— Robert Higgs (via disobey)
I don’t trust anyone that knows exactly what’s going on in Washington D.C. and still isn’t an anarchist.
- DETAILS: So you dislike Democrats as much as you dislike the GOP?
- Woody Harrelson: It's all synchronized swimming to me. They all kneel and kiss the ring. Who's going to take on the oil industry or the medical industry? People compare Obama to Lyndon Johnson, but I think a better comparison is between Obama and Nixon. Because Nixon came into office saying he was going to pull out of Vietnam, and then he escalated the war. A lot of us were led to believe that Obama was the peace president, but there are still, I think, 70,000 troops in Afghanistan. Corporations like Grumman are so powerful that—I don't know, is this the kind of s--- we want to talk about? It's making me depressed.
- DETAILS: Do you want to get more involved in politics?
- Woody Harrelson: No. I don't believe in politics. I'm an anarchist, I guess you could say. I think people could be just fine looking after themselves.
apple-pie-and-police-state asked: Hey, I really like your view on Anarchism. Although I am an advocate of free markets, I really like looking at anarchism from all standpoints and not condemning myself with a single subjective ideology all the time. This is a wonderful way to look at Anarchism and I truly wish Anarchists could come together instead of dividing themselves up into ideological boxes.
Hi there. I appreciate your kind words. As an Anarchist, one tends to get more negative & cynicism than open mindedness.
Anarchism is truly organic, and has many facets. Knowing more about it gives one more options in a free society. For me, the downfall of Anarchists is the damned hypen. Even as a Christian, and someone who is environmentally minded, I don’t label myself as Anarcho-Christian or Green-Anarchist. Those things, for me, are just part of Anarchism as a whole.
I think some people are right fighters. They would rather be right than be whole. In that, they have their reward.
All of my Anarchism posts are tagged as such, as well as my Christian posts. Check the sidebar for links to both of those tags.
Someone recently posted a picture on Facebook that had an amurrika flag. The overlay text said, “IF YOU DON’T LIKE AMERICA, THEN GET OUT! SHARE IF YOU AGREE!” I see it at least once a week from any particular amurrikan on Facebook or otherwise.
Let’s talk about that. First off, America is a continent, not a country. Canada is America. The United States is America. Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Columbia, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname, etc - all America. But let’s assume those speaking out are speaking about the United States.
Next - I would venture to bet that the Indians told the white man to get out if they didn’t like the way things were run, yet look how that turned out. A whole race of people were pillaged, raped, robbed, and murdered for their knowledge, tools, and industry, all while being labeled as the “savage” ones. Ironic, to say the least.
Actually the Indians were a very peaceful people, for the most part. They had no real forms of government (although they did have governing bodies, it wasn’t quite the same as you’d know today), they embraced community, they had no prisons or jails filled with people who had committed some minor infraction against another. (Some tribes & sects differed.) They helped travelers that passed through, they fed the ones without food, and sheltered those in the elements. They only became “savage” when others started to take their land, their homes, and their history, and shit on it oh-so-grandly. They’re still scoffed at and laughed at today as less-than.
“Status quo” is Latin, which literally means “state in which”, but in a broader sense means “the existing state or condition”. People that have changed the world chose not to accept the status quo, or their condition. Their convictions, their interests, and their beliefs prompted them to do something to change existing state of being. Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech was longer, and certain encompassed his convictions for freedom, and his stance of God over state, and anti-war. Those seven words have not only changed history, but unfortunately have been taken out of context and used for patriotic men wishing to kill others. Mr. Henry is surely rolling in his grave.
It’s cowardly and immoral to tell anyone to “get out” if they don’t like it. The land is everyone’s. The country belongs to anyone and everyone that chooses to move here and live here and etch out a life for themselves, whether they live in the swamps of Mississippi, or in a high rise in Chicago; whether up in the purple mountains, or where the wind comes sweeping down the plains. Telling someone to “like it or get out” is to say “forget everything you are, and fit in regardless of consequence”. That is deadly speech, and profits only those who blindly salute violence, ignorantly endorse force, and unapologetic cheers on murder in the name of freedom. The status quo, under any government at any time, is wholly and completely unacceptable. God save the cowards who promote conformity.
In closing, if someone disliked it that much, maybe they would move. Others, however, choose to stay, and choose to do something - anything - to change the world around them. Without change, blacks would still be slaves, women would still be unable to own property or a home - of course without government humanity might not have faced any of those struggles to being with.
Maybe one day, humanity can understand all that, and save itself from certain death. Maybe, just maybe, if you don’t like change, you should be the one leaving, as change is inevitable to happen like the wind blowing.