Anarchy is more popular than we might think


I guess folks who promote anarchy think when the rioting is done, they will somehow survive and rise to the top, getting to be the new leaders. I wonder what they think will happen to their families as rioting and demonstrations take over neighborhoods.

Of course, when I read that rioters are being bussed in it makes more sense. Why worry about the safety and well-being of local families when your family is safely across the country? Such was the case in Ferguson, Missouri two years ago where I had the chance to speak to many local folks as those events happened. It always strikes me as foolishness whenever I stumble across modern philosophies which promote anarchy.

“In libertarian, socialist, and anarchist parlance, a social revolution is a bottom-up, as opposed to a vanguard party-led or purely political, revolution aiming to reorganize all of society (see Spanish Revolution of 1936). In the words of Alexander Berkman, ‘social revolution means the reorganization of the industrial, economic life of the country and consequently also of the entire structure of society,’” according to Wikipedia.

Did you know that Libertarians and Socialists have a lot in common? I didn’t until I researched for this column. Turns out both philosophies want less or no government. Modern voters assume that socialists want our government to provide many services and tons of hand-outs. Those who seek government-driven solutions to social issues are accused of wanting too much government intervention in our private lives and of over-taxing citizens.

“Socialism is the preparation for that higher Anarchism; painfully, laboriously we mean to destroy false ideas of property and self, eliminate unjust laws and poisonous and hateful suggestions and prejudices, create a system of social right-dealing and a tradition of right-feeling and action. Socialism is the schoolroom of true and noble Anarchism, wherein by training and restraint we shall make free men,” wrote H.G. Wells in New Worlds for Old.

Interestingly, in Shi’a Islamic thought, too, social revolution is considered a necessary tool to overturn governments. Ironically, governments that qualify as tyrannical to radical muslims are accused of not paying attention to morality.

I am exploring ideas here. If you have any thoughts, you are welcome to jump into this conversation. Writing is so much more entertaining and informative when we join in with varying perspectives. Actually, my very favorite emails are when I get caught in misspellings that make for hilarious (and embarrassing for me) double-entendres. Thank you for keeping me on my toes, dear readers!

Cathy Primer Krafve, aka Checklist Charlie, lives and writes with a Texas twang. Comments are invited at or on Facebook.


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