FREE SPEECH ZONE | Woah Rich Broderick! What You Calling Anarchism?

In his recent satirical editorial “Red Black and Blue: Anarchists get behind state GOP’s lawsuit” Rich Broderick mocks anarchists as being so stupid and unstrategic in their ideas that they would gleefully support the GOP’s attacks on government services for the most needy. Broderick adds additional comic venom by claiming anarchists agree with the GOP’s attacks on gay marriage (as a step towards eliminating marriage), use “bombs to get [their] message across” (an affinity with the GOP’s “concealed handgun crowd), and also, “hate socialists”.Such statements show a willful ignorance of the truth about anarchism and worse, support the climate of demagoguery and misinformation that seems to be the order of the day. This then is Broderick’s affinity with the Republicans—he chooses to twist the truth against the interests of most people rather than ask how we can work towards a more liberated society.Free Speech ZoneThe Free Speech Zone offers a space for contributions from readers, without editing by the TC Daily Planet. This is an open forum for articles that otherwise might not find a place for publication, including news articles, opinion columns, announcements and even a few press releases.Let’s start by looking at how anarchists are actually responding to the state shutdown. Organizing under the name Shut Down/Rise Up a group of local anarchists have put out a detailed and beautiful pamphlet, are organizing a free meal every night of the shutdown at 5pm at Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis, and are creating a space for conversation for a grounded and effective popular response to the crisis. Their pamphlet critiques both Republican and Democratic cuts as “propping up the same ruling class, on our backs”, and while it notes that Dayton’s proposal “may slow down the erosion of our rights and resources, it still leaves the rich and powerful in the driver’s seat”. Perhaps it is the existence of real anarchist groups putting forward an independent position that can call a spade a spade, a Republican an asshole, a Democrat an imposture that upsets Broderick?So then, should we understand, as Broderick insinuates that anarchists support the GOP’s attack on government social services, unionized workers, gays and gay marriage, or hate socialists? Continue Reading