The DOE Is ClosediS

On the fiftieth aniversary of the Stock Market Crash of 1929, Washington, D.C. was having one of its first anti-nuiilear rally. A group of aproxiraatly 1,000 anti-nuke protesters, representing about 30 different groups, began their day with a small rally at the Capitol building they then marched to the Department Of Energy building where they spent the remainder of the day in nonviolent protest. The objectives of the protest were clearly summed up in the words of one of protester's placards: "Zero Nuclear Weapons', Ban Nuclear Power, Stop The Arms Race, Meet Human Needs."

At the same time, anti-nuke demonstrations were going on across the TJnited States from Sunnyvale, Califor-ia to New York City where a large protest in front of the New York Stock Exchange blocked up the entire Wall Street area and resulted in the arrests of 1045. The demonstrators picked October 29 as their aav for a variety of reasons. As well as being the fiftieh aniversary of the Stock Market Crash, it was also U.N, World Disarmament Week, the begining of a presidential election tieriod and the height of the SALT II debate.

The Washington demonstration was nowhere near as violent as the New York one, proving that nonviolent civil disobedience can accomplish something. Many of the protesters were young students with a good portion of elderly people mixed in. All were covered with anti-nuke hut-tons while some wore small cardboard signs around their necks on which was printed the names of nuclear victims. A few held colorful signs which read "No More Nuclear VictimsJ, "Shut Them Down,* and "We Almost Lost Pennsylvania." Others chanted solgans and sang peace songs such ae "We shall not be moved" and""We shall overcome." There was also a group of monks representing a concerned clergy and a Laymen group-who sang religious songs while strumming on accoustic guitars. Also paricipating in the demoni-stration were some familiar, notable faces such as Daniel Ellsberg and Ralph Nader.

The protester's main activity, however, was to stand in groups with their arms linked blocking the doors of the Department Of Energy. Every time a DOE employee would try to enter the building, the protesters blocking the doorway would chant, "The DOE Is Closed J" When they had .succeeded in blocking all the doorways and keeping the workers out, the Special Police moved in. They stood behind the protesters equipped with helmets and nightsticks assisting a few DOE employed in

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entering the building by shovinf the protesters out of the way. \n ANARCHY TIMES editor was, in"fact, hit' with a Inightstick wh ile taking-part in the dorasnstratioii. Pushing and shoving, however, was the ex-" tent of most of jr\p viai erico for every time an incident would arise, the protestors would yell, "No Violence" and use civil- ddse bed fence tactics.

The demonstration ended at nightfall with one final rally to close it out. The protesters dishaned believing that through their nonviolent demonstration, they had been effective in closing "for a day a powerful Federal agency responsible Tor spending billions each year to support nuclear power. They were confident that their views were made known not only to the DOR employees but to every human being on earth.

D.L. Clark


The near disaster at Three Mile Island has alerted the world to the grave dangers of nuclear technology. Up to 45,000 people could have been killed "promptly", and 100,000 more from latent cancers, according to government studies. Over 100 rail-lion Americans live within 50 miles of such nuclear time-bombs, potential victums of "routine" or accidental releases of deadly radioactivity.

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Self-Preservation and Mutual Aid

There is a secret to anarchist theory and 'practice, one that escapes even our so-called best and brightest minds. The secret lies with the individual's capability not simply to know his or her own habits, faults, cr virtues but to discover something beyond these expressions , something fundamental about the nature of the aind itself. This discovery is that aggression and greed are largely a result of the illusionary struggle of the ego for a secure position, a sense of solid ground, a firmness of idenity. With the discovery that ego is illusion and merely a product of neurosis, coaes the real— ization that hunans can relax the struggle and fulfill their natural inclination for sociability. Sgotismi only initially seens to be the way to self-preservation. Humans have the ability to discver the genius of social cooperation and mutual aid, a way of action far more efficient and satisfactory than all well-streamlined authoritarian and hierarchical systems of control and command.

This concept of an anarchist psychology is basic to the teachings of Peter Kropotkin (1842-1921), the social scientist and anarchist philosopher who has left us with what is perhaps the most carefully considered and useful body of work on anarchism in both its philosophical and practical aspects. Kropotkin's anarchism was essentially applied ethics, and was firiily based not only on the author's extensive experience in revolutionary and labor struggles but also grew out of field work as apioneer natural scientist, geographer and ethnologist.

Kropotkin attempted to create a scientific base for anarchist theory, drawing his concepts from actual practices he observed aaong Russian communal serfs, the primitive tribes of Siberia and Russian Turkistan, and the artisans and guild workers of Switzerland's Jura district. There he found, growing out of basic social, economic and ecological needs the positive qualities of solidarity, mutual aid St individual liberty through free cooperation. There is nothing Utopian, unnatural, or impractical in Kropotkin's major volumes covering these matters — Mutual Aid, The Conquest of Bread, and Fields, factories and Workshops — but instead we find examples of the soundest practices being followed by people meeting natural needs rather than artificial needs created to satisfy psychological shortcomings.

Many of our most severe and see tangly unsolvable problems today grow out of centralized control by government bodies or by large corporations or government-corporate partnerships. These centers of power are able to maintain their tiassive control not only because of economic chains but because of subtle psychological undercuttings. Many of us underestimate the amount of harm we do our world and ourselves by failing to deeply examine the relationships our actions and thoughts have with the institutions which are said to exist for our benefit. We also, of course, underestimate the amount of good we can do and the power we possess (the capacity and means we possess'.) to transform the conditions of our lives and take back our hu,.ian brithright.

J. Thomas

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MARIJUANA: Economic Eor,e For America.

Public opinion polls show that 4096 of adult America has tried and accepts Marijuana, while 15% of adult America uses the drug frequently. These numbers are growing and show that Americans no longer find Marijuana,'s use unacceptable. Those legislators who feel that 40% of the adult populace, approximately 35 million people, does not represent a majority should bear in mind that the president is elected with just 50% of the voters behind him, while his in-term popularity often'is less than 30% and as low as 13%.

If these statistics are not enough to convince the government, they should look at the economic side of the issue. According to the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration commercial cultivation has become a booming business, playing a major role in the local economies of some northern California counties. In four of these counties the production«^Marijuana has revitalized the declining economies (caused by setbacks in the logging industry)and provided a source of income to merchants and other business men. Without this new industry, these areas would die.

A simular economic phenomenon is also occuring in southern tobacco regions and northern corn production areas. Marijuana grows extremely well between the rows of these crops. Thus legalization could provide an increase of capital production with little investment by the farmer. This increase would undoubtedly help to spur the economy during the predicted upcoming recession.

If not throughly convinced by the revitalization such a new and acceptable industry will have, legislators should take notice of the millions of dollars leaving the country each year for countries such as Columbia and Mexico thru the Maiijuana trade. This steady cash flow out of country not only severely damages our economic situation but this capital could be put to use here in the United States providing jobs where they are sorely needed.

With these facts in mind this controversial issue takes on a new light. Must America continue on its path toward a second prohibition era, wasting hundreds of thousands of tax payer's money on the way (in the form of "law enforcement"). The time has come for the government to repeal these outdated laws and stop dictating an equally outdated morality.

Scott M. Rodell

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