A statement made by a recent commenter made it clear that they believe the friction seen within the freedom “movement” is a flaw. Instead I would say it is a strength. Freedom is simply, “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.” Sadly, many believe freedom is the same as liberty or equality. This article addresses these questions put forth by other individuals.
Hierarchy when not forced by states and aggressive action is natural in our world. Anyone who studies animals, plants and even insects soon see that hierarchies exists regardless the social engine. As free individuals who accept responsibility for their own lives and actions understand is that they are able to decide whether to be apart of that hierarchy or not. Hierarchy is not of itself evil, it is only evil when forced actions and interactions are the result. The commenter stated, “By embracing the idea of capitalistic individualism one does not remove hierarchy.” In this he is correct to a degree, for capitalism regardless ones approach is a system set up to benefit those with the greatest access and control of it. This is a simple fact of any rigid system and becomes especially apparent with monetary systems and state rule. However a system does not hierarchy make, nor is hierarchy evil of its own.
He continued on and said, “One enforces it. The liberty movement will cannibalize itself as con artists in search of the individualist buck rise to the top like pond scum.” And yet again has made a salient point that indeed reaches into the depths of any social movement regardless name. Psychopaths, socio-paths and narcissistic humans are drawn to anything in which they may be able to hold sway over others through word or deed. The only way to prevent this is to continue educating, promoting knowledge and by exposing those who are frauds for the sake of profit for whom they really are. It is my goal and has been my goal to do so with regularity here on jessetalksback. Of course, by default this makes me a target for the angst of many, though it has seen fruition with those true frauds being found out for whom they really are.
Next he said, “Until you realize that the only way to eliminate the tyranny of government is to insure that all are equal in a system wherein no one leads because no one is better than anyone else you will struggle to reconcile your methods with your ideals.” This is where the commenter fails to follow through with a brilliant beginning. Because hierarchy is natural order and is normal within and without nature regardless your belief, this idea that somehow humans can become bees or ants is flawed at its core. Bees and ants are hive minded creatures, they are not individuals, they are not capable of functioning alone and are simply part of a much larger entity. Humans have long proven to be anything but hive minded creatures. We can and do regularly function and live quite well completely alone as well as within groups. Unfortunately, this individual has also made the mistake of believing that equality is the same as freedom, or worse that equality is somehow better then freedom.
Freedom as we have seen is commonly defined as, “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.” While equality is commonly defined as, “the state of being equal, esp. in status, rights, and opportunities.” By definition equality requires that individuals not be free to decide what is best for themselves, rather it requires that individuals decide based on what is best for all. Again, humans are not hive minded creatures, we are more akin to wolves or deer in that we desire and maintain family groupings and natural order emerges from that, hierarchy as it were. Government and the long maintained fallacy that government is necessary has been ingrained into we humans to the point where it is extremely difficult for most of us to break that psychological hold. Many who claim to be liberty activists also cannot sever the ties that monetary systems, the very core of governments, have placed on them. Yes, we all use some form of monetary approach, however, we can break those bonds by simply seeing these systems regardless name for what they truly are. Control.
Lastly the commenter states, “Inequality is not equality. It always leads to tyranny. There is no getting around it. The minute you decide you have the right to determine who “deserves” food, shelter, healthcare, education,… you consent to be part of hierarchy and you will be ruled.” It is with this that I find the most disagreement though I understand the approach. The assumption is made by the commenter that without government someone still needs to decide what others get. This is an automatic fail, in fact it is beyond that it is an illogical assumption based in flawed knowledge of what freedom really is. No man can free another man from that which binds them mentally and emotionally. While many stories abound of those men, those great heroes who have freed so many others physically, these same heroes simply reconstituted the bonds of slavery to a mental and emotional state versus simply a physical one.
Freedom is a purely individual thing. Each of us has the ability to be free right now today. However, we must break the bonds of slavery that hold our minds, thoughts and emotions in check. We may remain physical slaves of others due to whichever state is currently in control, however, by freeing our minds we have become truly free. As the Scarecrow said, “If you can go and find me a leg just like this one, I shall be very obliged.” I enjoy the assistance and help that comes from reading others works, watching others videos and listening as others explain their thoughts. However, until I take myself in hand I cannot be free. And as I have said many times, I do not want to be equal even though broken down I may be, I simply want my freedom and no man can stand in the way of that.
Free the mind and the body will follow
- Life changes and disgust with the liberty movement (jessetalksback.com)
- You cannot be truly free until you are capable of thinking for yourself (jessetalksback.com)
- Why as an anarchist you may be as wrong as the statist you detest (jessetalksback.com)
- Self-Perpetuating Hierarchy (ask.metafilter.com)
- Liberty (socratesbeard.wordpress.com)
- How Does Hierarchy Promote Cooperation? (managementblog.org)
- On Liberalism: Its Faults and its Historical Necessity (thatdevilhistory.wordpress.com)
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