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Anarchy explained to children, by José Antonio Emanuel

Like all kids, I used to interrogate my dad with my multiple doubts about the world: from the color of the sky to the shape of the rocks. Despite not knowing the answers he always had some books on his bookshelf that guided me. I was maybe 13 or 14 years old when I asked him: why do we need police? why do we need a state? My dad mumbled an answer but eventually admitted: we don’t. This was a breaking point in my life as I started imagining a different reality. He kindly gave me this book, saying it was a little outdated but it could help me.

Anarchy Explained to Children is a book written in the 1930s by a Spanish Anarchist, José Antonio Emanuel. He made this book to help the Spanish workers answer the question: how are we going to teach our kids? State education usually works to satisfy a model, excluding anything that is not profitable. Anarchists don’t rely on schools to teach their children about the important things in life, they rely on books, community, and experience. Anarchy is based on collaborative principles like helping others in need, supporting your neighbors, or imitating the beautiful. These principles have nothing to do with the usual chaos connotation given to Anarchy.

I also think, from experience, that’s very important to teach our kids to work as a community, not competing but collaborating. Still at this age, I go through this book every now and then to remember how easy is to create Anarchy and how beautiful it is: harmony, peace, collaboration, and hope are some of the values behind this philosophy. You don’t have to bite anyone for a piece of this world, we can just share it.

Honoring the Chicago martyrs I wanted to share this beautiful book to keep our dream alive: a world that fits all worlds. Download a free copy of this bilingual, illustrated book, courtesy of an international community of critical thinkers.

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A book can also exist as an autonomous and self-sufficient form, including perhaps a text that emphasizes that form, a text that is an organic part of that form: here begins the new art of making books. (Ulises Carrion)

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