Saturday, May 16, 2009

"anarchism says"

i thought i would share here a comment i left for WRSA and its readers on an article suggested by one of the other readers: anarchism and american traditions by voltairine de cleyre.

Anarchism says, Make no laws whatever concerning speech, and speech will be free; so soon as you make a declaration on paper that speech shall be free, you will have a hundred lawyers proving that “freedom does not mean abuse, nor liberty license”; and they will define and define freedom out of existence.

sure, "anarchism," to the extent you can turn the voluntary process of life into an -ism, would probably be the "prescription for no prescriptions," essentially refuting itself. but it is not a prescription of how to live, aware of anarchy, and to engage in a voluntary society. the words to describe these actions (praxeology hopes to be the study of actions) have come after they are done; explaining it entails a descriptive nature, which means you need only set an example, and not talk about it so much (i am only so good at this).

yet one needs no paper, as stated in the quote, to demonstrate that rules will fail, because they are either incomplete or inconsistent: the quote itself manages to do it all on its own, and i have just explained how.

but anarchy is not impossible. in fact it's the exact opposite.

anarchy is at all levels inescapable, for no matter where you begin, no prescription can get you to it, much less some sort of utopia. it simply is reality itself. we are responsible and self-governing, even when we pretend otherwise, and we will answer to god on judgement day for all our support of coercion, force, murder, on behalf of the state or behalf of a common gang.

they're no different.

many of us are waiting to wake up to this anarchist nature of reality for the first time, but those of us who have even once must in fact fight to stay awake. realizing it makes it even harder. we'd rather go back to sleep and just please ourselves than get to work and serve humanity.

but there's no "anarchism" map (prescription) for how to reach the promised territory (because there isn't one; it's not utopian).

and the plain fact is that we're already there.

statists often avail to the argument that libertarianism (not even anarchy) can never work in the "real world." this is how i am sure that they are a mere tool of the devil: a complete and utter corruption of the word "real," if ever there was one.

but, at any moment, anyone can just... wake up.

thus ends the commentary, and begins the afterthought. mind you that i find the word "anarchism" itself to be anathema to the concept of voluntary, stateless society.

in the end, i think, those who reject the concept of god will eventually align themselves with the state, even when there is no visible government, because the "anarcho-communists" seem to be keen on stating that involuntary associations are forbidden. set aside for a moment that this is obviously a definition of a state of reality which they are liable to use force to return to, if perturbed.

without the concept of god, there is no symbolic, moral equivalent of the free market, having a nature of inescapable judgement. the free market is the crux, or the god, or the way, or the tao, of mass biosurvival of humankind.

so, too, must there be an inescapable moral absolute, and like the tao, it cannot be written down, it cannot be told. the evidence for this is right before us: the ten commandments have fared no better than the constitution. yet the economic order, the social order, the moral order: each of these are simultaneously true and ineffable. what man has written down has corrupted the [holy] spirit of their execution.

we have found a strange foot-print on the shores of the unknown. we have devised profound theories, one after another, to account for its origin. at last, we have succeeded in reconstructing the creature that made the foot-print. and, lo! it is our own.

-- arthur stanley eddington

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