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November 19, 2010

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Nick Wright

The problem seems to me to be that even as we have ever-more coverage of everything on the rolling news channels, the level of analysis has become laughable in its lack of depth. You might think that the more time was available on camera, the greater the quality of discussion and the desire to really understand, but apparently not. All Sky and BBC News 24 seem interested in doing is pressing that "Wooosh" button to get another "breaking news" banner rolling across the screen. Of course they're not interested in understanding the heteregeneity within the anarchist movement - or indeed any other group in society. This would require a paradigm shift that would make news informative and considered and not just infotainment.

Duncan

What Anarchy Reallly Means

An end to authoritarian spelling rules?

Internationalist

>>> This piece was collectively written but does not necessarily reflect a consensus view

This statement was superfluous.

Only a committee could have come up with such a dreary and poorly written article.

What the fuck, for example,is this supposed to mean:

"Modern liberal democracies garner the opinion of some adults of voting age once every five years as a solution to pre-determined elite bargaining."

???

Terrible.

Rasta

I agree that there's too much jargon - the word "mutualise" thrown in there without a definition, for example - but all in all I didn't think the article was that bad. At least it gives people who ain't got a clue some vague idea what anarchists are on about apart from smashing windows.
It certainly makes more sense than most of the responses to it, but then again what do ya expect from mainstream newspaper message boards? (Although youtube comments tend to be the real absolute nadir of human idiocy.)
One thing that I think would've improved the article would be if it mentioned more examples of how anarchist ideas have actually been implemented and worked in the past, however temporarily - Spanish civil war, Oaxaca uprising etc.

Benjamin Franks

I agree the article is far from perfect, but they were given a very limited deadline, with a strict word limit and tried to produce it as co-operatively as possible. There's lots I disagree with in it, but at least they took the opportunity to promote more egalitarian alternatives to capitalism. And the collaborative approach is better than one big mouth claiming that they speak for all 'anarchists'.

Internationalist

>>> And the collaborative approach is better than one big mouth claiming that they speak for all 'anarchists'.

It is pretentious to think that there is anything exceptional about this. All modern party political manifestoes are written by committee, they are all boring and nobody apart from the political elite read them.

The Guardian article was no different. Only people who are already "converts" get excited by words like "direct democracy" and "mutualise".

It was a missed opportunity.

Benjamin F

>It is pretentious to think that there is anything exceptional about this. All modern party political manifestoes are written by committee, they are all boring and nobody apart from the political elite read them.

I didn't think ordinary members are involved in drawing up the manifestos of the main political parties. Certainly in the years I was a member (to my shame) of the Labour Party, I don't remember being asked to menaingfully participate in drawing up any of the election manifestos.

If it was a missed opportunity, then at least they tried to seize that opportunity. Hopefully, the next time it comes round, Internationalist, you can participate and make it better. Certainly no one could ever accuse anything you write of being boring... oh no....

Stuart H

I agree with Bengi!

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