"Freedom" is a word that gets thrown around here a lot. The truth is, we really deep down want security more than freedom. For this reason, it's imperative that we gain the skills necessary to be able to deal with the burden that freedom brings-or we end up accepting too much authority and lose those freedoms. This is the reason we follow arbitrary laws which if broken-give us benefits and hurt no one-and those who desire anarchy wouldn't truly know what to do when it does arrive. They would either have to be stronger than those around them-or ally with those who are stronger. Hence, Anarchy ends the second someone asserts their power over another and establishes authority, packs will be followed by clans-clans by tribes, tribes by cities, cities by city states, city states by kingdoms, kingdoms by empires and we end up right back where we start.
The problem with any system is that people try to impose it before they are ready to handle it. A Socialist cannot be hedonistic, materialistic, ect-and those who are actual Socialists are not-and anyone who want's what they want needs to strive for the same idea.
Another realization is that what works isn't always desirable. Hitler and Stalin built powerful nations from broken destitute ones-nations which grew so powerful as to threaten the world. The price was not paid by either leader-but by their people-who had taken away form them (or often, WILLINGLY gave away) their Freedoms-for security, pride and prosperity. Defeated and humiliated, freedom to them was a burden-for freedom requires us to bare ourselves to the world as we are. However, if we disappear within the anonymous masses and give up all freedom and individuality-our flaws are hidden from the world. We become a thread in the tapestry.
So at the end of the day-we get two shockingly tempting offers-
1. Anarchy-Accept Freedom but accept the burden of individual responsibility. You can only rely on yourself-and there is no one to protect you from those that would take advantage of your family but you. However, you may also live without restraints-but keep in mind that so to the wolves of our society live too.
2. Atypical Statist Society-Give up Freedom and take no responsibility for yourself. Your anonymity is a shield from the judging eyes of the world. Do as they say, and you get food, prosperity and a feeling of pride some cause or ideal. You are also remarkable expendable as well in this state-the upholding of efficiency above caring will get a bad worker cast out or even killed.
As we are now, the second option seems alien-a travesty to all we hold dear. But the question is-are we broken enough yet to take that option? And where does your society position itself between these two diametrically opposed points?
In conclusion, I would also agree with Justgoodfolk-it's not a good way to achieve the idea of a classless, stateless society. To me, it only advocates Dog eat Dog-and this only starts society all over again-and in my option, draws us further away from Socialism. Remember, Socialism follows Capitalism, which followed Feudalism and so forth all the way back to Anarchy. It's only resetting the clock of progress.
Socialism can work, Anarchy cannot-because it would believe we can deny human nature.
My 2 Cents on Anarchy
· 1 decade ago