Emma on Anarchism

“Anarchism is not, as some may suppose, a theory of the future to be realized through divine inspiration. It is a living force in the affairs of our life, constantly creating new conditions… Anarchism does not stand for military drill and uniformity; it does, however, stand for the spirit of revolt, in whatever form, against everything that hinders human growth.”

Emma Goldman in Anarchism: What It Really Stands For

Arrested cop

Well, I’m torn over this latest news. I’m glad the hypocrisy of the state in ignoring it’s own murderers while punishing others for crime has, for the moment, lessened. The pig who executed a Oscar Grant “then refused to explain his actions to investigators has been arrested in Nevada on suspicion of murder.” But will punishing one person for his reprehensible act do anything at all to get rid of the system that perpetuates acts like this? Will it make the rest of us less vulnerable to state sponsored violence? Doubtful.

Killing a cop right back doesn’t get rid of cops. Playground justice like that is no justice at all. I’m more interested in killing the cops as an institution than I am in exacting revenge on one of them for doing what they’re set up to do.

Wanderlust? Where I want to go isn't a place.

Road Signs Always Look Better Looking Over Your Shoulder

s/he says s/he’s tired of working overtime and troubles weighing on his/her mind in class. s/he said s/he’d like to pack his/her bags and run away, and never look back. s/he says this life of mine’s like doing time for crimes that i didn’t commit. s/he says if life is just a game, i’m on the losing team – and i just want to quit.

s/he says we can take this weekend, drive out past city limits, keep on driving just as far as we can go. and maybe when we get back, things will seem a little better, things will work out in a way we couldn’t know…

s/he says we can take this weekend, drive out past city limits, keep on driving just as far as we can go. and we can take this weekend, and make it last forever, deal the shackles of our lives a breaking blow. because to run away is victory, a tank of gas is freedom, and a starry night and open road is hope. we can take my fast car, or maybe just close our eyes, and when we open them the world we want … can be the world we know.

~Defiance, Ohio

What goes where

I just stumbled upon nostate.com which quoted this fine bit of writing:

I get tired of the same old questions about anarchy, especially the one that goes “What would you put in the place of government?” The answer, obviously, is “nothing”. I’m an anarchist, remember? What part of an-archy do you not understand? I liken the question to someone’s asking you what you are going to put on your neck after you have that tumor removed.

Just freakin’ beautiful. And I really appreciate that he wraps up with:

It’s not my job to tell people what to do once they throw off their rulers. I don’t know what a post archy community would be like. There’d be an infinite number of possibilities for folks to organize cooperatively. The state is evil, and I won’t budge an inch on its legitimacy.