Saturday, September 26, 2009

Refresher Course On Anarchism

I recently posted a number of things in Facebook having to do with anarchism. Predictably, I had a lot of splainin to do for the benefit of people who thought I was advocating social disorder, violence and chaos.

I've written about anarchism on this blog before so I'm not going to go into a ton of detail here, but I do want to say a few things and provide a few links for those who have not read my older posts on the subject.

I am an anarchist because:

1) Human social organization should be voluntary.
2) Jesus teaches that humans should not control one another through force, fraud, or coercion.
3) Jesus teaches that one should control one's self.
4) All legitimate power and authority is God's and God's alone.
5) Governments do not prevent violence, coercion, theft or the destruction of property. They institutionalize and perpetuate these things in prisons, wars, corruption, cronyism and the like.
6) Freedom is good.

That said, I do not advocate the immediate elimination of government. True freedom needs to be grown into. The immediate elimination of government from a society that has relied on it for generations results in despotism under the hand of whoever maintained power in the absence of the previous government. Exhibit #1--Afganistan. Exhibit #2--Haiti.

Rather, we should be working toward individually living the sort of love, grace and personal responsibility that requires no government and forming communities that support this. Perhaps our children's children can be free.

Here are some links.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarchism
Anarchist in the Spanish civil war: http://flag.blackened.net/revolt/spaindx.html
http://www.jesusradicals.com/anarchism/
George Henry Evans, Abolition, Anarchism: http://uncletaz.com/liberty/evans_origins.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Ellul
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarchist_schools_of_thought
An extensive FAQ about anarchism http://www.infoshop.org/faq/index.html

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