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In June of 1988 the Toronto Star newspaper reported on an upcoming convention of anarchists under the headline Officials fear anarchists idea of a good time In the article an alderman is reported as being disgusted that this sort of thing would be going on in our midst the mayor promises an inquiry into how the anarchists got use of a city commmunity centre and the police are reported as preparing for violence among the 15000 anarchists they anticipate showing up despite organizers estimates of a potential 700 in attendance The article describes wild-eyed anarchists who hardly agree on anything and love to argue m lexicographers who routinely include lawlessness in their definitions of anarchy to poets--Things fall apart the center cannot hold Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world Yeats 1919 Thus a Vancouver Sun story of June 1996 describes the extreme-right wing instigators of a riot in Quebec City as an anarchist group Notwithstanding the colloquial usage of the term and the very real violence that has on rare occassions been associated with real anarchists most notably a rash 2 individualist fringes of the movement Woodcock 1967 anarchism from its historical roots to its most recent expression by the likes of George Woodcock can legitimately lay claim to being the gentlest most humane and most democratic of ideologies Anarchism has been described as a social philosophy and a political doctrine based on the value of individual freedom that advocates a society from which the coerciergent schools of thought within anarchism This paper however wilhists who in a continuum from Godwin through Proudhon and Kropotkin to Woodcock would seem to occupy in Sargents categorization the majority position that of collectivist anarchism For present purposes the distinctions between mutualism collectivism anarchist communism and anarchosyndicalism will be igs are more important
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