Statist projection

3 months ago

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Anarchy doesn't preclude working with others; only ruling others or letting them rule you.

Yet, I can't begin to count the number of times a statist has said something to the effect of "anarchy is anti-social" or "anarchists can't get along with others".

As if statism-- telling others to do as you say or you'll have your armed thugs kill them-- is in any way civilized!

A huge part of getting along with others is living up to your responsibility to not force yourself on them. Government is based on the polar opposite. Government is the height (or depth) of anti-social behavior.

Statists claim that anarchists would fail because they would rely on contracts with each other, and people are unreliable. That we can't get along with each other, much less with those who want to violate us through government and "laws".

What an odd claim.

I make mutually agreed upon contracts just about every day with no problems. I get along with people very nicely. Partly because I don't try to force them to live as I choose to live. It would be nice if they extended the same courtesy to me, but that's not the nature of those who behave in a government-like fashion; muggers, government employees, rapists, kidnappers, etc. I don't expect bad guys to act as anything other than what they are, even as I give them every opportunity to do so.

So, yeah, anarchy works just fine in my personal daily life. I see no need to archate against others, regardless of how they choose to act toward me.

But what if some people can't handle anarchy-- i.e., being self-responsible people?

Well, if someone isn't suited for anarchy-- if they can't deal with others voluntarily-- they'll either learn and grow up, or they'll turn back to statism where they feel "safe".

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Yet, I can't begin to count the number of times a statist has said something to the effect of "anarchy is anti-social" or "anarchists can't get along with others".

These antifa clowns who wave black flags and spray-paint the circled A on everything in between smashing and looting might be helping to contribute to that image.

Maybe an-caps need to counter this by gathering their flags, amassing in public, and… having a picnic or something. Patronizing the local businesses and filling the tip jars on the counter and otherwise generally behaving socially and respecting private property.

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Actually, I have advocated this for a long time (note the date of the linked blog post): Random Acts of Anarchy

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Oh, nice. I also read on the linked article that you chose the 18th of June as a day to do this sort of thing. Why that day? Have you kept it up? Did you get anyone to join you?

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That's my birthday, so it's a way I celebrate. I don't always do anything special that day, partly because I have continually tried to just make that a part of my "normal" life. The only person who has really joined me, on occasion, is my 9 year-old daughter.

I had a person come up to me while I was picking up litter one day, and ask me why I was doing it. I told them I did it because if I didn't, who would? We had a short conversation about that, with me telling them that if I see something I believe needs to be fixed, I try to fix it rather than expecting someone else to do it- and especially instead of saying "there oughta be a law" or something like that- because I am an anarchist. No idea if that made an impression, or if they just thought I was a nutcase.

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