What Anarchy Is and Why We May All Need to Be Anarchists
The anarchy movement is defined by anti-systemic ideas. So, is anarchy more likely to arise when a governing system stops listening to its people and ignores their needs? How does anarchy fit into our political climate today? May anarchy serve as a worthy counterbalance to authoritarianism? Or, is anarchy just plain scary?
“Anarchism is a political philosophy that advocates self-governed societies based on voluntary institutions. These are often described as stateless societies… Anarchism holds the state to be undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful.” ~ Anarchism, Wikipedia
State in Our Minds + Scott Crow on Anarchy, Building & Being Ungovernable | Act Out!
“This week on Act Out! The longer and second part of our sit down interview is with anarchist, author and organizer Scott Crow who dives into the many facets of anarchy: the “growing up” of anarchy in the USA, the power of building vs. resisting, reactionary politics and more.” ~ Eleanor Goldfield
Anarchy and Anger
Anarchy makes me think of anger. Anger coming from the younger generation makes me recall the following Bible verse:
“Do not provoke your children to wrath.”
~ Ephesians 6:4
For those interested, Christian writer Tim Challies has a worthwhile commentary on this verse in regard to parenting. I believe it may also be applied on a sociological level, as ruling elites often relate to the masses* as if they are children who should be seen and not heard (or worse). Challies says, “There may be times when your children’s anger toward you is more righteous than your actions or attitude toward them.”
Society Is a Dynamic System
We each contribute to the arising anarchy dynamic* in our political/economic/social system. Whether we are active players or choose to stand on the sidelines doing nothing, we contribute and absorb the dynamic energies of the system we are part of.
Disagree? That’s allowed. Still, many cultural expressions support the principle of dynamic interconnected systems:
“No man is an island.” ~ John Donne
“It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world.” ~ The Butterfly Effect (2004 film)
“Six degrees of separation is the theory that each person on the planet is only six introductions away from any other person on the planet.” ~ What Is
“Families and societies are small and large versions of one another. Both are made up of people who have to work together, whose destinies are tied up with one another.” ~ Virginia Satir
“I felt knowledge and the unity of the world circulate in me like my own blood.” ~ Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha
Your approval or disapproval of anarchy is not the point. Recognize that you, me, we are part of it. We contribute to any degree of anarchy that manifests, and we will absorb its consequences for better or worse.
In the end, we all may need to be anarchists. By climate crisis, war, or nuclear disaster — when national governments are too broken to effectively organize and support people, those of us remaining will need to self-govern.
No Man Is an Island
No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.
~ John Donne
*Dynamic – (of a process or system) characterized by constant change, activity, or progress. (Google dictionary)
*The Masses – the ordinary or common people (Merriam-Webster)
It is safe to think, dangerous not to.