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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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Stop Desecrating Flags and Preach Love Instead

“Love heals. Heals and liberates. I use the word love, not meaning sentimentality, but a condition so strong that it may be that which holds the stars in their heavenly positions and that which causes the blood to flow orderly in our veins.”

-Maya Angelou

I want to see more love and acceptance during “Memorial Day“—and on every day—not just from people who worship flags, but from those who hate them.

I do not like seeing people murder and die for mythology and government; this is true. I also understand and resonate with why we burn flags. But I also believe that unsophisticated and edgy tactics like desecrating bits of cloth only incites hatred against anarchists, as well as creates an air of confusion and miscommunication. (more…)

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: Overcoming Childism and Healing Emotional Injuries

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

“The evolution of culture is ultimately determined by the amount of love, understanding and freedom experienced by its children…Every abandonment, every betrayal, every hateful act towards children returns tenfold a few decades later upon the historical stage, while every empathic act that helps a child become what he or she wants to become, every expression of love toward children heals society and moves it in unexpected, wondrous new directions.”

Loyd DeMause

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Anarchy and Emotion: A Heart-Based Philosophy for Transforming Society

I study counseling psychology. I learn to use skills that help people deal with personal issues, trauma, mental issues, and stress. But saying I “help” someone is actually a misnomer.

In reality, I empathize with an individual; I leverage the desire to connect with another human. I do this to show a person that they possess their own ability to cope with the stressors of life. In other words, I help them help themselves. My relationship with a client is what the counseling profession cleverly refers to as the “therapeutic alliance.”

The therapeutic alliance states that a counselor joins with a client and together they form a bond. They enter into an emotional rapport, which accounts for any healing that takes place. Current research in counseling states that the client and therapist bond is what contributes to positive outcomes. This is the open secret of all therapy. Healing occurs because client and counselor share an authentic connection. (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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A Letter to Statists: Using Government to Control People is Soul-Murder

Dear Statists,

I write this letter in peace. I want you for a friend, to be an anarchist’s friend and ally. Here I will express how I think and feel, how many voluntaryists think and feel; and hopefully, you can empathize with us and we can all communicate on the same wavelength. Bear with me, for the things I say may be uncomfortable and jarring. (more…)

Healing Madness with Communication, Conversation, and Love

 

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Does anyone believe schizophrenia (madness) can be “cured” with conversation only—with words and human connection alone?

Most modern psychiatrists deny that this is possible. They claim that schizophrenia is a permanent brain disease. But a new form of therapy is challenging that old perspective. (more…)

How to Turn a Child into a Monster: The Cycle of Social Damnation

How to turn a child into a monster:

  • Step 1, child-rearing: destroy the child’s emotional circuitry through culturally accepted abuses, including spanking and coercing, which occurs throughout childhood, so the child only knows fear and resentment.

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