Wonderful Wednesday, Recommended Website

The Non-Anarchist is today’s recommendation for Wonderful Wednesday. It’s not a Friend of the Blog (to be that you have to link me and generally be cool,) but it’s an informative and entertaining read.

Strobe, the proprietor of the blog, is a self-described “downwardly-mobile American liberal who’s read some Marx” living in rather notorious West Oakland, CA. According to the About page, The Non-Anarchist “strives to support a non-reactionary understanding of anarchism” and combines research and observation of local anarchists, particularly among the Occupy Oakland crowd.

anarchist-squatAmong other topics, the author writes about conflicts between anarchist squatters and local black residents, the violence of the Black Bloc protestors at Occupy Oakland and conflicts between anarchists and socialists. Strobe seems to have a general disdain for his subjects, but he’s much nicer than I would be covering this group.

As I mentioned, Strobe is a liberal, so there’s some early sympathy with the Occupy movement before Oakland became a train wreck, and he has a tendency to use the words anarchist and libertarian synonymously. One can be an anarchist and a libertarian, I suppose, but when I think of an anarchist I see a left winger with a mohawk. Other than that, The Non-Anarchist is good stuff.



  1. Strobe

    From one blogger to another, thanks for featuring my website. You’re right to point out my unusual approach of using the words libertarian and anarchist interchangeably. Unusual in the U.S., anyway. In Europe the word libertarian used to be applied only to those of an anarchist mindset, as I understand it. H.L. Mencken, who regarded himself as a liberal, wanted to distinguish his politics from those of F.D.R. and the New Deal, and chose the term libertarian. There are left-libertarians (Ken Kesey, Hunter S. Thompson) and right-libertarians (Mencken, Rose Wilder Lane), and of course anarchists. To me, the word libertarian covers all of them despite their differences.

    In this era of conceptual chaos (having little to do with anarchists) an openness to defining terms is always welcome.

    • Chandler's Ghost

      That’s interesting. I don’t really know much about the history of political labels, but Mencken and Thompson are good examples of people who complicate Libertarianism. Well, Thompson especially.

      In Hollywood we used to have a lot of homeless punks, and I know that there were a lot in Berkeley as well. Do you think that the rise in anarchism might partially stem from this group?

      You have a very interesting and entertaining blog going. I hope some of my readers check it out.

  2. Strobe

    Unfortunately, collegiality has probably gone as far as it can. Were I living in an Arizona housing tract, I might be writing about right-wing libertarians.