Sunday, March 23, 2014
I am forced to admit that human beings are not capable of sustaining such a society.
For the past couple of years, I've been involved in an attempt to protect a section of coastal California from a small, dedicated, vociferous, group of people intent on continuing their practice of allowing their dogs to run off-leash despite local leash laws prohibiting the practice.
At first, this might seem a contradiction. Laws? Illegal? Rules? Rulers? What does this have to do with anarchy?
Not much... and everything.
There seems to be a growing movement in the United States (the only country I know) of disregarding laws by considering them "obsolete." It's part, I think, of the "on demand" society created, at least in part, by the ubiquitous presence of television, computers, "smart" phones ( a "dumb" idea), and other instantaneous access technology that reduces human attention span, increases demand for material possessions and increasingly emphasizes personal individuality and desires over the common good.
Thus, those who want to go to the beach with their dogs off-leash seem to see this as an "entitlement" that no one else has any right to tell them they cannot do. They want it. They want it now. Any rules that stand in the way are "obsolete" because they don't agree with them.
"You don't know me well enough to tell me what to do" is the oft-heard and experienced attitude.
This trend, if it is a trend, is 180 degrees away from the ideals of anarchy. In this world view, every individual is an authority, there is no common good, the needs and desires of society are subservient to the needs and desires of the individual.
So we're stuck with some form of hierarchical society until Homo sapiens grows up enough to take responsibility for its individual self and relearns the concept of responsibility to the wider society.