Brains are delicate things…
Anarchy and Violence
Every time there is a riot or civil war, we are told that the “situation has descended into anarchy”. But the term is not used for the violence of the State (bombing people from 15,000 feet, or napalming them from a lot less) or the violence of corporations stealing land and water, or exploiting workers for 18 hours a day.
This is because the State has a monopoly on the legitimate use of violence, and the corporations can pretend that everyone enters into contracts “freely.”
Anarchy is- to this writer at least- about mutual respect, tolerance and discussion to arrive at acceptable compromises where possible, and defensive action where it is not. In it, physical violence is the last resort, in self-defence, not the first or second as it is for States.