reply to post by jsipprell
Thanks for your post. I do understand that perspective. But you have to understand people that believe in Anarchism do so predicated with the belief
people are inherently good and not wicked. The way you described it essentially says if 'State' was removed only chaos could result. As of course
would be the result if man's natural inclination was bad. I don't believe that. As for some of the specific faults of human nature you outlined, I
don't see how those concerns are not equally applicable to the current system. Surely we see it manifest in the world today?
“But what about human nature? Can it be changed? And if not, will it endure under Anarchism?
Poor human nature, what horrible crimes have been committed in thy name! Every fool, from king to policeman, from the flatheaded parson to the
visionless dabbler in science, presumes to speak authoritatively of human nature. The greater the mental charlatan, the more definite his insistence
on the wickedness and weaknesses of human nature. Yet, how can any one speak of it today, with every soul in a prison, with every heart fettered,
wounded, and maimed?
John Burroughs has stated that experimental study of animals in captivity is absolutely useless. Their character, their habits, their appetites
undergo a complete transformation when torn from their soil in field and forest. With human nature caged in a narrow space, whipped daily into
submission, how can we speak of its potentialities?
Freedom, expansion, opportunity, and, above all, peace and repose, alone can teach us the real dominant factors of human nature and all its wonderful
Anarchism, then, really stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion; the liberation of the human body from the dominion
of property; liberation from the shackles and restraint of government. Anarchism stands for a social order based on the free grouping of individuals
for the purpose of producing real social wealth; an order that will guarantee to every human being free access to the earth and full enjoyment of the
necessities of life, according to individual desires, tastes, and inclinations.
This is not a wild fancy or an aberration of the mind. It is the conclusion arrived at by hosts of intellectual men and women the world over; a
conclusion resulting from the close and studious observation of the tendencies of modern society: individual liberty and economic equality, the twin
forces for the birth of what is fine and true in man.”
― Emma Goldman
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