January 13th, 2008


Something I don't get

There's something I don't get about anarchism. I mean, anarchy is the absence of government, correct? It's pretty much the absence of power, with people free to do what they want, voluntarily engage in associations, etc. About the only source of law is mutual respect. But I see, constantly, anarchists endorsing socialism and communalism. Whoa whoa whoa. You're supposed to be free to engage in whatever associations you want, not be bunched together into a commune. Then there are the anarchists who want to destroy capitalism utterly. The only way I can understand this is that many are misusing the term "capitalism" for the modern situation, which is "corporatism". Just look at the thousands of thousands of regulations that cover commerce. (I highly doubt most first-world countries are that different from the US in this regard.) When people speak of capitalism committing various atrocities against humanity, and paint it in this evil color of murder and mayhem, I vomit a little inside.

So, in conclusion, I don't understand why so many anarchists endorse socialism, and in fact find that oxymoronic. Please, enlighten me as to why so many anarchists are collectivists and not individualists, and furthermore where so many people get such a distorted view of capitalism.