See also: Anarchy

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Anarchist coined term Anarchize is used by such diverse persons as anarchists, consultants and those simply interested in organisational principles.

“Anarchizing is all about empowering people with creative systems of organisation”Unknown

“To anarchize is to organize – anarchists.”Unknown

Such systems rely on well-established principles of no operational contact, no cooperation with authority, no confusion with group entity and some due process principles, such as no self-incrimination, and never to require response to hearsay. These are often called bottom-up organizing principles, a term which spans use in business, democracy, the social economy or civil society.

Such entities as smart mobs, co-operatives, mutuals and peer to peer networks are often “anarchized”, at least in early stages. What these methods have in common is that they optimise formation of social capital, and rely more on interpersonal ethical relationships than top-down rules.

It is part of the Recyclopedia:purpose to promote methods that allow anarchists to organise themselves effectively, so Recyclopedia:We advocate the term Anarchize and feel that it should spread.

Most Recyclopedia:policy reflects a desire to anarchize, don’t organize.

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To require response to hearsay is a harassment and social exclusion technique. When carried out in public it is propaganda. It takes the general form:

  • “X says you said or did Y, what do you have to say about that?”

If there is any consequence whatsoever for failing to respond, this method is in play. Two good examples include:

Incidents like this render due process ultimately ineffective by rendering parties hostile to it, and uninterested in further debate about such claims – which will almost certainly simply extend the hearsay or any lying or justifying of the interpretation, and thus exclude the party so accussed.

This is a basic violation of presumption of innocence – thus this practice is banned in all legal codes. Jury instructions by judges always include instructions to discard hearsay and judges do their best to ensure it does not appear in evidence, even if evidence discovered due to it, does.

The prohibition against self-incrimination is for parallel reasons: only one party is accused and questioned at one time, thus any decision to pursue that individual carries a strong confirmation bias towards that one’s guilt: the committee wants to believe it is right to be questioning that person, and no one else, and it wants to end the matter and appear competent. These urges alone quite commonly lead to torture in many modern countries.

no confusion with group entity

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The anarchist principle of no confusion with group entity is, simply put, that no human body or collection of living things of any kind, can be in any way confused with the interests of ideals of a group entity. There is nothing in common between the objectives or structures of groups, even the Recyclopedia:groups that co-operate and participate in Recyclopedia itself, and the survival and propagation and emotional interests of bodies.

It was probably first stated in this exact form by Bob Black, who emphasized the difference between eat-or-be-eaten group relationships and co-operative relationships that were possible between beings that were similar.

However, this is part of a general embodiment trend in modern philosophy: It’s a central issue in philosophy of body, philosophy of action, eco-anarchism, animal rights, and hominid personhood. It relies on empathic integrity: having high empathy for things like oneself, and low or no empathy for things that are simply abstractions or ideology.

One application of this principle is the rejection of animal experiments and vivisection as being for the public good: the abstract “advance of science” or “improving of medicine” or “helping the economy” are all rejected as valid moral reasonings because economies, sciences, medicines, are only assumed to relieve suffering, but bodies do most definitely suffer in the processes involved.

Most critiques of mass movements and cults and military training focus on the confusion with the group entity that is deliberately created by the group’s conditioning of the individual to identify overly with groups.

A trivial example is Recyclopedia:outing: someone believes that a group has “rights” or “needs” to continue some behaviour, and, without identifying the impact of that behaviour on bodies, leaps instantly to risking the bodies of others in order to propagate that behaviour. This seems to be a particular problem of the Wikipedia mailing list. Strong objections to Wikimedia corruption of that and other kinds have been one impetus to developing some strong Recyclopedia:policy to ensure we don’t require response to hearsay, or otherwise credit statements from nowhere or no-one about bodies.

The due process principle of no self-incrimination is likewise based on similar logic: to take one person, isolated from their peers and support, facing authority, and demand of them that they either incriminate someone else or themselves, is to place the interests of the group entity doing the interrogation (its need to save time, to appear competent, etc.) above those of the bodies affected by decision. Such methods as torture for instance might advance the group-entity’s interests by speeding resolution of cases, or generating fear of its power. But there should be no confusion with group entity interests, by those who might be next in line:

No cooperation with authority can be tolerated in such instances, and no outing of others can be permitted if it simply puts them next in line.

See also: avoid building metaphor

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