Some of us are so unfit to be a part of this society that it’s as if we were born into anarchism. We are unable to let ourselves be controlled by authority, and society shuts us out for it. So, we live a depraved life on the streets. My friends and I are not that much different from other people. At heart all of us are kind and caring people. Without this small group of friends I would most likely starve. Helping each other is crucial to our own survival, health, and happiness out here on the streets.
None of us would be out here if we didn’t stick together. We’re all anarchists and we openly advocate anarchism. We have been brought together to fight the authority that despises us so much.
This is not as simple as it sounds. Living on the streets has a way of forcing this issue in my life. I see these people all around me struggling to decide if they should accept food stamps or not. Some people accept government assistance because its the only option they have.
I am too young to receive government assistance, but I have an older friend who gets food stamps every month. He sells the food stamps and buys LSD and weed with the money. I’ve kept an open mind to things like psychedelic drugs, and at first I found this amusing. It was as if the government was buying him drugs. I even enjoyed the benefits of the money we made selling food stamps.
But then I asked myself, if I am using government assistance to get drugs, isn’t it still government assistance? I’ve spent hours thinking about this. At first I completely rejected the idea of accepting government assistance. I felt like a traitor to my own beliefs. But this isn’t really the case.
If you look at the issue with an open mind it’s easy to see the problem with accepting welfare as an anarchist. The problem was the insecurity I felt by accepting the government money. State welfare is as much about government control as it is about benefiting those in need. The people who are most suppressed by society, who would be the most willing to fight authority, feel that they cannot because it would be biting the hand that feeds them. It’s easy to see how it could influence how you think about government if you become dependent on government assistance.
Even if the government isn’t intentionally seeking this control, it doesn’t matter. They are still gaining control in this way. But it gives us a perfect opportunity to reject that control. If you step back and look again, taking the money and using it to fight authority is a good way to undermine that control.
To complete this act of rejections, why not take the money and use it in a way that spreads the anarchist message? I would still feel like I was accepting help from the wrong people if I used the money to support myself. This applies even more to buying drugs with the money instead of food. But showing people that society and government today is incomplete and dehumanizing and immoral is the only way to overcome the government’s control.
Why not use the government’s money to enlighten people to this open minded way of thought, to spread anarchism, and show people the benefits of things that society rejects? People are more and more willing to reject social normalities and some are eager to accept anarchist ideals, but they must be shown.
If government money was used to support the people spreading this belief, the system itself would be taken and turned against the government. Instead of gaining control over suppressed people they will lose it.