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2008-02-04

What is an Anarchist to do?

  • Well, first of all, they are to not vote. Do not play their game. Now, many good patriots and progressives are aghast at the thought of not voting. They ask the anarchist, horrified, "How could you affect policy, effect change, or generally make things better without voting in rigged elections for the thief could can yell the loudest about the scariest thing?" Its a good question, one that that many anarchists haven't answered satisfactorily. This leads to ineffectual protesting, bitter internecine squabbles between different prefixes, cynical despair, and backsliding into "tactical voting"- witness the anarchists for Ron Paul. May answer? Counter-Economics. Agora, Anarchy, Action!
  • The 2nd thing the Anarchist is to is not fear. To quote a certain muppet, "Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering." Most deviations from the cause of liberty, most ugly bigotries and prejudices expressed by otherwise credible anti-statists are the result of fear and insecurity. Fear of the other. Fear of a race, a region, a religion, that the fearful are convinced just can't be liberated, that spread slavery like a plague, and must be cast out to perserve the good, free (usually white) people the fearful identify with. To quote another well know fictional character, "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." Listen, Anarchists! The brown people are not your enemy. Nor are the Jews. Nor the Pagans, the Theists, the Chineses, Men, Women, or even Bosses. Oh, were it that simple. Our enemy has no throat to choke, no heart to stop, and no balls to kick. Our enemy is the idea of the State. We must meet it with the two greatest poisons to the State: love and respect.
  • Now, for something positive: This Anarchist is to read. We must out-think our enemies, since we can't out-muscle them. We must have a ready answer to every challenge by the statist, even if that answer is, "I will not be drawn into this pointly discussion." We must out-dream those who see no alternative to the State, and we can to that by building on the the dreams of those who came before. Seek them out, listen to their dreams, and create your own.

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