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tapeworm wrote

  • leave out the A-word for as long as possible, it scares people. Concentrate on things we believe in (equality, solidarity, striking, protesting etc etc), people are a lot more amenable to these ideas. Even anti-capitalism is becoming very acceptable.

  • concentrate on anarchist "policies". Explain ideas of syndicalism/communism in simple terms (and ideally without using the words themselves!), discuss the pitfalls of capitalism and the state, the problems with the police. Most people have experienced real-life physical problems with police/landlords/taxes/the boss and will be instantly able to relate.

  • relate it to people's lives, anarchy can be practical. If a friend discusses a problem (often work or housing related etc), offer explanations of how and why this problem can arise in our society - and then provide assistance and solidarity. People will always remember if anarchist thought ideas actually practically helped them (and you'd be surprised how much this comes up once you start looking for it).

  • baby steps. Take your time, don't try to force anything down anyone's throat. Capitalism and the state are deeply-rooted in most people's understanding of the world. Even if people are open to the idea of anarchism - quickly pulling the rug from beneath their feet, so to speak, can be terrifying. I was scared when I found myself becoming an anarchist, and that was over the course of several years.

and above all, as mentioned several other times here:

  • lead by example. Get out and help people, be active in the community, at whatever level you're able.

Wholesome_and_Angry wrote

I especially love your point about anarchist beliefs being practically applied. I wonder if we could expand on "providing assistance and solidarity"... What are some good ways to do that in a few salutations? Some common ones I hear are

  1. Someone upset about how they got screwed over at work. Boss won't pay statutory holiday pay/overtime pay and they can't go to the labour board for fear of being suspected of the anonymous tip off, or problems that arise from having no labour board, or union.

  2. Housing problems caused by unfair or underhanded landlords

  3. larger issues such as transphobia, racism, ableism, sexism ect - some quick ways to show solidarity, alliance, and show how the problems are related to capitalist society (if an appropriate time).


Tequila_Wolf wrote

Everyone's family and friends are different. Different people are going to respond differently to the same thing. My own preference is for each person who wants to engage with their family and friends to (first of all) always be doing your best to have the best politics.

Then, take some time to figure out what it is that the people you care about believe without making them get defensive about it. If you can get any sense of what kind of arguments will be good for them, then engage about them. Often it's better to start with individuals than to present to your family or whoever as a group. It's easier to tailor your conversation and also it's hard to appear coherent when you are explaining yourself on multiple levels of radicalism to people. If you're talking with one or two people then you can have more control over how deeply you go into the radicalism.

And, as with everything in anarchy, doing it together with people you have affinity with is ideal. If you know other anarchists who you have affinity with, try to get them involved. this can be small-scale, like them just prepping you to talk with your family, or larger scale, like putting together a small zine on racism to share with those close to you.


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Anarchism and Its Aspirations is a good little book on some beginning notions of anarchism. I just lent it out to someone who is sympathetic to many anarchistic beliefs. I've been trying through casual conversation to point out what anarchism is really about and I've won a lot of ears towards what there is to be said from anarchism. Glad to see others doing the same.


Tequila_Wolf wrote

I have trouble with handing people books, mostly because they have to be pretty invested already to want to take the time to read it.


_ziq_ wrote

We find success when people come into our space and mention "oh! That's such a neat idea for a business" and we go into how we're entirely by volunteer/donation because we try to follow anarchist ideals and what does that mean? It's a five minute (ish) intro conversation with a "want to know more?" pamphlet follow-up. We find that people tend to come back.

This is why I keep mentioning have a space, go to a space, do a food group, etc. Get out there and do - be visible in the community. I find that people are more open to experience than they are to literature.


MaryWollstonecraft wrote

Thanks for the helpful tips :D

How do you create a space? I'm new to this!


__deleted_____ wrote

I would start by visiting other anarchist spaces - squats, bookshops, community gardens, whatever, and talk to people, get to know your comrades in the community.


chaos wrote

Yeah, you need comrades to create a space, if you do it on your own it'll be a lot harder.


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Tequila_Wolf wrote

Just noticed you're spamming people with the same message. If you want to say something to lots of people, make a post about it by clicking the "Submit" button near the top right of your page.


bdheeman wrote

Sorry, I wasn't aware of submitting.

From now onward I shall first try to watch what is happening around here. So that I may learn how do I prepare an effective post.