We’ve published a new zine titled “Anarchism: What It Is, What It Ain’t.” It’s a reprinting of an essay by Lawrence Jarach that provides a short overview of anarchist principles and explains how anarchism differs from the political philosophies of “the left.”
From the introduction:
This pamphlet is a reprinting of an essay by Lawrence Jarach titled “Instead Of A Meeting: By Someone Too Irritated To Sit Through Another One.” We share the author’s frustration in dealing with the confusion surrounding anarchism, including that coming from some anarchists. Most simply, anarchists are against the state and the government and do not support them in any form and see their existence as an obstacle to liberation.
We appreciate the author’s attempts to provide a short introduction to the anarchist principles of direct action, voluntary cooperation, and mutual aid. Sure, there is much more that could be said on the topic of anarchy, but this is a decent introduction. Moreover, we appreciate how it differentiates anarchism from the political philosophies of “the left” and the steps it takes to separate anarchist strategies and thought from “the left.”