Anarchy 101

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Anarchy 101 is class and/or seminar discussing what anarchy is, the principles and philosophies behind anarchy, and how anarchy impacts the individuals and groups within the anarchy.


The class will be facilitated by Reverend Mik, who uses a combination of Socratic method, class/audience participation, and role-play scenarios in order to help people understand what the subject means and does not mean.


Anarchy 101 is a recurring event, currently scheduled for Fridays from 19:00 to 21:00 in the Church room at Noisebridge.

Session 1

Session One will be February 1st.

We will be going over the responsibilities of the facilitator/instructor, the responsibilities of the participants, and some basic guidelines regarding process and behavior within the class.

Some of the topics we will discuss at this point is:

  • Pseudo-intellectualism and Monochromism
  • Intellectual Honesty
  • The Usual Error
  • The importance of communication

We will also be going over the following subjects:

  • What does anarchy mean? (and why it always bad, besides "because the media says so")
  • What is government? (and why it always always good, besides "because the government says so")
  • the function of government
  • a brief evaluation of whether government actually achieves these functions

If we have time we will also go over the concept of a bureaucracy and what the theoretical purpose of a bureaucracy is, and what is the current empirical purpose of a bureaucracy.

Session 2

Session Two is tentatively scheduled for February 8th. We will be discussing:

  • Bureaucracy; what it is supposed to be, what it is, and what it can not be. (if not covered the previous session)
  • What is the difference between a ruler and a leader?
  • What are the differences between responsibility, privilege, rights, obligations, and duties?
  • Can power exist without oppression?


Anyone is welcome to attend as many or as few sessions as they like, regardless of

  • prior experience in social sciences or political activism
  • current employment within the government
  • subservience to any other political or social ideology

However, forming a logical argument, keeping an open mind, and maintaining intellectual honesty and ethics are strongly encouraged.


If you have to ask this question, you haven't been paying attention.


It has been brought to Reverend Mik's attention (and that of several members and regualr users) that the term "anarchy" are used improperly. Rather than ascribe negative motivations for this misuse of the term, Reverend Mik chose to assume that it was a question of a lack of education or information and volunteered to teach this class.