I think I’m probably relatively politically naive, because it seems everyone knows what it is except me, and I can’t seem to get a straight answer out of anyone. Lots of historical figures are labeled anarchists, from the guy who shot the Archduke to the woman who founded the Catholic Worker Movement. What do they all have in common? How can those who live and benefit in our society truly call themselves anarchists today?
If I look in the dictionary under Anarchism it says: 1. The theory that all forms of government are oppressive and undesirable and should be abolished. 2. Active resistance and terrorism against the state, as used by some anarchists. 3. Rejection of all forms of coercive control and authority.
I guess I just don’t get it. If you take nos. 1. and 3. as your definition - how can this political philosophy work? You would have to assume that everyone would do the right thing when they are left to their own devices. For example, you would conclude we humans wouldn’t litter and pollute even when we know there are no consequences. Everyone knows that people pollute even when there ARE consequences. We also know from history that where there is anarchy, the human who can organize a large group (i.e. government) gets the upper hand over his neighbors. I mean government didn’t get imposed upon us, at some point proto-humans were all in the “anarchical state” and had individual free will.
I am truly baffled and I hope someone can enlighten me.