Anarchy is yet another childish idealist philosophy that ignores human nature, i.e. that people are bastard coated bastards with bastard filling.
Any philosophy that entails "if we were all nice to each other we wouldn't need laws/government" fails on human nature.
You know why there are laws, why they evolved? To protect the weak from the strong. Yes, they are used the opposite way, but for fucks sake its better than nothing and hoping people won't be bastards.
@gedvondur hmm, I read the thread.
I've swung back from "all bastards" to be sympathetic to both Solnit's humanism of "a real true aspect of human nature IS revealed by overwhelmingly altruistic behavior during directly experienced disaster" and riffing on Graeber's anarchism instinct "[e.g.] debt works as a reciprocal obligation when your immediate family/community will hold you reputationally accountable for default but problematically when it's by faceless contract".
@gedvondur we likely agree that larger social structures enabling law are needed to resolve power disputes/disparities between groups peacefully. For me the appeal of anarchism or bottom-up-communism is in reaction to current structures that seem a) to perpetuate/produce the sense that we are merely all bastards at heart (or that protecting against that is the only measure of good law/econ) and b) to be failing to accomplish that narrow less-violent resolution goal these days.
@gedvondur "what should we do with the bastards" whether so for a moment or as a lifelong-developed-habit. indeed. I don't see that blindspot as much of a difference in the systems though, "take away their power" right? So you see other bases for society allocating/balancing power ignoring the problem [contra "democracy"?] idk our tools for disempowerment feel ineffective all over.
So not "we're all bastards" but "bastard-aspects of society will always accumulate excess power."
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