What is anarchy?
Anarchy needs to be understood as a vector towards freedom and not towards chaos.
Etienne de la Boetie2 (yes, with a squared sign and, no, it isn’t his real name) previously chatted to me about why all governments are illegitimate authorities and, basically, why anarchy is not a bad word. Establishment propaganda has done a great job in duping a lot of people into believing that being governed by a self-imposed authority with a monopoly on violence, is equal to freedom.
What is anarchism?
For clarity, anarchism is a collection of ideas that lead to anarchy, although it’s probably acceptable to use both words to describe the same idea.
Rejection of the state equates to anarchism. But the problem that I have found is that anarchism is misunderstood, whether by design or not. Anarchism (or anarchy) does not mean chaos. Anarchism, in the words of Benjamin Tucker, could be described as
the doctrine that all the affairs of men should be managed by individuals or voluntary associations, and that the state should be abolished.
He goes on to say that
the state is the embodiment of the principle of invasion in an individual, or a band of individuals, assuming to act as representatives or masters of the entire people within a given area.
Basically, the government is the subjection of the noninvasive individual to an external will. Anarchy is a synonym for liberty, freedom, independence, self-government, non-interference and you-don’t-speak-for-me.
Governments are a scam
Basically, Government – The Biggest Scam In History is about
[p]roving the case that “Government”, of every flavor, has been a scam of inter-generational organized crime since the beginning… and they have been getting away with it… until now… because they have been controlling the media and academia.
Think of it even more simply.
If an armed gang knocked on your door and demanded that you pay them a percentage of your income, no matter what their reasons might be, then any rational individual will agree that such behaviour is criminal.
Replace “armed gang” with “government”.
I really enjoyed this conversation. In fact, it’s one of my favourites.
cover image credit: Peggy_Marco
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