We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A recovering Lefty claims that his ex-brethren consist mostly of malcontents who are sad or angry that reality is not as they wish it to be.
Instead of developing a relationship to God and a recognition of one’s own imperfection, we wanted our non-anarchist families and friends to develop their “analysis” and recognize their complicity in the evil of capitalism. These non-anarchist friends grew increasingly sparse the longer I was an anarchist. They didn’t see how terrible the world was, and they used problematic language that revealed hopelessly bad politics. Frustrated with them, I retreated further and further into the grey echo-chamber of my “chosen family.”
Anarchist deserve to live under anarchy. It would cure them quickly. I suspect that all the anarchist in 1st world countries are not really anarchist at all but just good old fashioned lazy ass troublemakers who take pleasure in hurting others. Ditto for most/all of the left wing activists.
Quillette again produces something of enduring value. Every time I go over, I also find a few essays in the sidebar.
Assistant Village Idiot
I don't think it's an accident how well the framework of this community parallels Bernhard Schlink's essays on Guilt. Schlink also describes a surrogate religion of guilt with out absolution and forgiveness. Perhaps this is the original Western cultural "Spanish Flu" virus he describes. It's ironic that in inventing secular, atheistic modern religion, the key elements of the past that have worked since before recorded history have not been thoughtfully and thoroughly replicated. This is why I find Jordan Peterson's discussions on mythology, metaphor, Christianity and what's under cultural assault so interesting. I give credit to the author for reflection and breaking free.
Anarchy is something of an extreme libertarianism, and there are thinkers who treat it as such. Approached that way, anarchists should be in favor of more libertarian approaches as halfway points.
They aren't, and it is clear to outsiders why. They don't actually want anarchy. They don't want government in general to be deprived of power, they want another tribe in their society to be deprived of any power in the government. They imagine that the tribe that includes policemen, and the military, and business, and oh yeah their parents, who they still resent as oppressors, has way too much power and control and should be not only defeated, but humiliated. Repeatedly.
Then their tribe would be free to finally rule, as they deserve.
Assistant Village Idiot
"Chosen family" is an interesting term.
Until recently (mid-19th century) young people could rely on intact family units for emotional, financial, spiritual and physical security. Socialism is a deliberate attempt to replace this classic structure based on familial love, with an artificial community structure based on raw power.
While rebellion is a normal reaction to the authority of the former, anarchy is reaction to the latter. Rebellion can also be productive, while the other is rarely so.
We have sown these seeds by embracing the social freedoms that come with tossing out the nuclear family as an institution. To not now reap them is an impossibility.