anarcho-bootyist asked:

There was a HUUUUUGE campaign when the FBI first came around to smear anarchism as a political theory and that's where a lot of the "anarchists as people committing random violence" comes from. There's still idiot ancoms and syndicalists, but most serious anarchists who are writing literature and advancing ideas are either ancaps or left libertarians of some sort. Look into Charles Johnson, Kevin Carson, Roderick Long and of course Murray Rothbard to get some better ideas of the philosophy


Of course nowadays I don’t believe that garbage, but I’m more so impressed at how effective that campaign was in shaping the view on even the word itself. Anarchy is almost always perceived to be synonymous with chaotic violence and the entire nation being within a state of disarray. Even that fucking movie the Purge makes me sick because people should know better by now.  

It’s like McCarthyism but it’s been going on for over 200 years now, and that’s actually terrifying. Like people will immediately turn up their nose at the word Anarchy because it immediately evokes images of shit on fire, but will say “communism looks good on paper” and be completely okay with a person being the state’s bitch.

Man I feel like a dick, but that’s a good thing.