Wednesday, March 30, 2011


"Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us."
-Leo Tolstoy

Modern Anarchist
If you're like me, when you hear the term "anarchist" the first thing that comes to mind is the 19th century guy holding the bomb that looks like a bowling ball with a candle on top, the kind cartoons still depict. These guys stood for demolition of all government so that people could build a new society of direct simple democracy and minimal to no government.

That's not what today's "anarchists" are like. They act the same, they carry around the same sort of symbols, and they pretend they are interested in "smashing the system," but at heart this new breed has nothing to do with anarchism in its truest sense.

From the start, they tend to organize into groups, which by its self is a violation of the principle of anarchy. An anarchist group is as absurd a contradiction as jumbo shrimp; anarchy rejects order, organization, and government.

Then there are the rallies and protests. You never see one of these complaining about organized government or calling for simple direct democracy, they're always rioting over capitalism, attacking corporations, and lately, showing up at every leftist rally no matter what the event to show their support.

In England very recently, huge rallies were formed, resulting in smashed windows, attacks on police, destruction of public property, and even attacking bank machines. The point of these rallies? Alan Jones at the Independent writes:
Between 400,000 and 500,000 teachers, nurses, firefighters, council and NHS workers, other public sector employees, students, pensioners and campaign groups from across the UK marched through central London to a rally where union officials and Labour leader Ed Miliband condemned the "brutal" cuts in jobs and services.
So what we have here are "anarchists" upset that government may be getting smaller.

Let that sink in a moment. These people, claiming to be anarchists after the destruction or simplification of government, are rioting because the government plans to simplify and impact their lives less.

In other words, these people are not anarchists in any sense whatsoever. They are simply violent leftists refusing to give up the government teat. Five police officers were injured, hundreds of thousands of dollars of damage was done, and all in the name of not having to give up the dole.

This kind of anarchist is just a young person looking for a cause and thinking a black mask and sticking it to the man is anarchy, without even bothering to understand what the term means or the goals of the effort are. Were they true anarchists, they'd support the reduction of government.

And that's the dirty secret these "trustafarians" would never believe: anarchy is what happens when you take right wing ideas to their extreme. Anarchy is ultimate distrust in government, desiring to see it torn down to its least structure, with as much liberty for individuals as possible. It is the radical extreme of libertarianism, rejecting all government interference with your personal life, be it positive (welfare) or negative (drug laws, for example).

For the modern faux anarchist, the left is what they believe in, which violates every idea the true anarchist originally held and was willing to kill over. Both of them are ultimately destructive to society, because we all need government. Conservatives and Libertarians agree with that basic idea, we simply believe that government should be as minimal as possible to do its proper job.

So these new "anarchists" are just violent anti capitalist lefties, usually rich college kids and young people just out of college. They oppose "corporations" without really understanding what that means, and support leftist schemes of redistribution and big government management of your life for your own good.

*This was originally posted on the Washington Examiner Opinion Zone. Interestingly enough the comments there are from faux anarchists insisting that wanting greater government control and management of everyone's life is not in direct contradiction to the very ideals of anarchy.

The comments are enlightening, as they insist that they want socialism but only with communities and not from the government, that organization is perfectly reasonable to a group which wants anarchy, and that protesting the reduction of government makes perfect sense for a group which seeks to remove all government.

In short they are very confused and hold several directly contradictory ideas at the same time in a dazzling display of post modernist relativism and youthful enthusiasm.

1 comment:

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Very true in a way but can we really seeing it getting any better or people taking notice of the protests?