With today’s announcement of the capture of an “Anarchist” militia group in Georgia which had plotted to destroy the government, lately there seems to be a lot of anarchists causing trouble. But I believe the use of anarchist is a tad too widespread here. Just because you want to destroy the government, does not make one an anarchist. Considering these guys were army men from Georgia who had specifically targeted Obama, I don’t think they were so much anarchists as much as they are racists. I mean what were these guys up to while they were serving in the army while Bush was President? Plotting to kill him too?
There’s also the Cleveland anarchists, who were somewhat members of Occupy Cleveland. While most of them self-identified as Anarchists more, I’m willing to bet that for the most part they were college political. That means that they suddenly left their nice upscale homes and found out that not everything they were taught was true. Once they graduated or had kids they probably would have moved on and forgotten about that section of their life. Like all the hippies in the 60′s who sold out when they grew up.
There is more to anarchy then just throwing bombs and taking down the government. But let’s be serious, you could drop a nuclear bomb on Washington DC, take out all branches of the government, and the United States would still exist. Because all the other aspects of government exist, and I would suspect we would just hold fresh elections to replace everyone. There is more to anarchy then just destroying the government. There has to be something in the long run. Things aren’t going to change just overnight, and none of these guys seemed to understand that.
Reading Mikeal Bakunin, Voltraine De Clyre, Emma Goldman, and so on, you can see the hope for a brighter future. Yes there are those bomb throwing anarchists in existence. But they were always short sighted. You can’t just destroy a government by taking out the people running it. Maybe back in the 1900s, but not so much today. People need to decide they can do better then the government they have. They have to see that robbing the poor and giving it to the rich isn’t working. Blowing up a bridge in Cleveland, or attacking the RNC convention isn’t going to do that. Neither is killing Obama.
I’m just annoyed that it seems like the only time anarchist comes up, it always seems to be with some sort of bomb plot. Even V For Vendetta, a movie which the main hero was an anarchist, tiptoed around anarchy. There is once in the whole movie that the word anarchy is uttered, and that’s when some guy is robbing a store because the security camera is out. Anarchy isn’t the wild west brought back to life. It’s a society ideal that has lasted longer then all the governments have ever lasted combined. It’s the natural order of things. Only humans have put the limitations of government on themselves, and what have they gotten for it?