For any of my readers that have seen V for Vendetta but who may not know much about anarchism: A for Anarchy. For those of you that don’t know, anarchism has a part to play both in the story in the movie as well as the story of it’s creation. I’m not going to write a review of the movie because I’m not very good at writing movie reviews. Suffice it to say that I enjoyed it and would recommend it. That said I can appreciate the review by William Gillis of Human Iterations who did not like it much. But yes, back to anarchism, the folks over at A for Anarchy have done a good job of putting up a nice intro to anarchism for viewers of the movie. From the site:
THERE IS ANOTHER WAY
“Tonight, you must choose what comes next. Lives of our own, or a return to chains. Choose carefully. “
This website is intended to introduce fans of the film/graphic novel V For Vendetta to the history and philosophy of Anarchy. V For Vendetta was originally a comic produced in the mid 1980s by Alan Moore and David Lloyd about a man who destroys the corrupt state he lives in, promoting Anarchy to the masses all the while. This core message of Anarchy has been severely twisted in the film verison. So much that Alan Moore has asked to be withdrawn from all media references and to have his name removed from the film’s posters.
Anarchy, with its long and varied past, has been repeatedly suppressed and misrepresented. The many successes and movements in the Anarchist community are almost never mentioned in schools or by corporate controlled media. Hollywood’s current filtering of V For Vendetta is far from surprising when taking into account the general message of fear that mainstream news instills in its audience. Thus, this website was created to help individuals familiarize themselves with the Anarchistic viewpoint and to realize the power everyone of us has to make a difference.
Yet, while A For Anarchy hopes to touch on many aspects surrounding Anarchy, it does not claim to be an end all source for anarchistic theory. Rather, this site is meant to act as a portal through which, hopefully, movie goers will realise that an action packed life is endlessly more fulfilling than flickering images on a screen. The site is broken down into areas of main importance, each providing only a brief overview of their respective topics. We encourage you to follow up on any areas that interest you by following the links, keep fighting, and never give up.