Re: anarchists and JFK Jr.

Kragen Sitaker (
Sat, 24 Jul 1999 17:59:06 -0400 (EDT)

Gregory Alan Bolcer writes:
> > Historically, anarchism is a branch of socialism. While more
> That would be your opinion. The Anarchist brand of socialism
> is often called 'fascism' and is quite at the other end of the
> political spectrum. Anarchism believes in rugged individualism,
> not collectivism.

There is a political group that was quite strong in the US in the 1920s
and 1930s, in Spain around the same time (where for a time they were
winning a civil war, before being crushed by the fascist dictator
Franco), and all over Europe in the late 1800s. Bakunin, Proudhon, and
Goldman were among its leading lights. They called themselves
"anarchists"; their beliefs originated in socialism. They were
vehemently opposed to fascism and communism. They believed that both
rugged-individualism and collectivism were deeply flawed.

Lou Sacco, Bartolomeo Vanzetti, and William Burroughs are other names
you might recognize from this group of people.

People that believe the same things are still around, and they still
call themselves anarchists, although there aren't as many of them. But
there is a newer group whose beliefs are rooted in rugged individualism
and capitalism, who also call themselves "anarchists". These are the
folks you're calling "anarchists"; they have almost nothing in common
with the other group of anarchists.

The older group of "anarchists" (let's call them "class struggle
anarchists") tend to view the newer group of "anarchists" (let's call
them "anarcho-capitalists") with the same sort of disdain that hackers
of the 1970s (RMS, L. Peter Deutsch, etc.) view the "hackers" of the
Cult of the Dead Cow and the Legion of Doom.

I believe nothing in the above paragraphs represents my opinion; I
believe it all represents verifiable historical truth.

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