Trust in the State Is Flawed

The government does not hate you. The government does not like you. It is indifferent. The government is not an entity with feelings, remorse, ethics or conscious. It is a collective of individuals working according to rigid flawed guidelines. The government is not an individual therefore the government as a whole has no rights whatsoever. People can have rights; this corporate entity called the United States has no rights. It functions to take rights and to oppress. There are often individuals within the government who wish to do good but overall that is impossible. The nature of government prohibits any good for the very means of which the state reaches its ends is immoral.

Individuals who work within the government or are employed by the government may have rights, but no more than any other individual. This makes the actions of many government employees criminal by the very nature of their jobs. Marines and soldiers often engage in murder and invasion. They justify this by stating that the non-individual the state is responsible. What is the state? It is nothing more than these individuals acting in a criminal manner to assert force and control over other human beings. If a gangster claims they have the right to murder because the gang they belong to calls for this murder, do we accept that as a justified?

As an anarchist I do not seek utopia, but to reject a system that is every bit as criminal as what it claims to oppose. I seek to oppose hierarchy, power over others and oppression. To claim that we must accept oppression on one level to avoid oppression on another level is inaccurate.

Those in the state that seek to keep order are just people, individual human beings performing a job under a misguided ethic. Once we have eliminated the hierarchy and oppression of the state it will still be people or individuals in non-coercive entities and through voluntary means providing similar services. There is a misunderstanding that somehow order is only found with these people if the state exists. The only tool for order is often seen as the state. This is partially because the state has educated us to believe such. Individuals have a difficult time perceiving a system outside of the systems that they have always known.

The expectations of statists for anarchism are far above that which they have achieved with statism. It is the statist who will ask for a solution to a problem, and when given one they are restricted to the statist idea that this is the only solution. They will then ask impossible tasks that they themselves have been unable to resolve.

In closing, I will state that to reject the state is not to stand in opposition to order or to ignore problems that exist, but to embrace the reality that there is no one way that will be the answer to all. We embrace that fact that people can bring solutions and that they should not be disregarded simply because they do not lead to utopia.

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