sun 15 mar 2015 19:42:40 witte de withstraat
everybody with a voice can sing, and some better than others, but even the best singer's voice is imperfect. everyone's anarchy is also imperfect. a great many people are at least partly anarchists without knowing it, because they tend to avoid coercing others, and prefer the voluntary, we should stop thinking of anarchy as some kind of absolute condition outside of ourselves. that's not where anarchy happens anyway. anarchy is not a state. it is the choice not to coerce.
it's strange to me that so many people conceived of anarchy as a replacement system for existing power structures. that led to a lot of confusion. you don't wait for government to go away and then replace it with anarchy. you just behave as anarchically as you can, given your imperfections. it's not like you remove the police and then you have anarchy. you have anarchy — imperfect anarchy — as soon as you start being civil to one another. then as more people start behaving well, police become less necessary. and conversely, to the extent external law grows tighter, people's moral muscle weakens — as they no longer have to exercise their sense of right and wrong. in a totalitarian state, the right thing to do is whatever you can get away with.
it's also strange to me that so many people historically thought of anarchy as a cure for the ills of capitalism. anarchy is not an economic system. it just so happens that the nineteenth century bloom of anarchists and the rise of the labor movement got intertwined.