September 20th, 2004

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Definitions of Anarchism

cassiopia is reading a lot of Starhawk (Anarchist Pagan) stuff lately and she came across a pretty good definition of Anarchist:
"Anarchist" means someone who contests all forms of hierarchy, coercion, and control rooted in domination. Some anarchists reject the state entirely, others make some accommodation with it. Anarchism envisions a world of greater freedom, where people are governed not through fear and force but through direct democracy and voluntary agreements. -Starhawk "Webs of Power"
I met Starhawk in Miami at the FTAA Protest. She did some of the most amazing work after the day of brutality to help generally calm and heal the psyches of the activists at the convergence space. I ran into her in NYC at the RNC Protest as she was being released from jail.

Of course then there's the Utah Phillips quote of the Ammon Hennacy definition:
An Anarchist is someone who doesn't need a cop to tell him what to do.