Sunday Thoughts 014

Anarchism and the Individual

Anarchy is much maligned – it always has been. By those in power and those who need external power to guide them.

It does not mean “no rules”, it means “no ruler”.

And it flourishes in the fringe areas, where artists, thinkers, poets, story tellers, sculptors and craftsmen and women congregate.

It is not scary. Except that it demands that you take responsibility for your own freedom and that of those around you.

If you are afraid of anarchy and anarchism, you are afraid of thugs who have adopted the term; the “Propaganda of the Deed” from the late 19th Century. Anarchism need not be violent.

It fact, as an individual, to be free you must be an anarchist. To be awake, not woke, to break out of dream-like consciousness.

It is perhaps ironic that some of the strongest impetus for this waking of day-consciousness comes from the likes of the Black Panther Party, the story of Albert Woodfox https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/19/albert-woodfox-interview-solitary-confinement-44-years, the Black Lives Matter movement.

Anarchism is about individuals saying, Basta!
Enough.

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Sunday Thoughts is a weekly series of sometimes incomplete thought pieces to stimulate thinking, and possibly annoy you.

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