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The anarchist critique of morality also dates from Stirner’s master work, The Ego and Its Own (1844). Morality is a system of reified values — abstract values which are taken out of any context, set in stone, and converted into unquestionable beliefs to be applied regardless of a person’s actual desires, thoughts or goals, and regardless of the situation in which a person finds him- or herself. Moralism is the practice of not only reducing living values to reified morals, but of considering oneself better than others because one has subjected oneself to morality (self-righteousness), and of proselytizing for the adoption of morality as a tool of social change.

Often, when people’s eyes are opened by scandals or disillusionment and they start to dig down under the surface of the ideologies and received ideas they have taken for granted all their lives, the apparent coherence and power of the new answer they find (whether in religion, leftism or even anarchism) can lead them to believe that they have now found the Truth (with a capital ‘T’). Once this begins to happen people too often turn onto the road of moralism, with its attendant problems of elitism and ideology. Once people succumb to the illusion that they have found the one Truth that would fix everything — if only enough other people also understood, the temptation is then to view this one Truth as the solution to the implied Problem around which everything must be theorized, which leads them to build an absolute value system in defense of their magic Solution to the Problem this Truth points them to. At this point moralism takes over the place of critical thinking.

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Jason Mcquinn Post-Left Anarchy: Leaving The Left Behind

Where have you been all my life Jason Mcquinn?

While I don’t reject the term morality, it is important to distinquish between top down alienated morality, and bottom up morality.

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Jesus Christ is cited as the first of anarchists; for did he not say, “Resist not evil: if one take away thy coat, give him thy cloak also; and if one smite thee upon the one cheek, turn to him the other also?” What is this, we are asked, but a denial of the right to use force even in defense of one’s simplest and plainest rights? Cite Arrow Lyman Abbott (via lukexvx)
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Jesus’ rejection of all known approaches to power leaves for our consideration the one way the world has not fully tried. It was the one way Jesus chose 2000 years ago. Cite Arrow Dave Brubeck (via flagless)
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‎He who cannot obey himself will be commanded. That is the nature of living creatures. Cite Arrow

Si comanda a colui che non sa obbedire a se stesso

Friederich Wilhelm Nietzsche

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I believe that all other political states are in fact variations or outgrowths of a basic state of anarchy; after all, when you mention the idea of anarchy to most people they will tell you what a bad idea it is because the biggest gang would just take over. Which is pretty much how I see contemporary society. We live in a badly developed anarchist situation in which the biggest gang has taken over and have declared that it is not an anarchist situation – that it is a capitalist or a communist situation. But I tend to think that anarchy is the most natural form of politics for a human being to actually practice. Cite Arrow Alan Moore (via sroek)
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I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time. Cite Arrow H. L. Mencken (via kropotkinsbeard)
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When you fight evil with evil - evil wins. Cite Arrow (via onegodonemaster)
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Socialism greatly needs Anarchism as a critic and to keep it from sacrificing the individual and his originality to the domination of the mass. Cite Arrow John William Lloyd. (via anarchyagogo)
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goodleftund0ne:

dreams aren’t silly, “reality” is

goodleftund0ne:

dreams aren’t silly, “reality” is

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