Here’s a nice project for those of us who don’t know what anarchism really means. It entertains as well as educates… and all you have to do is listen.
Here is how the project is described:
Freddy Perlman’s Letters Of Insurgents is a thoroughly brilliant story about anarchist ideas. It takes the form of fictional letters between two eastern european workers who were separated after a failed revolution; one spent twelve years in statist jails, the other escaped to the west. After twenty-five years without contact, they begin to write each-other about their experiences, their lives, their hopes, and their memories of the past. The characters that emerge from these narratives tell a story that is both incredibly subtle and infinitely complex. Nothing is taken for granted, no assumptions are left unchallenged, and the reader is left with a set of questions that only a story about relationships could present.
Being a particularly long book, each letter will be presented here a week at a time until the entire recording is finished. And everyone who listens to the entire book will receive a Letters Of Insurgents Merit Badge.
So that’s all you gotta do: listen. And the truth about anarchism will become apparent to you. It’s that simple. Check out the mp3 episodes for yourself here. If you don’t like it, never mind – no one wants to force you to become an anarchist (or anything else). My hope in introducing this to you is that it will help dispel that ridiculous image of “anarchists” throwing bombs at people in the name of “anarchy”. Anarchy is not anarchism. Anarchy is utter mayhem, that can lead only to the detriment of the human race; whereas anarchism is a school of political views that is sensible, practical, fair, and has succeeded many a time before the armies of imperialism and the status quo has destroyed them militarily.
So please, give it a go. How’s that saying go again? You have nothing to lose but your chains. You have a world to win. And a Letters of Insurgents Merit Badge. Oh, and please don’t let the word “insurgents” put you off. Revolutionary Americans fighting Redcoats were “insurgents” long before the news decided to use that label for Al Qaeda/Taliban.