Very few people seem to understand anarchism, even though it is a very simple, straightforward
idea. It can be expressed basically as running our own lives instead of being pushed around.
There is nothing complicated or threatening about anarchism, except the fearsome arguments it can
get you into. Such as the one about the chaos there would be if everyone did just what they wanted.
But we have chaos already don't we? Millions are out of work, whilst others do too much boring,
repetitive labour. People starve at the same time as food is being dumped into the sea to keep
prices up. Our air is choked by the fumes from cars that contain only one person. The list of crazy,
chaotic things that happen is endless.
Even the good' things that the State does are actually harmful. The Health Service, for example,
patches us up just like an industrial repair shop which in a sense it is. It serves to make us dependent
on the State and, worst of all, it buys us off cheaply. It prevents us from creating the genuine,
self-managed Health Service we need, geared to our needs not theirs.
Authorities by their very nature can only interfere and impose things. surely, ordinary people can
figure out some way of coping, without planners knocking down their houses to build yet more
empty office blocks? It is a basic anarchist principle that only people who live in an area have the
right to decide what happens there.
All this chaos, we believe, arises from authority and the State. Without the ruling class and its need
to keep us in bondage, there would be no State. Without the State we would be in a position to
organise freely for our own ends. Surely we couldn't make a worse mess than we are stuck with
already? Free organisation could provide a much greater orderliness than a society that concentrates
on the systematic robbery and suppression of the majority of its members.
*First printed and published by: The Anarchist Media Group, Cardiff (UK)