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Anarchy Anyone? It’s Not as Scary as You Think.

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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.  

  1. Alan Scott
    February 20, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    Beneath The Tin Foil Hat ,

    Good article but,,,,like all such subjects you separate out theory and practice . You say anarchy can work. I say you are wrong . If it could work it would . Just like Marxism, or Communism, as in a Commune, sure it might work small scale . The smaller the better . In a world of 6 billion people, I say it cannot work .

    I find your remark ” more of the population was enslaved by capitalism, ” to be hilarious . We live in a big world . We live in a real world, not some theoretical test tube . I go by practical experience, what actually works best for the greatest number of people. In a really messy world Capitalism combined with Democracy has a proven track record that every other philosophy cannot compete with .

    Does it fail ? Yes, it has spectacular failures . But when allowed to, it is self correcting . Anarchism, Marxism, Monarchism, and the crony capitalism of China do not self correct and only survive be oppressing their populations .


  2. February 20, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Of course I’m separating theory from practice. I’m not naive enough to think that in a world of six billion people that it’s even possible to deconstruct society and refashion it in the form of Anarchy. The point of this post is that Anarchists are not a group of people who sit around plotting to kill or oppress those who don’t think like them. That would be the job of the rethuglicans and tea party terrorists.

    I don’t have a problem with any of these ideologies in theory, not even capitalism. It’s when nationalist government gets involved that these practices become corrupt and oppressive, which brings me to my next point.

    Yes, the forms of political systems that you are railing against can and have survived by oppressing their own people. China’s human rights record is abominable, as was the USSR. I hate to tell you this but America was built on the back of oppression. We oppressed Native Americans,Blacks,Women,Asians,Hispanics and Latinos, and LGBT’s. We have set up puppet dictatorships in Latin America, the pacific rim, as well as the Middle East and Asia in order to set up and protect big business abroad. We have undermined authorities who oppose us, and invaded countries under false pretenses.

    Furthermore we have indeed enslaved the low and middle classes by forcing them to “sell” their skill sets for a pittance so that small groups of the wealthy can continue to fatten their wallets.

    Don’t lecture me about theory, practice and oppression. I know all about it.


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