Anarchy Anyone? It’s Not as Scary as You Think.
Anarchy: “A social state in which there is no governing person or group of people, but each individual has absolute liberty (without the implication of disorder).”
Anarchy is not a bad word; many would lead you to believe it is. The common belief is that Anarchy is a state of chaos and lawlessness, when in reality that would be Nihilism or Anomie. Anarchy in its true state is the philosophy that humans can govern themselves politically and economically without the structure of the nation state, capitalism and corporatism.
The term Anarchy first started to appear after the English Civil War of 1641. The philosophy became popular in the 19th century as many countries developed into nation states, and as the industrial revolution came into full swing. As liberties became stripped and more of the population was enslaved by capitalism, the Anarchist movement began to gain traction.
However by the early 20th century shortly after WWI, Anarchism was virtually wiped out by the U.S. government in the name of preserving democracy and the free market. By associating anarchy with socialism and communism through the media, the government was able to create suspicion across the country, which in turn enabled the government to persecute known anarchist with little public out cry. In fact, it’s quite possible that the early 20th century witch hunt for anarchists, socialists, and communists may have been the beginnings of homeland
security oppression in this country.
Anarchy can work: personally I believe that a state of social anarchy in which we function in small self governing communities is much more appealing than the authoritative, capitalist nation state we live in today. Our liberties are becoming less with each passing administration, while the free market continues to dictate policy, invite war, tear apart the environment, and strip us of basic human rights and dignity.
There’s no way to turn back however; the entire system that we operate under would have to be demolished, and we would have to completely start over to actually make anarchy work. We are too entrenched as slaves to capitalism in its current form in order for that to happen.
- What Is Anarchy? (lewrockwell.com)
- Do You Know What Anarchism Really is? (socyberty.com)
- Why not anarchy? (ask.metafilter.com)