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Originally posted by TheWalkingFox
reply to post by freelance_zenarchist
Well, not to pop the bubble, but the violence - while not a part of anarchism - would definately be a result of it. Anarchistic philosophy makes the assumption that all people are decent and want to get along with one another, and that it's only "the state" that keeps them from doing so. The unfortunate reality is that those divisions would exist with or without a state. People are competitive creatures, and can be quite horrible to one another.
Let's say we have an anarchic society. And some poor fool has whatever sociopathic mental imbalance needed to make a serial killer of him. He does not need a "state" at his back to be a dangerous psychopath. How do you handle this? You have no police. You have no investigative department. You're all equally in charge of yourselves, and either you compromise your anarchism and create a governmental body to handle the threat, or you pursue individual vigilantism... And a quick thumbing through the pages of reality is that vigilantes rarely ever get the right person. This would result in reprisals, then feuding, etc. Eventually the anarchic society will be forced to abandon anarchy just to handle all the problems caused by people just being people, even the nonviolent ones.
Nice idea, makes a great coffee table book, becomes retarded when applied to live humans
Originally posted by SpartanKingLeonidas
reply to post by NoHierarchy
Yes, the thread is 2 years old, but still relevant.
I am still no anarchist.
We are taught our Government is a representative Government.
Of the people, by the people, and for the people.
If that is true it means we're represented by people who are supposed to listen to us.
However, that is a rare occasion, considering lobbyists, and special interest groups.
Thank you for those links.