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Mini Voluntarist Manifesto 1.05
1 year ago ·
Recent events have provided examples of the words anarchy and anarchism being associated, and even kind of equated, with acts of destruction. Some of those carrying out these acts may well label themselves as anarchists. But the word anarchism itself has a pretty clear meaning -- a political model in which there aren't any rulers. Anarchism, by this standard definition, isn't necessarily consistent, or necessarily inconsistent, with these acts of destruction.
Anarchism has a long history, and destruction has been carried out in its name, as it has in the name of many other isms, even buddhism. But people have in places lived happily, successfully, in a state of anarchy. Considering the similarities between our political hierarchies and animals' political hierarchies, and considering our slow and difficult movement over the centuries toward less oppressive social norms, we can even consider anarchy or anarchism to be a kind of goal or ideal toward which to aspire and develop, a more harmonious state of being, potentially accessible to our species.
If we want to implement a model that unifies people on large scales without rulers, we can affirm that this model qualifies under the definition of anarchism, while using other, more precise, terms to describe it, such as voluntarism or voluntaryism. We commonly use the words volunteer and voluntary to refer to activities undertaken without compulsion and/or without compensation. So, a voluntarist or voluntaryist paradigm can be defined as one where all activities are undertaken with neither compulsion nor direct compensation.
If we value each other and ourselves, and if we place this valuing of ourselves and each other at the centerpiece of our social consensus, then we can leave off giving each other strict orders and cash incentives. We'll still give and take all kinds of things, including instruction, to and from each other. We'll communicate and coordinate with each other, often in very complex ways, for the good of everyone. With the adoption of a voluntarist paradigm, myriad physical systems and information systems now in operation can remain functioning, and many more can be constructed, with much greater ease and efficiency.
That may sound unrealistic to you, and if so, I'd be curious to know why. But let's at least agree not to identify a lack of rulers with destruction