This is why I get so angry at the media for perpetuating lies.
This is the antithesis of what an Anarchist really is.
Anarchists don’t protest, and they certainly aren’t violent and would never cover their faces.
An Anarchist belies in self governing. Being responsible for ones own actions. While peacefully protesting their right to live a peaceful existence without a government or state ruler.
The actual definition of the word means:
A.1 What is anarchism?
Anarchism is a political theory which aims to create anarchy, “the absence of a master, of a sovereign.” [P-J Proudhon, What is Property , p. 264] In other words, anarchism is a political theory which aims to create a society within which individuals freely co-operate together as equals. As such anarchism opposes all forms of hierarchical control – be that control by the state or capitalist – as harmful to the individual and their individuality as well as unnecessary.
In the words of anarchist L. Susan Brown:
“While the popular understanding of anarchism is of a violent, anti-State movement, anarchism is a much more subtle and nuanced tradition then a simple opposition to government power. Anarchists oppose the idea that power and domination are necessary for society, and instead advocate more co-operative, anti-hierarchical forms of social, political and economic organization.” [The Politics of Individualism, p. 106]
However, “anarchism” and “anarchy” are undoubtedly the most misrepresented ideas in political theory. Generally, the words are used to mean “chaos” or “without order,” and so, by implication, anarchists desire social chaos and a return to the “laws of the jungle.”
This process of misrepresentation is not without historical parallel. For example, in countries which have considered government by one person (monarchy) necessary, the words “republic” or “democracy” have been used precisely like “anarchy,” to imply disorder and confusion. Those with a vested interest in preserving the status quo will obviously wish to imply that opposition to the current system cannot work in practice, and that a new form of society will only lead to chaos. Or, as Errico Malatesta expresses it:
“since it was thought that government was necessary and that without government there could only be disorder and confusion, it was natural and logical that anarchy, which means absence of government, should sound like absence of order.” [Anarchy, p. 12].
Anarchists want to change this “common-sense” idea of “anarchy,” so people will see that government and other hierarchical social relationships are both harmful and unnecessary:
If you see anyone with an anarchy flag, protesting, using violence and covering their faces, they aint Anarchists, they are plants.
I did tis article for the very fact that this is a prime example of people who use a word, throwing it about like it’s air, common and natural not knowing the bloody definition of it.
Just like the words empath and karma.