When we talk to those unfamiliar with the political or even hostile to anarchism people do not matter that you spread to the seven winds that anarchy is not chaos or that you can organize without leaders. Whether you explain that there are many different ways of democracy and they have just opted for the parliamentary one. Do not matter that you prove that can be organization without government or states, that companies organize social work and their owners are just rentiers. People do not see it. Do not make the idea, they do not imagine not conceive. They only repeat what they hear from the media, cantine or work vox populi. Layer upon layer of prejudices are mounted one above the other like a pie. A cake that we will have to eat if you do not give a proper answer.
For these people the definitions or abstract concepts are not worth, so we have to make an educational effort with examples and simple explanations to open the door to thinking. Small changes of meaning can be the key to transmit the idea.
Anarchist: The Enemies of Elites
S.XIX Socialism pointed to 'the Capitalist' as the Enemy, the one that exploits desposed people and force them to work for their livelihood, and so that extract its surplus and benefit that bring him to enjoy privileges such as time and luxuries. His weapon were the 'Private Property' and violence. It became clear that for a society to prosper without destroying itself should be based in distribution and not in concentration.
Anarchists went further and realized that even among the dispossessed, even without capital, there are people who organize to take advantage of the human condition, self-privileged groups that have nothing to envy the powers of capital. They feel superior, act as superiors. Therefore our serfdom is not as much a question of money but of Power. All these privileged people who are organized to parasitate is call them whole Elites. The story of anarchy is a history of struggle against the elites, internal and external.
It can be understand that there is a battle between anarchy and all other political trends, and it is because there is an ancient battle between the people against the elites, at all levels, and in all political, economical and social places. There are many differences between Anarchism and all the res of political forms. All them look similar to anarchist because all they reproduce the same hierarchical patern, the Business model.
'Ark-on' against 'An-Ark'. The etymology places us as historical antagonists of Elites. In Greece, the ruler was called Archon, the 'Arj-on', who has the force, that who uses the force. With it they can fulfill their will, be it benign or malignant, acclaimed or infamous. 2000 years later Anarchists were organized, those fighting the Archons.
We have found ways to organize without elites and we actively practice them. To Combat without transform into what we reject. The basics to understand our organization is that in our quest for Equality Anarchy is not order by precepts, laws, rules, commands or orders, but by voluntarily accepted Principles. The most important among them are: Self-Management, Direct Action and Mutual Support.
Anarchy does not menas 'No Strenght', but 'Not to Force': 'Agaisnt Coertion'
In any case we are talking about Mutual Support, Solidarity, one of the foundations of Anarchy. It is the opposite of coercion and charity. Involves negotiated agreements, pact, consens, no imposition. And above all Reciprocity, the need to correspond, the need for each one voluntarily to accept its responsibility, beginning with each member of the group and following with the organizations. Our system does not work without Reciprocity.
We live in a 'state of law' governed by coercive laws as fundamental guiding principle established by elites, and defended by armies. There is no 'Social Contract' as Rousseau said, no one but the legislator or dictator chooses the law, a covenant of elites. It is the coertion of institutionalized violence. Could be some righteous law, of course, such as those governing them 'natural laws', but they are always imposed by definition, and therefore contrary to our spirit of Concordia. The 'State of Law' is the antagonist to the 'Anarchist Confederation'.
'Not to Obligate' is not the same as 'No Obligation'
'Anarchy' can not be really understand as synonym of 'No Obligation', as the agreements reached must be respected, the group will ask you to act according to your declared intentions. You are not obligated by coercion, but by voluntary conviction to respect the agreements taken by you, and therefore you can be ask for responsibilities. You can act without 'being forced to compromise' but once committed no matters if you call it duty, obligation or will, there is a real due. That's the Responsibility.
Anarchy is not 'Lack of Power', is 'Against the Power' of a few. Against the elites
The key word is Will. It is our will to distribute and share power, respect and support, so the power seems to disappear.
From the will for distribute, the distributed power, the decision of all, emanates the Social Will, something not seen in the capitalist system as is covered by the alienation mechanisms set by the elites, the Will of the Elites, the oligarchies. "Society does not exist, only individuals' said Margaret Thatcher.
'Political Companies' against 'Peer Assemblies'
The State powers are divided into three branches, executive, legislative and judicial, but each is hierarchically governed according to the Business Model. And this in the military way. Command and control: the Chief orders and decides, subordinates obey. Business model triumphed in military elites, creates elites. There is no difference between how to manage a corporation and how do the various parties or the branches of government. Right or wrong, fair or not, hierarchies creates elites and can not not to create them. They are elites iself. Which by own dynamics have different interest from those who claim to represent. We Anarchist strive every day to dissolve the power we have.
This Business model is a shortsighted, forgetful, interested power. It allows rapid adaptation to the circumstances, which is appreciated, but also infinite privileges, abuse and impunity and a lack of strategy and long-term responsibility that is simply harmful and leads to fatal mistakes. Blind obedience, will denial, Inequality, Individualism, Privilege, Legality without justice. They are therefore despised.
The Assambleary model is a medium to long term power, with lots of memory but massive and difficult to articulate. It is slow and being so controlled process is full of interruptions which leads to despair of its members. But it is assertive, inclusive and distributive, which leads to decisions with perspective and overall satisfaction. Freedom, equality, fraternity. Therefore it is desired.
Anarchy is not 'Ungoverned' is 'No Governors', without elites
Anarchy leads to 'pilotless boat' chaos, 'no one at the wheel'. In effect Government comes from the greek 'Kubernei' and means 'boat pilot'.
From the set of agreements emanates resolutions that control, order, organize, process, distribute and evaluate society. These are the general principles of the 'Governance'. But this is People's Governance, self government, the Self-Management, wich collides with the 'State Government' Institution, which is the superficial perception of this general idea.
Anarchism is different. If all we command nobody commands. To said tha in the Anarchy there is a government makes as much sense as saying that there is not. Is a decentralized, spread, extended Government of those who have voluntarily decided to sail together . It is at the same time a without-government and an anti-government of people who reject the hierarchical organization of elites. Is the government of the Horizontal Assemblies of Neighbors and workers. A power voluntarily diluted that requires constant cooperation and opposition. 'The boat sails, but differently guide' because it is a different system. There are is Government but is there is not, it seems more a lexicon that factual problem.
The system is simply different.
Anarchy is not 'Anti-Institutions' but 'Anti-elites'
Institutions are Public or Private Companis, following the Business Model. The problem of the Institutions is easy to understand, because in the capitalist world are inefficient nepotism wells that serve the purposes of political patronage powers, being an extension of power and business.
- Public Offices are used as Gifts and Rewards.
- Contracts are bidirectional favorours and commissions.
- Services are a sub product of the Tax sisitem that extract the capital from the workers.
Make no mistake, Everything revolves around taxes, the way to squeeze the cityzens. We have to pay thousands of unwanted services in the way that there are thousands of meaningless laws. Companies whose sole purpose is profit, which gives an idea of what a public service can offer. It is funny, when the administration has no founds services are closed, but executives and contracts remain, incurring in debts before stop paying these gifts to their clients.
It is our duty to break the Chain of Favours that connect politic and capitalist economy if we are to change our destiny. Luckily it is a chain with many links, many customers, many of them weak. They those favored, although they lived in squalor, would voluntarily obey the elites and will be always oppose to Equality and Justice. They do not know Solidarity, but Charity of the elites who extort them until they meet their willingness to maintain their privileges. We do not see another choice but to free them or avoid their interference.
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Posted 10.18.2016, edited 22.10.2016, translated to english 27.10.2016