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Anarchism in America (1983)

A colorful and provocative survey of anarchism in America, the film attempts to dispel popular misconceptions and trace the historical development of the movement. The film explores the ... See full summary »
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A colorful and provocative survey of anarchism in America, the film attempts to dispel popular misconceptions and trace the historical development of the movement. The film explores the movement both as a native American philosophy stemming from 19th century American traditions of individualism, and as a foreign ideology brought to America by immigrants. The film features rare archival footage and interviews with significant personalities in anarchist history including Murray Boochkin and Karl Hess, and also live performance footage of the Dead Kennedys. Written by Harvard Film Archive

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24 December 2009 | by (Russian Federation) – See all my reviews

Part 1 was much better than Part 2, but both are worth watching. Don't expect modern digital editing, its from the early 80s. But the content is solid, and many of the speakers are excellent. It conveys very well what Anarchism is about, dispelling the myths that Anarchy is about chaos. Libertarians will enjoy this film greatly as it contains many Libertarian thinkers and some insight into the founding of the Libertarian Party.

Today it serves not only as a documentary, but a historical archive. Despite it being a historical archive, its relevance is felt today just as strongly as it was when it was made.


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