Wednesday, April 22, 2009

authority and responsibility

r. a. heinlein:
I am a Free Man, regardless of what set of 'rules' surround me. When I find them tolerable, I tolerate them. When I find them obnoxious, I ignore them. I remain free, because I know and understand that I alone bear full responsibility for everything I do, or chose not to do.

therefore:

unarmed, my authority extends as far as i can reach (throw a punch, etc).

armed, and with the advent of firearms, my authority extends as far as i can see.

unarmed, my responsibility extends to the edge of my physical comfort zone.

armed, my responsibility extends as far as i can see, plus what is behind my target.

in matters of mind and self-governance, both my authority and responsibility extend infinitely.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

the war on autonomy

anarchy and chaos in black communities, robert a. wicks.
People often use anarchy and chaos interchangeably. They refer to civil unrest as "anarchy, total chaos." As an anarchist of the anarcho-libertarian variety myself, naturally, this habit irks me. Anarchy is simply the absence of forceful authority. Chaos is disorder. The two things can coexist, but it may be shocking to some to find that the presence of the one does not imply the presence of the other.

here's a good one for, y'know, them conservative libertarian types.