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  •  the problem with what we have now is, as you (1+ / 0-)
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    say the accretion of rules upon rules.

    And our willingness to acquiesce power. That we sit by while our government makes more and more draconian laws, that we have allowed elections to be ruled by money, and therefore our government and control of our military is controlled by those with the most money, means that we long ago ceded our power to "representatives".

    It is not enough to say "you have a vote" when the elections are bought. Or when the choices are limited to such similar options that you're still stuck with oppression.

    Why exactly, do we all sit around while our government directs drones to kill people extra-judiciously? Because we have ceded our authority.

    Five people are sitting in solitary confinement this week with trumped up terrorism charges. What began as a federal investigation was somehow abandoned by the feds, but the local police went ahead and stormed a building - without being ready to prove probably cause - and took them by force - while terrorizing other people in the building, too - and they have not been given access to their lawyers. We have allowed our government to create this extra-judicial space of "indefinite detention" and our own citizens are being tortured and terrorized by our own government. Well, not my own. It is the government of the 1%. Still, as those very young men are being driven insane in hospital white rooms with zero stimulation or human contact, we all just sit here.

    That is the result of our current system, wherein we cede our personal responsibility for everything from inhuman atrocities to the destruction of the planet.

    But, hey, anarchism is probably impractical, so didn't give it a second thought. (not directed at you Catte.)

    •  I agree with what you said (1+ / 0-)
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      But no one here has any practical answer for how anarchy prevents or corrects any of those things.

      Every single thing you listed that's wrong with this world happened because some people are greedy or power hungry, and other people are lazy.

      No one here addresses how an anarchy deals with the inherently greedy or the inherently lazy. No one.

      P.S. I am not a crackpot.

      by BoiseBlue on Sun May 27, 2012 at 03:07:37 PM PDT

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    •  Ceding the power of our voices (0+ / 0-)

      That is the key. The system we have now is ingeniously designed, and has every opportunity to be successful - IF we collectively and fully participated. Of course we don't. Many do not participate, whether by taking the time and effort to be informed, or involved in dialogue, or even showing up to vote. Changing the system does not overcome those flaws.

      As to the accretion of rules upon rules;I once had a unique and fascinating and informative opportunity to see that in action.  A new environment, new leadership, new participants - great opportunity to shed those layers of rules. It was a great vision. And this went wrong, and that didn't work, and these were disturbed, and those problems occured, and slowly (but not teribly slowly) those rigid rules re-emerged.

      from a bright young conservative: “I’m watching my first GOP debate…and WE SOUND LIKE CRAZY PEOPLE!!!!”

      by Catte Nappe on Sun May 27, 2012 at 05:04:18 PM PDT

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