All This Talk Of Anarchy


| November 9, 2000

All This Talk Of Anarchy, James MacKinnon, Adbusters
'[T]he capital-A-Anarchist is back, and he's wearing a big black gas mask and breathing like Dennis Hopper in 'Blue Velvet.' He's cursing the hippies and climbing the walls of the gated community.' But what is anarchy, really? Writing in the October-November issue of Adbusters, James MacKinnon digs beneath the media images of the Seattle protests--black masks, fires, and broken windows--and talks to several self-described anarchists about what makes them tick. 'After the Second World War,' says one Catholic anarchist, 'the United States was perhaps the chief enforcer of the notion in the Nuremberg trials that you are demanded to adhere to a higher standard than the laws and ideals of the country that you happen to be in, the organization that governs that country, or the military body that gives you orders. You were held guilty unto death if you didn't dissent from them unto a higher standard. But, within our own political discourse, it's usually considered absolutely verboten to invoke that same principle.'
--Leif Utne
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