Anarchism: What It Is and What It Isn’t

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Anarchism: What It Is and What It Isn’t by Chaz BufeAuthor: Chaz Bufe  |  PDF file size: 284 KB

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There are many popular misconceptions about anarchism, and because of them a great many people dismiss anarchists and anarchism out of hand.  Misconceptions abound in the mass media, where the term “anarchy” is commonly used as a synonym for “chaos,” and where terrorists, no matter what their political beliefs or affiliations, are often referred to as “anarchists.” As well, when anarchism is mentioned, it’s invariably presented as merely a particularly mindless form of youthful rebellion. These misconceptions are, of course, also widespread in the general public, which by and large allows the mass media to do what passes for its thinking.