On numerous occasions I have watched anarchists make the claim that contemporary anarchists haven't physically attacked, severely injured, and killed people. That smashing windows and property destruction is the extent of anarchist violence. Then bring up all of the social work anarchists are involved with that isn't violent. This is usually in the context of liberals trying to claim that anarchism is a violent ideology (or something to that extent). This just isn't true though. Aside from the various underground groups, there's all sorts of examples: mace-pies, antifa stuff (and the asshole from BANA), suspected sexual predators or snitches, Bash Back!, etc. So why lie about it?
To some extent, anarchism as a personal ethic is violent because it puts the responsibility on the individual to defend themselves in a violent world. Maybe with the help of others but not with the help of the State, not with the help of private security, etc. Anarchists can't hide behind a 'civil' party that can front a non-violent ideology while relying on the violence of 'non-partisan' institutions. So, maybe there's a better way to counter such attacks by liberals and pacifists?