It’s to no surprise anarchists are seen as eager harbingers of a dystopic future. The only time the news will ever give them coverage is when they’re participating in a black bloc and have a Molotov in hand.
Hopefully by now you know that anarchism is not a synonym for chaos. Don’t ever mistake the two in front of an anarchist. They’ll more than likely go on a tangent beginning with the sham court hearing at the Haymarket Massacre and the vilification of the anarchist martyrs. Then, they’ll probably go on about Bolshevik propaganda and persecution of anarchists, only to wind up talking about the evils of the Catholic church in Spain and the Franco regime. They’ll probably finish off the discussion in detail with the first Red Scare in the United States, and then conclude with propaganda theory and how anarchism is misconstrued in the media because it’s not convenient for capitalism.
Needless to say, this is a topic worth avoiding. Anarchists have the speech well rehearsed because they perform it to many unknowing poor souls who had the misfortune of not reading about Emma Goldman or Mikhail Bakunin in history class.