Monday, October 20, 2008

Head Banging

I get tired of the same old questions about anarchy, especially the one that goes "What would you put in the place of government?" The answer, obviously, is "nothing". I'm an anarchist, remember? What part of an-archy do you not understand? I liken the question to someone's asking you what you are going to put on your neck after you have that tumor removed. You can't imagine a world without government? That's the fault of your feeble imagination, not my ideology.

I really can't stand it when people say things like "if there was no government, there'd be anarchy". I'm pretty sure they mean chaos or some such thing, and even though they have never given it a moment's thought before and have never lived without a ruler, they feel that they can say unequivocally that we would spiral into a postapocalyptic war of all against all if the goverment went away, or even if it were diminished in power appreciably.

It's not my job to tell people what to do once they throw off their rulers. I don't know what a post archy community would be like. There'd be an infinite number of possibilities for folks to organize cooperatively. The state is evil, and I won't budge an inch on its legitimacy.

1 comment:

Mike Gogulski said...

I love this post so much, I quoted it.