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Anarchist groups in canberra?

By glockenspiel - 18 July 2009 28

Hi I’ve recently moved to Canberra from Brisbane and can’t seem to find any anarchist groups around.

Just interested in meeting some like-minded people.

Also any environmental activism groups.

Thanks for any help

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Anarchist groups in canberra?
astrojax 5:57 pm 18 Jul 09

p1 said :

RiotACT *IS* the local anarchist group…

i was just going to note – ‘you found us’… damn you to hell, p1, and damn you all… go on, all of you, back to reading your murray bookchin.

shiny flu 5:47 pm 18 Jul 09

eyeLikeCarrots said :

Ok, someone help me out here. I spent my time at Uni doing all those silly technical subjects and only 1 unit of Political studies (which I enjoyed).

What sort of things do anarchists do? I assume its not flower arrangement and tea parties ? I hope its not hurting anyone (except maybe french people).

The only way I got involved with Anarchism was during my ‘rebellious stage’ when I was 13 or so… it went Anarchism > Socialism > Somewhere centre-left. Anyway, there are many various forms of Anarchism and although funny to laugh at wanting to live/create an anarchist society does not mean chaos- however there are people hat just want to cause chaos. The idea of chaos is one meaning of the word however very loosely it was always defined to me as ‘self-rule’ so long as one was not harming/negatively affecting others- living without national government and essentially having direct-representational smaller councils to deal with day to day issues whilst we just went on with our lives. I found an ad for agroup in what was Jmag before (Recovery… that tv show on ABC with Dylan as a host) that sent out a magazine and stickers, they contacted me and I met up with a guy and I helped out a bit with posting out some of the magazines. Had a personal realisation and moved on. The group was called Anarchist Youth Network- although a quick search looks like its disappeared.

I remember there was a group called the ‘Black Pirates’ back during the anti-Iraq-war protests in Canberra.

Granny 5:15 pm 18 Jul 09

Pommy bastard said :

Doesn’t the desire to join an anarchist group automatically disbar you from joining?

It certainly does, PB! *chuckle* Welcome back, by the way!

: )

luther_bendross 4:51 pm 18 Jul 09

1. LOL @ troll.

2. I’m assuming you have a background in anarchism. Were you a member of such a group in Brisvegas? Were you one of the legends hanging around Hungry Jacks in Queen St hassling people for change, or were you keeping it rizzle in Inala?

Pommy bastard 2:56 pm 18 Jul 09

Doesn’t the desire to join an anarchist group automatically disbar you from joining?

Wraith 1:22 pm 18 Jul 09

Send a post to JenJen in Elite Nicholls, she knows all about Anarchy at the moment………

Pelican Lini 12:29 pm 18 Jul 09

If you want anarchy, try getting out of the car park at Bruce Stadium after any major sporting event

Deano 11:26 am 18 Jul 09

eyeLikeCarrots said :

What sort of things do anarchists do?

Depends if your into big ‘a’ Anarchy or little ‘a’ anarchy.

Big ‘a’ Anarchy is all about asserting the absolute right of the individual to do as they please.

Little ‘a’ anarchy is just concerned with running riot around the place.

From the poster’s original message mentioning environmental activism I suggest he is in the second group.

eyeLikeCarrots 11:08 am 18 Jul 09

Ok, someone help me out here. I spent my time at Uni doing all those silly technical subjects and only 1 unit of Political studies (which I enjoyed).

What sort of things do anarchists do? I assume its not flower arrangement and tea parties ? I hope its not hurting anyone (except maybe french people).

p1 10:43 am 18 Jul 09

RiotACT *IS* the local anarchist group…

dvaey 10:36 am 18 Jul 09

Just go to parliament house any weekday (or some weekends). Youre sure to find several protest groups, some of which may be what youre looking for.

neanderthalsis 10:35 am 18 Jul 09

On a more serious note, the Socialist Alliance might be the closest thing to anarchists you’ll find (unless you get a seat in the legislative assembly) I think they used to have an office in garema place.

They might also help with your search for green groups.

NickD 10:28 am 18 Jul 09

From memory, there’s a group based at the ANU – I’d suggest that you wander over there and look for their posters.

Woody Mann-Caruso 10:28 am 18 Jul 09

There used to be a group of individualist anarchists, but they decided that individual conscience and the pursuit of self-interest should not be constrained by any collective body, and so the group should abolish itself.

Unfortunately, it was a majority decision. As all good individualists know, the imposition of majority decision over the decision of the individual is null and void, so they re-established the group.

They found themselves caught in an inescapable philosophical loop. Eventually they starved to death in a corner because nobody wanted to take the lead and get some food unless they all agreed but didn’t agree.

jackal 10:19 am 18 Jul 09

I would have thought that forming groups and having regular scheduled meetings went against the very essence and and concept of anarchy. Obviously not.

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