Anarchism in America

Anarchism in AmericaA colorful and provocative survey of anarchism in America, the film attempts to dispel popular misconceptions and trace the historical development of the movement.

The film explores the movement both as a native American philosophy stemming from 19th century American traditions of individualism, and as a foreign ideology brought to America by immigrants.

The film features rare archival footage and interviews with significant personalities in anarchist history including Murray Boochkin and Karl Hess, and also live performance footage of the Dead Kennedys.

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16 Comments / User Reviews

  1. shamel

    anarchy is not concerned with idiotic animal nihilism, violence, etc. read the words of noam chomsky to begin learning of this social model built on admirable components, the central concern of which is to defeat tyranny.

  2. Vlatko

    Maybe that's true shamel.

  3. roland gopel

    i think this was quite a good documentary and an excellent starting point for anybody interested in the subject, although i would have liked to see and hear 2 points blatantly expressed.

    1. if one were to read the new testament of the bible one would find jesus advocating anarchy, and yet exactly the opposite is preached from the pulpit.

    2. from a purely logical perspective, if nobody OWNS me then nobody OWNS me such that i have to do as somebody else says purely for the sake of doing (or thinking, or speaking) as i'm told. no matter how many laws there are that say i MUST wear a bicycle helmet or a seatbelt such that i MUST protect my person to somebody else's dictates. to me it comes down to personal sovereinty.

    there will be a struggle between individualists and those advocating the pre-eminence of 'the state' for some time yet i think.

  4. Captain

    The problem with leftist anarchy is it relies on force to create the system, and places people in a system as flexible as those that also participate. It is nothing but a series of democracies. This is a bit of an antithesis to the idea of non-governance. Rightist anarchy promotes individualism, doesn't advocate any specific economic structure, and can become anything, including sectors of leftist type colonies.

  5. redbloodblackflag

    o.O

  6. madu_tv

    Well, like others, anarchism has both good and bad parts to it. Its good to have do it yourself attitude, but that will not address everything like - how will economy work? What about social balance? Will it really lead to improvement in standard of living of the society or will have bunch of people doing things their way (which is usually contradicting with one another).

    In my opinion anarchism cannot be a political idea. Its a art of living, when within 'limits', can make people more independent, opinionated and accommodating at the same time. Well, thats the ideal case, we are human beings, we don't understand 'ideal' and 'limits'.

  7. AntiState2

    You fail to understand the concept. A centralized monopoly on violence is not the solution to social problems. Ask yourself "How would I solve (insert problem)... Economies work best when left to freely operate, you do it every day.

  8. David Rodrigues

    this is not anarchism in a politic ideologic form im an anarchist by conviction and i always give the exemple of this type of people to say what anarchism isn't its not the guys that smach guitars,if you want to realy know whats anarchism study spanish history spanish revolutions etc they had a faction that ruled a bit of the country the anarchist dont need a paper to say that he is married to say were he was born etc etc dont recognaize the type of society based on politics etc etc etc

  9. Jonathan Wade

    there is no "rightist" anarchy.

  10. yasir zia

    "Economies work best when left to freely operate.."

    This has to be the most ignorant statement ever in light of wallstreet deregulaton from 1980s till 2000s leading to global financial crises of 2007-2010. The market left to itself leads to monopolies. Private large organisations are tyrannies.

  11. Anarchy Pony

    Infoshop.org Anarchist FAQ section F.
    Right anarchy is a load of garbage.

  12. Anarchy Pony

    Infoshop.org anarchist FAQ section F.
    Right libertarianism or anarcho-capitalism is a lot of bullshit that leads to massive privately held states owned by individuals or corporations.
    Furthermore there is no anthropological basis for the modern right wing pushed concept of individualism, and its pursuit will lead to nothing.

  13. Bobby Sweeney

    ANARCHISM stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion, liberation of the human body from the dominion of property, liberation from the shackles and restraint of government, and stands for social order based on the free grouping of individuals.

  14. Nat Rico Suave Culwell

    Well said.

  15. Nat Rico Suave Culwell

    I like that homesteading old lady. :) She gets it.

  16. Jake

    This is incorrect. The financial crisis that you speak of occurred for several reasons, all related to government, but particularly risky investments of the big banks, due to artificial interest rates being set by a central bank - the Federal Reserve (which in fact is not federal at all, but rather a cabal of private banks, having a monopoly on the American money supply). These "too big to fail" banks knew that regardless of malinvestments, they would simply be bailed out by the FED.

    Monopolies are created by governments, who pass laws in favor of the highest bidder, thus eliminating any competing businesses. In a free market, there is an abundance of competition, thus a business must provide the highest quality product or service for the lowest possible price to stay relevant.

    I would suggest to you "Economics in One Lesson" by Henry Hazlitt or "Man, Economy and State" by Murray Rothbard.

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