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    ANARCHY IS ORDERAn anarchist cookbook.

    A political program has value insofar as it rising above vague generalities- makes clearprecisely which organization it proposes to

    replace those it wants to overthrow or reform.(Michael Bakunin in Writings against Marx)

    PRINCIPLES, PROPOSITIONS & DISCUSSIONSFOR LAND & FREEDOM

  • FOREWORD

    Time after time I think about how different things could havebeen of I didnt get into contact with people and groups thatmade it possible for me to become what I became. No matterhow you look at it, personal contacts and individual experienceare the main factors in ones (political) formation and evolution.Why did I become an anarchist? By chance and by need. Whatelse would I have become? I never planned on becoming ananarchist.Standing up from falling down (again) I moved on. Ive beenenchanted and Ive been disgusted by the anarchist movement; Icursed the people and missed them; hated them and loved them.Ive had dreams and been in despair. Said farewell en receivedpeople and ideas with open arms. Ive been smart and Ive beenan ass.In short I was little different from anybody else, but each has hispath and each path has its ways.Anarchism has been my path for more than half my life now, atfirst vague and instictive, later a bit more rational an with moredoubts about some things. Because I had the feeling that a lot ofthings werent going as well as they could go and cerntainly asgood as they should-, that the movement didnt use its fullpotential and that there were no platforms to discuss this farbeside from changing them together, I started reading , thinkingand discussing in small circles. What you have before you now is the result of years in theanarchist desert and my way to answer the pale and the petty.This is an invitation to all envolved to gather up arms and wrapthem around eachother. There is no time to lose. This is myinvitation not to let go. Anarchism or barbarism. Anarchy isOrder.This is a proposition to the anarchist movement at large. Wheredo we go from here? Dont mourn, organize! Because I think weneed both go back to basics about our theory as to find a newreality, a new practice. Words are not enough, but a goodbeginning.

    Pp November 2004.

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  • AN INTRODUCTORY WORD TO THE ANARCHIVEAnarchy is Order!

    I must Create a System or be enslavd by another Mans.

    I will not Reason & Compare: my business is to Create

    (William Blake)

    During the 19th century, anarchism has develloped as a result ofa social current which aims for freedom and happiness. Anumber of factors since World War I have made this movement,and its ideas, dissapear little by little under the dust of history.After the classical anarchism of which the Spanish Revolutionwas one of the last representativesa new kind of resistancewas founded in the sixties which claimed to be based (at leastpartly) on this anarchism. However this resistance is oftenlimited to a few (and even then partly misunderstood) sloganssuch as Anarchy is order, Property is theft,...

    Information about anarchism is often hard to come by,monopolised and intellectual; and therefore visibly disapearing.The anarchive or anarchist archive Anarchy is Order ( inshort A.O) is an attempt to make the principles, propositionsand discussions of this tradition available again for anyone itconcerns. We believe that these texts are part of our ownheritage. They dont belong to publishers, institutes orspecialists.

    These texts thus have to be available for all anarchists an otherpeople interested. That is one of the conditions to giveanarchism a new impulse, to let the new anarchism outgrowthe slogans. This is what makes this project relevant for us: wemust find our roots to be able to renew ourselves. We have tolearn from the mistakes of our socialist past. History has shownthat a large number of the anarchist ideas remain standing, evenduring the most recent social-economic developments.

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  • Anarchy Is Order does not make profits, everything isspread at the price of printing- and papercosts. This ofcourse creates some limitations for these archives. Everyone is invited to spread along the information we give .This can be done by copying our leaflets, printing texts fromthe CD (collecting all available texts at a given moment) that isavailable or copying it, e-mailing the texts to friends andnew ones to us,... Become your own anarchive!!! (Be aware though of copyright restrictions. We also want tomake sure that the anarchist or non-commercial printers,publishers and autors are not being harmed. Our priority on theother hand remains to spread the ideas, not the ownership ofthem.)

    The anarchive offers these texts hoping that values likefreedom, solidarity and direct action get a new meaning andwill be lived again; so that the struggle continues against the

    ...demons of flesh and blood, that sway scepters down here;and the dirty microbes that send us dark diseases and wish to

    squash us like horseflies;and the will-o-the-wisp of the saddest ignorance.

    (L-P. Boon)The rest depends as much on you as it depends on us. Dontmourn, Organise!

    Comments, questions, criticism, cooperation can be senttoA.O@advalvas.be or on www.anarchyisorder.org.A complete list and updates are available on this address, newtexts are always

    WELCOME!!

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  • Anarchy is order.....1FOREWORD.....................................................................2

    An introductory word to the anarchive......................3

    A call to arms.....................................................................61. ANARCHISM........................................................6

    A. Defining Anarchism.....................................6B. Anarchist view on the world:........................10C. Anarchist values / Principles.........................10D. Mission statement: strategical goals / mission.16

    2. ENDS AND MEANS...........................................17Working fields for the anarchist movement......17A. Strategic ends................................................20B. Tactical ends.................................................29C. Operational ends...........................................29

    1. Non-violent social defence....................302. (Concensus) decision making....................38

    * ROLEPLAYING..................................................56

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  • A CALL TO ARMS

    1. ANARCHISM.

    A. DEFINING ANARCHISM"To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spiedupon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled,indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated,valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who haveneither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. Tobe GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at everytransaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped,measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized,admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected,punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in thename of the general interest, to be place[d] undercontribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized,extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at theslightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to berepressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused,clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged,condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; andto crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged,dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is itsmorality. () O human personality! How can it be that youhave cowered in such subjection for sixty centuries?" (P.-J. Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution in theNineteenth Century, translated by John Beverly Robinson(London: Freedom Press, 1923), pp. 293-294.)

    If I were asked to answer the following question: WHATIS SLAVERY? and I should answer in one word, 'IT ISMURDER', my meaning would be understood at once. Noextended argument would be required to show that thepower to take from a man his thought, his will, his

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  • personality, is a power of life and death; and that to enslavea man is to kill him. Why, then, to this other question:WHAT IS PROPERTY! may I not likewise answer, IT ISROBBERY, without the certainty of being misunderstood;the second proposition being no other than a transformationof the first?(Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, What Is Property?)

    Anarchism (from the Gr. , and , contrary toauthority) is the name given to a principle or theory of lifeand conduct under which society is conceived withoutgovernment - harmony in such a society being obtained,not by submission to law, or by obedience to any authority,but by free agreements concluded between the variousgroups, territorial and professional, freely constituted forthe sake of production and consumption, as also for thesatisfaction of the infinite variety of needs and aspirationsof a civilized being. In a society developed on these lines,the voluntary associations which exist already now begin tocover all the fields of human activity would take a stillgreater extension so as to substitute themselves for the statein all its functions. They would represent an interwovennetwork, composed of an infinite variety of groups andfederations of all sizes and degrees, local, regional, nationaland international temporary or more or less permanent - forall possible purposes: production, consumption andexchange, communications, sanitary arrangements,educ