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Anarchism is Deeply, Intimately Personal

Being an anarchist is not just a catchy and trendy, temporary way of life; nor is it a passing fancy or a cool philosophy to use for the sake of winning arguments.

Anarchism is deeply, intimately personal. (more…)

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Anarchy is Not Just a Childish “Phase”

Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.

-Carl Jung

There are people who thought anarchism was just a “phase” that I would grow out of; they saw my “beliefs” as a way to lash out. They thought I was being juvenile so they did not take me or my ideas seriously.

But I am still here, advocating freedom seven years later.

These long years consisted of long days, thinking about and meditating on liberty, contradicting various ideas, and rebutting the contradictions until I discovered a synthesis—until I finally hit on the fabled AH-HA moment. (more…)

Anarchy and Emotion: Toward a Softer Aesthetic for Freedom

(Note: This is Part 1 in a 3 part series covering Hard Versus Soft anarchism, the doctrine of Relationalism, and movement toward the Sensual Society. This is my attempt to professionally reconcile the underlying truth of psychological findings with voluntaryist anarchism.)

“The world will not know peace until we learn to understand each other’s emotions”
Bangambiki Habyarimana, The Great Pearl of Wisdom

 

I made a unconscious, unwritten vow when I turned anarchist. I swore to sacrifice emotion and kill weakness and frailty. I would stop being soft, reactionary, and volatile. I would champion reason and brush aside feelings. I would be unflinching in my resolve to argue truths, and I would not allow emotions to spoil my articulation of them.

If there was one thing I internalized, it was that emotions were less than desirous. They were yucky and unacceptable. They represented human folly; they had to not just be controlled. They needed to be squelched. Emotions were the lifeblood of Statists, of sheep who could not think and who could be easily herded. Reason, on the other hand, was the domain of the übermensch—of the anarchist. (more…)

Letter to Ross: Thank you for Spurring my Recovery

Dear Ross,

You have helped a great number people. I do not just mean in terms of saving lives, adhering to principles, or undermining the dark side of the drug war.

You certainly contributed in those ways, but there is another potentially unrecognized contribution you have made. You have had tremendous emotional influence. You helped people like me, people who have been jeopardized by similar situations, cope and deal with the suffocating experience of self-hatred.Happy birthday; I hope the day is excellent. You deserve celebration and enjoyment above all else. You are an extraordinary human being.

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