As the popular song goes, I was a teenage anarchist. In fact, my stubborn ego, combined with an overall misunderstanding of the way the world works, kept me believing I was an anarchist until well into my twenties. Not that the overall concept of anarchy has to be bad thing. On the contrary, there are good points to be made for it… if one clarifies the definition of anarchy.
a : absence of government
b : a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority
c : a utopian society of individuals who enjoy complete freedom without government
For the discussion’s sake (and due to the fact that I am not the fastest typist and want to save some time), I will refer to each of the definitions above by their representative letter from this point on. There is nothing really morally incorrect about definition a. If the absence of government led to result in definition c, then I would argue that this lack of government would, in fact, be a good thing. It this idealistic concept of a peaceful anarchy that fueled the peace punk movement of the late seventies and early eighties as well as what led me to consider myself an anarchist some twenty years later. Unfortunately for the idealists, the world’s societies continue to demonstrate their inability to function without some form of control over the masses (whether this really is the result of the masses being unable to function or the result of manipulation by an unseen, controlling force is an argument for another day, I believe the latter explanation myself).
In recent examples where governments have ceased to function, the result has been definition b. This also appears to be the goal of many of the anarchists today. While they attempt to literally break down the control structure by destroying the symbols of that structure however, they are actually helping to bring into being the police state they are seeking to avoid. You can’t beat the matrix at its own game and by attempting to bring the system down in a violent fashion one will only provoke a violent response. This is exactly what the controller ass clowns would like to see, events like the recent turmoil in Rome. After all, with George Soros funding, to a limited extent at least, these (occupy wall street) protests, there must be an elitist agenda at work. The right left paradigm causes division and only helps to hide the underlying (or perhaps overbearing?) societal issues that are causing such massive global frustration.
Way back in one of my freshman level university courses I made a comment to the effect that neither capitalism or socialism seems to work so perhaps we should look to making a new, better functioning system. This was pre 9-11 and I was quickly dismissed and laughed at by my peers for such an outlandish idea. After all, our supposedly capitalist society was allowing mommy and daddy to pay for their education and such, what was so wrong with it? As time goes on however, the flaws in our system have become ever more apparent and my once off the wall comment is now being made by many people at our universities and elsewhere. At the time, I believed anarchy was the answer but society, as of yet, doesn’t seem to ready to exhibit the kind of self-discipline and control it would need to function in such an idealistic situation.
In fact, if one isn’t careful, the path of the anarchist can lead to something of a downward spiral. I will relate my own experience here as it can apply as a reminder to these global revolution movements as a whole to not lose track of the big picture.
Before attending university, I was schooled as street kid in the concepts of the Illuminati controlling elite (these days, I just call them ass clowns), etc. which only fueled my desire for definitive social change even further. For reasons I won’t divulge in this discussion, I eventually left the street life and went to university, my anarchist’s philosophies still intact.
I have touched on the idea of being institutionalized by a university education before and believe I speak from experience. As the years went by, my opinions were strongly influenced by my constant exposure to academia. In the undergraduate level this education makes you feel knowledgable, however, my own independent research later in life would show me how little real knowledge I was actually taught. What did happen was that my anarchist leanings lost their non-partisan, idealistic values and instead fell into the same old left/right paradigm.
The next thing I knew, I no longer believed in anything and my position as an idealistic anarchist eventually devolved into nihilism. As the reinforcement of institutional values progressed through my education I lost touch with my spiritual awareness and eventually came to mock some of the very things that inspired me to pursue an education in the first place. Hindsight being 20/20, I can easily see the path of devolution now. At the time however, I never realized how far of track I had strayed.
This is the problem with anarchy as it is perceived by most. I don’t believe in religious authority however, spiritual realization is an important part of being human (and certainly necessary for ascension, if one chooses as I do, to follow that belief). By focusing only on the microcosm of the problem, the left/right, socialist/capitalist decisive paradigm, modern anarchists are not only failing to affect any real change, they are actually perpetuating the control system and justifying its existence. The unseen hand is multidimensional and must be countered in a multidimensional way as well.
So, if anarchy isn’t the answer the what is? That is the question of our age, the answer to which makes itself apparent as the universe unfolds into our ever-changing yet at times, seemingly static, reality. Perhaps one day we will all convene as a global society, each individual adding their piece to the collective decision (we could start doing things like this online already if we could get it organized). Or, more likely, another idea will manifest that allows us to progress as loving, spiritual beings. Assuming, that is, we create that reality for ourselves.