We should have a choice in where our money goes. Period.
Obviously in the world we don’t have a choice most times, because the government either takes your money without asking through taxation (which is theft, by the way), or throws you in jail for not involuntarily being opted in.
The same goes for health care. I should choose where my money goes. That can be handled by what employer I work for, or what insurance company I patronize. I might agree, or not agree, with certain aspects of health care, and some parts I might never utilize as a man, or as just who I am. Should I have to pay for those, involuntarily?
Obamacare, which is my main sticking point, takes away your choices, should you choose to opt-in. The other options? Get your own insurance, which is unreasonable for someone with a lower income because it’s so insanely high, or not get insurance at all, then by fined by Obamacare for not having insurance.
Is that freedom, for anyone? “You will have health care, or else we’ll take away parts of your income which goes toward you taking care of yourself on a daily basis.” The best way to be pro-choice AND pro-life is to let people decide exactly what they want to be part of, and not to penalize them if they don’t do something you agree with. I know that’s a fucking stretch in today’s world, but it’s a real goal, across the board.
The beauty of a fully voluntary society is that you simply have choices in what you do and where you put your energy, time, money, and self. Today, you don’t always have that choice. That bothers me. There’s no real healthy (!) competition in the health care and insurance industry. The differences in premiums, most times, are little to none. There’s no free market, and ease of choice right now. That bothers me. There’s nothing voluntary about it, unless you simply choose to not participate in getting insurance.
But we see where that gets ya.
Immigration: I honestly can’t believe it’s 2014 and there’s still such a divide among people about non-white people. I’m even more surprised when I hear alleged men of God, aka pastors, refer to immigrants as “those people”, and that they “don’t want them here”. Uh, hey - Jesus was a wetback, a Jew born in an Arab state. The horrors! The pilgrims were wetbacks, undocumented (other than a ship’s manifest), diseased, not to mention eventual rapists and murderers. Why is no one worried about Canadians sneaking into ‘murriah? Why is there no one hurling Bryan Adams or Celine Dion CDs over the border?
Politics: I don’t care about Libertarian views, or anything other than a 100% pure voluntary Anarchist society. I don’t really know much, or care, about anarcho-this or that. That hyphens divides the very people that should be more united than any other group in society.
Religion: The whole Muslim scare thing is old hat, let it go. Timothy McVeigh was raised a Catholic. David Berkowitz (Son of Sam) was raised in a Jewish/Catholic household. John Wayne Gacy was Polish and Danish descent. Jeffrey Dahmer was Germany and Welsh descent. You can’t nail an entire group of people (a group that comprises 23% or 1.57 billion) by what one person does, or 19 people did, in one day in the course of human history. I’ve read about half of the Qur’an, and I’ve yet to see anything about infidels, or violence, or murder against people who aren’t Muslim. The texts are as beautiful as anything in the Bible. If you are ignorant about another religion, and ignorance is bliss - why you so mad, boo? I recently bought a keffiyeh for a few reasons. To show support for Palestine’s oppression by the state of Israel (a state, by the way, that God no way endorses the violence from), to have a cool ass head covering, and to raise a few eyebrows. I can sorta go from duck dynasty to Muslimesque in minutes with my beard, and the right look. Is it provocative? Perhaps. Will it start a conversation? Hopefully. I sort of just want to see how stupid people can be based on a scarf.
Sex: I’m the first to start a conversation about sexuality, and even blow jobs. Sex should be discussed more, openly and freely. What’s the big damn hang up?! What two people do is just no one’s business. How many times does that need to be stated for it to get through a thick skull? I’ve fucked a lot of guys in my life. Am I less than because of that? I’m not dirty, I’ve been incredibly lucky to never be infected with anything, and I know exactly what I’m doing, when I do it. Sex isn’t a contest to be judged, or compared to see who did more, or did it better. If you wanna fuck someone, and they wanna fuck you - the fuck each other. If you don’t want to do that - then don’t. Either way, looking at the other person with a judgmental snarl on your face only makes you look ridiculous. If two people want to get married, what is in their pants, or on their birth certificate still doesn’t make it your business.
Body: I just refuse to be shamed or bullied based on something as simply as my body. The body is a beautiful and amazing thing. Even in a worse state of being, it does rather amazing things, good or bad. I weight 383# right now. That’s the first time I’ve been below 400# in a very long time. That is what I am today, and there’s no reason for anyone else to point and say something stupid. But the bigger part of that is that I know who I am, so anyone else talking smack is really not my issue. Someone’s always gonna say something about you, regardless - so do what the fuck you want without hurting anyone. I have friends that lift weights, bike, roller blade, and run, and my God - I’m incredibly respectful of them. I don’t do those things. It doesn’t make either of us better - it makes us different.
Imagine if all these issues weren’t issues. Imagine what people could achieve as a society, or as individuals, without the distractions. Distractions that the state invented anyway, to keep people fighting among themselves. Because if everyone’s fighting, there is only one majority - and that’s the ones writing rights on paper, and making rules for people they’ll never meet.
This is what a lot of us anarchists should do. Buy land, and build tiny homes, grow our own food, use solar power, etc etc.
Isabel Mesa Delgado, Spanish anarchist (via thesubversivesound)
This really is exactly how I felt when I embraced Anarchism 3 years ago. It’s changed my life, made me look at people very, very different (even those who aren’t in my life anymore), and taught me so much. I still feel this way 3 years later, and counting…
Delgado’s use of “love, freedom, equality, humanity” reminds of the motto in Moulin Rouge!, “Truth, beauty, freedom, love”.
I’ll learn from Anarchism until the day I die.