Campus / News / April 10, 2008

Film opens door for discussion on anarchism

Estudiantes Sin Fronteras (Students Without Borders) hosted a screening of “We are Everywhere,” a documentary about the anarchist movement in Mexico by the Amor y Resistencia! Collective in the Wilson House, Tuesday night.

The Collective documents anarchist movements in the Americas. Some of the resistance efforts the group has documented include protests to free political prisoners, actions to stop deportations, and anti-Columbus Day protests.

Anarchy, broadly stated, is the rejection of control and authority which can take many forms. The discussion began with a brief list of some of the common words or stereotypes associated with anarchism. Among them were: chaos, white, male, middle class, lack of alliances, and undemocratic. An attendee also mentioned that anarchism was not viewed as a political movement.

After that, the documentary, “Estamos en Todas Partes” or “We Are Everywhere,” was shown. The documentary was filmed in 2006 and contained interviews with different anarchists in Mexico who described their experiences with anarchy and what anarchy meant to them. The documentary had English subtitles that helped explain several different subsets of anarchism, including Green Anarchism, which places a heavy focus on the environment, and anarcha-feminism, which combines anarchy with feminism.

Despite the varieties of anarchism in the world, there are certain traits that many people would say these ideologies have in common. For example, most forms of anarchism oppose oppression and hierarchical structures, which can come in many forms.

“I guess anarchy means to me, the opposition of any hierarchical relationship, human or nonhuman,” said freshman Vicky Daza, who helped organize the meeting with senior David Ferris.

Because of the many varieties of anarchy, it can mean different things to different people. Freshman Abraham Diekhans-Mears says he has not always identified as an anarchist; he did not pick up this identification until around six months ago.

“I’d say the basic ideology behind anarchist ideals…is the realization of one’s own individuality. While at the same time, being able to associate freely with a society that you yourself have created…If you enjoy the ideas of unadulterated democracy, pure freedom, and a sort of intellectual, and perhaps even spiritual, realization of self, then you would be interested in anarchy,” he said.

Amelia Garcia

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