“I was once a British diplomat, now I’m an anarchist.” – Carne Ross
This is a pretty powerful statement, and chances are that you think this man has completely lost it. The term anarchy has somehow been confused with complete and utter chaos, with no order, no peace, no structure and essentially destruction. In reality, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In short, anarchy means self-governance. This is to rely on ourselves and our own internal guiding systems as to what works, what doesn’t and essentially let our own moral compass determine what is right and what is wrong. Believe it or not, inherently, most of us know.
Anarchism is defined as as, “A doctrine urging the abolition of government or governmental restraint as the indispensable condition for full social and political liberty.”
Many of us believe that without the government, we would be completely lost, inept and unable to take care of ourselves, but, those who consider themselves anarchists believe the opposite. They feel that the government is merely a system of control that only benefits those at the top and keeps the rest of us complacent worker bees keeping this system alive. It’s no wonder such a bad name has been given to anarchy and it’s movement, it threatens our current system and more specifically, those at the top of the pyramid.
Recently, former British diplomat, Carne Ross was featured on BBC Newsnight to share his thoughts on why anarchy is the answer to our current political problems. Check it out!
As Ross states in the video, anarchism is a simple idea based off the principles that no one should have power over another and people should govern themselves. There are a few cultures around the world where the concepts of anarchism are being implemented and proven to be successful.
Shouldn’t We Have A Say?
I mean, think about it. We essentially give up all of our own personal thoughts, opinions, desires, ideas to the hands of a few powerful people who call themselves government. We have been conditioned to believe that we actually have a say because we are allowed to vote for our “leaders.” Unfortunately, these people are more often than not influenced heavily by corporations and therefore do not have our best interests in mind. Essentially, because of lobbying the large corporations are actually the ones calling the shots, this is very common in the United States of America, but it also happening in many other countries across the globe.
One fine example is of the wars being fought… if the public had a say in these matters, do you really feel that these wars would continue for as long as they have? Likely not, because the reasons for entering them in the first place, which is more often than not to do with oil, would not be of concern, because again it would not be the corporations calling the shots, but the citizens of the earth who genuinely care for the well-being of humanity. Believe it or not, people actually want to help each other and in instances where the government has collapsed, we have seen the people coming together as one to cooperate and face the matters at hand.
The concept of anarchism goes really deep, and realistically there is a lot more to it than this. But for now, to begin we can take the advice given by Ross and start to have a direct say in the decisions that are impacting our lives on a daily basis.
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