Apr
02
2009
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Everyday Anarchy

I started to write a post about the G20 protesters that were either labeled or called themselves “anarchists”–though I personally do not care who said it first–when I realized that what I was writing was much of what had already been discussed in Everyday Anarchy by Stefan Molyneux:

It’s hard to know whether a word can ever be rehabilitated – or whether the attempt should even be made…

Some words can never be rehabilitated – and neither should they be. Nazi, evil, incest, abuse, rape, murder – these are all words which describe the blackest impulses of the human soul, and can never be turned to a good end. Edmund may say in King Lear, “Evil, be thou my good!” but we know that he is not speaking paradoxically; he is merely saying “that which others call evil – my self-interest – is good for me.”

The word “anarchy” may be almost beyond redemption – any attempt to find goodness in it could well be utterly futile – or worse; the philosophical equivalent of the cliched scene in hospital dramas where the surgeon blindly refuses to give up on a clearly dead patient.

Perhaps I’m engaged in just such a fool’s quest in this little book. Perhaps the word “anarchy” has been so abused throughout its long history, so thrown into the pit of incontestable human iniquity that it can never be untangled from the evils that supposedly surround it.

What images spring to mind when you hear the word “anarchy”? Surely it evokes mad riots of violence and lawlessness – a post-apocalyptic Darwinian free-for-all where the strong and evil dominate the meek and reasonable. Or perhaps you view it as a mad political agenda, a thin ideological cover for murderous desires and cravings for assassinations, where wild-eyed, mustachioed men with thick hair and thicker accents roll cartoon bombs under the ornate carriages of slowly-waving monarchs. Or perhaps you view “anarchy” as more of a philosophical specter; the haunted and angry mutterings of over-caffeinated and seemingly-eternal grad students; a nihilistic surrender to all that is seductive and evil in human nature, a hurling off the cliff of self-restraint, and a savage plunge into the mad magic of the moment, without rules, without plans, without a future…

All this may be true, of course – I may be thumping the chest of a broken patient long since destined for the morgue, but certain. insights, you could say, or perhaps correlations, continue to trouble me immensely, and I cannot shake the fear that it is not anarchy that lies on the table, clinging to life – but rather, the truth…

Read on…

We’re not going to get there through violence.

We won’t get there if we focus on that which we cannot control.

We can get there… but pushing the conclusion without building the support will be worse than failure.

Mar
25
2009
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Anarchism Is…

… connecting to yourself and others.

Mar
21
2009
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Anarchism Is…

… when children are loved.

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Mar
18
2009
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Anarchism Is…

… children laughing.

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Mar
14
2009
1

Anarchism – Now!

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Major and massive hat-tip to Stefan Molyneux for seeding my brain. 🙂

Written by James Pyrich in: Philosophy,What Is Anarchism? |
Mar
14
2009
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Anarchism Is…

… non-violent.

Mar
11
2009
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Anarchism Is…

… personal.

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Mar
07
2009
1

Anarchism Is…

… peace.

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Mar
04
2009
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Anarchism Is…

… rational.

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Feb
28
2009
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Anarchism Is…

… freedom of association

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