The media has turned 'anarchism' into a dirty word to mean chaotic lawlessness where violence and injustice is rampant. It's a shame really, because
that isn't the actual definition of the term. But because the word has been redefined to have negative connotations, I tend to avoid it.
The political ideology that all beings are free to do as they wish, while no beings have power over any other, is an ideal that I think ought to be
the highest political end. I generally refer to this as 'true philosophical freedom.'
It's important to distinguish between having freedom and having power. Having power means you have the ability to restrict the freedom of others, but
power in and of itself is not a 'freedom.' It is possible for all beings to be completely free, while no beings have power.
A common crime, such as a robbery, can be regarded as a violation of true philosophical freedom. If I hold a gun to your head and demand all your
money, I have right then and there set up a new, albeit very temporary, system of government. A government in which I, the lawmaker, by means of
force, have restricted your freedom and coerced you to perform a specific action. True philosophical freedom would not allow for such a thing.
The ideal arrangement then is a system in which every individual is fully capable of defending themselves from any and all forms of coercion,
resulting in no individuals having the ability to coerce. This of course would be very difficult to attain in a world in which we possess bodies
capable of pain, death, and imprisonment, but may be possible with enough ingenuity.
I believe the easiest way to attain true freedom, is to realize you are already free, and to not fear death. All political power ultimately comes from
the ability to kill, which is only effective as a repressive tool if humans are afraid of death. When the fear of death is completely gone, and you
realize your spirit is immortal, you are completely free.
edit on 28-12-2012 by SilentKoala because: (no reason given)