Politically, I would consider myself a social progressive, whereas on a more philosophical level I consider myself an anarchist. There’s no government like no government, and whatnot. However, while I think I could integrate into a lawless society rather well (indeed, better than I do in a lawful one) I do not think that most of the rest of humanity is ready to make this jump quite yet. Regardless of the negative associations the system has bound with anarchy, what every anarchist essentially believes is that all humanity is absolutely equal, in the sense that no one man (or woman) has any power over the life of any other man or woman. The only real power you have, both given and morally just, is over your own life. Personally, I hope that as humanity continues to grow and evolve, more people will come to this realization. With this realization comes the unfortunate truth that we have created, in our own imaginations, our enslavement. A governement is merely a collection of men, and as such has no real power over our lives except for the power that we, as free men, choose to give them. I long for a day when the majority of people simply openly disown their government. Government, for most of human history, has served as the enforcement arm of the moneyed elite; regardless of nation, regardless of form of government, regardless of all conceivable factors. The purpose of government is not to protect, but to exploit, and when people realize that government only needs to exist in order to benefit the few at the expense of the many, and the moral implications thereof, this is when we will begin to cast off the shackles of our millenia-long oppression and start to work to benefit humanity as a whole.
However, as I previously stated, I do not think that we are quite there yet. Instead of merely waiting around, I believe that an anarchistic utopia is an achievable goal, and while perhaps not one achievable in my lifetime, one worth working towards nonetheless. Aside from simply locking all politicians in a prison and throwing away the key, what are the ways in which we can work towards a utopian future? In many ways, it is more simple than we think. On a community participation level, everything you can do or produce for your fellow citizens that doesn’t enter the global exploitation system is helping to bring us closer together, and push the exploitation class (as the super-wealthy should be properly known) further from our lives. While this includes anything a person can do where they take control to improve the lives of not just themselves but those around them, I will devote my next writing to more specific examples. A socialist society, nearly as falsely maligned as an anarchist one, is not really an end, but rather the means to the end; it is through a government which encourages its citizens to do what they can to help out their fellow man that our addiction to enslavement can finally be broken. This is ultimately the perceived danger of socialism, and the real danger of anarchy; not to humankind, but rather to the system that controls us and those who control that system. While both of our political parties would have you believe that they are for freedom and individual rights, what they are actually for is the concentration of power, and the protection of the powerful. So fuck ’em. We are all, each and every one of us, completely free. Of course, given that most of us have the unfortunate predicament of being stuck with a goverment we never personally asked for, we have to settle with doing what we can to bring ourselves closer to an utopian ideal.
One obstacle, probably the largest, is that for the past 90 years our government has been doing everything it can to insure that people think that a government that provides a wide ranging and egalitarian citizen benefit system has to be a freedom-hating police state. Sure, that is Stalinism, and the Chinese system, but both of these systems place even less emphasis on workers’ rights than our ‘capitalist’ society does, the Skandinavian model is a much closer example of socialist ideals and practices in a largely Capitalist society. There is no kind of existing law that says that we have to follow one specific kind of previous government, and there is no reason to think that fairly and equally applied taxation and environmental or human rights regulations are the destruction of capitalism. Quite to the contrary, regulations are simply the rules for playing the game; while it may be enjoyable to try to play without rules at first, it does not generally work our well overall. The truth of the matter is that as long as we have a government and a government-sponsored monetary program, it is one of the government’s obligatons to its citizens to regulate what happens therein and to insure that nothing overly exploitative is taking place. This is where our current system has broken down, and what we need to repair in order to progressively move forward as a country.