I have always thought Anonymous and the Anarchist community got on so well, Anonymous come across as so anarchic, many calling themselves Anarchists. After looking deeper into this subject and discussing this with people at the Anarchist book fare in London, UK, I discovered, most Anarchists do not see Anonymous as Anarchists at all. There is a reoccurring pattern within the Anarchist community and that is “Anonymous are respected as a hacking group, but hated as an on the ground protest group.
In October 2013 at the Anarchist book fare in London, I spoke to an Anarchist by the name of John, he said:- “Anonymous as a subculture refuses to let go of racist, homophobic and derogatory terminology, so they go against everything I stand for.” Another Anarchist by the name of Stephen said;- As someone who has been to many demo’s in the last few years, I found the people with the Guy Fawkes masks to be the least educated, not even willing to accept the history of the man they call Guy Fawkes and the fact that he was a religious fanatic. Another Anarchist called Jessica said;- “I found Anonymous very sexist, they were not even an activist group, just Internet Trolls prancing around with an I can do whatever I want attitude.
I wanted to understand what Anonymous thought of Anarchists and why they felt Anarchists as a whole held them in such low regard. After speaking on-line with many people who described themselves as Anonymous activists, (Not Hackers) another reoccurring pattern was emerging. Most people who claimed to be representing Anonymous activists, didn’t understand what Anarchy was at all, nor did they know why the Anarchist community held them in such low regard. One Anon by the name of Guy Fawkes said;- “90% of Anons are younger members and not fully educated on the many different types of political ideology. Another Anon by the name of Giovanni said “Anonymous are not just Anarchists, we are a group made up of many different ideologies” Another Anon by the name of Martin said; “I am an Anarchist and an Anon and I don’t like some terminology that Anons adopt, nor do I like some ways that Anarchists operate. The more I discussed this with both sides the more I became confused about the relationship between Anonymous and Anarchists. As stated above though, there were re occurring patterns emerging about the differences within the two groups.
The Anarchists are against homophobia, racism and derogatory terminology, Anonymous also claim to be against these things, but still insist upon using racial and homophobic terms as its part of the subculture. The Anarchists believe in some leadership, planning and organizing, where as Anonymous are against any form of leadership and have no structure whatsoever. The Anarchists are notoriously left-wing in their views whereas Anonymous are both right and left-wing. On-line Anonymous trolls attack other minority subcultures and set upon innocent people like a pack of wolves, whilst Anarchists have always been seen to fight for those that are the oppressed. The more you look into it, the more it appears that Anonymous are trampling on the very idea of Anarchy, downgrading the Anarchist movement to a violent street mob in comparison to Anonymous, the victorious freedom fighters.
After speaking to people on both sides, I came to the conclusion that its obvious that Anarchists are simply more politically educated than Anons. Anonymous comes across as more of an entry-level to, not only Anarchism but all types of political ideology. Anonymous and Anarchists are so very different yet its only the Anarchists that can clearly see these differences. Out of the Anons I spoke to, they knew not of Marxism or Anarcho communism or the differences between socialism and class was anarchism. Anonymous claim not to hold any ideology because they are simply an Idea, but the fact is, Anonymous is full of ideologies, all contradicting one another. The main thing that stands out in a number of the platforms used by Anonymous, including , 4CHAN, Facebook, Twitter, IRC, and other forums, is that they tend to derail most positive discussions down to a torrent of racist and homophobic abuse.
There are many contradictions within Anonymous, it’s the polarity span that keeps them divided, the Morals are prevented by the humorous or Lulz, the realists are at war with the conspiracy theorists, the dedicated are prevented by the lazy. Ultimately they are in a state of utter chaos. This is not so bad, looking at the bigger picture, if we didn’t allow a level of chaos, everything would be the same, order festering away at the very fruits of our freedom, leading us to a world of machinery. As George Orwell put it, “it can be envisaged as a boot stamping on a human head….. forever !! . This is why Anonymous are still around, to remind us of the never-ending path towards order. This is nothing more than a cognitive dissonance operation, not there for people to Join, but there for people to learn from.
Anonymous can be looked at as a positive or a negative, but my research returns some very dangerous results. history has proven that in times of Chaos and dissent, governments use the opportunity to bring in yet more rules and regulations. It is Anons Unwilling naivety to operate outside of the Anonymous bubble that will eventually lead it down a path of self-destruction. On the other hand, It is Anarchists intent to discuss new-found ways of co-existing that will eventually lead to ultimate human freedom. The question is, how much longer will Anarchists allow Anonymous to turn Anarchy into Chaos, because the fact is, no matter how you try to package it, Anonymous are fundamentally working against Anarchism and towards Fascism.
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