Anarchism

A Is for Anarchy

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The blue-haired girl who scampers through the pages of A Rule Is to Break: A Child's Guide to Anarchy (Manic D) is endearing in a Where the Wild Things Are kind of way.

But when a conservative blog got wind of the fact that the skinny pink volume had been blurbed by Bill Ayers—described by the site as "teacher, Barack Obama's alleged terrorist pal, and grandpa"—the heroine became Public Enemy No. 1. While the furor was somewhat silly, so is the book.

Apparently concerned about kindergarteners' alienation from their labor, authors John Seven and Jana Christy urge them to strike: "When someone says 'Work!,' you say 'Why?'?" Also on the agenda: "Forget about grocery stores and get dirty in your garden." Anarchists should refuse to accept arbitrary rules, but that doesn't mean they can't participate in free markets or buy brand-name animal crackers. —Katherine Mangu-Ward

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6 responses to “A Is for Anarchy

  1. Anarchy has become to hip to follow its own ideas. I don’t know of anything else that’s more anachistic than a pure free market.

  2. stores and get dirty in your garden.” Anarchists should refuse to

  3. alienation from their labor, authors John Seven and Jana

  4. kindergarteners’ alienation from their labor, authors John

  5. I just realized this was written in 2002. I wonder what the gun crime rate is now. Any government that tells you that you have no right to self defense is not looking after your best interest. Self defense is the most basic right anyone has. No government or police can protect you. I can’t believe you all allow this to continue. I keep a gun at home for self defense and have a license to carry it concealed any where I go. And I do. If I am attacked then at least I have a chance to stay alive. By the time the police arrive they can either arrange for my body to be picked up or take a statement from me. I choose the later. Britons let a right be taken from them and now it will be much harder to get it back. But you should try.
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