NPR: What Is Anarchism?

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 19: An anarchy symbol is viewed after it was spray painted on a window during a demonstration by Occupy Wall Street and other groups in downtown Chicago on the eve of the NATO summit on May 19, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. Sixty heads of state, 2,500 journalists and thousands of protesters have converged on Chicago for the two day NATO meeting which begins on Sunday and will look to address the situation in Afghanistan among other global defense issues. Chicago police are preparing for the worst with many officers in riot gear and with their numbers enhanced by police from outside the city. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

1A, October 12, 2020

We’ve been hearing a lot about anarchists lately, especially from the president.

President Trump tends to bring them up in his descriptions of the recent protests for racial justice that have happened across America.

And in September 2020, a White House memo deemed Seattle, New York and Portland “anarchist jurisdictions” and ordered a review of the federal funding for these cities.

But what exactly does it mean to be an anarchist? And what would an “anarchist jurisdiction” even look like?

To find out, we talked with anarchists Kim KellyWilliam C. Anderson, and Ruth Kinna.

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