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Anarchism is not a romantic fable but the hardheaded realization, based on five thousand years of experience, that we cannot entrust the management of our lives to kings, priests, politicians, generals, and county commissioners.
~ Edward Abbey

ANARCHISM:--The philosophy of a new social order based on liberty unrestricted by man-made law; the theory that all forms of government rest on violence, and are therefore wrong and harmful, as well as unnecessary.
~ Emma Goldman

As you can probably tell, I've become a bit of an Anarchist. But I'm also an Idealist, and under the cold light of the moon, I can be a realist.

The failure I see in anarchy has been very well communicated by [livejournal.com profile] childeofloki, when he said:
All it would take is for one charismatic person to decide that "those sheep herding bastards in the next valley have better land then us, I say we take it!" In a world of small communities, one wouldn't need to amass great armies. All you need is some good ol' boys and some sharp sticks.
You cannot kill the fighting spirit in man. If you did, what then? What if bandits spring up between those communities, throw backs of an older, violent time? Who will stop them from rampaging throughout the country, killing, taking, and raping as they will?

And then we get back to a requirement for authority and defence. So it's a catch 22.

The other option behavioural modification... But that's unethical

It was tried years ago to ship off all the aggressive folk to Australia, but that didn't work either ( too many are back and working in the UK now ;) )

Is it too arrogant to say that humanity isn't ready for peace yet? Maybe, I'm not immune to anger and the need to punch someone in the face every now and then...

But we are stuck in a never ending cycle of war and peace. War may have given us a lot of technology that we take for granted today, but is that a fair trade?

Anyway, I'm rambling... maybe one day I'll get all of this straight in my head and write a book about it... Yeah, me, a political theorist... At least my Mum would be proud...


Oct. 17th, 2005 01:26 pm
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Property is theft. -- P.J. Proudhon

Property is liberty. -- P.J. Proudhon

Property is impossible. -- P.J. Proudhon

Consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds. -- Ralph Waldo

That last one gets me every time!

So what is property?

To what extent do you control what you own, and to what extent does it control you? You control what your home looks like, but to move it, is difficult. If you're in a mobile home, moving may be easy, but not free, and changing the layout is difficult.

Look at your car. You own it, but you're at the mercy of so many rules regarding where and how fast you can drive it, and you need permission to use it.

Look at your TV, do you own it? or is it the other way around?

Every possession is controlled by others in some way, so if the possessor is the controller, how many of your possessions own you?

The land your home is built on is owned by the government. You have a freehold licence to build and live there, but that land, ultimately, was stolen from someone. This is most evidently true in the US, but even in the UK, the land was stolen by robber barons who then turned the country into a monarchy.

People died for the land we walk on, and lost it so that we can live under the illusion that we own it.

What do you think?
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More people are dying, and more battles are being fought.

We have so much capacity for giving, either for the Tsunami, Katrina, Bombings, or the Earthquake. But then, our leaders have such a capacity for killing.

Maybe if we got rid of the leaders...

How would life work without government?

There are theories, but my favourite would be that all people would be able to come to agreements for defence, and that people would not, in general, want to hurt each other.

But maybe that's a little idealistic.


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