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Why anarchism? Freedom.

Anarchism is the idea that we should be free, free from other people’s rules and laws, other people’s systems, other people’s violence, unless for some reason we think it is worth it and we consent. It means organizing society horizontally, without hierarchy, force or violence. The only idea or philosophy out there that really seeks to liberate is anarchism. All other ideas promote a different kind of oppression.

The main reason so many people who know what anarchism is (a small percentage of people who have heard the word) object to the philosophy is, for whatever reason, they don’t believe in freedom. They may think a few laws here and there should change or even the whole government, but none of them propose permanently doing away with all systems of oppression and injustice.

I think the reason most people do not want freedom is they are simply used to have someone in charge, in control, telling others what to do. They assume we need people at the top (with good intentions) to get things done. I think there is no evidence for this belief. It comes from our indoctrination. School, media, government, business–all of them collude in creating a perception of human nature and society that tells us we should not be truly free, so don’t listen to those dangerous people who tell you otherwise. Indeed, university is such good indoctrination it teaches millions who go through its halls how to uphold the status quo while thinking they are questioning it. As such, people do not prioritize their own freedom and often actively campaign to eliminate that of other people. The elite have an interest in promoting a fear of freedom.

They tell us we are already free, because voting is political freedom and the market is economic freedom. Anything more would be chaos. They proceed to prove it by pointing to instances of violence as examples of anarchy when in fact they are the opposite: products of a society in which power is highly concentrated. And until we start listening to the dangerous people and seeing the world more clearly, we believe the lies. These beliefs form part of our identity, to the point that people would rather attack the messenger as “an extremist” or some other word that closes the mind than admit they are not as free as they thought they were.

I said anarchism seeks to liberate but all it can really do is help people see the world differently. In the end, only you can liberate yourself. Even if I break you out of jail or help you escape the plantation, you still need to be the one to decide it is right for you. I can only show you the door. It is your decision whether or not to walk through it.

Anarchism is a person on a street corner shouting “you don’t need a president! You don’t need a king! You don’t need a boss! You can handle freedom!” and getting blank stares from 99% of passersby.

Finally, if you want to know “why freedom?”, you may want to read this post on what freedom could mean for the world.

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