Gothamist, “Local Anarchists Miffed By Trump’s Designation Of NYC As Anarchist Jurisdiction”

Jake Offenhartz, September 22, 2020

President Trump’s attempt to paint New York City as as “anarchist jurisdiction” in a bid to withhold federal funding has left local anarchists feeling perplexed, amused, and eager to correct the record.

“It reinforces the trope, and that’s kind of fucked,” Thom Kennon, a self-proclaimed anarchist and adjunct marketing professor at NYU, told Gothamist. At the same time, Kennon said he hoped the national attention would get more Americans interested in the left-wing political philosophy. “I immediately Signaled one of my comrades and said, ‘Look, what a chance this could be to educate people about what we’re really like.”

He added that Trump’s terminology is also wrong, because “anarchists don’t do jurisdictions, we do what’s called prefigurative politics, building new more equitable worlds now.”

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