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Gathering Together to Smash the State: An Analysis of Rhetorical Artifacts from the 2002 North American Anarchist Gathering
Unformatted Document Text:  Gathering 26 under the same category as violence against living beings. In some cases the anarchist could justify destruction of property. So ultimately there is a little bit of truth to both alternative and mainstream media representations of anarchism. On the one hand the anarchist narrative from this gathering was about nonviolence and egalitarianism. On the other hand the narrative says that the capitalist agenda of manipulating workers for profit should be hindered. Implications for Future Research Future research should utilize content analysis to determine whether anarchist thinking and rhetoric is more or less violent/aggressive than mainstream rhetoric. This is important because mainstream media has depicted anarchist thinking and actions as violent and destructive. The destructive part might be true, but how much more violent than mainstream rhetoric would it be? This is something that I intend to find out in the not too distant future. Another implication for future research would be the role of women in anarchist communes and the democratic globalization movement. During my trip to the gathering I noticed that the organizers of the event were predominately women—in fact there was only one man involved in the operations of the gathering. Women made announcements, led discussions, organized the workshops, and led the organizing for the G8 protests. There are deep implications for feminist scholarship involved in these observations. References Aune, J. (1994). Rhetoric and Marxism. San Francisco, CA: Westview Press. Brecher, J., Costello, T., & Smith, B. (2000). Globalization from below: The power of solidarity. Cambridge, MA: South End Press.

Authors: Atkinson, Joshua.
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Gathering 26
under the same category as violence against living beings. In some cases the anarchist could
justify destruction of property.
So ultimately there is a little bit of truth to both alternative and mainstream media
representations of anarchism. On the one hand the anarchist narrative from this gathering was
about nonviolence and egalitarianism. On the other hand the narrative says that the capitalist
agenda of manipulating workers for profit should be hindered.
Implications for Future Research
Future research should utilize content analysis to determine whether anarchist thinking
and rhetoric is more or less violent/aggressive than mainstream rhetoric. This is important
because mainstream media has depicted anarchist thinking and actions as violent and destructive.
The destructive part might be true, but how much more violent than mainstream rhetoric would it
be? This is something that I intend to find out in the not too distant future.
Another implication for future research would be the role of women in anarchist
communes and the democratic globalization movement. During my trip to the gathering I
noticed that the organizers of the event were predominately women—in fact there was only one
man involved in the operations of the gathering. Women made announcements, led discussions,
organized the workshops, and led the organizing for the G8 protests. There are deep
implications for feminist scholarship involved in these observations.
References
Aune, J. (1994). Rhetoric and Marxism. San Francisco, CA: Westview Press.
Brecher, J., Costello, T., & Smith, B. (2000). Globalization from below: The power of
solidarity. Cambridge, MA: South End Press.


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