A somewhat anarchist manifesto
I believe in human organization, just not human organization based on violence.
I believe that the vast majority of human life has nothing to do with security, violence, theft, or war. We live on because we desire the good, and we naturally form ourselves into communities that achieve these ends without resorting to any form of coercion. We walk into grocery stores without fear, not because there are police, but because we know that the vast majority of other people do not wish us harm.
The human violence machine is a parasite, a small part of an otherwise great and wonderful human world.
Nevertheless, it creates vast damage.
Almost all starvation, poverty, and crime can be traced to the effects of institutions of violence, which supposedly prohibit those very things. Ever wonder why third-world countries are starving, despite our willingness to help?
Almost all environmental damage can be connected to the institutions of violence.
The booms and busts of the economy, the housing bubbles, the education debacles, all are the results of blunt-force "solutions" to problems. All are created by acts of violence.
Fascists, communists, socialists, libertarians, democrats, and republicans, all want the same thing. What they lack is the nerve to just do it. This failure of nerve translates to violence at massive scales, as each one finds themselves resorting to violence because of their fear.
We live in a wonderful, beautiful world. Humans are creatures of great possibility, great compassion, great ingenuity. But we are afraid, and as long as we are afraid, we will find ourselves resorting to violence to accomplish what we believe needs to be done.
That is not the way, and it is not the answer. Our violence has created the very problems we fear. And they will stop, if we stop.
We will live in a world without violence, when we have the courage to do so.