Mr. and Mrs. America, I am an anarchist, and you should fear me. I am a “fringe extremist” in that my beliefs are very different from that of mainstream America. I believe, for example, that your life belongs to you, and not to anyone else, including the politicians who claim the right to rule you. I believe that everything you acquire through voluntary exchange is rightfully yours, and yours alone, to spend, save, or give away however you see fit. I believe that morality applies the same to everyone, including cops and politicians. I believe that initiating violence is wrong, and that force is justified only when used defensively. I believe that you have the right to defend yourself from aggressors, even those who wear badges. I would never seek to appoint a ruler over you. Even if you have different values, beliefs, preferences and priorities than mine, I believe your life belongs to you, not to me. I believe that as long as you are not attacking anyone else, no one has the right to forcibly rob or control you, even if they call their violence “law” and “taxation.” Because I believe that all human interaction should be voluntary and peaceful, and because “government” is always about coercion and violence, I oppose “government.” In other words, I am anti-“government” because “government” is inherently anti-freedom, anti-justice and anti-humanity.
So why should you fear me? Because, although I want you (and everyone else) to be free, I also want you to QUESTION the authoritarian crap you’ve been taught, and questioning your paradigms can be disturbing and uncomfortable. Having previously been a believer in the cult of “authority” myself, I am now among those spreading the “scary” ideas of self-ownership, non-aggression and voluntaryism. So if you are comfortable with the lies you’ve been taught, then whenever you see me and my fellow anarchists coming, shut your eyes and ears, lest we ruthlessly (but non-violently) inflict cognitive dissonance upon you. – Larken Rose
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