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[Once upon a time], I was a dedicated [anarchist]. I did much [independent research] on the [cause] to make sure it was a [decent] fit for my [belief]s, and, for the most part, [anarchy] matched up well with my personal [reality tunnel]. Then I made the [mistake] of reading recent writings by anarchists, particularly in [Anarchy magazine]. Some of it was very [good stuff]: I felt it was [important] to read about recent [book]s on the topic, general [history] of the movement, and [news update]s covering everything from [demonstration]s to [government crackdown]s. I read the [magazine] for a couple of years before finally giving up on them in [disgust].

First, they devoted far too much [space] to [pedantic] [argument]s about [obscure anarchist terms] that I didn't understand. While that may be [fun] for long-time anarchists, it [bore]d me to tears and surely scared off potential anarchists. Wouldn't a short [review] of [general anarchist philosophies] for the [benefit] of [newbie]s help swell the anarchism [rank]s?

Second, they spent too much time beating up on both the [newbie]s and the [old-timer]s. Sure, a bunch of the newbies had no real [idea] what anarchism was about and were just [support]ing the cause to [shock] their [parents], but the [author]s and [editor]s were often fairly [vicious] in their [vilification] of new anarchists. And their treatment of the [old-school] anarchists was far [worse]. Some was [justified]--they jumped on an [old-timer] who had just written a [self-congratulatory] [autobiography] that [denounce]d everyone else in the [movement]--but they also [ridicule]d a [respect]ed anarchist solely because he was [active] in the [1970s].

Next, the magazine started a pro-[Unabomber] [campaign], claiming that, as a [bomb]-throwing [liberal] [eco-anarchist], he was a [model] we should all [emulate]. The fact that the only [people] he [target]ed were [college professor]s and [aviation] [engineer]s--not the [Army], not the [CIA], not [Congress]--apparently meant nothing.

The [final blow] was when the [editor] started claiming that anarchists should start working with [right-wing] [fringe] [militia] groups. [Hello?] Last I heard, the [militia]s wanted to [destroy] the [federal government] and replace it with their own preferred form of [government]--in no way does that translate to [anarchy].

So I [gave up] on them. If a [worthwhile] anarchist movement ever pops its [head] up, I'd go for it; otherwise, I think I'd prefer to remain [outside] the [political system].