Jan 192008
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Since it was created by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, if you don’t have kids you’ve probably never heard of No Name-Calling Week. In fact, I didn’t even hear of it in my role as a parent, but rather thanks to StumbleUpon. From their FAQ-

  1. What is No Name-Calling Week?No Name-Calling Week is an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities.
  2. Who should participate?Anyone who wants to work towards eliminating harmful name-calling, harassment and bullying in their school can be a part of No Name-Calling Week, whether you are a teacher, student, guidance counselor, coach, librarian or bus driver.

I’d like to add anarchists, Left Libertarians, agorists, and the rest of our ilk to the list of those who should participate. For 30 years I’ve been a lone anarchistic voice in the wilderness. It’s only been within the last few months that I’ve been reaching out to other anti-government types on the ‘net in search of a community of like minded fellows. Instead, what I tend to find is a whole bunch of self-segmenting, labeling and name calling over exactly how we should go about removing the government and what it should be replaced with (if anything).

Does anyone think this is productive in any way? Does telling someone they aren’t an anarchist/Libertarian/agorist/whatever help the movement in any way? Does restricting who you’ll read or support based on the latest hypenated subcategory get the government out of anyone’s daily life? Does it help educate the masses on the evils of government? In my experience the answer to all of these questions is a resounding NO!

So here’s a new call to arms for all of you freedom loving bloggers out there – please make a genuine effort during the coming week of January 21-25 to avoid any name calling on your blog or in your comments on others blogs. It’s only five days, but it just may be the start of more civil discourse.

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  One Response to “A Call To Arms For Anarchist Bloggers”

  1. Forget it! I name-call people all the time, and doing so would require me to censor myself.

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