The black symbols of anarchy are becoming a common sight—whether on a T-shirt with the encircled “A” or a black flag at an Occupy rally. In fact, if one delves deeper into the Occupy Movement, one will find very quickly that it is tied to anarchism—even Al-Jazeera verifies this. The various systems of anarchy have lacked a formal discussion of them for quite some time, at least in the mainstream, but these must be addressed so they may be defeated.
There are two ways to divide up anarchism. The first is the collectivist anarchy also known as Communism. Jokingly, I refer to them as “punk rock anarchists.” These are people who want to get rid of government so that they can eliminate private property rights (a quixotic quest by itself), eradicate money, and share everything in a great collective. They do not have a problem with desecrating and disrespecting private property or even using violence to obtain what they want. They wish to be free so that they may eliminate those they dislike and pillage.
The second class of anarchists may be defined under a number of terms. Whether the name is “individualist anarchy” or “anarcho-capitalism” does not change the substance of their beliefs. At the core of individualist anarchy is a belief in the individual and the free market. In this way, conservatives and Libertarians may find themselves agreeing with this foundation, but disagree with the political application of that ideology. In fact, some individualist anarchists have produced superb criticisms of tyranny and excellent arguments for the free market.
However, the individualist anarchist solution to the problems of tyranny and despotism are wrong. Their solution is to dissolve the concept of the government and to replace it with voluntary societies, in which all services normally facilitated by the state are found in the free market. Needless to say, the implementation of such a political philosophy would be very difficult. Within this group of anarchists, many take the side of the far Left in foreign policy and some also delve into strange conspiracy theories. It appears as though these ties with the Left appear somewhat strong, as the Daily Caller reports—though in terms of the broader label of “Libertarians.” And, sadly, many in this group—which claims to have the same foundation as ours—have joined those in the Occupy Movement.
The importance of anarchy to the Occupy Movement may appear far-fetched to some, but it is reality. Take this Time Magazine video on the Occupy Oakland, where violence, stand-offs, and vandalism are a regular occurrence. This kind of situation is not unique to the Occupy Movement. Greece has been dealing with anarchists making trouble for some time. In Italy, threatening letters were sent to the Justice Minister and Roman Mayor. In Germany, a bomb was mailed to the chief executive (Josef Ackermann) of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt. All of these European groups having similar views and goals as the Occupy Movement in the United States.
There is a separate aspect of the Occupy Movement that should also be mentioned—the self-righteous thugs that make up Anonymous. They have recently targeted a maker of tear gas, threatened a company affiliated with the Koch brothers, and hacked into a website of the State of Alabama. In doing this, Anonymous is pushing for greater anarchy and lawlessness, not towards a society that is more “just.”
There are several reasons why anarchy cannot be tolerated in the United States.
First, is the ideological aspect. Collectivism, in any system, will fail because it is against reality and philosophically illogical. In other respects, the relativism of this brand of anarchy is disturbing. Anyone remember the “kill the rich” signs? Also consider the aggression that the Occupy anarchists condone, and the vast implications of such. The presence of anarcho-capitalists (who claim to be in favor of liberty and the free market) only aid the collectivist anarchists by being involved in the Occupy Movement—thus working against both liberty and the free market.
There is another issue with the anarchist cells within the Occupy Movement, and it is not one of philosophy. Rather, it is of the consequences of an anarchism success, en masse. One of the greatest dangers to our liberty is those who do not believe in law, order, and non-violence (in application, not theory). Our country is headed in this direction with the growth of the Occupy Movement.
In the interest of perspective, it is important to make a note of anarchists in history. More specifically, anarchists and 20th Century revolutions. In both the Russian Revolution (and the Russian Civil War that followed) and the Spanish Civil War, the anarchists sided with the Communists.
If our country were to be pushed by the anarchists into a mass breakdown of law and order, it would be a no-win situation. The American people would either be pushed into pitchforks of the mob or into the bayonets of despotism.