Monday, February 8, 2010

Anarchy in Real Life

Dedicated to Jonathan Blaque

Excerpted from Butler Shaffer
I am often asked if anarchy has ever existed in our world, to which I answer: almost all of your daily behavior is an anarchistic expression. How you deal with your neighbors, coworkers, fellow customers in shopping malls or grocery stores, is often determined by subtle processes of negotiation and cooperation. Social pressures, unrelated to statutory enactments, influence our behavior on crowded freeways or grocery checkout lines. If we dealt with our colleagues at work in the same coercive and threatening manner by which the state insists on dealing with us, our employment would be immediately terminated. We would soon be without friends were we to demand that they adhere to specific behavioral standards that we had mandated for their lives.

Should you come over to our home for a visit, you will not be taxed, searched, required to show a passport or driver’s license, fined, jailed, threatened, handcuffed, or prohibited from leaving. I suspect that your relationships with your friends are conducted on the same basis of mutual respect. In short, virtually all of our dealings with friends and strangers alike are grounded in practices that are peaceful, voluntary, and devoid of coercion.

2 comments:

Nickname unavailable said...

more like "anarchy in my mind".
we need something a little more concrete up in heeyah.

Cheryl Hulseapple said...

Well-put! This is an excellent definition of anarchy and voluntaryism. *Except* in the instance of children, most of whom *are* coerced, threatened, punished, and prohibited from leaving undesired situations on a daily basis.