|What is Anarchism? – Prof. David White and Ben Dean-Kawamura (Indy TV #25)
When members of Rochester Indymedia attended demonstrations against the Democratic and Republican national conventions in Denver, Colorado and St. Paul, Minneapolis late last summer, one of the striking conclusions we returned with was how the term “Anarchist” was being used by the media and law enforcement to demonize those organizing to challenge the political oligarchy represented at both conventions. In trying to sort out how law enforcement agencies and government at the local, state and national levels could justify the lockdown on these cities and the expenditure of obscene amounts of money for security, it became clear that there has been, throughout American history, an ongoing and confusing narrative about Anarchism. In this episode, Indy TV begins an ongoing series on the question of the definitions and practices of Anarchism. The guests are Professor David White of St. John Fisher College and Ben Dean-Kawamura. Professor White terms himself a “career Anarchist” and was involved with the long-lived project “Anarchist Action of Rochester”. Ben Dean-Kawamura is a long time local activist and a member of the Rochester Indymedia collective.
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