From: Kenneth Whistler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Mar 18 2004 - 18:08:56 EST
I think we are missing some important questions here. First:
Why is an Anarchist asking to standardize something?
And, as |\|\ike intimated:
Why is this symbol so neat?
I always thought the anarchy symbol looked more like:
Note that in *that* rendition of the anarchy symbol, the
crossbar on the A does *not* touch the circle on either
edge, but it may just be that the renderer was a little
short of black paint.
Then there is:
where all parts of the A extend, anarchically, completely
outside the circular bounds.
Why are Anarchists buying their posters and t-shirts from
online stores, instead of just defacing their own?
The answerbag (answerbag.com) has posed the question:
"Does the anarchy symbol (an 'A' surrounded by a circle) convey
any messages of hate?"
To date no one has answered that question -- which I guess is
in the spirit of Anarchy. But such a question then does
beg another one:
If the anarchy symbol is recognized as "an 'A' surrounded by
a circle", then why is its representation by a character
U+24B6 CIRCLED LATIN CAPITAL LETTER A insufficient for any
putative occasional representation of the symbol in text?
And *that* begs the next question, related to the first:
Why is it so important to Anarchists to have their symbol
recognized and enshrined as a character *distinct* from "an
'A' surrounded by a circle", when they currently have the
complete freedom, unencumbered by any governmental
institution whatsoever, to design and use fonts to display
it howsomever they please? Neither the Bush Administration
nor the Trilateral Commission -- not even the Benevolent &
Protective Order of Elks -- is trying to regulate and control
anyone's liberty to display U+24B6 as they will.
If we need a circled sorta-A for Anarchy, why not also the circled
triangle symbol that the Siloists used to paste around college
If Anarchists were truly Anarchists, why not break the bounds
of conventional expectations, and use U+2A37 MULTIPLICATION SIGN
IN DOUBLE CIRCLE one day and U+1D10B MUSICAL SYMBOL SEGNO the
next? Those would look equally appealing spray-painted on the
walls of Wall Street brokerages, would certainly leave people wondering,
and might open their minds to questioning their conventional
political beliefs as well. :-)
If this discussion drifts off taco, will it ever circle around
to A meat conclusion?
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