Some thoughts about anarchism, responsibility, and fundamentalism

From Emma Goldman:

“Anarchism stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion and liberation of the human body from the coercion of property; liberation from the shackles and restraint of government. It stands for a social order based on the free grouping of individuals”

“Anarchism is the only philosophy which brings to man the consciousness of himself; which maintains that God, the State, and society are non-existent, that their promises are null and void, since they can be fulfilled only through man’s subordination.”

Alan Moore:

“Since mankind’s dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. We’ve seen where their way leads, through camps and wars, towards the slaughterhouse.”

“It does not do to rely too much on silent majorities, Evey, for silence is a fragile thing, one loud noise, and it’s gone. But the people are so cowed and disorganised. A few might take the opportunity to protest, but it’ll just be a voice crying in the wilderness. Noise is relative to the silence preceding it. The more absolute the hush, the more shocking the thunderclap. Our masters have not heard the people’s voice for generations, Evey, and it is much, much louder than they care to remember.”

Anarchism got a bad rap in the early 20th century, mostly due to its use in reference to bomb-lobbing wackjobs who called their cause “anarchy” but really just wanted power.

Much like today’s bomb-lobbing wackjobs, that call their cause “right-to-life”.

Or “Islam”.

Or “Christianity”.

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