Global anarchy returns to Swiss roots

<table><tr><td>From <a href="http://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/swiss_news/Global_anarchy_returns_to_Swiss_r... Info</a>

<strong>Anarchists from all over the world have descended on the town of Saint-Imier in the Jura region of Switzerland to mark the 140th anniversary of a key congress which saw the anarchists break with the workers’ movement dominated by Karl Marx.</strong>

The gathering opened on Wednesday with calls for public demonstrations and workers’ strikes to protest against the European debt crisis, austerity measures and growing unemployment in some countries.

The meeting also heard that governments are no solution to the troubles of Europe, but also that violence was equally not the right answer.</td><td><img title="Sounds confusing. Were watches the answer?" src="http://anarchistnews.org/files/pictures/2012/girlswithguns_hat.jpg"></td...

Saint-Imier and the Jura region in general, a traditional watch-making area, have strong historical ties to the anarchist movement, dating back to the mid-nineteenth century.

“Saint-Imier is a historic site for anarchists from all over the world,” declared event organiser Michel Nemitz.

But not everybody is so enthusiastic about the town suddenly becoming a pilgrimage site for the anarchy movement. Christian Schluep, a Saint-Imier local politician, told swissinfo.ch that many residents are nervous about seeing such a large group of anarchists on their doorstep.

“There is uncertainty and fear on the part of the town’s population,” he said. “We used to have an open air festival with thousands of tourists, but now, with the anarchists’ meeting, it’s a bit of a shock.”

“In Saint-Imier, a small village of about 4,800 people, we are not used to seeing people walking around in groups of ten or 20 dressed all in black, with long hair, who are not just normal tourists.”

Schleup added that the town had no role in planning the five day anarchist gathering but had made a campsite available to the group on the Mont-Soleil overlooking the town.

The anarchists’ meeting will feature conferences, round tables, theatre, concerts, exhibitions, cinema and a book fair. Subjects to be discussed on the agenda include the sovereign debt crisis, social struggles in Greece, civil disobedience and Italian anarchist songs.

The official Anarchist International website ranks Switzerland second on its list of the world’s most libertarian countries, after Norway.

Veronica de Vore, swissinfo.ch

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'The official Anarchist International website ranks Switzerland second on its list of the world’s most libertarian countries, after Norway.'

fuck oakland, we should all move to norway!

We should all just die.

If we're down with this bullshit "Anarchist International" method of determining which governments are the most libertarian because they respects our RIGHTS!... well, then yeah, I agree.

One of the reasons for that is that nordic countries tend to be very secular and in some cases irreligious while in the US christian fundamentalism is very strong. It is one of the reasons why anarchists of the past and many in the present are very active in militant atheism, secularist movements and freethought http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freethought

If you really believe liberal democracies and secular ideologies are less oppressive than religious theocracies and ideologies, you are a leftist not an anarchist.

Try living in Saudi Arabia or Iran, then in Norway or Switzerland, and then get back to us about how they're "equally oppressive".

Whatevs, I'm super-leftist and think this whole comparative government game is anarcho-liberal bullshit.

^ this one speaks truly.

I'm a fascist and I agree with you.

...or North Korea where the dictator is worshipped like a god.

...or America where the dictator (capital) is worshiped like a god.

^ This one speaks wisely. Still, you are all insane world-eaters, and should die.

I poop on you with bowelish tirade!!

Yeah, and Denmark which would probably be third still plays ball with horrible environmental violaters. Add to that a lot of Queer folk (I know), honestly, while not being radical enough to be Anarchists are still dissafected (pissed off) enough about all the bullshit rules their country has to keep in place to keep it running moral and smooth. On top of that, they're not just irregligious they're also very white. And they're not as irresligious as you think, Norway in particular. You meet a lot of people there who you distinctly get the cultural hand-me-downs from good Christian folk in Minnesota. They're just sane and nice. Religion isn't the problem in places where everyone's on the same page.

Last sentence isn't dogma by any means.

> they're also very white

well evolve for thousands of years in that part of the world, and then see how much melanin you have in your skin. Honestly, it's not their fault.

> You meet a lot of people there who you distinctly get the cultural hand-me-downs from good Christian folk in Minnesota.

I think it's the other way around. Some people moved from Norway, when it was more conservative, to Minnesota and started businesses, farms, schools, and churches there. I'm not making a value judgement, I'm just pointing out a historical ethnographic fact.

> They're just sane and nice.

Being sane and nice are generally considered virtues in most cultures, on most continents.

I'm not saying it's not, I'm saying the opposite you idiot. I'm just saying, racial tension breads a different sort of progress. And I'm Jewish, half ashkenazi, half Sephardic, I know all about Eastern European immigration in terms of the actual differences between race and ethnicity.

-> racial tension breads a different sort of progress.

What kind of progress is that?

Lol, You sound like you have a medical lab printout of your DNA sequence hanging above your mantle-piece Haha.

-> Religion isn't the problem in places where everyone's on the same page.

You mean that religion is only a problem when there are people of different thought systems living in the same geographic area? Once everybody believes the same thing, then it's all good?

Ha, good point! It's written on page 34 that at 12 noon on the 23rd march, 2014 we all go outside and commit suicide, haha!!!

Well, personally, I stopped listening to Crass, and started listening to ABBA!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FsVeMz1F5c

I think you should rethink your commitment to ABBA after you read this.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-126647/Abba-girls-Nazi-secr...

libertarian just means with license.

liberty = license

Soooo, THIS is fucking traditional anarchism!! Jeeeessssuuusss Fuuuucccckkkkiinnngggg Chriiiiissssttttt, lemme outta here.

There is no exit to this ghetto

I knew all those Norwegian anarcho-syndicalist unions were real! I KNEW it!

Yellow card

quit acting stuck up in the ghetto

Really? 140 years of anarchy and some asshole is still running around proclaiming "violence is not the answer people!" Gag me with an armchair and a union card.

I am not a pacifist yet i don´t think violence on itself is the answer either. A combination of methods and forms is a richer approach.

Pshaw, Union card? That would require anarchists to actually have jobs for more than five minutes.

"a traditional watch-making area, have strong historical ties to the anarchist movement, dating back to the mid-nineteenth century."

Clocking on, alarm clocks, 9-5 workerists, oh the irony.

Hoyle shit that one guy is a hairy ass anarcho-sasquatch

A division of guys like that would have the industrial military complex on its knees!!

http://anarchistinternational.org/wordpress/?page_id=253

"We once made watches to buy time for ourselves. Some of us still do. But time is our enemy and we cannot toil for it any longer. The old world is gone and the Anarchist International persists, lingering outside of time on the borderlands between slavery and freedom."

I find this kind of misleading: "The official Anarchist International website ranks Switzerland second on its list of the world’s most libertarian countries, after Norway."

I don't believe in nations, and no central government is really anarchist.

True fucking that. Seriously, because they're a bunch of b____ ass m_therfuckers they get a pass. I mean, somewhat moral, but isn't Anarchism most affecting in places where it's shunned but still has the b_lls to stand up.

No, but seriously...I have a lot of friends from the Netherlands. When I tell them I'm an Anarchist they look at me like I got shit on my face.

Are you bleeping out your sexist obscenities only? Real classy. Real fucking classy.

I highly doubt the AI is saying Norway or Switzerland are anarchist countries. Rather, by "libertarian" they most likely mean the least oppressive, relatively speaking.

Swissinfo must be DDOSed for making such demented claims.

AI really says that Switzerland's the second most anachistic government on the planet?

Gimme a fucking break! Refugees are sent to jail in Svisserland too!
More liberal than most of EU, yeah. But it's time to put an end to all this "liberalism = anarchism" idiocy for rich kids!

" But it's time to put an end to all this "liberalism = anarchism" idiocy for rich kids!"

Thank you.

Am actually looking forward to some in depth write ups on this with some pix, from the accounts I have seen it seems to have been extremely successful. Apparently they were expecting between 1-3k people and more than that showed up.

awwwww...a counter-culture leftist get together; how cute.

This sux. Where at the WOMYN and POC?!?!

dead.

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