Raise your hand if this has happened to you:
You’re tabling at a local event, chatting with someone on a bus, having a beer with a co-worker, or in one of the countless situations when you’re explaining your anarchism to a non-anarchist who’s curious. They seem interested, open to your ideas, or eager to try to share them with others in their life. As you wrap up your conversation, they ask you for a good, basic, accessible introduction to anarchist ideas – one they can read to their kids or share with their skeptical friends or distribute in their small town. What do you give them?
If you’re anything like us, your distro table has ample supplies of historical narratives, advanced theoretical critiques, and topical analyses, but when it comes to a simple primer to get the anarcho-curious started, your stocks are surprisingly scarce. This has proved frustrating again and again, from the Occupy encampments to anti-election leafleting to everyday outreach. There are plenty of primers out there, but a lot of them are poorly written or out of date. For years we distributed Fighting For Our Lives, but now it’s at long last out of print. You can recommend books, but what can you copy by the hundreds and give to any old person?
And that’s why we’re announcing the ANARCHIST PRIMER COMPETITION, taking
place at the 4th Carrboro Anarchist Book Fair in Chapel Hill, NC! Continue reading