Short and compelling arguments for anarchism?

Submitted by Majrelende in Anarchism

With environmental disaster approaching, it seems that we must do something to aid in switching to a greener system while we still might be able to make some difference. It can be hard to initiate anything, though, so I would like to lower the barrier by collecting here some arguments short and simple but compelling and appealing, especially to the average person’s concerns and maybe with links to some of the strongest articles on the subject in case someone wants to read more. I imagine this would be used in pamphlets and videos especially, but other forms would be applicable as well.

I also wanted to say hello, as I am somewhat new, but I had forgotten to do so before.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote (edited )

Best way to argue for anarchism is to show people anarchist projects that fulfill needs and desires that authority and capitalism can't.

The fact is, it takes a huge perspectival shift for the average liberal to become an anarchist. Even when you come to agree with the basic premises of anarchism, it often takes completely remaking yourself to really be someone who embodies a lived anarchism. Which is to say, arguments and beliefs are only a part of what makes a person an anarchist.

I also wanted to say hello, as I am somewhat new, but I had forgotten to do so before.

Welcome to the site.

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throwaway wrote

Good point! Knowing is one thing, feeling is another - and there's a large distance between the two.

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ziq wrote

Do you like being ruled?

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TheLegendaryBirdMonster wrote

hi~~

there are quite a few quality links in the sidebar. My favorite is "are you an anarchist" by graeber, since it's very short and easy.

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rot wrote

try humor and memes (good ones) my sister wont read a full zine yet but she thinks "eat the rich" is super cool.

pamphlets are a good idea short and to the point. videos are great and were my first introduction try noncompete or thoughtslime

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disfalo wrote

arguments short and simple but compelling and appealing, especially to the average person’s concerns

Average people want to be told what to do, because that's simpler, they prefer to have some guidance. They are probably already brainwashed by the media. I don't think they can be easily convinced with arguments or reasons, specially these days. Maybe when the collapse is upon them, they are really fucked up and it's already too late, they'll see that they were fooled and revolt.

I imagine this would be used in pamphlets and videos especially, but other forms would be applicable as well.

Don't waste too much time with that. I think people will be more convinced by seeing something cool that's better than the capitalist alternative (a commune, an autonomous social center, a person who self-sustains themselves and barely works, etc.) and not just telling them what's better and what to do. Read about Propaganda of the deed.

I also wanted to say hello, as I am somewhat new, but I had forgotten to do so before.

Hello!

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disfalo wrote

all I see are people afraid of the world around them desperately looking for someone to save them. Most people, surprisingly are not mindless automatons.

I agree with that analysis as well. We can help (save) our neighbors in tough times, but we don't want to become leaders, just set an example, so that people are encouraged to become more autonomous and empower themselves and their communities, our communities.

You're kind of doing that while telling OP not to do that same very thing.

LOL, you're right! Don't follow my advice if it's not convincing, this is just my point of view.

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celebratedrecluse wrote (edited )

Welcome! Glad to have you.

I think crimethinc's TCE is a great foray into what you are talking about, but we need so much more of it, more diversity of perspectives. Perhaps we need to open source this stuff, a wiki page might be a good idea?

https://crimethinc.com/tce

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