Jason Bayless is a life-long activist and is currently working at The Pachamama Alliance. When he is not working he spends his time recording shows, writing blogs, collecting 3D movies, and looking for any reason to use his fog machine and homemade blood.
If you have been watching the news you have seen that London has erupted into a massive protest over the rise of tuition fees. The protest started as a peaceful gathering of students and supporters and then violence broke out. The media and the government were quickly to jump and blame ‘anarchists’ for the chaos.
It is believed by many of the students that the chaos and violence was started and instigated by the police. The level of police violence was heighten that students had to seek medical attention. One student, Alfie Meadows required emergency brain surgery after police hit him with a truncheon/baton on the head leaving him with brain hemorrhages (bleeding brain). On top of that police officers, according to Alfie’s mother, “tried to stop hospital staff treating Alfie.” She continued to say, “The ambulance man took us to Chelsea and Westminster hospital. That [hospital] had been given over to police injuries and there was a standoff in the corridor. Alfie was obviously a protester and the police didn’t want him there, but the ambulance man insisted that he stayed.”
She said that he was then asked to take Alfie to another hospital. “The ambulance man was appalled and he said: ‘I’m getting angry now, and I’m not going to do this.’
“The senior nurse in charge took us into a resuscitation room to keep us away from the police because, she said, they were finding it upsetting to see protesters in the hospital.” (source: Guardian Uk )
No matter what you believe about who started it – there are several things that should come from this and they seem to be happening. People are beginning to see the flaws of the system. For example, this 15 year old student.[youtube id=”CrgzpPvJxmQ” width=”600″ height=”350″]
People are starting to wake up and see who the really violent members of this society are and it is not the ones in the streets holding signs or the anarchists. It needs to be said that not all police officers support this type of violence just as not all of the protesters have the goals of the protest in their best interests. What does happen in every protest against corporations and governments are the smear campaigns that paint people as evil anarchists. These campaigns work in the same way that the militarily trains soldiers to kill other humans. They push an idea that these people are not human but sub-human and their only goal is to destroy your way of life.
So in the interested to help to others to understand what the ideas and values of anarchist are, we are offering you for FREE, in digital format, The Anarchist FAQ – Volume 1.
557 pages, this exhaustive compendium seeks to provide answers for the curious and critical about anarchist theory, history, and practice. More a reference volume than a primer, An Anarchist FAQ eschews curt answers and engages readers with questions in a thorough, matter-of-fact style.
The FAQ began in 1995 when a group of anarchists decided to write a criticism of the idea that “anarcho-capitalism” (an oxymoron if ever there was one) was a form of anarchism. Over the next decade or so, the project evolved—in an ever expanding online format—into an informative history and analysis of the entirety of anarchism itself.
According to editor Iain McKay,An Anarchist FAQ has two main aims:
1) To present the case for anarchism, to convince people they should become anarchists; and
2) To be a resource for existing anarchists, to use to bolster their activism and activities by presenting facts and arguments to allow them to defend anarchism against those opposed to it (Marxists, capitalists, etc.).” It’s nearly exhaustive coverage will also make it valuable to researchers and those simply interested in learning more about anarchism.
If you wish to have the book in physical format you can pick up at AK Press.
Or download the free ver. of The Anarchist FAQ here;
*A very special thank you to Division by Zer0 for the conversion