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Anarchy and teens Answered

What the deuce is with these teenagers and anarchy? Is pure evil and chaos what they want, and are attracted to? What the deuce do they want? I know most will stop being anarchists (not truly) eventually, but is it a trend, a cult, a what? Comments will be most appreciated my fellow insructa-users



3 years ago

For being a teen myself, I am an anarchist. Not the kind that smashes windows causing chaos, spray painting the anarchy symbol (which actually isn't what people think it is, explanation later) but I am an anarchist that wants a stateless society with no rulers (not no rules: no rulers). Anarchism isn't calling the cops "Fascist pigs" but helping out people and accepting people for who they are. Of course we will never have the so-called perfect society, but that is so unrealistic it's not even funny!

Anarchism is people helping out others. It's basically everyone being equal, so basically meaning no individual is higher up than someone else. And about the symbol, it is actually the letter O symbolizing order, and the A means anarchism. Basically all together it means anarchism is order.

Sorry for the comment being so long and horribly written, I'm just getting my ideas out.


10 years ago

hahah, i just bought it at a yard sale a week ago, its a good read



You know you can read it, in all its outdated, error-filled glory online, don't you?

Its not the same one, the online version was written by "The Jolly Rodger" the book, as pictured, was written by William Powell

Ahh.. I never knew that, I have been maligning this book incorrectly. Is the print version any better?

a lot more text, i would recommend reading the book, its rather interesting

You can Download a pdf of it almost anywhere on the internet...

I think (if I remember right)Powell renounced the original work and sued the publisher. Subsequent copies have his name removed. That being said, my kids and I like the ACB, but it should be approached with EXTREME caution.

not necessarily, just don't do the illegal stuff in there... as i was telling jessyratfink, it has some interesting views on before and during the Vietnam war, which was when it was written and published.

I agree. I appreciate the political/historical discussion in the prologue. When I say Extreme caution, I'm talking about the explosives, incendiaries, and such. The instructions are decent, but if you're not trained in those things, you might not know all of the fine points of blowing stuff up and burning stuff down. Trust me, sometimes even great ideas leave you with no eyebrows and partial deafness!

hmm, maybe that's why I'm 16 and still don't have hair on my one leg...

.... WHERE!?!?!??!

You can Download a pdf of it almost anywhere on the internet...

Please with a cherry on top!

a cookbook for destruction of the economy and government

wait a cookbook for food ?

Huh - that's one of the few times I've seen that typo used correctly! ;-)

yeah, I er....planned to do that, yeah thats it


how is that cool, and why? that is the question

It's cool that the call it an Anarchy "Cookbook"; it contains "recipes" for destruction of government. It's cool how they themed it.

Whenever we get that into work it always sells instantly. I've actually never gotten to look at it. I'm always just like, "OMG ANARCHIST COOKBOOK! SOMEONE WILL BUY THIS FOR 20 BUCKS!! YAY!!"

It's not worth reading, it's outdated and dangerous trash that has very little to do with the point of anarchy.

i think its just something different to read

I would suggesting reading it, its a pretty good book, *interesting view points of pre-veitnam war*


isn't that book illegal or something?

nope, the book itself isn't illegal, you can get it at various bookstores

no, almost everything in it is illegal


7 years ago

When i was younger and first hearing about anarchy it was from the punk scene. I'm an inquisitive person though so i did research before taking on a new philosophy.

Now that i'm older i have a much more developed understanding of anarchist theory, and it's the only thing that makes any sense to me.

If you're interested in anarchist theory, take a look at this : http://www.black-rose.com/articles-liz/intro-@.html

also chaos =! anarchy, a pure definition of anarchism is "a political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society"

Some might believe that a stateless society would breed chaos, and in there lies a good debate.

I'll have to say that most kids who wear the "anarchy symbol" don't even understand what it means. Anarchy can be political, or situational. Anarchism has been attached to alot of things over the years, from the Haymarket Riot, to Sacco and Vanzetti, all the way to Sid Vicious and the Sex Pistols. It was also frequently seen as a means to further communism/marxism, by destruction of "the establishment". In a perfect (read impossible) world, lack of government control (political anarchy) would not be such a problem. Realistically though, there are entirely too many people (and groups of people) willing to abuse the absence of law and governmental control. Do I hate outside governmental interference? Absolutely! How would this world be without any restraint upon the selfish, uncooperative and ignorant masses? Not so good. Most current "anarchism" is a fad, latched onto by kids who don't understand it. All they know is that it gets attention and infuriates the powers that be. True political anarchism is just not practical be cause of humanities inadequacy to behave itself. If you've ever lived in a "might-makes-right" society, you will understand.

you know? your absolutely right. most teens who latch on to the "fad" of anarchism dont completely understand it. i, on the other hand, do. and it enfuriates me that people wear the anarchist order symbol without truely believing/understanding what anarchism is really all about. and really, i know there are some people who wear it AND believe it (such as myself) and my appologies to whoever that may be, but there are people who just say they're anarchists and wear it because they think its "cool" or that it will make them "cool". once again my appologies to whoever this offends.

I don't wear it anymore. I did for years, but after seeing a few to many "posers" wearing them, I bailed.

This comment is a little late, I suppose, but have you read The Man Who Was Thursday?

Yeah, it's worth reading. Some good ideas relating to the topic of anarchy.

I'll try to give it a read. I'll see if I can find it online. I have like 2000 books, but I rarely read paper anymore.