Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Anarchy in the Bouquet

Depending on your age and condition(ing), the word Anarchy will bring to mind any number of negative images or shallow fashion statements:

Anarchy = chaos
Anarchy = lawlessness
Anarchism = Nihilism.
Anarchist = terrorist

Here are some other views:

“Anarchism, 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.”
- Emma Goldman

“The fear of freedom is strong in us. We call it chaos or anarchy, and the words are threatening. We live in a true chaos of contradicting authorities, an age of conformism without community, of proximity without communication. We could only fear chaos if we imagined that it was unknown to us, but in fact we know it very well.”
- Germaine Greer

“I’ve concluded that genius is as common as dirt. We suppress our genius only because we haven’t yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simple and glorious. Let them manage themselves.”
- John Taylor Gatto

“For the anarchist, freedom is not an abstract philosophical concept, but the vital concrete possibility for every human being to bring to full development all the powers, capacities, and talents with which nature has endowed him, and turn them to social account. The less this natural development of man is influenced by ecclesiastical or political guardianship, the more efficient and harmonious will human personality become, the more will it become the measure of the intellectual culture of the society in which it has grown”
- Rudolf Rocker

...and finally:

"Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins." - Anonymous


gregrandgar said...

You have even expressed new thoughts between the lines of other's words.
"The solution, I think, is simple and glorious. Let them manage themselves.”
This is perzactly what I have been trying to say to Troutsky over the past couple of weeks. Thanks, once again.

jams o donnell said...

Not everyone will default to the negative images of anarchy.. The problem I have with it is I simply can't see how it can be workable on anything other than the small scale.

Interesting range of quotes. I like the anonymus one!

jams o donnell said...

anonymous, rather

gregrandgar said...

Jams, the size of an organization, government or business is inversely proportional to its efficient viabilty. Individuals know best for themselves. Tribes of kindred minds are the best approximation to the adaptability and flexibility of the individual in living harmoneously. One world government with jurisdiction over six-billion and counting, can only mean to profit from a larger flock of sheep for it certainly cannot appeal to the individual as a more efficient representation of their needs.

Pisces Iscariot said...

Anarchy is, by definition, a non-collective ideal. It follows that it can only be implemented on an individual basis.