Liberals do in fact tend to disregard or even attempt to discredit *any* form of radical thought,
discourse, or even goal. I truly admire anyone who's not an anarchist who listens to what
anarchists and anti-authoritarians have to say without unfair judgement. Anarchists have
historically been put into a position of being on "never-ending defense mode". They are
forever being put into a position of having to defend their ideologies against the mainstream
of many different cultures, whether they be corporate or communist (I say corporate instead of
capitalist, because corporate capitalism has stamped out the ideal of REAL capitalism which
would be run by a "mom and pap elite"--no elite at all because anybody could do it).
All anarchists want is a truly democratic system of human interaction. Liberals always contend
that they can take the existing political structure, and transform it (aka "reform") it into something
that could function equally and fairly for everyone. What liberals continuously fail to understand
is that that is the same as saying "This man has a malignant tumor in his brain, but let's not
remove it. Let's feed it some medication and make it into something beneficial for the entire body!"
It sounds ludicrous, but it's the same principle.
When something is so deeply rooted in oppression, deception, and genocide (starting with the
American Indians), the entire framework of the system or
institution or structure is fundamentally devoid of potential to becoming anything than what it already/always was. Liberals don't undestand that the political system of corportate rule and
cultural hegemony cannot be reformed because it never originated from something democratic,
or at least completely so.
Anarchists realize all this. This isn't to say that they don't contain within them human flaws.
Anarchists from what I've seen can be arrogant, inhospitable, close-minded, and always on
the defensive (the last of which I understand). However, the core of anarchist principle is
right. The arrogance of a movement does not necessarily discredit its overall message or
perception of the world. Obviously arrogance is something that MUST be rid of within any
truly progressive movement, but discussions such as these prove that we really are living
in the beginning of extraordinarily revolutionary times. Seattle marked the coming of something
much greater. It's only a matter of coming together under one universal banner of cohesion and