Thursday, 1 January 2015

Great Description of Anarchism.

Anarchism is the most critical kind of thinking there is. Anarchism is the most free thinking political philosophy there is. It asks that the whole way of society be re-thought.

(From Workers Solidarity Movement-WSM-of Ireland)

...We stand for both political and economic freedom.

  • Economic freedom. Everyone should have equal access to goods and services regardless of their ability to pay for them.

It is disgusting that we live in a world where Paul Allen can sail his $200 million yacht around the same Mediterrian that thousands of desperate poor migrants have drowned in while trying to cross from Africa to Europe. A further 2600 almost drowned on Xmas eve and day in two separate incidents.

  • Political freedom. Instead of politicians elected or otherwise telling us what to do everyone affected by a decision should have equal power in making that decision.
We want to see the end of the political system that allows the likes of Enda Kenny to lie to get into power and then impose austerity on the rest of us.

These are not really two separate points, economic wealth and political power go hand in hand. If you have one power you get access to wealth and vice versa. This understanding is one of the main things that separates anarchism from the rest of the left, it is why we think its a dead end to get people elected into power. We will never ask you to vote for us.

These two simple points are the basis of anarchism. At the same time they manage to sound both obvious and impossible. Often people will argue anarchism runs against against 'Human nature.' But actually this society we have created where some are rich and powerful while the vast majority work to get by is very new. It's only in the last 10,000 years that this is how things have worked. That is only 5% of the time that modern humans have existed on the planet. For 95% of that time economic and political inequality were virtually unknown.

The sort of society we think of today as the product of inevitable 'human nature' is in fact the product of thousands of years of highly organized warfare and brutality.

At root anarchism is the organized expression of this struggle for economic and political freedom. Not, of course, as a return to the societies that existed 10,000 years ago. But of the coming together of the long river of human resistance to class society in order to create a new world, a global society of freedom for all.
Today the anarchist movement is found everywhere, on every continent and perhaps in every country.

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