Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What is an Anarchist Thankful For?

You may think that the only thing an anarchist does is complain, complain, complain. Anarchists perceive more problems than most people so it is fair to say that we make a disproportionate amount of criticisms and condemnations. However, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to show the world what this anarchist is truly thankful for.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Beneficiaries of Violence

Aggression is the initiation or threat of physical force against an individual or their property. The state commits acts of aggression on a regular basis. The entire institution of the state is based completely on violence. That is why I seek the complete abolition of the state.

When I engage with other people about the illegitimacy of the state, I often hear the claim that some need would not be met if the state did not exist. There are many examples of these claims. Content creators would not be able to get royalties without copyright law. People would use dangerous drugs if the state did not enforce drug laws. The job market would be flooded with low-wage labor without border security. Space exploration and other scientific research would not get funding without taxes. We would all die from poisoned food without the FDA. The list goes on and on.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Football is More Important than Politics

Before I became a libertarian I was completely obsessed with politics. The Drudge Report was pretty much the most important website in the world for many years. I needed to know what was going on in the political world. I needed to know all the rotten things the democrats were doing and how the heroic republicans were going to stop it. I needed to share every little story with everyone in the world. They needed to know!

Things have changed. I learned about the non-aggression principle. I became a libertarian and eventually an anarchist. Suddenly politics were not so confrontational and scary. Suddenly I could have rational conversations with people without feeling the impulse to attack liberalism at every turn. Eventually politics took a back seat to more important issues. For a time I believed that I needed to tell everyone that the state is humanity's worse enemy. While I still believe that people need to know, I understand that it is not necessarily my place to persuade them. I began to think about my actual (and fairly limited) sphere of influence. How can I apply anarchy in my own life? How can I help my friends and family? How can I promote technology and new voluntary systems to replace the old violent institutions?