“I’m an anarchist not because I think anarchism is the final goal, but because there is no such thing as a final goal.” ~ Rudolf Rocker
Anarchy is typically associated with chaos and mayhem, as falsely claimed by whatever current “authority” is dominant at the time.
But actually, anarchy simply means “without rulers,” and is more associated with cooperation, love, mutual aid, and freedom. And, unlike industrial society’s ecocidal dominance of nature, anarchy actually identifies with Mother Nature and stands in defense of her.
So really, a person who rises up from the conformity of the status quo, who stands for freedom, cooperation, love, mutual aid and interdependence with Nature, despite rules and rulers, and despite the powers-that-be or masters, is an anarchist. And a person who proactively fights for those values while also practicing strategic non-violence and intelligent civil disobedience is a badass anarchist.
Here are six other ways to be a badass anarchist despite the all-too-comfortable conformist culture.
1.) Don’t sugarcoat the fact that government is just a mafia:
“It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere.” ~ Voltaire
Stop kissing government ass! The plutocratic regime now in session wants you to continue kowtowing to its so-called authority, because it keeps them rich and in power.
Don’t! Get off your knees and declare yourself free. There is only one person on this planet that can declare you free, and that person is you.
Democracy through anarchy trumps tyranny through plutocracy. It always has and it always will. Both democracy (egalitarian fairness and equality) and anarchy (freedom despite rulers or masters) begins with you. You must declare yourself free first, and then help others to become free in order for democracy and anarchy to trump tyranny and plutocracy.
But declaring yourself free is just the beginning. Freedom is a constant fight, a perpetual self-overcoming. True freedom can only be attained when we’re all free. As such, courageous bad-assery is in order. You may have to shove the red pill of government-is-just-a-mafia down people’s throat, regardless of their daily blue-pill dose.
Strategic shock value may be necessary. Uncomfortable seeds must be planted in their all-too-comfortable ground.
As Daniel Dennett articulated, “There’s no polite way to suggest to someone that they have devoted their life to a folly.”
2.) Acknowledge that taxation is straight up robbery
“Like all great ideas, anarchism is pretty simple when you get down to it — human beings are at their best when they are living free of authority, deciding things among themselves rather than being ordered about.” ~ Clifford Harper
Stop following orders like you’re caught up in a mindless chain of command. Break your link. Shatter the illusion of authority. Rise up and declare your wealth and your freedom as your own. Do not fear their violent propensity to detach you from your freedom.
Stop complying with taxation, central banking, lobbying, the Patriot Act, the NDAA, and the two-party puppet system that suborns the people with the illusion of choice.
Screw the illusion of choice! Decide upon the only real choice that matters: uncomfortable freedom or comfortable slavery. Comfortable freedom can only become a reality when we’re all free. Until then, uncomfortable freedom is the only option for a badass anarchist. That’s the world we live in. That’s where we begin.
Don’t worry about making others feel uncomfortable when you acknowledge the fact that taxation is straight up robbery. Slap them with the truth even if all they want is to be kissed with lies.
Real-world education based in reality is the only thing that can cure them of their ignorance. The first revolution was fought over taxation. Somehow we’ve collectively regressed. Another revolution may be necessary, but until then, unapologetically flash your courage and shine your badass freedom in the face of blind conformity and statist complacency.
As Winter Trabex explained, “The statist suggestion that taxes produce wealth is the same as saying animals which steal food leave more than they take. This is clearly not the case.”
3.) Recognize that fiat currency is just printed monopoly money with enforced value
“A primary purpose of the police is to enforce the delusions of those with lots of pieces of green paper. Those without the green papers generally buy into these delusions almost as quickly and completely as those with. These delusions carry with them extreme consequences in the real world.” ~ Derrick Jensen
Here’s the thing: money is an effective tool that will make a tool out of you unless you remain circumspect about how you use it, how it’s created, and how it circulates in the real world. Don’t become a tool to money. Use it as a tool of anarchy instead.
Until we can get to a point where the monetary-based economy is replaced by a resource-based economy (The Venus Project), we must be capable of using money in a way that it doesn’t turn us into unwitting tools of the state.
As a badass anarchist in a world of status-quo statists, it is your duty to get in the face of statists and educate them about how money has become an abstraction of an abstraction. Reveal to them how they have become tools to the tool of money.
Unapologetically quote Tyler Durden: “The thing you own end up owning you.” And then watch them writhe in their own cognitive dissonance. Watch them struggle to square the circle of believing they want things against thinking about what they really need.
Then plant seeds of self-empowerment, self-sufficiency, and moderation, and hope that they grow to become flowers of freedom. A good sign that you’re growing both anarchically and spiritually is when you begin wanting more freedom and less stuff.
4.) Understand that a stagnate culture is poison to free humans:
“Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” ~ George Orwell
Let’s be honest. The current statist culture is unhealthy, unsustainable, unethical, unjust, and ridiculously corrupt. We all know it (Hell, we feel it!) to be true. The problem is we don’t know what to do about it. Opting out (as I have) is scary as hell, and might as well be ostracism.
Such a path is not for everyone. But there is a way to fight from the inside out: continue to create something new that will eventually replace the destructive state.
Don’t give into the stagnate culture. Create the culture instead. Culture has always been made up of individuals, and it’s the badass creative individuals that are busy creating it. If enough individuals can get together and create a healthier sub-culture, then a tipping point can occur and the old unhealthy culture falls like dominoes into the updated new one.
We can use the fallen dominoes as compost for a healthier way of being human in the world.
Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Capitalism fails to realize that life is social; communism fails to realize that life is personal.”
Anarchy succeeds where capitalism and communism fail. It is both socially and personally robust enough to realize the inherent truths of both individualism and collectivism. We are social creatures who want to be free. Anarchy squares the independent/interdependent circle.
5.) Spit waxed freedom and love in the face of entrenched tyranny and oppression
“The best revenge is not to be like your enemy.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
Haters gonna hate; lovers gonna love. You understand that freedom and love feed off each other. It’s because you love that you wish others to be free. It’s because others are free that they are able to love.
As a badass anarchist, you are a lover par excellence. Your love is fierce. Your love is insurgent. Your love is beyond romantic, it’s heroic. It cannot be oppressed. It grows strong in freedom. It withers in tyranny, but it will fight for the oxygen of freedom.
The oppressed statists who blindly obey are going to hate you for your love. They’re going to hate that you don’t follow the rules, that you break the law, that you defy cops, that you don’t vote, that you don’t pay taxes, that you disobey. Keep loving anyway. Be rebellious with your love.
Reveal the vulnerable and fiery blister of your heart despite the walls hiding the invulnerable heart of others. Use the tyranny and oppression around you as an excuse to blaze the heart on your sleeve all the brighter.
Besides, there’s the off-chance that it might be the spark of loving freedom that helps someone else realize that the door to their prison cell has always been open.
6.) Strategically disobey and intelligently deconstruct the corrupt state
“We love the anarchy we live, and fear the anarchy we imagine.” ~ Stefan Molyneux
Realize the importance of individual liberty over governmental coercion. As a badass anarchist it is your duty to be an amoral agent shining your middle-gray light despite the extremist black and white. Being a badass anarchist is being a badass non-violent disobeyer. This is tricky.
The violent state, the violent media, the violent culture, conditioned and brainwashed with violence since birth, will convince you that the only way to fight violence is with more violence. Don’t drink that Kool Aid.
As the King intuited, “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.” Indeed.
Humiliation can be more powerful than violence if done intelligently and imaginatively enough. Think, the Native American concept of counting coup. If we can strategically raise Shaming to a social leveling mechanism and update the concept of counting coup, we can turn humiliation into an art form that’s far superior to violence in response to violence.
We just need to use our imagination and dig down deep for a little courage. The modern day David’s sling shot is an updated counting of coup. We don’t need to kill Goliath, we just need to send him crying and humiliated back into his cave of lies.
In the end, the badass anarchist is taking civil disobedience to the next level by making an art form out of counting coup on the enemy. Non-violence becomes a loving weapon in the hands of a badass anarchist. In this time of transition, the badass anarchist is a symbol of creative courage and fundamental freedom.
As Sterling Lujan challenged, “The question remains: will you choose be on the right side of history, or will you bow before all things evil and antiquated? Anarchy is rising, with or without you.”