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An introduction to the site and information on the latest things that've been added to it.
 
 
 
Information about Rachel Corrie, an American killed by the Israeli army in 2003.
 
 
 
Useful or fun stuff on other sites.
 
 
 
A small collection of political tattoos.
 
 
 
Free board game based on the 1999 anti-World Trade Organization demonstrations.
 
 
 
Carlo Giuliani was a 23 year old anarchist, killed by Italian police at a protest in 2001.
 
 
 
An anarchist tribute to Tintin.
 
 
 
The latest Australian and international news, facts and quotes.
 
 
 
How long would it take the head of a big company to earn your pay? Trick question - they don't earn their pay.
 
 
 
The Politician-Free Zone is the place to start if you're interested in reading about anarchist ideas. It has articles which between them answer most of the questions that people have, as well as a lot of cartoons and graphics.
 
 
 
As well as being politically spot on, this website also has awesome psychic powers.
 
 
 
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Down With The Bosses And Pass Those Tulips
 
As a teenager I worked in a florist shop. The owner was overflowing with enthusiasm and with a booming voice to match. Every morning hed take a look at our stack of orders. Every morning hed say the same thing: "boys, we've got our work cut out for us today." Then hed dart from one workstation to another. Hed pull a gladiola out of one arrangement, impulsively stick an extra carnation into another and generally get in the way.
 
He had a real talent for that, not being a florist himself. To us worker bees, he was a burden we had to bear. By 11 o'clock hed usually get a phone call from a buddy inviting him to lunch, a game of cards, or maybe an afternoon at the racetrack.
 
Freed from his distracting presence, wed churn out bridal bouquets and altar vases by the dozen. At closing time hed come back. Hed look at a shop floor covered with scraps of ribbon, leaves and stems. And he'd proclaim victory: "well, we got the job done, didn't we?"
 
We always rolled our eyes at him including himself in the "we" who got the job done. Wed managed to do so much work in the hours he left us in peace. How much more could we have done if he hadn't come in at all?
 
We asked ourselves the same question that anarchists ask: bosses, who needs them?
 
Anarchists apply that question to everything from a small shop to the highest level of government. A lot of people argue that the problem with government is that it is in the hands of the wrong people. Put them in charge and itd work just fine.
 
Anarchists say that a boss is a boss. Government is an unnecessary burden at best and more likely a noose around its subjects' necks.
 
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, the 19th century founder of anarchism, wrote that "to be governed is to be watched over, inspected, spied on, directed, legislated, regimented, closed in, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, assessed, evaluated, censored, commanded; all by creatures that have no right, nor wisdom or virtue...
 
"To be governed means that at every move, operation, or transaction one is noted, registered, entered in a census, taxed, stamped, priced, assessed, patented, licensed, authorised, recommended, admonished, prevented, reformed, set right, corrected. Government means to be subjected to tribute, trained, ransomed, exploited, monopolized, extorted, pressured, mystified, robbed; all in the name of public utility and the general good.
 
"Then at the first sign of resistance or word of complaint, one is repressed, fined despised, vexed, pursued, hustled, beaten up, garroted, imprisoned, shot, machine gunned, judged, sentenced, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed, and to cap it all, ridiculed, mocked, outraged, and dishonoured.
 
"That is government, that is its justice and its morality....O human personality! How can it be that you have cowered in such subjection for sixty centuries?"
 
Proudhon's solution was to get rid of all bosses. He believed that, just as we did fine in that florist shop without the boss, so would all of society.
 
But how would those little workshops coordinate their efforts without any higher authority?
 
Just like we did. Often wed run short of something when the boss was gone. We didn't phone up the racetrack and ask that he be paged so he could call the wholesale supply house. We just called them ourselves. Wed ask our fellow workers there to send over some roses, say, real quick.
 
Look at society from the point of view of its opponents. Every few months, the leaders of a few nations come together to work out the next step in the world economy. They plan behind closed doors.
 
Everyone else is, basically, being enrolled, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, and licensed, whether they like it or not.
 
So we shouldn't be surprised to see more and more people interested in anarchism. For those who feel that the scale of authority is growing so large as to crush the average person, anarchism holds out the promise of a return to a human-scale society.
 
Anarchism isnt likely to go away soon. More likely its due for a rebirth. Arguably, its tailor-made for the growing number of people who dont want to be part of the brave new world of free trade and Golden Arches, which is taking over local cultures all over the world.
 
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