A friend on *D wrote this and I thought it worth a share(with permission of course). Please read with an open mind & heart, because I believe there is an excellent point here.
"There's no need for anarchy or any other ideology. We only need democracy. Politicians and media define democracy as a representative and party system - that is a lie. Democracy is when people themselves discuss, propose and vote for or against l...aws which their own laws. Anarchy is a useless word - it defines what it is not rather than what it is - hence some capitalists call themselves "anarchists". Like "democracy", the word "communism" is deliberately misused by politicians and media. The USSR etc. were not "communist" - they did not claim to be communist. They used the socialist economic model as a form of national liberation - in other words - it was an economic model which allowed the country to be independent and not dependent on western capital. Remember, in capitalism requires capital. If a country doesn't have it, it becomes the slave of those who have it -or else it adopts a socialist system. Communism is, of course, anarchism. How many people know that? Communism is the better word since it is positive and defines an essential part of human existance - community - whether one sees it in the larger or smaller scale. But, unfortunately, the word is abused because the socialists parties called themselves "communist". Why? Because the old socialist parties became social-democratic parties, but kept the word socialism for themselves - which they could since they had the support of the capitalist parties and media. It is very dangerous when one allows words to be misused - such as democracy, terrorism, communism, socialism and so on. If one does not constantly emphasise the real meaning of words, one is forced to make up new words - that is why so many call themselves anarchists or trotskyists - they cave in to the capitalists hegemony over words. Unfortunately anarchism was associated with violence in the 19th century - Lenins elder brother was an anarchist and was executed. Trotskyism is famous for splitting the left - most notoriously in the UK. Hence Monty Pythons famous satire:
The People's Front of Judea, composed of the Pythons' characters, harangue their "rivals" with cries of "splitters" and stand vehemently opposed to the Judean People's Front, the Judean Popular People's Front, the Campaign for a Free Galilee, and the Popular Front of Judea (the last composed of a single old man, mocking the size of real revolutionary Trotskyist factions). The infighting among revolutionary organisations is demonstrated most dramatically when the PFJ attempts to kidnap Pontius Pilate's wife, but encounters agents of the Campaign for a Free Galilee, and the two factions begin a violent brawl over which of them conceived of the plan first. When Brian exhorts them to cease their fighting to struggle "against the common enemy," the revolutionaries stop and cry in unison, "the Judean People's Front!" However, they soon resume their fighting and, with two Roman legionnaires watching bemusedly, continue until Brian is left the only survivor, at which point he is captured.
The sad thing about the left today, socialist, communist, anarchist -choose your word - is that most don't reach out into the community and do anything there. Before there was the solidarity of the trade unions which had the organisation and means to help workers in pragmatic ways - representing the workers interest against the employers, running their own newspapers, providing further education etc. They have demos - but what about arranging street parties for the community? I remember the the DKP in my area in Frankfurt giving a street party with barbecues and beer at cheap prices. Why not a community cafe with cheap prices? Not an exclusive cafe, just for students or lefties, but run of the mill with cheap prices so that one reaches out and make contact with the community without shoving politics in their face. Doing things, helping people, being an alternative to local government is far more important than just slogans and ideology. In short - demonstrating what you stand for and showing it can be done and that it is good."