I grew up in a western democracy. For the first thirty or so years of my life, I never even once heard of anarchy. No one talked about it. The public schools I attended taught that democracy was the ultimate goal of human society. We were never taught about logic, philosophy, how to argue for or against a position, or how to form independent opinions. That was not in the curriculum. Such is the case in most western democracies.
Even the few people that had an interest in politics or economics were simply unaware that there was anything to discuss. Democracy, or collectivism, was a powerful paradigm – a belief so deeply rooted that no one was even aware of it being there. So those people would argue about who ought to rule and the differences between the various political parties. No one ever asked the most important question: do we actually need rulers?
Then something happened. On a vacation to Houston, Texas I ended up – by serendipity – reading ‘For Good and Evil: The Impact of Taxes on the Course of Civilization’ by Charles Adams. The truths told in that wonderful book resonated deeply within my soul. Subsequently, I sought out more knowledge on freedom, lassez-faire, capitalism, libertarianism, and so on. It took me a few years to progress all the way to anarchy, but I got there, with some help from good people like Murray Rothbard and Larken Rose, as well as libertarians such as Tom Woods and even Milton Friedman (although I’m not sure how to classify old Milton).
Today I see that I had been thoroughly indoctrinated through my upbringing and schooling. Most of this was not malicious on the part of the immediate ‘agents’ – family, friends, school teachers – but it was effective indoctrination none the less. After all, no one had ever taught those people to form their own opinions either. They, too, had never even heard of anarchy.
Seeing the truth that there is an alternative to coercion, to collectivism, to democracy – for me was an tremendously experience of freedom, almost as being born again – how I imagine a blind man would feel seeing for the first time after a lifetime of darkness. We can actually solve our difference through agreements, rather than laws, signed by one party only and enforced by a monopoly of violence called ‘government’. Indeed, this approach works much better in addition to being moral as opposed to immoral. We really can solve the toughest social issues without aggression – in fact, aggression has been keeping humanity down for thousands of years. Isn’t that great? I think it is. No rulers, just people living together, organizing and regulating through the free market. Sure, there will always be violence, but we don’t have to design our society on the foundation of it. Anarchy. I love it.
My love of anarchy is the reason for this blog. I want to open the eyes of other human beings, still blinded by indoctrination, unaware of true freedom and what it can do. I want to share the passion for how we solve real-life problems better without coercion. If I can be a small part in helping just one ‘lost soul’ transition from darkness to light, to say with me: ‘I love anarchy’, well, then I would say it was all worth it.