Lawrence Jarach

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Lawrence Jarach
A man in grey sweatshirt
Lawrence Jarach attending the 2010 Bay Area Anarchist Book Fair.
Born (1961-08-03) August 3, 1961 (age 55)
Tacoma, Washington
Residence Berkeley, California
Nationality American
Organization Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed editorial committee
Known for Author of social and political essays and books.
Movement Anarchism
(Post-left anarchy)

Lawrence Jarach is an American anarchist essayist and author of the primer Anarchy 101: Instead of a Meeting. Jarach is a contributing editor of Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed, and has published in the Berkeley Daily Planet, Killing King Abacus, Green Anarchy and L'EnDehors.

Jarach is also a musician, performing as a vocalist and trombonist for punk/polka band, Polkacide.

Political positions[edit]

Jarach has been identified by Ward Churchill as a prominent Euroamerican radical and anti-authoritarian.[1] Jack Bratich also situates Jarach on the anti-authoritarian left.[2]

Contrary to these assessments, Jarach writes from within the post-left anarchy milieu, providing criticism of leftist politics and history. He has also written on other diverse topics, such as the Spanish Revolution, primitivism, as well as criticisms of "anarchist dual power" and leftism. He famously clashed with anarchist Chaz Bufe over the latter's publication of Listen, Anarchist!, and came to the defense of fellow post-leftist Bob Black in a rebuttal entitled "Hold Your Tongue Demagogue: Turning a Deaf Ear to Pure Bufe-oonery".

His views on the topic of conspiracy theory have attracted attention in the anarchist media. Jarach holds that the term "conspiracy theory" acts as a "derisive dismissal" which serves to characterise counter-narratives as falsehoods or fantasy, and prefers the term "conspiratology" in its place. Conspiracy, according to Jarach, is the normal functioning mode of government and other hierarchies.[2]

Selected publications[edit]

Jarach is now one of the three members of the editorial and production group of the long-running magazine Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed, which was for many years published in Columbia, Missouri by Jason McQuinn. For the last few years it has been published by Jarach and his associates in Berkeley, California.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Churchill, Ward (2003). Perversions of Justice. San Francisco: City Lights Books. p. 126. ISBN 0-87286-411-1. 
  2. ^ a b Bratich, Jack Z. (2008). Conspiracy Panics. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press. ISBN 0-7914-7333-3. OCLC 123912525. 

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