In a world where the government is consistently probing the lives of citizens people have progressively leaned into rebuking the imposed structure and the cromulent tactics used to maintain the status quo. The establishment sustains its power over the masses by employing the idea of what a society ought to be, the system structured so citizens believe they are free yet lead regimented lives unconsciously assisting the prominent agenda.
Two particular groups have seen through the façade and raised the notion of dismantling the political structure and introducing self-governance. Libertarianism brings the idea of autonomy into a community whereby people are free to independently select how they’d like to live. Anarchy scolds the hierarchical society currently residing and aims to destroy its foundations and introduce sovereignty. While portions of their ideologies are similar, their envisioned utopias are vastly opposing. By examining these philosophies we can potentially take stock of the current system and see opportunities for improving the individual lives of people.
As the name suggests, the Libertarianism objectives are to advocate, act for and defend the liberty of people, especially in the political and social realms. Their ambitions are to maximise political freedom and autonomy, their scepticism of the government has them envision a self-sustaining society where people are free to act as they please within the moral guidelines bestowed onto the community. Ideologies vary between left and right libertarianism but individualism is paramount, and due to personal opinion there are countless interpretations.
Both strive to defeat the current political structure yet right leaning followers advocate for increased property rights and market access to natural resources. Conversely, the left has a more egalitarian approach with replacing the current corporate structure with common or cooperative ownership and management.
Most important to libertarianism is the ability to express oneself fully without being silenced, free speech a cornerstone of personal sovereignty. Their utopian idea is a harmonious world where the people govern the people without being obstructed by a governmental body.
Although idyllic, in theory one could postulate the prominence of individualism and the immoral streak within humans could spark sustained conflict. While being optimistic about the idea of increased community freedom, many followers often don’t fully examine the inherent risks involved with having such a structure.
When excessive freedom is granted taking the liberty to overindulge is customary, and whilst some may not, disparity in philosophy will begin to fracture community cohesion.
Anarchists are pissed-off. Their indignant feelings towards society’s set-up brew notions of detonating the hierarchical foundations and allow those at the lower end of the spectrum to revel in the debris. The state is seen as harmful and pernicious to majority of citizens, because of this anything that resembles hierarchy and authority is automatically denoted toxic and in need of disposal.
In the eyes of anarchists it’s those few with a lot who control the majority of have-nots. The system is designed to anchor workers to the bottom whilst they labour to create revenue for the gluttonous oligarchs, feeding them a pittance of their economic productivity.
An intention to increase individual life autonomy echoes in their collective conscious, it enchants them to destroy the current class based system by any means necessary. Anarchists may not know precisely what they want but they know who they’re against and the tactics required to nullify power supply.
Chuck Palahniuk’s cult book Fight Club illustrates the destructive side of anarchy, mischief through protest and vicious demonstrations intended to cause chaos and destabilize the status quo. The engendered chaos is aimed to shake societal foundations, to make people visualize the constructs as illusionary framework not indisputable dogma.
Anarchists are optimistic about the establishment’s destruction without comprehensive understanding of what would happen if the system instantaneously crumbled. Following the collapse of any hegemonic system a power vacuum is inevitable pitting people against one another for their share of supremacy; and because there are no laws to shepherd communal morality, the same nefarious methods used to tear society down are used to build individuals up.
Although some of the ideas highlighted in Libertarianism and Anarchy are not auspicious for advancement, they do include potential improvements to the current system. There is increasing intrusion on the lives of citizens with everything being recorded for the people’s “safety”, relaying the idea that a happy community is one being constantly monitored. With the data unveiled by Edward Snowden, can it really be said that listening to colloquial conversations or hacking civilian webcams is for the safety of a nation?
If people had more freedom to do as they pleased one needn’t worry about going to jail for holding a personal amount of a recreational substance. Alternatively, there would be less prisoners to feed and more money in the government’s budget to focus on impinging issues other than citizens altering their consciousness.
We are all able to introduce our own personalized form of rebellion, this doesn’t mean we must consistently rage against the machine but periodically administer a body blow. If used correctly, the internet is a prime tool to source information independently and feed the critical thinker inside, the reliance on the mass media machine engaged in a truth battle can hopefully subside in the community.
We should recurrently draw to memory that freedom is a state of mind, at times the game must be played to be functional in society yet this doesn’t mean one must absorb all the morals, ethics and philosophies pushed by the state. We are the masters of our minds and therefore have the right to, as Victor Frankl stated, utilize the last of all human freedoms and choose our mindset in any given circumstance.
As corruption of the government is increasingly vivid Libertarian and Anarchist ideologies offer food for thought of how the system can be auspiciously altered. Their methods may vary but the intentions to oust the establishment remains paramount; no matter how indomitable a dogma or civilization may seem, history shows they will all eventually fall.
William Blake wrote, “We are not meant to resolve all contradictions but live with them and rise above”. One may not be able to physically change society yet the mind can be a beacon whilst wandering through darkness of a divided and deterministic world.
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