Monday, May 30, 2005

The Unsystem discussed - Laws of the Jungle

This post is longer than I usually do because I
doubt many will read the original.

Allen [the author] has his shit together.

Pull your chair up close. This will light your fire
no matter which side of the fence you straddle...
even if you sit squarely on the center of it.
Anarchy is like jazz; it is the continuous
creation of social forms in real time.

Most jazz fans will see this. What about the rest?
Do you need to be a jazz aficionado to see this?
...Democracy, then, is not essentially different
from monarchy or oligarchy; it is merely the
extension of oligarchy to give more people power
over others. But the twentieth century claims to
give us universal democracy. "The people rule
themselves" also means "The people are their own
slaves." This fiction of universal democracy, of
everyone sharing political power, is like a
cannibal eating his own foot.

The two-party system is a shell game with two
shells and no pea under either of them. The
Democrats are symbolized by a donkey and the
Republicans are symbolized by an elephant. But
the two parties are a jackal and a vulture
fighting over a corpse.

Don't forget to add any other political party,
current, or yet non-existent who comes on the
...You say you believe in democracy. Good. I want
to ask you a certain question: "If you had the
power, how would you change the government?"

Think about it. Would you give more money to the
poor? Maybe you'd like to reduce the size of
government? Would you take a more aggressive
stand against the Soviets? Maybe you'd be more
conciliatory. Would you reform the bureaucracies?
Would you crack down on the drug traffic? Would
you try to wipe out organized crime?

If you really believed in democracy, you would
say, "The people have already decided how to run
the government through their elected
representatives, and I would be wrong to impose
my will on them."

But you didn't think that. You say you believe
in democracy, but in your mind, you're already a
The American's proudest boast is "This is a free
country," as though the government protected his
liberty. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Federal, state and local governments have passed
more laws restricting human action—that is,
liberty— than any other civilization. Think of a
law, however petty, meddlesome or tyrannous, and
you will find that it has been passed by some
government body in America. But some Americans
are natural lawbreakers; they were born
disobedient. It is they we should thank for our
liberties. We don't owe our remaining freedoms to
idealistic lawyers or Supreme Court justices. We
owe them to bigots, rum runners and pimps who
refuse to be governed.
You don't want to hear this talk of might versus
might. You don't want to hear about a jungle;
you're civilized. You want to believe that you
have certain rights and that the state protects
those rights. But anarchists say that you
surrendered your might, which is your money and
your obedience, to the state, and the state is
only a mask for other men. You are now in a
position of bondage to strangers over whom you
have only the slightest control.
Visions of Utopia. Plato had them. Nightmares.
Specters. Thomas More was subject to them. They
come into the world through a man's mind. Hitler
tried to create Utopia, the earthly paradise;
Lenin labored for it. A billion living people
have been sacrificed to this strange god, Utopia.

What is it? A giant named Procrustes had a bed,
and when a stranger wanted to spend the night,
the giant allowed him to sleep in it. But if the
traveler were shorter than the bed, the giant
stretched him on the rack; and if he were longer
than the bed, the giant cut off his feet. Utopia
is that bed.

Utopia is the individual creation of a single
mind, but the world is filled with billions of
minds. All the governments of the world are
utopian because they all aim to be the best
possible government. The closer they come to
perfect government, the more the man is made to
fit the mold, the less the man is what he is.

Then what is anarchy? Anarchy is anti-Utopia.

Warning: long read and not for the logically impared.

Via A Pox on All Their Houses.