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What IS “anarchy”?

December 11, 2014

Many, many of us can see that “there must be a better way” of doing government. Better than what is happening on the national level, and too often locally, in America today. As a lay anarchist, I want to explore what an anarchistic community might be, as a better way of doing democratic governance. (In that sentence I gave two hints.)  I’m lifted up by these words from Thoreau, at the end of his essay, “Resistance to Civil Government” (May 1849):

“Is a democracy, such as we know it, the last improvement possible in government?  Is it not possible to take a step further towards recognizing and organizing [human rights]? There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly. I please myself with imaging a State at last which can afford to be just to all…, and to treat the individual with respect as a neighbor; which even would not think it inconsistent with its own repose if a few were to live aloof from it, not meddling with it, nor embraced by it, who fulfilled all the duties of neighbors…. A State which bore this kind of fruit, and suffered it to drop off as fast as it ripened, would prepare the way for a still more perfect and glorious State, which also I have imagined, but not yet anywhere seen.”

I shall please myself with imagining.  (And enjoy what progress we have, in fact, made, e.g. re. gender/language re-imagining.)

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