An interesting reply to an earlier article by yours truly.
This essay began as a comment on Keith Preston’s “The New Anarchist Movement is Growing,” published here. Soon, though, as I explored some of the ideas of various anarchist sects, it turned into something much wider. It became an attempt to answer, from my own highly individual perspective, four questions:
- In what sense or senses am I an anarchist?
- Which anarchist groups could I comfortably work with?
- Is the idea of an anarchist movement a sensible one?
- What might the world look like, if anarchist ideas were to be put into practice?
Am I an anarchist? – Part One
Webster’s definition of an anarchist is: “1: a person who rebels against any authority, established order, or ruling power.” It’s fair to say that includes me.
For example, I regard re-distributory taxation as theft. And worse; for not only does it take resources fairly earned by honest, productive people, and transfer them to the lazy and dishonest, but it allows the politically rich to take a huge cut on the way. I regard aggressive wars, for example in Iraq or Syria, as acts of terrorism. I regard those that lobby for, make or enforce bad laws as criminals. I take the same view of those that support policies, such as smoking bans, to cramp people’s lifestyles. And I regard any violation of human rights like privacy, however small and whatever excuse may be offered for it, to be a crime.