Within the Shell of the Old Reply

If you revolt before you are organized into democratic, voluntary associations, you will create a power vaccuum that will be filled by authority. Authority is a ‘pioneer’ element– to use ecological terms– and will always be the first form of social organization. Democracy and anarchy are higher orders of social organization. It’s like this: If you decimate a piece of land, the pioneering species come in first. The weeds will be there, complete with thorns and spikes. Only later do more pleasant and productive things– bushes, trees, etc.– replace them. Take this lesson from ecology to heart, because human beings are biological creatures, and ecology most certainly applies. You must grow while the weeds are still there, and shade them out.”

Will Schnack

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