That moment when you realize government & state support is utter bullshit, & that Anarchism is really the only way to be free.
The flag serves no other purpose than the shrink wrap one’s brain into a blind patriotic submission of voluntary stupidity, ignorance, and murder.
An anarchist is someone who doesn’t need a cop to make him behave.
I’m literally having this conversation right now with friends. People, the government isn’t the country, and the country isn’t the government.
Government is an over-shadowing, controlling, violent, self-serving entity that doesn’t care about you or your well-being.
YOU are this country. YOU make up your community, and communities are what form this country. This country, like many, are great because of the people, not the government. The government is not the country.
I can hate the government, and all that it stands for, and love where I live. North America is a beautiful part of the this little blue marble. You can go skiing and surfing in one day or one weekend, without much travel in between, if you wanted. You can sail down a river, and pass through a half dozen states in the process, exploring whatever comes your way. Government isn’t going to do that for you. But YOU can. YOU make this country what it is, not the government.
100 years ago there was no income tax, but there were still roads. So where exactly is the government’s purpose in society?
Anarchists know that a long period of education must precede any great fundamental change in society, hence they do not believe in vote begging, nor political campaigns, but rather in the development of self-thinking individuals.
I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do.
Someone else asked someone about their stance on the basic main issues. I took the topics, and here are my answers. There’s surely a few missed.
Gun Control: Gun control laws don’t work. Owning anything, even a gun, is a human right. People are going to hurt someone, regardless of what they use. And the people who shoot up high schools or movie theaters aren’t going through the check system anyway. When the government and police are the only ones left with guns, it’s inevitable that mass execution and racial genocide isn’t far behind.
Abortion: This one is tricky for me. Being a born-again Christian, I’d like to see people be responsible and have the child they created, or stop it from happening in the first place (like wearing a condom!). But I also understand that it’s not my body going through a change that lasts well beyond when the baby is born. I would, at least, hope to give some options like adoption, surrogacy, etc. Again, not my ultimate call.
Drugs: The war on drugs does as much for the drug market as the gun control laws do for the black market. Just Say No never worked like they wanted. The instant you make something so taboo is the same moment everyone wants it more, possibly even those that have never tried it before. Drugs are a personal choice, and the only real ‘victim’ is the user, obviously, most times. Again, I would hope to encourage people to make better choices for them in their lives. But as long as they’re not impeding on my life in any sort of negative way, or being intrusive, then I can’t really tell them what to do.
Environment: It’s so multi-layered, but I’ll keep it short – I believe the state has contributed more to the shortfalls of the problems we face (as in the hole in the ozone is now irreparable), as much as big companies who get a the blind eye from the same government agencies that will shut down a mom and pop business in a hot second. I don’t know why people scoff at sorting trash into recycle bins, or simply buying green products, or harnessing the wind and sun, or anything else that is renewable, and unobtrusive to the only place we have to live. Some people just flat out seem to turn a blind eye to the dangers of how we live, and how much waste we produce. Is making a compost bin really so big of an idea? I have a damn garbage bin in my garage that I use for compost. It doesn’t take much – just some determination to make it work. I keep thinking of the Pixar movie, Wall-E, where not only is a big box store the government, but it’s also polluted the earth to such a degree that they built space ships and left. Companies like Unilever and Walmart are going to be our Buy-N-Large in another 20 years.
Foreign Policy: Short version: Mind your own business. If the soldiers would just put their guns down, take off their uniform, and come home, who would be left to fight? Who would be left to pull the trigger and kill children, and mothers, and fathers? Moreover, what is the U.S. so scared of that they need to have a foothold in every country on the planet?
Energy and Oil Companies: An unrealistic and illogical monopoly on things a community should have by default, as a human right. When you embrace alternative resources, like the sun and wind power, then electric companies don’t stand a chance. Let them manage the power that everyone is making and giving back. Sure, it’s energy communism, but isn’t it anyway, in some regards? When you stop using oil and fossil fuels, they’d have to find new jobs – like installing wind mills and solar panels. They are one of the biggest contributors to the environmental problems we face, anyway. Take away their power (pun intended), you take back your community, clean water, clean air, and peace of mind.
Immigration: Who the fuck cares? White people aren’t the first ones in ‘murrica, although they seem to think so. You are not special because of what side of an invisible line you live on. The only line in the sand, or red dirt, was drawn by scared white men 250+ years ago. People are naturally scared of something different, but to be scared of people seeking a better life, or just a change of scenery, is irrational. Undocumented immigrants pay, roughly, $10,000,000,000 in taxes. So where exactly is all this freeloading everyone is talking about? People are happy in their confines, even if it’s called a State Line.
Education: Education comes from the community. Public schools are a joke and have been for a long time. When you have a good community, and those willing to teach the basics of life, coupled with the parental responsibility of education at home, we could raise a whole new generation of thinkers, and peace makers.
Welfare: Again, I point to community. When we take care of those around us, check in on the sick and elderly, care for the children who need help, feed those who are going hungry (from our own personal or community gardens, mind you), and so forth, that is the road to travel down. Welfare has become a word synonymous with agitation and is spit out of the lips with a healthy dash of venom and resentment. In fact, welfare means, “the good fortune, health, happiness, prosperity of a person; well-being”. The government is not taking care of anyone, but the community can, and should.
Healthcare: When you take out the big factors, like drug companies and government, that push the prices higher in health care, then it suddenly becomes as common place as buying milk. One doesn’t become a doctor for the money, although sometimes the money is good. They do it because they want to help people. So why can’t we do that, instead of receive mediocre care and have a bill that we’ll never pay off? Should people be sick and in debt?
Budget: End the government, keep your money, what’s the problem?
Taxes: Voluntary only, of course. Things are built and innovated not because of the money, but because of the talents behind all those constructions and innovations. It was only 100 years ago that there were roads, and no income tax, so who did that? Besides, the next time you wreck a tire and rim on a pot hole on your way home, ask yourself where your taxes are going…then check the bank account of the Federal government.
Homeland Security: We wouldn’t need it if we minded our own business. (See Foreign Policy)
Of course, I’ve covered many of these things on my blog, extensively.
I was at a lecture, almost a year ago, where Josh Harper was speaking at the radical bookstore in Buffalo, NewYork, called Burning Books. The place was packed, and after the lecture during the Q&A, a hippie-looking kid sitting in the aisle raised his hand and asked a question. The tagline for the evening was “Revolution: Before It’s Too Late” and the kid says to Josh, “How can we even compete? The establishment has literally legions of people willing to run miles and do a hundred chin ups and sign on the dotted line to become soldiers and agents and cops to defend this government. How can we change things when that kind of motivation is so deeply entrenched in the people around us?” And it doesn’t matter what Josh’s answer was, because it’s true. I’ve met so precious few activists with the amount of dedication and motivation, with the will to make things change in any way they can. The rest just want to argue about who’s the most anarchist of the anarchists.
I really can’t wait until I’m in a situation where everyone feels the need to stand up and pledge allegiance to a flag which has wrapped their eyes from the harsh truths of the violent government called the United States government. I’ma be sittin’ tighter than a virgin on their wedding night. Might even check my Tumblr app while I’m at it.
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We need more people like this in the world. I’m not part of Anonymous in a computer geek way, but for the rest of us, it’s about how we live our lives. How we communicate, and interact, and resist when the opportunity presents itself. Happy New Year, and, to quote a movie, here’s to TRUTH, BEAUTY, FREEDOM, & LOVE.
Borders are imaginary.
The state is a fiction.
Cops are criminals.
Taxation is theft.
Laws are opinions with guns.
Government is violence.
Statists are slaves.
Power is abuse.
All authority is an illusion.
Printed money is debt.
Schools are prisons; children are indoctrinated.
Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious.
Politics is a waste of time.
Voting is a suggestion box for slaves.
Oh, judge, your damn laws: the good people don’t need them
and the bad people don’t follow them so what good are they?
(1893-1970) Catholic anarchist, pacifist, vegetarian, draft refuser in two world wars, tax resister, “one-person revolution in America.”
Whenever Ammon Hennacy was arrested for any number of reasons, mostly for “illegal” picketing, instead of pleading guilty or innocent he would plead ‘anarchy’. This was his reply to the judge’s statement ‘But Ammon you broke the law.’