Chaz Bufe

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Charles Bufe, better known as Chaz Bufe, is a contemporary American anarchist author. Bufe primarily writes on the problems faced by the modern anarchist movement (as in his pamphlet "Listen, Anarchist!"), and also on atheism, music theory and intentional community.


After receiving a masters in music from the University of California (Berkeley)[citation needed], Bufe started See Sharp Press in 1984 and then relocated to Tucson, Arizona. Some See Sharp publications are reprints of classical anarchist texts, others are by Bufe himself, mostly music instruction/reference works and atheist titles, including a critique of Alcoholics Anonymous[1] and two pamphlets on ideas about a future anarchist or utopian society. One was "A Future Worth Living: Thoughts on Getting There" (1998), which reveals the influence of the German New Age commune ZEGG. Bufe returned to the utopian theme in "Design Your Own Utopia" (2004), co-authored by "Doctress Neutopia" (Libby Hubbard, from the ZEGG commune) which mostly consisted of a questionnaire addressed to would-be utopians.

Bufe has written several hundred aphorisms under the pseudonym "Robert Tefton" which appear in an anthology he edited, "The Heretics's Handbook of Quotations" (self-published in 1998, and in an expanded edition in 2001). Its model is "The Devil's Dictionary" by Ambrose Bierce. Bufe has released a volume, The Devil's Dictionaries consisting of quotations by Bierce and himself. The latter book has been referenced by IslamOnline, recommended by Cape Cod Times[2] and has earned him the title "the Ambrose Bierce of our time" from AlterNet.[3][4] Bufe is also a musician, and author of An Understandable Guide to Music Theory, now in its third edition.[5] He translated the only English-language collection of the writings of Ricardo Flores MagónFlores Magón Dreams of Freedom: A Ricardo Flores Magón Reader – and translated the Spanish language book Cuban Anarchism: The History of a Movement by Frank Fernández (writer) into English as well as Venezuela: Revolution as Spectacle, by Rafael Uzcategui.



"Listen Anarchist!" was concerned in part with the conflict (1984-1985) between anarchist writer Bob Black and the San Francisco magazine "Processed World", for which Bufe was the East Bay distributor. As a member of the Bound Together anarchist bookstore collective in San Francisco, Bufe sought to ban from the store "The Baby and the Bathwater" (1985), Black's book-length version of the conflict. Bufe was opposed by, among others, Lawrence Jarach, who was later the co-author (with Brian Kane) of "Hold Your Tongue Demagogue: Turning a Deaf Ear to Bufe-oonery,"[6] a rejoinder to "Listen, Anarchist!". When the collective decided to continue to carry both Black's book and "Processed World," Bufe resigned from it.[citation needed]

Bufe's "A Future Worth Living" and "Design Your Own Utopia" were critically reviewed by Bob Black in "Bufe Goof" and "Views From Nowhere", respectively.[7][8]


  1. ^ Stanton Peele. "Introduction to Charles Bufe's AA: Cult or Cure". The Stanton Peele Addiction Website. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ Gonsalves, Sean (2005-07-12). "Not-so-best-selling summer reading list". Cape Cod Times. 10B4F2E766FF1010. 
  3. ^ Arbuthnot, Felicity (2004-04-21). "Iraq... The Aftermath". IslamOnline. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  4. ^ Gonsalves, Sean (2007-06-04). "The Art of Aphorisms". AlterNet. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  5. ^ "Patty Horn, Daniel Asia keeping busy". The Arizona Daily Star. 1994-10-30. 
  6. ^ Brian Kane and Lawrence Jarach. "Hold Your Tongue Demagogue: Turning A Deaf Ear To Pure Bufe-oonery". The Anarchist Library. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ Bob Black. "Bufe Goof". Retrieved April 1, 2013. 
  8. ^ Bob Black. "Views From Nowhere". The Anarchist Library. Retrieved April 1, 2013. 

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