By Peter Gelderloos

This publication takes examples from all over the world, deciding upon via historical past and anthropology, displaying that folks have, in numerous methods and at varied instances, proven mutual reduction, self-organization, autonomy, horizontal selection making, and so forth--the rules that anarchy is based on--regardless of whether or not they referred to as themselves anarchists or now not. Too good documented to be strictly mythology, and too generalized to be strictly anthropology, this can be an inspiring solution to the folks who say that anarchists are utopian: a point-by-point creation to how anarchy can and has really labored.

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The statistic on Graus comes from p. 140. 42 At assemblies, collectives discussed problems and proposals. Many collectives elected administrative committees, generally consisting of half a dozen people, to manage affairs until the next meeting. The open assemblies: allowed the inhabitants to know, to so understand, and to feel so mentally integrated in society, to so participate in the management of public affairs, in the responsibilities, that the recriminations, the tensions which always occur when the power of decision is entrusted to a few individuals .

3 There was much experimentation with new monetary systems. In Aragon, there were hundreds of different kinds of coupon and money systems, so the Aragon Federation of Peasant Collectives unanimously decided to replace local currencies with a standard ration booklet — though each collective retained the power to decide how goods would be distributed and the amount of coupons workers would receive. All the collectives, once they had taken control of their villages, organized open mass assemblies to discuss problems and plan how to organize themselves.

Similarly, anarchist Peter Lamborn Wilson hypothesized that anti-authoritarian societies in eastern North America formed 15 The victories of the movement and the failure of the IMF and World Bank are argued by David Graeber in “The Shock of Victory,” Rolling Thunder no. 5, Spring 2008. 35 in resistance to the hierarchical Hopewell mound-building societies, and recent research seems to be confirming this. What others had interpreted as ahistorical ethnicities were the end results of political movements.

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