A Great Awakening

No, not the Qanon stuff.

I wrote this essay 5-6 years ago now, and posted it on Steemit.com 4 years ago, long before Q, in fact, he probably stole it from me.

Anyway, download off IPFS at https://tinyurl.com/greatawakening-ff
Original Steemit post at https://steemit.com/anarchy/@justinschwalm/a-great-awakening-a-short-essay-about-anarchy

A Great Awakening
 If five years ago you asked me what my political views were or what party I identified
 with, I wouldn’t have any idea. One thing I do know, however, is that I would not have called
 myself an anarchist. It’s weird calling myself that, I even fought my belief in the idea. I thought
 it me sound crazy. But I have to face it, I am an anarchist.
 I think it’s something found in all of us. The longing to be completely free, living
 peacefully with your neighbors, allowing each other to be different but work together towards
 common goals and also pursuing our own individual goals as well. This is something that cannot
 be achieved with a government, the reason being that governing, which means conducting the
 actions of people, is an act of force. If you don’t pay your taxes, eventually men with guns will
 come to your door and force you to either pay or kidnap you and you will be put into a cell. If
 you resist, you may be killed, and it will be justifiable. You are essentially paying off the mob. If
 you don’t pay them to protect you from possible violence, they bring violence to your door step,
 and let us not forget that the rest of society will have to then pay to keep the people who don’t
 pay locked up. Now, I understand the need to contribute to society. We need roads, garbage pickup, transportation, and helping the poor is what great societies do, and I would be willing to
 contribute to these things without the threat of force if I didn’t and do so now by feeding the
 homeless and giving money to charities. Most people understand these things are worth
 participating in, and these are the issues that we vote on now. If it’s such a large concern of the
 people in America now and people research these issues to come up with solutions, then doesn’t 
 that show that this is something that we are willing to participate in as a society without a
 government? I have talked to many people about the possibility of a stateless society and every
 one of them has said that they, individually, would be willing to contribute to society if they
 were not forced to, most were just scared that others wouldn’t also participate. But you do it
 now, and the majority of us do. We don’t think of it as theft, these are things that we have
 decided on as a society. That doesn’t change the fact that it is in fact theft, but our understanding
 of it being a necessary thing to do for the benefits of ourselves and others allows us to justify it.
 In a stateless society each individual person has to accept ownership of their self, their
 actions, and the effects of their actions. If you own yourself and your actions then you own your
 labor, therefore you own the benefits of your labor. Each individual has the right to defend
 themselves, which extends to property because of this principle. However, it is wrong to act with
 force unless acted upon with force. Forcing people to be peaceful does not create a peaceful
 world. Besides, when has any law created a social movement? They don’t; social movements
 create laws which must then be enforced onto others. Money also makes laws but that’s just
 another reason not to have a government that enforces laws at the expense of those being forced
 to pay them. When gay marriage was legalized it wasn’t because Obama wanted it, we wanted it
 as a society. The Civil Rights Act that banned segregation and the legalizing of gay marriage
 have not been able to deliver the desired results. Wealth segregation keeps the inner city ghettos
 filled with poor blacks living in run down homes, going to the worst excuses for schools our
 government has to offer, and granting police a license to kill these people through their
 willingness to justify almost any case that gets brought into the public eye. Kim Davis refused
 issuing marriage licenses to gay couples as law states and is now being forced to go to jail
 because her faith doesn’t allow her to agree. These are not problems the government can solve.
 Instead of using the government to enforce laws, voluntaryists like me simply suggest that we
 use the government created infrastructure, standards of living, and internet to control the world
 we live in and leave the once necessary evil in the past.
 One of the first problems we would have to be able to figure out with the loss of
 government would be figuring out how it is that we are going to continue to develop society. We
 now have an expansive road system that reaches coast to coast that only needs to be added to.
 This could be easily done by raising awareness about a project to build a new road that leads off
 the highway to a smaller town. The additional road ends up giving the city more direct access to
 trade and a few businesses such as hotels, gas stations, convenience stores, and possible tourist
 attractions, if it was in a prime area for vacation, would likely follow. This creates new housing
 developments, more businesses and so on. Many think this would be difficult without a
 government, but they did it in the colonial times with just some basic hand drawn maps and a
 dream. Today we have the internet and companies like Google that provide services like Google
 Maps which allows you complete oversight of the world you live in and accurate GPS location
 systems being used every day by millions of people. With these tools we can locate the
 properties that you wish to build on, raise awareness of the project and money to buy property
 and fund construction, and then pay a company to make it happen. You can even do it as a job
 and get paid for it by communities who’d like some help trying to find ways to bring in new
 businesses, as long as your product is something people think is worth paying for.
 When two people exchange goods in trade, it is within the best interest of the consumer
 to understand the quality of the product being received, it is also within the best interest of the
 salesmen to provide the consumer with accurate information on the product so they can trust they
 are getting their money’s worth. Because of this we have standards such as requiring food and 
 drug testing and including the information of a products ingredients, safety hazards, and origin of
 manufacturing. We also have standards that we expect to be followed in cases of constructing
 buildings, roads, bridges, planes, trains, and automobiles. If we have these standards now, and
 businesses follow them now and those who work these jobs understand why these are the
 standards, because it’s what keep people safe, then they will follow. Otherwise they would not be
 able to do business. We as a society with standards, as we have shown ourselves to be by
 implementing them into enforceable law, would not feel safe with these standards not met and
 wouldn’t pay for the product. We would instead find a company that would willingly uphold
 these standards and we would happily pay them instead. Businesses that would not follow the
 standards would hardly exist in todays’ world where even though lawful standards that benefit
 companies allow 1% of human DNA in your hotdogs many informed consumers pay extra to
 have higher quality than that which is just required. Buying organic foods is profitable because
 people want it. The consumers are the ones that make the rules and we can enforce them through
 non-violent and non-coercive means. In the case of the roads, if a project manager was not
 willing to hire a construction company that commits itself to the standards the people agree with
 then the project will not happen. No one wants to pay for a road to be built poorly so it would
 break up and be a pot-hole trail soon after which would call for repairs and more money being
 spent.
 Everything we have now, we can have without government through business. If you
 would like to move to a place where like-minded people wanted to sign a contract to a company
 that allows them to enforce law on the combined collective properties owned by all involved
 then they can be free to do so. This company could enforce rules on social behavior if the powers
 were granted to them by the collective property owners who would all be voluntarily paying to 
 do so to protect their property rights. If you lived in an area that you didn’t like you could
 actually have to ability to go move somewhere else better for you. This isn’t a fact, but I think it
 would logically follow that there would be pockets of extremist believers of each political,
 religious, and moral view and outward from those areas you would see territories governed by a
 slightly different belief but one very close in relation. Say there was an area free off all law
 enforcing services or restrictions on trade. You really like the idea of no restrictions on trade and
 a company in this area offers you a great job. You may be comfortable working there, but you
 may not want to live there because you would rather pay to have someone patrolling the streets
 at night to attempt to prevent robberies. There would likely be others that would also like to do
 so living near-by with those standards. We could have the economic freedom we want while
 having the feeling of being protected as well without having to be forced to do so. People who
 didn’t believe in guns could gather and outright ban them, while those who just think assault
 rifles should be banned could live a township over and be able to live in a place where they can
 be happy with the conditions they are in because they are the ones who get to choose them.
 The government is just a company that is no longer able to do its’ job, therefore we as a
 society should stop paying for its’ services. With a two party system maintaining control of our
 government we are offered little choice in the manner our society continues to develop. When it
 began it was a system built on compromise, you give us a little of what we want and we give you
 a little of what you want. But this has reached an end, there is no more wiggle room for
 compromise and our governments’ gears have locked up preventing any further progression on
 subjects being debated in the political realm. Both sides have their ideas, but neither will be able
 put one into effect to see if it will actually work, so what is the point? If we allow these ideas to
 be practiced in concentrated areas by willing individuals we could see which ones work and 
 which ones don’t and adjust to make progress. If we want a peaceful world the first step is
 moving towards a stateless society. Without our dependence on the government we would be
 able to solve our own issues, which would include dealing with people of all races and belief
 systems to create better understandings of our differences and similarities. This is how you create
 social change. When we can change the way we feel about one-another and accept each other for
 who we are as individuals rather than identifying in groups we change our perception of the
 whole. We begin to understand that one does not represent all and application of this into
 everyday life creates a more harmonious environment in which people realize that being
 different doesn’t make you wrong, and just because most people do things one way and you
 happen to not agree, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to choose another path for yourself.
 We have been raised to oppose this idea. You must listen to your parents or be punished. If you
 don’t follow the law, you will be punished. If you don’t obey god, you will be punished. If
 you’re on the naughty list, you are punished. This is something engrained into us from
 childhood. Do as you’re told or be punished. This is not the world I wish to live in, I wish to set
 my own standards and be my own leader. If people wish to follow my lead then so be it, they
 will do it voluntarily. I know America isn’t ready for a stateless society right now, but I believe it
 will happen. We now have the capability to do it and as Americans and lovers of peace and
 freedom this is something that we should strive for.

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