Yes, I am an anarchist. I state this without apology, understanding
that you may find it strange or even scary, or may not understand the term well.
I'd like to explain myself to you, while there's still time, before someone else
tells you a scary story and urges you to assist in my apprehension.
I'm not a nihilist—someone who rejects all structure in, or
institutions of, society. Nor am I an agent of chaos, who believes that life
absent government would consist of ongoing, unrestrained mass rampage and wants
to see that happen.
In fact, I consider myself a defender of society and an agent of
order, opposed to the institution most responsible for the disintegration of
social institutions and the attendant orgy of looting, torture and mass murder
that was the 20th century: monopoly government, also known as "the state."
Why is it important to convey this to you at this moment in time?
Because the world's several states, as is their periodic wont, appear set to
launch a new round of "scares," with anarchists as bogeyman, to re-assign blame
for their own failures.
The Anarchist Scare never really dies out. It's a convenient hook on
which to hang the blame for any popular discontent. Look at any mass protest: If
a million people turn out to express dissent toward some government action, the
establishment media intently focuses on a few masked window-breakers to
discredit the whole affair, dubbing them "anarchists" whether they are or not.
And when things begin to get really bad—when multiple governments
find themselves flirting with default on "national debt," fighting and losing
numerous wars of aggression around the globe, and visibly losing their grip on
the putative "consent of the governed," for example—they break that masked, bomb-throwing
stereotype out of the Excuse Locker and parade it around the block in high
The unacceptable alternative to such theatre is for politicians to
accept full responsibility for the consequences of their own actions, and the
next time we see that happening will be the first time. So, prepare for the next
Why pick on anarchists? Why do politicians think you'll find us
scary? Because they find us scary, of course... and with good reason!
Political government is the past. Anarchy is the future.