I had occasion just now to post a comment, here. It quotes something I read a week or so ago, had intended to blog, but didn’t get around to it.
So here it is. And I’ll leave you with the money quote:
But to be comfortable as anarchist, you need to identify there is no fixed point and there are no guarantees. Every argument you make is pro-choice and pro-freedom, it is not pro-system. You cannot ever say what will be, only what you think could be. At first, it seems you are pushed in the corner in each and every argument – how do you defend not knowing? How can you proudly claim you don’t know when everybody is ultimately out to get a detailed and warranted answer?
The problem, until you realize it, is of course that there are no answers about the future. You simply cannot tell. No one on earth or anywhere can tell. The only thing we can know about the future is that if statism prevails, there will be someone saying what should be and having the power to make it so. And that can’t be right.
This is actually the most important point I can ever make: that it can’t be right. This is my most fundamental moral conviction. No one is my master, and I am no one’s master. No one is my slave and I am no one’s slave. And this, the morality of being anarchist and thus respecting each and everybody’s right to choose for themselves, is the fixed point of anarchism.
It doesn’t matter what blueprints, structures, fixed hierarchies or systems statists can present, and it doesn’t matter what cunning schemes they have made up to make sure it will be so. It doesn’t matter as long as they do not attack me, they mean nothing to me and they can have their corrupt coercive system for as long as they like.
But they do attack me, and that’s the reason to argue with them before they turn to brute force (which they eventually will). That’s the reason to push them to the point of no return, where there are no more lies and where they have to see the ugly principle they ultimately stand for. This is where I strip them of their lies and illusions and ask them to defend their faulty logic and offensive morality. This is where I win, as an anarchist.
Their fixed points are non-existent, and that’s what we need to make clear. The state may seem like a rock, but it is not. The rock is man; it is the stability from within – your moral conviction and the superiority from accepting non-aggression as motive, means and aim. The only rock in every man and woman’s life is him- or herself. That’s the truth people wish to forget, but it is also the truth they know deep inside.