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For left-wing anarchy think a bunch of gullible child-like people who run around naked and chant hare-krishna while slowly starving to death. For right-wing anarchy think rule by a bunch of outlaws, motorbike-gangs and mafia-like groups while anyone not into violence and machismo dies out.
reply to post by retsdeeps1
What is a centrist anarchist?
March of the Fire Ants
So we've learned that there are only two people on ATS with the slightest idea what anarchy is.
I think the main difference between right and left would be to do with where responsibility lands. IE personal vs collective. This is fairly standard right vs left paradigm stuff though and has little to do with anarchism really. Any sensible anarchist would take ideas from both sides and use them to question/challenge the legitimacy of any authoritative hierarchical structure. Fictional anarchic societies can be a nice talking point but in reality it is a reaction against the abuse of power structures.
In my experience, very few people can function in a group without without leadership/hierarchy, so the evolution of these systems is necessary. At the same time very few people can wield power without being corrupted, so the questioning gaze of anarchists is necessary to provide (supposedly) neutral critique of those with power, be they left or right.
Anarchy should be apolitical but I can imagine it swinging opposite to which ever ideology is most abusive at the time. The level of ignorance on anarchy, even among self proclaimed anarchists, is quite staggering. It's so much more than simply 'smash stuff up' or 'that time when the power went out for a bit'.
reply to post by John_Rodger_Cornman
A right-wing anarchist wants to get rid of people in authority imposing regulations on him or her, to prevent maximizing profits at a workers expense.
A left-wing anarchist wants to get rid of people in authority imposing regulations on him or her that enables a business to maximise their profits at the workers expense.
Result normally always means the workers, the ones who actually do the work, losing most of the time.
They don't have the money to influence those in authority who impose the regulations...