Morality Prayer
Author : Ernst Jünger
Source : Eumeswil

35. “Historically, the 'deadline' was the line around a prison beyond which prisoners were eligible for shooting. In keeping with shifts in the exercise of control, what one was delineated spatially over life is now enforced temporarily over labor.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Crimethinc Deadlines Labor Prison
Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Contradictionary

36. “Dalin must have whiffed the anarch in me, a man with no ties to state or society. Still, he was unable to sense an autonomy that puts up with these forces as objective facts but without recognizing them. What he lacked was a grounding in history.Opposition is collaboration; this was something from which Dalin, without realizing it, could not stay free. Basically, he damaged order less than he confirmed it. The emergence of the anarchic nihilist is like a goad that convinces society of its unity.The anarch, in contrast, not only recognizes society a priori as imperfect, he actually acknowledges it with that limitation. He is more or less repulsed by state and society, yet there are times and places in which the invisible harmony shimmers through the visible harmony. This is obviously chiefly in the work of art. In that case, one serves joyfully.But the anarchic nihilist thinks the exact opposite. The Temple of Artemis, to cite an example, would inspire him to commit arson. The anarch, however, would have no qualms about entering the temple in order to meditate and to participate with an offering. This is possible in any temple worthy of the name.”

Tags : Anarch Anarchism Art Autonomy Nihilism Society State
Author : Ernst Jünger
Source : Eumeswil

37. “Domination is a relationship, not a condition; it depends on the participation of both parties. Hierarchical power is not just the gun in the policeman's hand; it is just as much the obedience of the ones who act as if it is always pointed at them. It is not just the government and the executives and the armed forces; it extends through society from top to bottom, an interlocking web of control and compliance. Sometimes all it takes to be complicit in the oppression of millions is to die of natural causes.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Armed Forces Compliance Complicity Crimethinc Domination Executives Government Gun Law Enforcement Oppression Participation Police Relationship Society
Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Contradictionary

38. “And yet we have what purports, or professes, or is claimed, to be a contract—the Constitution—made eighty years ago, by men who are now all dead, and who never had any power to bind us, but which (it is claimed) has nevertheless bound three generations of men, consisting of many millions, and which (it is claimed) will be binding upon all the millions that are to come; but which nobody ever signed, sealed, delivered, witnessed, or acknowledged; and which few persons, compared with the whole number that are claimed to be bound by it, have ever read, or even seen, or ever will read, or see.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarcho Capitalism Anarchy Classical Liberalism Constitution Free Market Freedom Government Individualism Libertarian Philosophy Political Social Contract
Source : No Treason: The Constitution of No Authority

39. “Terrorism is the use of violence or intimidation in the pursuit of a political aim. The highest political aim is the creation and enforcement of law. Cops use violence and intimidation to enforce law. Therefore, all cops are, by definition, terrorists.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Cops Etymology Government Police Political Politics Terrorism
Author : Dane Whalen

40. “Basically, if you're not a utopianist, you're a schmuck.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Revolution Schmuck Utopia

41. “Sosyalizmin ve komünizmin hedefi emekçiyi yükseltmek değil, burjuvayı indirmektir. Emekçi ise aynı noktada, hatta söylediğim gibi, daha kötü noktada kalır. Burjuvanın yitirdiği şeyden yararlanan asla emekçi değildir. Anarşizm ise tersine bir sevgi rejimidir, sevilen insanlara baskı uygulamaya çalışılmaz.”

Tags : Anarchism Emekçi Worker

42. “Proletarians of the world, look into the depths of your own beings, seek out the truth and realise it yourselves: you will find it nowhere else.”

Tags : Anarchism Freedom Proletarian Socialism Working Class
Source : History of the Makhnovist Movement, 1918-21

43. “It should be added that, in general, it is the character of every metaphysical and theological argument to seek to explain one absurdity by another.”

Tags : Anarchism Dialectics Theism
Source : Unknown Book 9062488

44. “Accident - A statistical inevitability. Some nuclear power plants are built on fault lines, but ever mine, dam, oil rig, and waste dump is founded upon a tacit acceptance of the worst-case scenario. One a long enough timeline, everything that can go wrong will, however small the likelihood is from one day to the next. The responsible parties may wring their hands about the Fukushima meltdown - and the Gult of Mexico oil spill, and the Exxon Valdez, and Hurricane Katrina, and Chernobyl, and Haiti - but accident is no accident.”

Tags : Accident Anarchism Anarchy Chernobyl Crimethinc Exxon Valdez Fukushima Haiti Hurricane Katrina
Author : CrimethInc.

45. “One does not suffer nearly so much from one's inadequacies as from one's unused abilities.”

Tags : Abilities Ability Adequacy Anarchism Anarchy Crimethinc Inadequacies Suffer
Author : CrimethInc.

46. “Our economic order is tightly woven around the exploitation of animals, and while it may seem easy to dismiss concern about animals as the soft-headed mental masturbation of people who really don't understand oppression and the depths of actual human misery, I hope to get you to think differently about suffering and pain, to convince you that animals matter, and to argue that anyone serious about ending domination and hierarchy needs to think critically about bringing animals into consideration.”

Tags : Anarchism Hierarchy Veganism
Author : Bob Torres
Source : Making A Killing: The Political Economy of Animal Rights

47. “Would you have wished more, or fewer, anarchists around in the Thousand Year Reich or any of the other fantasies of hierarchy?”

Tags : Anarchism Hierarchy Nazi Germany
Source : For the Sake of Argument: Essays and Minority Reports

48. “Do not all theists insist that there can be no morality, no justice, honesty or fidelity without the belief in a Divine Power? Based upon fear and hope, such morality has always been a vile product, imbued partly with self-righteousness, partly with hypocrisy. As to truth, justice, and fidelity, who have been their brave exponents and daring proclaimers? Nearly always the godless ones: the Atheists; they lived, fought, and died for them. They knew that justice, truth, and fidelity are not conditioned in heaven, but that they are related to and interwoven with the tremendous changes going on in the social and material life of the human race; not fixed and eternal, but fluctuating, even as life itself.”

Tags : Anarchism Atheism Bravery Secular
Author : Emma Goldman
Source : The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever

49. “But the question is, historically, part of the group that you're a part of - whether it's racial, gender, religious, whatever - how has your group fared historically? The groups that you're a part of? Like, for me, as an atheist, Jew, I'm gonna go on, uh - oh and Emma Goldman is one of my great heroes and I really think that anarchism is a fantastic principle by which to fashion a utopian society even if we can't get there. Like historically, that does not go well.”

Tags : Anarchism Atheism Atheist Emma Goldman Goldman Jew Utopia

50. “Order derived through submission and maintained by terror is not much of a safe guaranty; yet that is the only 'order' that governments have ever maintained.”

Tags : Anarchism Emma Goldman Governments
Author : Emma Goldman
Source : Anarchism and Other Essays

51. “[M]an has as much liberty as he is willing to take.”

Tags : Anarchism Emma Goldman Liberty Max Stirner
Author : Emma Goldman
Source : Anarchism and Other Essays

52. “Most schooling is training for stupidity and conformity, and that's institutional, but occasionally you get a spark, somebody'll challenge your mind, make you think and so on, and that has a tremendous effect you just reach all sorts of people. Of course if you do it you may very have problems, you have to tread the narrow line. There are plenty of people who don't want students to think, they're afraid of the crisis of democracy. If people start thinking you get all these problems that I quoted before. They won't have enough humility to submit to a civil rule or they'll start trying to press their demands in the political arena and have ideas of their own, instead of beleiving what they're told. And privelage and power typically doesn't want that and so they react and the high school teacher that tries to get students to think may find oppression, firing and so on.”

Tags : Anarchism Conspiracies Conspiracy Theory Education Educational Philosophy Educational System Nonconformity Nwo Orwellianism Political Philosophy Totalitarianism
Author : Noam Chomsky

53. “There is a theory going around that the U.S.A. was and still is a gigantic Masonic plot under the ultimate control of the group known as the Illuminati. It is difficult to look for long at the strange single eye crowning the pyramid which is found on every dollar bill and not begin to believe the story, a little. Too many anarchists in 19th-century Europe—Bakunin, Proudhon, Salverio Friscia—were Masons for it to be pure chance. Lovers of global conspiracy, not all of them Catholic, can count on the Masons for a few good shivers and voids when all else fails.”

Tags : Anarchism Conspiracy Freemasonry Illuminati
Source : Gravity's Rainbow

54. “The faithful of Shiva or Dionysus seek contact with those forces which...lead to a refusal of the politics, ambitions and limitations of ordinary social life. This does not involve simply a recognition of world harmony, but also an active participation in an experience which surpasses and upsets the order of material life.”

Tags : Anarchism Dionysian Reads Dionysus Joy Shiva
Source : Gods of Love and Ecstasy: The Traditions of Shiva and Dionysus

55. “Because I care about human beings, I want them to be free to do what is right for them. Isn't that more important than mere peace on earth? Isn't freedom, even dangerous freedom, preferable to the safest slavery, to peace bought with ignorance, cowardice, and submission?”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Freedom Liberty Slavery Speech
Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Days of War, Nights of Love: Crimethink for Beginners

56. “The real enemy" is the totality of physical and mental constraints by which capital, or class society, or statism, or the society of the spectacle expropriates everyday life, the time of our lives. The real enemy is not an object apart from life. It is the organization of life by powers detached from it and turned against it. The apparatus, not its personnel, is the real enemy. But it is by and through the apparatchiks and everyone else participating in the system that domination and deception are made manifest. The totality is the organization of all against each and each against all. It includes all the policemen, all the social workers, all the office workers, all the nuns, all the op-ed columnists, all the drug kingpins from Medellin to Upjohn, all the syndicalists and all the situationists.”

Tags : Anarchism Neo Situationism Philosophy Political Philosophy Political Science Post Left Anarchy Situationist International Sociology
Author : Bob Black
Source : The Abolition of Work & Other Essays

57. “We don't need unity in theory, we need solidarity in practice.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Crimethinc Revolution Solidarity Unity
Source : Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs

58. “Anarchy is a state of society where the only government is reason.”

Tags : Anarchism Government Reason

59. “Historical definition of a country's borders... "...here's where my murder geography ends and your murder geography begins, at least until I get more murderers to expand my murder-fest.”

Tags : Anarchism Coercion Government Nap Non Aggression Principle Philosophy Rationality Statism Voluntarism Voluntaryism

60. “Plantie is a very strong Protestant, that is to say, he's against all churches, especially the Protestant: and he thinks a lot of Buddha, Karma and Confucius. He is also a bit of an anarchist and three or four years ago he took up Einstein and vitamins.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchists Buddha Church Churches Confucius Einstein Gulley Jimson Karma Plantie Protestantism Vitamins
Author : Joyce Cary
Source : The Horse's Mouth

61. “Eroticism releases, ever so slightly, great lightning flashes that, on occasion, reveal to us the true nature of a given organ, suddenly restoring both its whole reality and its hallucinatory force, while simultaneously installing as sovereign goddess the abolition of hierarchies- those hierarchies within which we habitually grade, for better or for worse, the different parts of the body.”

Tags : Anarchism Continuity Eroticism
Author : Michel Leiris

62. “More often than not, a statist's argument against Anarchism boils down to an unwillingness to take control and responsibility for their own lives, actions, and communities. The sad truth is that the human animal has been domesticated to the point where it actually fears Liberty.”

Tags : Anarchism Dependency Domestication Freedom Liberty Self Ownership Statism Stockholm Syndrome
Author : Dane Whalen

63. “Freedom, or individual liberty, was a basic premise of the Spanish anarchist tradition. "Individual sovereignty" is a prime tenet of most anarchist writing; the free development of one' s individual potential is one of the basic "rights" to which all humans are born. Yet Spanish anarchists were firmly rooted in the communalist-anarchist tradition. For them, freedom was fundamentally a social product: the fullest expression of individuality and of creativity can be achieved only in and through community. As Carmen Conde (a teacher who was also active in Mujeres Libres) wrote, describing the relationship of individuality and community: "I and my truth; I and my faith ... And I for you, but without ever ceasing to be me, so that you can always be you. Because I don' t exist without your existence, but my existence is also indispensable to yours.”

Tags : Anarchism Feminism Spain Spanish Anarchists
Source : Free Women of Spain: Anarchism and the Struggle for the Emancipation of Women

64. “Convençuts que llibertat sense Socialisme és privilegi i injustícia i que Socialisme sense llibertat és esclavitud i brutalitat.”

Tags : Anarchism Essay Politics

65. “I believe that in time we will have reached the point where we will deserve to be free of government.”

Tags : Anarchism Government
Source : Brodie's Report

66. “The boycott of parliamentary institutions on the part of anarchists and semianarchists is dictated by a desire not to submit their weakness to a test on the part of the masses, thus preserving their right to an inactive hauteur which makes no difference to anybody. A revolutionary party can turn its back to a parliament only if it has set itself the immediate task of overthrowing the existing regime.”

Tags : Anarchism Boycott Communism Parliament Parliamentarism Revolution
Author : Leon Trotsky
Source : History of the Russian Revolution

67. “If you took the most ardent revolutionary, vested him in absolute power, within a year he would be worse than the Tsar himself.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchist Chomsky Communism Patriotism Inspiration Lenin Leninism Libertarian Libertarian Socialism Libertarianism Marx Marxism Marxist Politics Socialism State Socialism

68. “Only those prepared to go too far will learn how far they can go.”

Tags : Accomplishments Anarchism Anarchy Crimethinc Extreme Goals
Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Contradictionary

69. “I am not SURE whether people have watched DID show from ZEE TV or not, Its big ambiguity whether they have really liked Teriya Magar's performance or of anyone else. But I'm SURE that they have voted Teriya and even begged other fellows to vote her just because she IS NEPALI.This way patriotism rocks and talent is sucked........”

Tags : Anarchism Anti Patriotism Patriotism Teriya Magar
Author : Anup Joshi

70. “When faced with unbridled wildness of reality, dinosaurs fall into fevered delusions of grandeur. In fits of madness, they recreate the world in their own overblown image, bull-dozing the wild and replacing it with a wasteland that reflects their own emptiness. Where there was once the incredibly complex diversity of nature, there is now the dead simplicity of asphalt and concrete.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Asphalt Concrete Crimethinc Delusions Dinosaurs Emptiness Madness Nature Poltics Reality Wasteland
Source : Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs

71. “The voices of actual communities are alive in a way no theory could every be even if, for now, it takes the form of tiny acts of resistance. Who doesn't cheat on taxes, avoid cops, or skip class? These acts themselves may not be revolutionary, but they begin to unravel the control from above. Anarchist approaches must be relevant to everyday experiences and flexible enough to address struggles in different situations and contexts. If we can achieve this, then we may thrive in the world after the dinosaurs. We might even be fortunate enough to be in one of the communities that have a hand in toppling them.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Cops Crimethinc Dinosaurs Resistance Revolution Taxes Theory

72. “Anarchy has the flexibility to overcome many of the traditional problems of activism by focusing on revolution not as another cause but as a philosophy of living. This philosophy is as concrete as a brick being thrown through a window or flowers growing in the garden. By making our daily lives revolutionary, we destroy the artificial separation between activism and everyday life. Why settle for comrades and fellow activists when we can have friends and lovers?”

Tags : Activism Anarchism Anarchy Comrades Crimethic Friendshipship Lovers Philosophy Revolution
Source : Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs

73. “Victory will not go to those who can inflict the most suffering, but to those who can survive the most.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Battle Crimethinc Suffering Survive Victory War
Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Contradictionary

74. “After simmering years of censorship and repression, the masses finally throng the streets. The chants echoing off the walls to build to a roar from all directions, stoking the courage of the crowds as they march on the center of the capital. Activists inside each column maintain contact with each other via text messages; communications centers receive reports and broadcast them around the city; affinity groups plot the movements of the police via digital mapping. A rebel army of bloggers uploads video footage for all the world to see as the two hosts close for battle. Suddenly, at the moment of truth, the lines go dead. The insurgents look up from the blank screens of their cell phones to see the sun reflecting off the shields of the advancing riot police, who are still guided by close circuits of fully networked technology. The rebels will have to navigate by dead reckoning against a hyper-informed adversary. All this already happened, years ago, when President Mubarak shut down the communications grid during the Egyptian uprising of 2011. A generation hence, when the same scene recurs, we can imagine the middle-class protesters - the cybourgeoisie - will simply slump forward, blind and deaf and wracked by seizures as the microchips in their cerebra run haywire, and it will be up to the homeless and destitute to guide them to safety.”

Tags : Activists Anarchism Anarchy Bloggers Censorship Communication Communicationeless Crimethinc Dependence Technology
Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Contradictionary

75. “For the anarch, little has changed; flags have meaning for him, but not sense. I have seen them in the air and on the ground like leaves in May and November; and I have done so as a contemporary and not just as a historian. The May Day celebration will survive, but with a different meaning. New portraits will head up the processions. A date devoted to the Great Mother is re-profaned. A pair of lovers in the wood pays more homage to it. I mean the forest as something undivided, where every tree is still a liberty tree.For the anarch, little is changed when he strips off a uniform that he wore partly as fool’s motley, partly as camouflage. It covers his spiritual freedom, which he will objectivate during such transitions. This distinguishes him from the anarchist, who, objectively unfree, starts raging until he is thrust into a more rigorous straitjacket.”

Tags : Anarch Anarchism Anarchist Ernst Jünger Freedom Politics
Author : Ernst Jünger
Source : Eumeswil

76. “An anarchist is someone who rejects the curious notion that crimes become virtues as they grow in size.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchist Crime Peace Virtue
Source : The Pith of Life: Aphorisms in Honor of Liberty

77. “Vous avez cru jusqu'à ce jour qu'il y avait des tyrans ! Eh bien vous vous êtes trompés, il n'y a que des esclaves : là où nul n'obéit, personne ne commande.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchisme Anarchist

78. “My evanescent anarchistic tendencies are purely classical. I use the word anarchist in the sense in which it was understood by the ancient Greeks. They, of course, accepted the anarchist as a fairly respectable--if somewhat vehement--opponent of government encroachment on the individual's rights to think and act freely. It is in this sense that I glimpse myself as an anarchist--regretting the growth of government and the ever-increasing trend toward regulation and, worst of all, standardization of human activity.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchist Freedom Government Regulation Individual Liberty Standardization
Author : J. Paul Getty
Source : How to Be Rich

79. “To Pierre," said Mr. Buckmaster, "the Communists are of the Right. The far Right. He refers to them as 'those goddamned Bourbons.' Pierre is an anarchist. That's why he's so happy in his shoplifting--he feels it helps undermine the state.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchist Anarchy Politics Capitalism Capitalism And Attitude
Author : Poyntz Tyler
Source : A Garden of Cucumbers

80. “... most Amazonians don't want to give others the power to threaten them with physical injury if they don't do as they are told. Maybe we should better be asking what it says about ourselves that we feel this attitude needs any sort of explanation.”

Tags : Amazonians Anarchism Anarchist Political Philosophy Politics
Author : David Graeber
Source : Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

81. “Bellegarrigue revient en France en février 1848, la veille des événements qui vont mener au renversement du régime monarchique de Louis-Philippe. Il participera à la révolte mais il demeurera très critique, pour ne pas dire sceptique, face à l'avenir de la révolution. Ainsi, à un jeune ouvrier en armes qu'il rencontre près de l'hôtel de ville et qui lui lance avec enthousiasme: "Cette fois-ci, on ne nous la volera pas notre victoire!" Bellegarrigue rétorque: "Ah, mon ami, la victoire, on vous l'a déjà volée. N'avez-vous pas nommé un gouvernement provisoire ?”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchist

82. “We have been expropriated from our own language by television, from our songs by reality TV contests, from our flesh by mass pornography, from our city by the police and from our friends by wage-labor.”

Tags : Anarchism French Revolt Revolution
Source : The Coming Insurrection

83. “To call the population of strangers in the midst of which we live "society" is such a usurpation that even the sociologists wonder if they should abandon a concept that was, for a century, their bread and butter. Now they prefer the metaphor of a network to describe the connection of cybernetic solitudes, the intermeshing of weak interactions under names like "colleague," "contact," "buddy," acquaintance," or "date." Such networks sometimes condense into a milieu, where nothing is shared but codes, and where nothing is played out except the incessant recomposition of identity.”

Tags : Anarchism French Revolt Revolution
Source : The Coming Insurrection

84. “In the United States, people don't revolt in order to obtain freedom, but continue denying it to others.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Crimethinc Freedom Revolt United States
Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Contradictionary

85. “Freedom is the inherent state of nature. A bird is free until you clip its wings and put it in a cage. Just because you pick up its shit, give it food and water, and let it do as it pleases within the confines of its cage does not make it any less a captive. Even if the cage was made of pure gold, the ornate bars would serve the same purpose.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Anti State Freedom Government Liberty Revolt Slavery State
Author : Dane Whalen

86. “Whom one is speaking to - or which aspect of their character - fundamentally determines the meaning and consequences of an exhortation. 'Indulge Your Desires' comes across very differently on a billboard advertising SUVs than it does spray-painted across the broken windows of an SUV dealer. It follows that what you say is not nearly as important as how and when you say it.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Billboards Character Consequences Consumerism Crimethinc Graffiti Speech
Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Contradictionary

87. “Vladimir Ilyich (Lenin), your concrete actions are completely unworthy of the ideas you pretend to hold.Is it possible that you do not know what a hostage really is — a man imprisoned not because of a crime he has committed, but only because it suits his enemies to exert blackmail on his companions? ... If you admit such methods, one can foresee that one day you will use torture, as was done in the Middle Ages.I hope you will not answer me that Power is for political men a professional duty, and that any attack against that power must be considered as a threat against which one must guard oneself at any price. This opinion is no longer held even by kings... Are you so blinded, so much a prisoner of your own authoritarian ideas, that you do not realise that being at the head of European Communism, you have no right to soil the ideas which you defend by shameful methods ... What future lies in store for Communism when one of its most important defenders tramples in this way every honest feeling?”

Tags : Anarchism Anarcho Communism Communism Dictatorship Freedom Lenin Libertarianism Peter Politics Socialism Syndicaism Torture Vladimir Lenin

88. “We reject the blame game and accusations so common in efficient groups. With each person accepting full responsibility for their actions, no on can have any more of the blame than anyone else. Let's all be accountable to ourselves, so we can grow and learn from our mistakes and be buoyed by our successes.”

Tags : Accountability Accusations Anarchism Anarchy Blame Crimethinc Mistakes Responsibiliy Success
Source : Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs

89. “Failure to recognize the historical specificity of the bourgeois conception of rights and duties leads to serious errors. It is for this reason that Marx registers...a vigorous indictment of the anarchist Proudhon... Proudhon in effect took the specifics of bourgeois legal and economic relations and treated them as universal and foundational for the development of an alternative, socially just economic system. From Marx's standpoint, this is no alternative at all since it merely re-inscribes bourgeois conceptions of value in a supposedly new form of society. This problem is still with us, not only because of the contemporary anarchist revival of interest in Proudhon's ideas but also because of the rise of a more broad-based liberal human rights politics as a supposed antidote to the social and political ills of contemporary capitalism. Marx's critique of Proudhon is directly applicable to this contemporary politics. The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 is a foundational document for a bourgeois, market-based individualism and as such cannot provide a basis for a thoroughgoing critique of liberal or neoliberal capitalism. Whether it is politically useful to insist that the capitalist political order live up to its own foundational principles is one thing, but to imagine that this politics can lead to a radical displacement of a capitalist mode of production is, in Marx's view, a serious error.”

Tags : Anarchism Capitalism Economics Harvey Human Rights Individualism Liberalism Marx Neoliberalism Proudhon Revolution Rights Un Value
Author : David Harvey
Source : A Companion to Marx's Capital

90. “Laissez-faire capitalism, or anarchocapitalism, is simply the economic form of the libertarian ethic. Laissez-faire capitalism encompasses the notion that men should exchange goods and services, without regulation, solely on the basis of value for value. It recognizes charity and communal enterprises as voluntary versions of this same ethic. Such a system would be straight barter, except for the widely felt need for a division of labor in which men, voluntarily, accept value tokens such as cash and credit. Economically, this system is anarchy, and proudly so.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarcho Capitalism Laissez Faire Capitalism Libertarianism Playboy The Death Of Politics
Author : Karl Hess

91. “Tomorrow will use you the way you use today.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Crimethinc Today Tomorrow Z
Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Contradictionary

92. “Wananchi wataendelea kuwepo hata kama serikali haitakuwepo. Serikali haiwezi kuwashinda wananchi. Sauti ya umma ni sauti ya Mungu. Serikali haiwezi kumshinda Mungu.”

Tags : Anarchism Citizens Country Fear God Government Jingoism Mamlaka Mungu Nchi Patriotism Power Public Sauti Serikali Umma Utawala Huria Uzalendo Voice Wananchi Woga

93. “La libertà è uno stato di grazia e si è liberi solo mentre si lotta per conquistarla.”

Tags : Anarchism Chile Dictatorship Freedom
Source : A sombra do que fomos

94. “The social system of capital separates most people from the conditions of existence. This compels the vast majority to accept the mediations of work and commodity consumption in order to maintain a minimal existence at the expense of their lives, desires and dreams, of their individuality. The artificial economic scarcity imposed by capital leads to a competition that is often promoted in the United States as the basis of "individualism" in spite of the fact that it creates nearly identical mediocre existences in which life is subsumed in survival... If all individuals are indeed to be free to create their lives and relations as they desire, it is necessary to create a world in which equality of access to the means and conditions of existence is reality. This requires the total destruction of economy—the end of property, commodity exchange and work. Thus we see that the generalized realization of individual freedom goes hand-in-hands with the best aspects of the anarcho-communist ideal and can only be achieved through a revolutionary transformation.”

Tags : Anarchism Communism Egoism Individualism

95. “We have killed “duty” so that our ardent desire for free brotherhood acquires heroic valor in life. We have killed “pity” because we are barbarians capable of great love. We have killed “altruism” because we are generous egoists. We have killed “philanthropic solidarity” so that the social man unearths his most secret “I” and finds the strength of the “Unique”.”

Tags : Anarchism Egoism
Source : Toward the Creative Nothing and other writings

96. “Political liberty,” what are we to understand by that? Perhaps the individual’s independence of the State and its laws? No; on the contrary, the individual’s subjection in the State and to the State’s laws... Political liberty means that the polis, the State, is free; freedom of religion that religion is free, as freedom of conscience signifies that conscience is free; not, therefore, that I am free from the State, from religion, from conscience, or that I am rid of them. It does not mean my liberty, but the liberty of a power that rules and subjugates me; it means that one of my despots, like State, religion, conscience, is free. State, religion, conscience, these despots, make me a slave, and their liberty is my slavery.”

Tags : Anarchism Egoism
Author : Max Stirner
Source : The Ego and Its Own

97. “Mine is an enthusiastic and dionysian pessimism, like a flame that sets my vital exuberance ablaze, that mocks at any theoretical, scientific or moral prison.”

Tags : Anarchism Egoism Nihilism

98. “My motto is: walk expropriating and igniting, always leaving behind me howls of moral offenses and smoking trunks of old things.”

Tags : Anarchism Egoism Nihilism

99. “...only the one who knows and practices the iconoclastic fury of destruction can possess the joy born of freedom, of that unique freedom fertilized by sorrow. I rise up against the reality of the outer world for the triumph of the reality of my inner world. I reject society for the triumph of the I. I reject the stability of every rule, every custom, every morality, for the affirmation of every willful instinct, all free emotionality, every passion and every fantasy. I mock at every duty and every right so I can sing free will. I scorn the future to suffer and enjoy my good and my bad in the present. I despise humanity because it is not my humanity. I hate tyrants and I detest slaves. I don't want and I don't grant solidarity, because I am convinced that it is a new chain, and because I believe with Ibsen that the one who is most alone is the strongest one. This is my Nihilism.”

Tags : Anarchism Egoism Nihilism

100. “I do not want to unite with the multitude of those who flatter the proletariat, excusing them, praising them, adorning them with wreathes. No, oh distinguished windbags, your verve disguises nothing. The “people” is always there, idiotic, cowardly, resigned. And I, who consider myself superior, desire to be so, and both the bourgeoisie and the proletariat will pay for my superiority.”

Tags : Anarchism Egoism
Author : Bruno Filippi

101. “In crime the egoist has hitherto asserted himself and mocked at the sacred; the break with the sacred, or rather of the sacred, may become general. A revolution never returns, but an immense, reckless, shameless, conscienceless, proud—crime, doesn't it rumble in the distant thunder, and don't you see how the sky grows ominously silent and gloomy?”

Tags : Anarchism Egoism
Author : Max Stirner
Source : The Ego and Its Own

102. “Anarchy is not a social form, but a method of individuation. No society will concede to me more than a limited freedom and a well-being that it grants to each of its members. But I am not content with this and want more. I want all that I have the power to conquer. Every society seeks to confine me to the august limits of the permitted and the prohibited . But I do not acknowledge these limits, for nothing is forbidden and all is permitted to those who have the force and the valor.Consequently, anarchy, which is the natural liberty of the individual freed from the odious yoke of spiritual and material rulers, is not the construction of a new and suffocating society.' It is a decisive fight against all societies-christian, democratic, socialist, communist, etc., etc. Anarchism is the eternal struggle of a small minority of aristocratic outsiders against all societies which follow one another on the stage of history.”

Tags : Anarchism Aristocracy Egoism

103. “Well, you have said that you were quite certain I was not a serious anarchist. Does this place strike you as being serious?""It does seem to have a moral under all its gaiety," assented Syme; "but may I ask you two questions? You need not fear to give me information, because, as you remember, you very wisely extorted from me a promise not to tell the police, a promise I shall certainly keep. So it is in mere curiosity that I make my queries. First of all, what is it really all about? What is it you object to? you want to abolish Government?""To abolish God!" said Gregory, opening the eyes of a fanatic. "We do not only want to upset a few despotisms and police regulations; that sort of anarchism does exist, but it is a mere branch of the Nonconformists. We dig deeper and we blow you higher. We wish to deny all those arbitrary distinctions of vice and virtue, honour and treachery, upon which mere rebels base themselves. The silly sentimentalists of the French Revolution talked of the Rights of Man! We hate Rights and we hate Wrongs. We have abolished Right and Wrong.""And Right and Left," said Syme with a simple eagerness. "I hope you will abolish them too. They are much more troublesome to me.”

Tags : Abolish Anarchism Moral Right And Wrong
Source : The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare

104. “Un fait capital domine toute la civilisation moderne, le fait que la propriété d'un seul peut s'accroître indéfiniment, et même, en vertu du consentement presque universel, embrasser le monde entier.”

Tags : Anarchie Anarchism Anarchisme Anarchy Property

105. “Take one famous example: arguments about property destruction after Seattle. Most of these, I think, were really arguments about capitalism. Those who decried window-breaking did so mainly because they wished to appeal to middle-class consumers to move towards global exchange-style green consumerism, and to ally with labor bureaucracies and social democrats abroad. This was not a path designed to provoke a direct confrontation with capitalism, and most of those who urged us to take this route were at least skeptical about the possibility that capitalism could ever really be defeated. Many were in fact in favor of capitalism, if in a significantly humanized form. Those who did break windows, on the other hand, didn't care if they offended suburban homeowners, because they did not figure that suburban homeowners were likely to ever become a significant element in any future revolutionary anticapitalist coalition. They were trying, in effect, to hijack the media to send a message that the system was vulnerable -- hoping to inspire similar insurrectionary acts on the part of those who might be considering entering a genuinely revolutionary alliance; alienated teenagers, oppressed people of color, undocumented workers, rank-and-file laborers impatient with union bureaucrats, the homeless, the unemployed, the criminalized, the radically discontent. If a militant anticapitalist movement was to begin, in America, it would have to start with people like these: people who don't need to be convinced that the system is rotten, only, that there's something they can do about it. And at any rate, even if it were possible to have an anticapitalist revolution without gun-battles in the streets -- which most of us are hoping it is, since let's face it, if we come up against the US army, we will lose -- there's no possible way we could have an anticapitalist revolution while at the same time scrupulously respecting property rights. Yes, that will probably mean the suburban middle class will be the last to come on board. But they would probably be the last to come on board anyway.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Anticapitalist Destruction Property Revolution
Author : David Graeber
Source : Revolutions in Reverse: Essays on Politics, Violence, Art, and Imagination

106. “Dante Alighieri wrote his first book in the prosimetrum genre – La Vita Nuova – in 14th century Florence. Since I’m compiling this collection – my first indie publication – in Florence, just blocks from Dante’s house, and since his book involves a lost love, and ‘A New Life,’ I thought it fitting to emulate this style in my own casual, intuitive fashion. My hope is that the juxtaposition of poems, journal entries, essays and prose will create a story; a memoir in anarchistic vignettes.”

Tags : Anarchism Dante Essays Florence Genre Crossing Italy Memoir Poems Stories Writing
Author : Jalina Mhyana
Source : Dreaming in Night Vision: A Story in Vignettes

107. “The rejection of mass organizations as the be-all, end-all of organizing is vital for the creation and rediscovery of possibilities for empowerment and effective anarchistic work.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Crimethinc Empowerment Mass Organizations Organization
Source : Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs

108. “There is a saying, if any stranger enquire of the first met of Maan, were it even a child, “Who is here the sheykh?” he would answer him “I am he.”

Tags : Anarchism Arabia Exploration Nomads Travel
Source : Travels in Arabia Deserta, Volume 1

109. “Normally, when you challenge the conventional wisdom—that the current economic and political system is the only possible one—the first reaction you are likely to get is a demand for a detailed architectural blueprint of how an alternative system would work, down to the nature of its financial instruments, energy supplies, and policies of sewer maintenance. Next, you are likely to be asked for a detailed program of how this system will be brought into existence. Historically, this is ridiculous. When has social change ever happened according to someone’s blueprint? It’s not as if a small circle of visionaries in Renaissance Florence conceived of something they called “capitalism,” figured out the details of how the stock exchange and factories would someday work, and then put in place a program to bring their visions into reality. In fact, the idea is so absurd we might well ask ourselves how it ever occurred to us to imagine this is how change happens to begin.”

Tags : Anarchism Blueprint Capitalism Centralization Planning Social Change Tina Utopia
Author : David Graeber

110. “we are, in any case, only one of the forces acting in society”

Tags : Anarchism Politics Social Change

111. “The desire to “do more in less time” is not a neutral force in our culture; it is the handmaiden of miserable experts, specialists, and leaders. Not everyone has rushed to become efficient. Something else exists on the periphery: an inefficient utopia, a culture of consensus, collectives, and do-it-yourself ethics. A place where time is not bought, sold, or leased and no clock is the final arbiter of our worth. For many people in North America, the problem is not just poverty but lack of time to do the things that are actually meaningful. This is not a symptom of personal failures but the consequence of a time-obsessed society. Today, desire for efficiency springs from the scarcity model, which is the foundation of capitalism. Time is seen as a limited resource when we get caught up in meaningless jobs, mass-produced entertainment, and – the common complaint of activists – tedious meanings.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Capitalism Collective Consensus Crimethinc Efficiency Entertainment Time

112. “Give us what belongs to us in peace, and if you don't give it to us in peace, we will take it by force.”

Tags : Anarchism Political Philosophy Revolution
Author : Emma Goldman

113. “An anarchist is someone who doesn't need a cop to make him behave.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchists
Author : Ammon Hennacy

114. “An anarchist government somehow creates an impression in the hearts of citizens that no one cares.”

Tags : Amit Kalantri Amit Kalantri Quotes Anarchism Anarchy Bad Governance Care Caring Citizen Citizens Create Govern Governance Government Humans Impression Inspiration Inspirational Inspirational Quotes Love Motivation Motivational Motivational Quotes Philosophy Politics Wisdom Wisdom Quotes
Author : Amit Kalantri

115. “The millions of human beings who were shot, tortured, starved, treated like animals and made the object of a conspiracy of ridicule, can sleep in peace in their communal graves, for at least the struggle in which they died has enabled their descendants, isolated in their air-conditioned apartments, to believe, on the strength of their daily dose of television, that they are happy and free. The Communards went down, fighting to the last, so that you too could qualify for a Caribbean cruise.”

Tags : Anarchism Politics Situationist International
Source : The Revolution of Everyday Life

116. “Daydreaming subverts the world.”

Tags : Anarchism Situationist International
Source : The Revolution of Everyday Life

117. “Purchasing power is a license to purchase power. The old proletariat sold its labour power in order to subsist; what little leisure time it had was passed pleasantly enough in conversations, arguments, drinking, making love, wandering, celebrating and rioting. The new proletarian sells his labour power in order to consume. When he’s not flogging himself to death to get promoted in the labour hierarchy, he’s being persuaded to buy himself objects to distinguish himself in the social hierarchy. The ideology of consumption becomes the consumption of ideology.”

Tags : Anarchism Situationist International
Source : The Revolution of Everyday Life

118. “Anarchists have a 'bad name' in the media, not because they can point to one indiscriminate massacre by anarchists--there have been none--but because the one thing holders of power fear is that they personally should be held responsible for their own actions”

Tags : Anarchism Politics

119. “Anarchism is the revolutionary idea that no one is more qualified than you are to decide what your life will be.”

Tags : Anarchism
Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Days of War, Nights of Love: Crimethink for Beginners

120. “That Anarchist world, I admit, is our dream; we do believe - well, I, at any rate, believe this present world, this planet, will some day bear a race beyond our most exalted and temerarious dreams, a race begotten of our wills and the substance of our bodies, a race, so I have said it, 'who will stand upon the earth as one stands upon a footstool, and laugh and reach out their hands amidst the stars,' but the way to that is through education and discipline and law. Socialism is the preparation for that higher Anarchism; painfully, laboriously we mean to destroy false ideas of property and self, eliminate unjust laws and poisonous and hateful suggestions and prejudices, create a system of social right-dealing and a tradition of right-feeling and action. Socialism is the schoolroom of true and noble Anarchism, wherein by training and restraint we shall make free men.”

Tags : Anarchism
Author : H.G. Wells
Source : New Worlds for Old

121. “In modern states, the citizen is politically impotent. A citizen, it is true, may complain, make suggestions, or cause disruptions, but in the ancient world these were privileges that belonged to any slave.”

Tags : Anarchism Freedom Slavery
Source : Handbook for Rebels and Outlaws

122. “If crimes are committed they must be seen as a disease, and punishment as treatment rather than as social vengeance.”

Tags : Anarchism Politics
Source : Anarchism

123. “Every type of political power presupposes some particular form of human slavery, for the maintenance of which it is called into being. Just as outwardly, that is, in relation to other states the state has to create certain artificial antagonisms in order to justify its existence, so also internally the cleavage of society into castes, ranks and classes is an essential condition of its continuance. The development of the Bolshevist bureaucracy in Russia under the alleged dictatorship of the proletariat (which has never been anything but the dictatorship of a small clique over the proletariat and the whole Russian people) is merely a new instance of an old historical experience which has repeated itself countless times. This new ruling class, which to-day is rapidly growing into a new aristocracy, is set apart from the great masses of the Russian peasants and workers just as clearly as are the privileged castes and classes in other countries from the mass of the people. And this situation becomes still more unbearable when a despotic state denies to the lower classes the right to complain of existing conditions, so that any protest is made at the risk of their lives.But even a far greater degree of economic equality than that which exists in Russia would be no guarantee against political and social oppression. Economic equality alone is not social liberation. It is precisely this which all the schools of authoritarian Socialism have never understood. In the prison, in the cloister, or in the barracks one finds a fairly high degree of economic equality, as all the inmates are provided with the same dwelling, the same food, the same uniform, and the same tasks. The ancient Inca state in Peru and the Jesuit state in Paraguay had brought equal economic provision for every inhabitant to a fixed system, but in spite of this the vilest despotism prevailed there, and the human being was merely the automaton of a higher will on whose decisions he had not the slightest influence. It was not without reason that Proudhon saw in a "Socialism" without freedom the worst form of slavery. The urge for social justice can only develop properly and be effective when it grows out of man's sense of freedom and responsibility, and is based upon it. In other words, Socialism will be free or it will not be at all. In its recognition of this fact lies the genuine and profound justification of Anarchism. ”

Tags : Anarchism
Author : Rudolf Rocker
Source : Anarchism and Anarcho-Syndicalism

124. “The theory of exodus proposes that the most effective way of opposing capitalism and the liberal state is not through direct confrontation but by means of what Paolo Virno has called “engaged withdrawal,”mass defection by those wishing to create new forms of community. One need only glance at the historical record to confirm that most successful forms of popular resistance have taken precisely this form. They have not involved challenging power head on (this usually leads to being slaughtered, or if not, turning into some—often even uglier—variant of thevery thing one first challenged) but from one or another strategy of slipping away from its grasp, from flight, desertion, the founding of new communities.”

Tags : Anarchism Capitalism
Author : David Graeber
Source : Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology

125. “Can true function arise from basic dysfunction?”

Tags : Anarchism
Source : The Dispossessed

126. “Anarchism is the great liberator of man from the phantoms that have held him captive; it is the arbiter and pacifier of the two forces for individual and social harmony.”

Tags : Anarchism
Author : Emma Goldman
Source : Anarchism and Other Essays

127. “If Adam and Eve were not hunter-gatherers, then they were certainly gatherers. But, then, consumer desire, or self-embitterment, or the 'itch,' as Schopenhauer called it, appeared in the shape of the serpent. This capitalistic monster awakens in Adam and Eve the possibility that things could be better. Instantly, they are cast out of the garden and condemned to a life of toil, drudgery, and pain. Wants supplanted needs, and things have been going downhill ever since. ”

Tags : Adam And Eve Anarchism Capitalism Freedom
Source : The Freedom Manifesto

128. “The aim is not therefore to liberate some 'essential self' by throwing off the burden of government and the State, but to develop the self in creative and voluntary relations with others.”

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129. “Direct action meant that the goal of any and all of these activities was to provide ways for people to get in touch with their own powers and capacities, to take back the power of naming themselves and their lives. It was to be distinguished from more conventional political activity even in a democratic system. Instead of attempting to make change by forming interest groups to pressure politicians, anarchists insisted that we learn to think and act for ourselves by joining together in organizations in which our experience, our perception, and our activity can guide and make the change. Knowledge does not precede experience, it flows from it: "We begin by deciding to work, and through working, we learn ... We will learn how to live in libertarian communism by living in it." People learn how to be free only by exercising freedom: "We are not going to find ourselves ... with people ready-made for the future ... Without the continued exercise of their faculties, there will be no free people ... The external revolution and the internal revolution presuppose one another, and they must be simultaneous in order to be successful.”

Tags : Anarchism Feminism
Source : Free Women of Spain: Anarchism and the Struggle for the Emancipation of Women

130. “L'homme qui n'a pas été anarchiste à seize ans est un imbécile. Mais c'en est un autre, s'il l'est encore à quarante.”

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131. “Anarchism? You bet your sweet betsy. The only cure for the ills of democracy is more democracy. Much more.”

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Author : Edward Abbey
Source : Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast

132. “Far from checking the spread of immorality, repression has always extended and deepended it. Thus it is futile to oppose it by rigorous legislation which trespasses on individual liberty.”

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Source : Anarchism

133. “If we're all led to believe that poverty is just a matter of laziness or stupidity or whatever other justifications we can come up with, then we're not likely to be in a real position to do much about it when it comes to attacking the root cause of the problem. Instead of demanding a more equitable system for the distribution of social and economic goods, we blame the victim. This is insidious, because ideology is something we carry around with us in our heads; it forms the basis of our day-to-day understanding of the world.”

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Author : Bob Torres
Source : Making A Killing: The Political Economy of Animal Rights

134. “The anarchist, as the born foe of authority, will be destroyed by it after damaging it more or less. The anarch, on the other hand, has appropriated authority; he is sovereign. He therefore behaves as a neutral power vis-à-vis state and society. He may like, dislike, or be indifferent to whatever occurs in them. That is what determines his conduct; he invests no emotional values.”

Tags : Anarch Anarchism Authority State
Author : Ernst Jünger
Source : Eumeswil

135. “The silly sentimentalists of the French Revolution talked of the Rights of Man! We hate Rights as we hate Wrongs. We have abolished Right and Wrong.And Right and Left, said Syme with a simple eagerness, I hope you will abolish them too. They are much more troublesome to me.”

Tags : Anarchism Humor
Source : The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare

136. “The anarch differs from the anarchist in that he has a very pronounced sense of the rules. Insofar as and to the extent that he observes them, he feels exempt from thinking.This is consistent with normal behavior: everyone who boards a train rolls over bridges and through tunnels that engineers have devised for him and on which a hundred thousand hands have labored. This does not darken the passenger’s mood; settling in comfortably, he buries himself in his newspaper, has breakfast, or thinks about his business. Likewise, the anarch – except that he always remains aware of that relationship, never losing sight of his main theme, freedom, that which also flies outside, past hill and dale. He can get away at any time, not just from the train, but also from any demand made on him by state, society, or church, and also from existence.”

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Author : Ernst Jünger
Source : Eumeswil

137. “I begin with the respect that the anarch shows towards the rules. Respectare as an intensive of respicere means: ‘to look back, to think over, to take into account.’ These are traffic rules. The anarchist resembles a pedestrian who refuses to acknowledge them and is promptly run down. Even a passport check is disastrous for him. ‘I never saw a cheerful end,’ as far back as I can look into history. In contrast, I would assume that men who were blessed with happiness – Sulla, for example – were anarchs in disguise.”

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Author : Ernst Jünger
Source : Eumeswil

138. “Patriotism is the product of successful systematic indoctrination.”

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Author : Dane Whalen

139. “I did not believe that a Cause which stood for a beautiful ideal, for anarchism, for release and freedom from convention and prejudice, should demand the denial of life and joy. I insisted that our Cause could not expect me to become a nun and that the movement would not be turned into a cloister. If it meant that, I did not want it. "I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody's right to beautiful, radiant things." Anarchism meant that to me, and I would live it in spite of the whole world — prisons, persecution, everything. Yes, even in spite of the condemnation of my own closest comrades I would live my beautiful ideal.”

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Author : Emma Goldman

140. “Subvert the social and civil order! Aye, I would destroy, to the last vestige, this mockery of order, this travesty upon justice! Break up the home? Yes, every home that rests on slavery! Every marriage that represents the sale and transfer of the individuality of one of its parties to the other! Every institution, social or civil, that stands between man and his right; every tie that renders one a master, another a serf; every law, every statute, every be-it-enacted that represents tyranny; everything you call American privilege that can only exist at the expense of international right. Now cry out, "Nihilist-disintegrationist !" Say that I would isolate humanity, reduce society to its elemental state, make men savage! It is not true. But rather than see this devastating, cankering, enslaving system you call social order go on, rather than help to keep alive the accursed institutions of Authority, I would help to reduce every fabric in the social structure to its native element.”

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Source : The Voltairine de Cleyre Reader

141. “It is better to enlighten men’s minds than to teach them to be obstinate in their prejudices.”

Tags : Anarchism Education Enlightenment Learning Mind Obstinance Prejudice Teaching
Source : What Is Property?

142. “You know how long's the universe. It's seven million freeways side by side. You know how high. So high the moon just falls. But little punks, you still know the hardcore of the universe. It's cause you're hardcore too. You're made of pure universe, under your bones. And nothing ever starts shit by meaning to. We meant to break down the amerikan dream throwing bottles. All we broke was bottles. What worked was one stolen handful of flax seed. All ages shows in the highschool parkade, and the keys to the bandroom door. Their dream was a joke anyway. What worked was a nother joke.”

Tags : Anarchism Life During Wartime Mysticism Punk Wish Fulfillment
Author : Noah Wareness

143. “Educate the Russian or the American or the Englishman or the Irishman or Frenchman or any real northern European except German, and you get the Anarchist, that is to say the man who dreams of order without organisation - of something beyond organisation...”

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Author : H.G. Wells

144. “Free action is to live in the present society as though it were a natural society.”

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Author : Paul Goodman

145. “The contention that a standing army and navy is the best security of peace is about as logical as the claim that the most peaceful citizen is he who goes about heavily armed.”

Tags : Anarchism Military Peace
Author : Emma Goldman
Source : Anarchism and Other Essays

146. “Two reefs tower in front of the anarchist. The first, the state, must be overcome, especially in a hurricane, when the waves soar. He ineluctably runs aground on the second one, society, the very image that flickered before him. There is a brief intermezzo between the fall of the legitimate powers and the new legality. Two weeks after Kropotkin’s funeral cortege, in which his corpse had followed the Black Banners, the sailors of Kronstadt were liquidated. This is not to say that nothing had happened in between—Merlino, one of the disillusioned, hit the nail on the head: ‘Anarchism is an experiment.”

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Author : Ernst Jünger
Source : Eumeswil

147. “Behind every unquestionable belief is a system of control.”

Tags : Anarchism Authority Paranoia
Source : A Traitor's War

148. “Anarchism … teaches the possibility of a society in which the needs of life may be fully supplied for all, and in which the opportunities for complete development of mind and body shall be the heritage of all … [It] teaches that the present unjust organisation of the production and distribution of wealth must finally be completely destroyed, and replaced by a system which will insure to each the liberty to work, without first seeking a master to whom he [or she] must surrender a tithe of his [or her] product, which will guarantee his liberty of access to the sources and means of production … Out of the blindly submissive, it makes the discontented; out of the unconsciously dissatisfied, it makes the consciously dissatisfied … Anarchism seeks to arouse the consciousness of oppression, the desire for a better society, and a sense of the necessity for unceasing warfare against capitalism and the State.”

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149. “It is through separation that you will win: no representatives, and no candidates!”

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150. “If anarchy is chaos, and chaos is war, why wasn't a single war started by anarchists?”

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151. “Anarchy is law and freedom without force.Despotism is law and force without freedom.Barbarism force without freedom and law.Republicanism is force with freedom and law.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Political Philosophy
Author : Immanuel Kant
Source : Anthropology from a Pragmatic Point of View

152. “Control and violence that is best reflected in the state, are evil in themselves. In this knowledge lies the great truth of anarchism.”

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Source : Novoe Religioznoe Soznanie I Obshchestvennost'

153. “If I were to give a summary of the tendency of our times, I would say, Quantity. The multitude, the mass spirit, dominates everywhere, destroying quality. Our entire life — production, politics, and education — rests on quantity, on numbers. The worker who once took pride in the thoroughness and quality of his work, has been replaced by brainless, incompetent automatons, who turn out enormous quantities of things, valueless to themselves, and generally injurious to the rest of mankind. Thus quantity, instead of adding to life’s comforts and peace, has merely increased man’s burden.”

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Author : Emma Goldmann
Source : Anarchism and Other Essays

154. “Every command slaps liberty in the face.”

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155. “To change the world by bullets or ballots was a useless procedure. If the workers ever did get a majority of either, they would have the envy and greed in their hearts and would be chained by these as much as by the chains of the master class. And the State which they would like to call a Cooperative Commonwealth would be based on power; the state would not wither away but would grow. Therefore the only revolution worthwhile was the one-man revolution within the heart. Each one could make this by himself and not need to wait on a majority.”

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Author : Ammon Hennacy

156. “A thorough investigation would prove that nine crimes out of ten could be traced, directly or indirectly, to our economic and social iniquities, to our system of remorseless exploitation and robbery.”

Tags : Anarchism Capitalism Crime Inequality
Author : Emma Goldman
Source : Anarchism and Other Essays

157. “Today even the dimmest of capitalist can see that the centralized nation-state, so promising an idea a generation ago, has lost all credibility with the population. Anarchism now is the idea that has seized hearts everywhere, some form of it will come to envelop every centrally governed society . . . If a nation wants to preserve itself, what other steps can it take, but mobilize and go to war? Central governments were never designed for peace. Their structure is line and staff, the same as an army. The national idea depends on war. A general European war, with ever striking worker a traitor, flags threatened, the sacred soils of homelands defiled, would be just the ticket to wipe Anarchism off the political map. The national idea would be reborn. One trembles at the pestilent forms that would rise up afterward, from the swamp of the ruined Europe.”

Tags : Anarchism Nationalism
Source : Against the Day

158. “A libertarian is someone who graduated from thinking that there are problems with the state to realizing that the state is the problem.”

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159. “No matter what color you paint Anarchism, it's still a pig with lipstick on.”

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160. “Independent radical women often live lonely lives if they expect equality.”

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161. “Visible alternatives shatter the sense of inevitability, that the system must, necessarily, be patched together in the same form -- this is why it became such an imperative of global governance to stamp them out, or, when that's not possible, to ensure that no one knows about them. To become aware of it allows us to see everything we are already doing in a new light. To realize we're all already communists when working on a common projects, all already anarchists when we solve problems without recourse to lawyers or police, all revolutionaries when we make something genuinely new.”

Tags : Anarchism Communism Revolution
Author : David Graeber
Source : Revolutions in Reverse: Essays on Politics, Violence, Art, and Imagination

162. “In Labor movements generally, success through violence can hardly be expected except in circumstances where success without violence is attainable.”

Tags : Anarchism Communism Labor Socialism Syndicalism Violence
Source : Proposed Roads to Freedom: Socialism, Anarchism and Syndicalism

163. “There is no returning to the masses - once your forays into theory have borne you far enough away from them that you can perceive them and the benefits of being among them. the only return is through the process of disillusionment; one must cease to care about motivating the masses to be reunited with them. Likewise, there is no converting them - no matter how many people you come to join you at your outpost, from up close they will never look as impressive as the distant crowd.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Crimethinc Popularity
Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Contradictionary

164. “Only by concealing our identities can we shed the masks we have to wear at school, at work, even at home - everywhere there is surveillance, policing, punishment - masks that are increasingly indistinguishable from ourselves.”

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Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Contradictionary

165. “Gun Control: A measure to ensure that guns always point in one direction.”

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Author : CrimethInc.

166. “When desertion is not an option, sabotage is a must.”

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167. “Never confuse efficiency with effectiveness.”

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Source : Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs

168. “What is common becomes sense, but what is sensible doesn't always become common.”

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Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Contradictionary

169. “If you are a warrior, the nature and scale of your enemies will determine the nature and scale of your actions. In this sense, it is even more important to choose your enemies more wisely than your friends.”

Tags : Actions Anarchism Anarchy Crimethinc Enemies Enemy Friends Nature War Warrior
Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Contradictionary

170. “The authorities don't grant concessions out of the kindness of their hearts; they simply concede the reality of what their subjects are strong enough to compel from them. If you want political leverage, don't beg for it, don't seek it through their channels - take power outside them.”

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Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Contradictionary

171. “One of the most inefficient utopias I have ever seen was that of a humble Zapatista village in the mountains of Southeastern Mexico. I kid you not, the entire village sits down and takes days to make a single decision! Everyone gets a chance to hear and be heard, and some questions take eons of time, but everyone is patient and respectful. Things actually get done. It's as if time was suddenly transformed from the tickling of a Newtonian clock to something that revolved around ordinary folks.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Crimethinc Mexico Time Zapatista
Source : Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs

172. “No genuine revolutionary challenge to either the State or Capitalism in the United States can fail to ignore racism's importance in maintaining the current system.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Capitalism Crimethic Race Racism Revolution United States
Source : Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs

173. “At first, one only recognizes particular instances to be worth of critique; critique appears synonymous with rejection, implying deficiency in the object. Over time, one discovers that everything warrants critique. This can produce cynicism: nothing is above reproach, nothing is pure, therefore nothing has value. But followed through to its logical conclusion, this insight inspires a profound optimism: if everything can be critiqued, then no matter how bleak things are, there is always a way to improve them. Those who comprehend this can pass beyond the binary of approval and disapproval to identify the conflicting currents within any subject of inquiry. There are sides to take inside every position, as well as between them.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Crimethinc Critique Cynicism Deficiency Optimism Rejection
Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Contradictionary

174. “Economy: As an adjective, cheap; As a noun, that which compels us to render ourselves as such.”

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Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Contradictionary

175. “Feeling that one has some leverage upon something, even by proxy or association, makes one a great deal more interested in it.”

Tags : Agency Anarchism Anarchy Association Crimethinc Leverage Proxy
Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Contradictionary

176. “Everything subtracted from the present is added to the future with interest.”

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Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Contradictionary

177. “There is no master cabal organizing the three-hundred plus Food Not Bombs or mad genius organizing the dozens of Indymedia's across the globe. We can all be the Johnny and Jane Appleseeds of anarchist counter-structure. We do this by harvesting good ideas and strategies from across the globe and replacing them on the local level. And while our passions and ideas should be brash, we should also be inspired by our day-to-day victories. People need to feel encouraged to start small, realizing the infrastructure begets infrastructure.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Crimethic Food Not Bombs Indymedia Infrastructure Johnny Appleseed Passion

178. “Media is an assemblage of tools with which to expand an audience's conception of what "the world" is to such and extent that their own lives and capabilities seem utterly insignificant; a means of psychological warfare by which people are overloaded with information and desensitized to their own and others' suffering; the sum of all means by which human beings reduce the infinite complexity of reality to a dead-end maze of abstractions.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Crimethinc Media
Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Contradictionary

179. “Right and wrong are superstitions; your desires, however, are real. Those who cannot achieve their desires, or who despair of doing so, often compensate by constructing imaginary frameworks. For example, if you wish to live in a world in which no one exploits animals, it is moralism to judge those who eat meat immoral instead of setting about disabling the animal exploitation industry. People retreat into moralism as a sort of consolation prize, for it is easier to rule in the realm of good and evil, fictitious as it may be, than to come to terms with our limited leverage upon this world and yet persist in endeavoring to change it.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Crimethinc Morals
Author : CrimethInc.
Source : Contradictionary

180. “Capitalism is the fullest expression of anarchism, and anarchism is the fullest expression of capitalism. Not only are they compatible, but you can't really have one without the other. True anarchism will be capitalism, and true capitalism will be anarchism”

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181. “Crowned heads, wealth and privilege may well tremble should ever again the Black and Red unite!"-after the split between Anarchists and Marxists in 1872”

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182. “Libertarian opponents of anarchy are attacking a straw man. Their arguments are usually utilitarian in nature and amount to "but anarchy won’t work" or "we need the (things provided by the) state." But these attacks are confused at best, if not disingenuous. To be an anarchist does not mean you think anarchy will "work" (whatever that means); nor that you predict it will or "can" be achieved. It is possible to be a pessimistic anarchist, after all. To be an anarchist only means that you believe that aggression is not justified, and that states necessarily employ aggression. And, therefore, that states, and the aggression they necessarily employ, are unjustified. It’s quite simple, really. It’s an ethical view, so no surprise it confuses utilitarians.Accordingly, anyone who is not an anarchist must maintain either: (a) aggression is justified; or (b) states (in particular, minimal states) do not necessarily employ aggression.”

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183. “To be an anarchist only means that you believe that aggression is not justified, and that states necessarily employ aggression. And, therefore, that states, and the aggression they necessarily employ, are unjustified.”

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184. “One gratifying aspect of our rise to some prominence is that, for the first time in my memory, we, ‘our side,’ had captured a crucial word from the enemy . . . ‘Libertarians’ . . . had long been simply a polite word for left-wing anarchists, that is for anti-private property anarchists, either of the communist or syndicalist variety. But now we had taken it over...”

Tags : Anarchism Communism Libertarianism Politics Syndicalism
Source : The Betrayal Of The American Right

185. “Instead of worship or ignorance of the past, we must make our own tools, our own stories, and our own legends.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Crimethinc Ignorance Worship
Source : Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs

186. “I am not SURE whether people have watched DID show from ZEE TV or not, Its big ambiguity that they have really liked Teriya Magar's performance or of anyone else. But I'm SURE that they have voted Teriya and even begged others fellows to vote her.This way patriotism rocks and talent is sucked........- Anup Joshi”

Tags : Anarchism Dance India Dance Patriotism Reality Shows
Author : Anup Joshi

187. “It's easier to ponder the future than it is to do something about the present.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Crimethinc Future Present
Source : Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs

188. “Nearly every "serious" anarchist writer in recent years has tried to distance anarchism from chaos. Yet for most ordinary people, chaos and anarchy are forever linked. The connection between chaos and anarchism should be rethought and embraced, instead of being downplayed and repressed. Chaos is the nightmare of rulers, states, and capitalists. We should not polish the image of anarchism by erasing chaos. Instead, we should remember that chaos is not only burning ruins but also butterfly wings.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Capitalism Chaos Crimethinc Order
Source : Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs

189. “Within a diverse swarm of individuals and small groups, resistance can be anywhere and anytime; everywhere and all the time.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Crimethinc Resistance
Source : Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs

190. “Within a diverse swarm of individuals and small groups, resistance can be anywhere and anything; everywhere and all the time.”

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191. “The biggest crime in the human history is the formulation of wicked states, which has been rooted to such an extent that we are destined to suffer because this sin is neither forgivable nor repairable for centuries though it is to acknowledge that no purgatory is eternal.- Anup Joshi”

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Author : Anup Joshi

192. “The significance of world cup is that you will feel much thirsty to drink coca-cola, wear adidas products, buy sony televisions and mobiles no matter you have no money for perusing education, health facilities and all basic requirements. Your dream to drive Hyundai smoothly must be in peak now.- Anup Joshi”

Tags : Anarchism Football
Author : Anup Joshi

193. “Traditionally, there have been two major strains of motivation (or perceived motivations) in anarchist politics: Duty and Joy. Like any duality, it is easy to fall into the trap of simplistic black and white labels, ignoring the more realistic continuum of grays. Instead, think of these two motivations as the end points on a continuum, illuminating everything in between.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Black And White Crimethinc Duality Duty Joy Motivation
Source : Anarchy in the Age of Dinosaurs

194. “All the propagandist like FIFA, ICC, Olympics are hypnotizing you to be radical patriotic in the name of sports.”

Tags : Anarchism Football World Cup
Author : Anup Joshi

195. “THE WORLD IS APPROACHING TOWARDS ANARCHY" :The second law of thermodynamics concludes that the entropy of universe is increasing with time . Which means with time , the randomness or disorderness is also increasing. Anarchy is the condition of excessive social entropy . Thus , we can conclude that finally universe will reach to the condition of anarchy .-anup joshi”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Anup Joshi Social Entropy
Author : Anup Joshi

196. “Do you want to make it impossible for anyone to oppress his fellow-man? Then make sure that no one shall possess power.”

Tags : Anarchism Anarchy Oppression

197. “Anarchism alone stresses the importance of the individual, his possibilities and needs in a free society. Instead of telling him that he must fall down and worship before institutions, live and die for abstractions, break his heart and stunt his life for taboos, Anarchism insists that the center of gravity in society is the individual--that he must think for himself, act freely, and live fully. The aim of Anarchism is that every individual in the world shall be able to do so. If he is to develop freely and fully, he must be relieved from the interference and oppression of others. Freedom is, therefore, the cornerstone of the Anarchist philosophy. Of course, this has nothing in common with a much boasted "rugged individualism." Such predatory individualism is really flabby, not rugged. At the least danger to its safety it runs to cover of the state and wails for protection of armies, navies, or whatever devices for strangulation it has at its command. Their "rugged individualism" is simply one of the many pretenses the ruling class makes to unbridled business and political extortion.”

Tags : Anarchism Individualism Rugger Individualism
Author : Emma Goldman
Source : Red Emma Speaks

198. “We need a dream-world in order to discover the features of the real world we think we inhabit.”

Tags : Anarchism Philosophy Of Science
Source : Against Method: Outline of an Anarchistic Theory of Knowledge

199. “Every state protects the privileges of the powerful.”

Tags : Anarchism State
Author : Colin Ward
Source : Anarchism: A Very Short Introduction

200. “I consider Anarchism the most beautiful and practical philosophy that has yet been thought of in its application to individual expression and the relation it establishes between the individual and society. Moreover, I am certain that Anarchism is too vital and too close to human nature ever to die. It is my conviction that dictatorship, whether to the right or to the left, can never work--that it never has worked, and that time will prove this again, as it has been proved before. When the failure of modern dictatorship and authoritarian philosophies becomes more apparent and the realization of failure more general, Anarchism will be vindicated. Considered from this point, a recrudescence of Anarchist ideas in the near future is very probable. When this occurs and takes effect, I believe that humanity will at last leave the maze in which it is now lost and will start on the path to sane living and regeneration through freedom.”

Tags : Anarchism Dictatorship Freedom Human Nature
Author : Emma Goldman
Source : Red Emma Speaks