What are the main principles of anarchism

Call for a discussion on the principles of the anarchist movement

To circular no. 1
To circular no. 2
To circular no.3, which is primarily the invitation to the regional meeting ...

The words "anarchist", "anarchy", "anarchist" have a great attraction for many. On the one hand in a negative sense such as violent perpetrators, disorder, terror - we think that's a shame - and on the other hand in a positive sense such as freedom of rule, liberal, order without rule - that is what we want to promote.
In recent years the various anarchist tendencies in the FRG have become more aware that more people can be won over to our ideas through rapprochement and cooperation. However, there was and is only a selective cooperation between these directions, e. B. Libertarian days 1987 and 1993, election boycott campaigns etc.

Precisely because we believe we are feeling an increasing interest in anarchist theory and practice in society, we consider it overdue to organize a continuous, nationwide discussion about anarchist content. Many anarchists feel this need.

Similarities in content

We imagine a discussion about the lowest common denominator of the anarchists - namely the concept of anarchy. Starting with an approximation of this term, we could talk about current anarchism. The focus here could be on terms such as freedom of domination, anti-statehood, self-administration, decentralization, self-organization, mutual help. Against this background, we could define common anarchist content more precisely.

The similarities should then be recorded in writing so that they can be used as a starting point for further discussion.

In the introduction to these results it should be made clear that they represent a flash of the current anarchist discussion. They should be developed in a continuous process of discussion towards freer societies - that is, they should be subject to a dynamic of change. The differences should also be recorded in writing. They are therefore still up for debate. It is by no means intended that all differences should eventually disappear. We and our lives are too diverse for that.

Anarchist diversity

So that this discussion can be meaningful and to some extent representative of the anarchist movement in the FRG, we would like individual people and groups from all relevant anarchist directions to take part in this discussion.

We face z. E.g. the framework of the opening event of the Libertarian Days 93, at which the different directions (general anarchism, anarcha-feminism, free workers union, federation of nonviolent action groups, initiative for an anarchist federation in Germany, community movement, project A) are presented to have. In addition, we are thinking of supraregional and regional associations such as Anarchist Black Cross, Anarcha-Feminist Meetings, Anarchist Antisexist Network, Anarchist Rhein-Main Meetings, Anarchist Federation Hamburg, Anares and centers (e.g. A-Laden Berlin, Dezentral, Libertäres Zentrum Hamburg, Libertarian Center Moers), libertarian businesses, anarchist media and groups.

Perhaps it should also be talked about whether what there is in terms of anarchist activities in the FRG can even be called an anarchist movement or what it looks like.


If enough similarities are found, we would consider it useful to go public with these similarities. All anarchist schools with their nationwide and regional associations as well as as many groups, projects and businesses as possible should bear this publication with their full addresses (for the purpose of establishing contact).

Sense and purpose

From our point of view, the following dynamic would be desirable:

On the one hand within the anarchist movement:

A discussion about commonalities can continually update anarchism. The active groups have the opportunity to contribute their respective content and activities. This gives the anarchist movement a boost. It can be seen that many are pulling together anarchism. New contacts are made. New ways of influencing and taking action on social events and debates open up.

On the other hand, outside the anarchist movement, in the so-called public:

Anarchist content is becoming more widespread. They are taken more seriously when many organized people, i.e. movement, represent them together. Anarchist contact points are becoming better known. Criticism and suggestions from people close to us, but also from political opponents, expand our possibilities for serious disputes. Our claim to change all areas of society towards a coexistence free of domination is documented by this debate.

Organization of the discussion

We imagine inviting you to a first meeting through private contacts as well as publicly. There we can talk about the proposed project. For further exchange, the discussion can take place in a circular. So all interested groups and directions remain involved. Perhaps an annual meeting will suffice for coordination.

We at the Libertarian Forum Frankfurt (LiFF) would initially be ready to organize a newsletter. After that, the organization could rotate.

These are our ideas for strengthening the anarchist movement. Now your reactions are asked. We are waiting for critical suggestions, suggested dates and supporters of this call.

Freedom and happiness - love and anarchy!

Libertarian Forum Frankfurt

in July 1995