Sunday, March 23, 2014

On being a nice, responsible anarchist

Enough being Mr. Nice Guy. This winter's been long enough and I've had it. This country has no politicians who are worth voting for and the towel gets thrown in with the abolitionist forces against any power structures controlling our society, including our Deathrock apartment's caretaker. And my wife too, this institutionalized co-habitation isn't all it's cracked up to be when your stuck inside month after month.

Anarchism is generally defined as the political philosophy which holds the state to be immoral, or alternatively as opposing authority in the conduct of human relations. Proponents of anarchism (known as "anarchists") advocate stateless societies based on what sometimes is defined like non-hierarchical organizations, and in another times is defined like voluntary associations (wikipedia).  Now this sounds pretty cool so we take it a step further and read about this Malatesta guy who warned that anarchists must always have anarchy as their end and consequently refrain from committing to any particular method of achieving it. Now that's really cool.

Should have put the book away there, but me, kept on reading and found anarchy had become contemporary and possibly held me responsible for something? According to anarchist scholar Simon Critchley, "contemporary anarchism can be seen as a powerful critique of the pseudo-libertarianism of contemporary neo-liberalism... One might say that contemporary anarchism is about responsibility, whether sexual, ecological or socio-economic; it flows from an experience of conscience about the manifold ways in which the West ravages the rest; it is an ethical outrage at the yawning inequality, impoverishment and disenfranchisment that is so palpable locally and globally" (wikipedia again).

So it's a tough call: Am I personally responsible for anything or is it the wild west which has to take responsibility, or is anyone really responsible? Anyhow it's cozy comforting to be in cahoots with all my fellow anarchists and have no need for the methodology of achievement. We can all sleep at night, that's what us old hippies was rooten about. And may the force be with the dysfunctional inept 99% movement and it's total disregard for modus operandi. It's gonna win someday, sort of.
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