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Thy Name is Anarchism

June 3, 2010

This guest blog is courtesy of my friend Oliver, who is a graduate student at the University of Missouri – Kansas City working towards his Master of Arts in Economics. Oliver is also a “slave to capitalism” who is “practicing to become an anarchist.” I asked him to write on the topic of anarchism since I feel most people have a big misunderstanding about it. Many thanks to Oliver for his contribution.

Anarchy? Anarchy you ask? What about it? Truly Anarchy/Anarchism in its many forms is quite complex to the trained eye. Most public information on the subject is coming from an organized and centralized source that is at odds with the very notion of freedom and randomness.

How society manages itself is dependent on a dichotomy between chaos and control, or this is how people in control want you to think. Whether it is a capitalist society, where capital is polarized or centralized and then this capital controls human behavior, or a communist society, where a state or centralized electorate or party centrally organizes human behavior, or a blend between the two, the ultimate result is some group arbitrarily setting up norms, enforceable laws, or social demands that benefit themselves at the expense of someone else.

Anarchy despises this; it despises most, if not all, laws because they usually and unjustly serve a few over the many, i.e. property rights. Many people are starving while large tracts of land are undeveloped. These people could be squatting and growing their own food. We have millions on the streets while good houses sit vacantly or are in foreclosure. Patent rights are there to protect businesses at the cost of dying people who are unable to afford medicine.

Laws are merely an example of concrete measures controlling human nature against its wishes; unknown mental slavery. Popular culture and prevailing social wants of the massive majority are determined by a small elite minority through advertising, propaganda, and what is and is not covered on your news.

Freedom is a loaded word. If you read all the laws on all the books for your area, you would probably find that freedom is possibly impossible. Anarchists want to set this straight, and there are many types that have many well-thought ideas.

Anarcho-primitivism wants a return to a hunter-gatherer style of organization of human productive action, gift economies, harmony with the planet, and group consensus over immediate social norms.

Green anarchists are fighting for resource use to be decided only collectively and only used locally.

Anarcho-communism wants society to be restructured, having local governments be the largest available.

The list goes on and on, and the point ends up similarly. Power of masses corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely; there is a sliding scale. The only thing centralization ends up achieving is exploitation.

Anarchism is anti-authoritarianism. People make sounder decisions with the people they know well; hence the reason for these collectives or groups to have the autonomous power to determine their own lives. Next time you need something at the store, ask the clerk if he or she would like to trade that something for something else, now or at a later date, or if he or she would consider giving it to you as a gift, with only your trust in return.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. AbcAnarchy permalink
    June 3, 2010 8:56 am

    Great introduction into anarchy, i set up my blog to do the same thing (and you’ve done it in one post, jealous) Anarchy has many misconceptions about it, surprisingly these were all thought up by capitalists. The best fact about anarchy i think is that everyday, the US government drops more bombs on Iraq than anarchists have thrown in over 150 years. Why do we never hear about bomb throwing presidents?

    Peace.

    • Trung permalink
      June 3, 2010 9:01 am

      thank you for your feedback. i think a lot of the misconceptions were developed during the labor movement when anarchists, communists, socialists, etc. were fighting for labor rights. how shocking no? i’m currently reading a book that oliver was kind enough to loan to me. i will have to check out your blog.

      as for the bomb-throwing presidents, i’m reminded of an orwell quote from his book, 1984. “who controls the present controls the past; who controls the past controls the future.”

      • AbcAnarchy permalink
        June 3, 2010 9:08 am

        1984 is such an great book.
        and at the same time it scares me so much to see what has happened to our society in comparison. I think every child should read 1984, it completely changed my outlook on the world and I’m just glad i read it when i was young.

        Peace.

    • Trung permalink
      June 3, 2010 9:21 am

      i know this will sound bad, but i haven’t read 1984 yet. i plan on reading it though. i read the quote from a howard zinn book. totally blew my mind away. btw, i love your blog. consider it added to my roll. keep up the good fight, my friend!

      • AbcAnarchy permalink
        June 3, 2010 9:36 am

        definitely give it a read. it’s a real eye opener.
        I’ll make sure i ass you as well.

        Peace.

      • AbcAnarchy permalink
        June 3, 2010 9:38 am

        shit, meant add*

        Peace.

  2. Oliver permalink
    June 3, 2010 2:26 pm

    Examine the 1984 book along with Huxley’s Brave New World. One focuses on the tight manipulative control over information, 1984. While the other focuses on the overload of information. People become numb to the largest oil spill, the greatest polluting event mankind has ever encountered, due to the drowning quanitites of pointless, misconstrued, over informative babble. Question? Are we sheltered from the right information, or drowned in so much information it becomes exhausting to muster up any will to find the truth, much less care after the longest journey.

    • AbcAnarchy permalink
      June 3, 2010 2:46 pm

      I’m gonna’ safely sit on the fence. I think that any information leaked out is often lost in opinions, but thats part of the fun of life i guess. I don’t know about you but I’m not sure I’d want to be told exactly what is going on, the cold hard facts. I love looking at peoples opinions and comparing them to other opinions, and then drawing my own conclusions. It forces you to make your own choice on things, being told exactly what is wrong and right would take that away.

      Peace.

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