Children who are accidentally born in the artificially segregated region known as “The United States of America” are forced to attend an institution against their will for 12 years of the most impressionable part of their young lives. This alone is a glaring violation of the Non-Aggression Principle. It matters not whether one thinks it is in the best interests of a child to attend school. The basic principle is that we must allow children to make their own decisions as to what they want to pursue and learn. To interrupt this most natural progression of ideas is to invite intellectual disharmony and a lack of self-confidence in one’s own deep inclinations. The sooner we treat children as rational human beings with valid desires, the sooner we can have a just and peaceful world. Not even President Barack Obama is willing to send his two girls to public school. Isn’t that an indication of the quality of education that is acquired at such institutions?
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Most of you, if you know or have heard of me at all, are aware of my nonfiction writings online and elsewhere – most notably, perhaps, at Strike the Root, Daily Anarchist, the Center for a Stateless Society, The Voluntaryist, and even – once – Lew Rockwell.com. I’ve also been known to be a poet from time to time – in fact, that was where I got my first serious start as a writer – but I’d like to set that aside for a moment and talk about my first literary love, and that’s speculative fiction. Call it genre fiction, if you want: Fantasy, science fiction, and yes, horror. The Holy Trinity…at least, as far as I’m concerned.
“Those who assume (often unconsciously) that it is impossible to achieve their life’s desires-and, thus, that it is futile to fight for themselves–usually end up fighting for an ideal or cause instead. They may appear to engage in self-directed activity, but in reality they have accepted alienation from their desires as a way of life. All subjugations of personal desires to the dictates of a cause or ideology are reactionary no matter how ‘revolutionary’ the actions arising from such subjugations may appear. ”
-The Revolutionary Pleasure of Thinking for Yourself by Anonymous
Josh LeCash from Don’t Tread on Media reached out to me for an interview after taking an interest in a number of articles here on Daily Anarchist, especially You Are A Slave by Daniel Hawkins. He wanted to know, “Is Anarchy The Answer?” I would say, yes. JoshLeCash focuses primarily on conspiracies, but saw a confluence with anarchists because, as he puts it, “Most conspiracies are rooted in the concept of those in power withholding or manipulating information being consumed by those without power.” Can’t argue there.
Genghis Khan: I am Genghis Khan. Not the actual one, but the author’s imperfect allegorical reflection. I like to rape, pillage, loot, and in general, be the flail of God.
Libertarian Villager: You shouldn’t do that stuff.
GK: Why shouldn’t I?
LV: It violates self-ownership. Every person owns themselves.
GK: No they don’t. I own them. Don’t you see me deciding who gets raped or killed? Those who live do so by my mercy.
LV: Okay, I stated that incorrectly. Everyone is the rightful owner of their body. You should respect that.
GK: Hahahahaha. I am Genghis Khan. I make my own “should” with warriors and horses.
LV: Rights are not created by force of arms.
GK: <brandishing sword> Yes. They. Are.
LV: No. Self-ownership is a universal. It’s a natural right given by nature or nature’s God. It does not and can not come from violence. (more…)
In a stateless society the use of surveillance likely would be radically altered so as not to limit the freedom of the individual, but instead to optimize and secure it. Today, surveillance networks are generally regarded with ambivalence, and with good reason. However, the negative feelings they elicit are only logically justified by their possible misuse against innocent civilians by governments, not implicit in the nature of surveillance networks themselves. Considering safety is a universal concern, and surveillance systems are tolerated in our present society, I see no reason why they would not only be tolerated, but embraced in a stateless society.
On January 28, 2014 our fearless gang leader gave his annual State of the Union address to the group of baboons known as Congress. He vowed to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10, further destroying basic employment opportunities for unskilled and inexperienced workers. He also said he will push forward on his agenda “with or without the approval of Congress,” in the true spirit of a dictator. Now the subordinate thieves, liars, and murderers are preparing for their 2014 elections. If you want to live in a world of abundant prosperity, peaceful interactions, and voluntary associations please stop participating in this freak show circus of force and aggression. It is degrading to our humanity and violent towards our neighbors.
It’s a mistake that I’ve caught myself making a number of times. I’ve watched other anarchists make it repeatedly. Despite what the majority of anti-government materials claim, not everyone benefits when governments are removed from the equation. There are a number of people that benefit from the existence of a government. Not everyone’s life will be improved by anarchy. The people benefiting aren’t always the obvious suspects though. Anarchists often assume that their economic models or theoretical outlooks make up for everything that every individual might lose, but it’s just not true. This is a factor that needs to be considered before there can be any practical discussion about achieving a peaceful voluntary society.
Imagine a world in which libertarians had no easy means of finding one another, a world without an internet, where newspapers and broadcast media faithfully upheld the official pronouncements of the day, rendering culture and propaganda indistinguishable. Imagine a world careening toward another cataclysmic war just a decade after the one often described as the end of European civilization. This was the world of Albert Jay Nock. He published his Memoirs of a Superfluous Man in 1943, and described it as an “autobiography of a mind in relation to the society in which it found itself.”
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