**** that. i'm all for personal freedoms and getting rid of the nanny state type bull****, but when humans don't have someone in charge to make them obey some sort of rules you end up with the congo. We're a stupid, selfish species that will **** each other over for short term gains given the opportunity. The type of person who could live peacefully in an anarchy would be the ones getting shafted by the likes of those who rioted last year.
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(Original post by Eldedu)
When I hear "anarchism" I think of students with half-formed minds and half-baked opinions who'd rather modify their political views according to their need to attract attention and stand out from the crowd than according to what makes sense.
This is a criticism which is levied against most people aged 18-25 holding leftist views by a supposed wiser, more conservative elder. Your argument is perhaps best shared by Murray Bookchin who considered such pretentious people as 'Lifestyle anarchists'. However, figures like Bob Black and Saul Newman who take the pejorative term 'Lifestyle anarchists' and accept it for how they see it - that is people embracing an identity based upon the principles of Libertarian Socialism. I suppose you doubt these people have any integrity:
When in actual fact, what I see is people playing great punk rock and having a blast with mates.. Sure, you can accuse them of posturing etc ive studied enough of Ayn Rand to realise that a certain amount of human behavior is based upon self-interest but dispute with her that altruism simply doesn't exist and any attempts to adhere to it result in slavery - for that reason I consider myself an anarchist.
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Anarchism reminds me of people before society, and a modern-version of that - small groups of people who share something in common sticking together, turning our one, big society into hundreds of smaller ones. Which sounds like a massive step backwards, to me.
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