"I'm a wanker"

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Jan 15 2005 14:25
"I'm a wanker"

Note the quotes... though some would direct that at me anyway... however it's not the point.

This is:

quote:Originally posted by KB:

why am I an Anarchist?

I'm not sure if I've ever thought of it that way.

It's something you're going to have to think about at some point. Judging from your sentence I quoted below, you have utilitarian motives behind your own advocacy of the political ideology of anarchism (and, hence, of establishing an anarchistic society):

I want to be able to wake up and do what I want, go where I want and live how I want.

The only hint of an ethical justification for your political philosophy of choice can be found in this statement:

I don't see how this world we live in is the best we could live in, in turn I see no reason not to hope for and fight for a better world for everyone.

And even this is misguided. Hell, this kind of mindset is downright dangerous. The moment you suggest that you have a right to make a "better world for everyone", you swing the door wide open, and invite all manner of socialist spooks and collectivist goblins into the house. The greatest good for the greatest number is ultimately the mantra of social engineers and do-gooders of all stripes. All of which believe themselves better able to judge happiness of the collection of individuals otherwise labeled "society", than are the individuals themselves.

quote:Originally posted by KB:

I want to be able to wake up and do what I want, go where I want and live how I want.

Ask not what anarchism can do for you, ask what you can do for yourself.

Anarchism is an individual decision. It is not a system to be imposed, or an ultimate goal to be gained. If it were imposed, it would cease to be anarchism. I am an anarchist. I ask nothing of society. I live in a statist world, but I remain steadfastly anarchist nevertheless. I seek to maximize my freedom in an inherently unfree world, and to disassociate myself with the state to every degree that I am able.

Every anarchist should understand one thing. Freedom is something you exercise, and not something that is granted to you, or won in a revolution. You, and only you, are responsible for being free.

Stop trying to change the world. Learn that anarchy can be anywhere you walk, and can follow you around throughout life. Take anarchy beyond dry political definitions and realize that it is more of a zen like epitome one reaches in one's intellectual development. Then, you will be free even if you are behind barbed wire fences.

Stop trying to create an anarchist movement. The entire project of building a movement is misguided and of no use to anarchists. The impulse to build a movement is collectivist in nature; it is rooted in an egalitarian and even democratic view of society. The idea is that when enough people come to see what is truly in their common interest, they will voluntarily cooperate to secure that common interest. It's not terribly surprising that many would have difficulty escaping this mindset, it's not far from the democratic ideals set forth by the Founding Fathers of the United States, ideals that people are taught to revere from an early age. But these democratic ideals are not appropriate to anarchism and they will not advance it. And they shouldn't advance it. Heinlein once said, "Beware of altruism. It is based on self-deception, the root of all evil." The desire for revolution has always been rooted in altruism. It's time for anarchists to escape the self deception.

quote:Originally posted by KB:

Now you might tell me to **** off into the woods or something, drop out of society, but why should I have to?

Because it is your only choice if you ever want to see your own little anarchist utopia. The government does not want to shrink, it wants to grow. The great mass of humanity also want it to grow. And it will grow, crushing the bones of those who wish to impede it's growth without a second thought. The State is the biggest, oldest, meanest, smartest, and most powerful of all criminal gangs. It's f_cking SATAN. It's the devil humanity saddled itself with in pre-history, and it doesn't even matter why.

My advice to anarchists: Live quiet, live free, and work for a way to run. To run from the gang and its sycophants and the masses of brainwashed sheep.

Why do I bother?

It's situation like this that I think we should be allowed to drag people into fields and shoot them... not really... but sometimes, you know, maybe with elastic bands so it stings...

Fuck me! the guy can't even curse... whats wrong with this world?