I have read countless definitions of the word and most lose precision in an attempt to pre-empt all the various political arguments and historical examples against it. This is another reason I suggest In Defense of Anarchism. Wolff's conclusions are also echoed in the work of Edward Abbey. Whether one admits it or not, we all live in our own state of anarchy. We all go over the speed limit when we feel we can. We've all shunned a crosswalk. Those who have reason shirk their taxes or conduct repairs and improvements on their homes without the proper permits. Most of us have committed a form of assault. We all commit crime. But what is crime? A crime doesn't exist until their is law to make crime. In other words, a personal philosophy of anarchy seems to be the natural state of the human condition. Once we accept this, the laws of the authority and the punishment associated with breaking those laws truly become factors weighed into the decisions we make on a daily basis, a mirror image of nature. Man has not the authority nor the power to create laws as staunch an unforgiving as nature. Therefore should man have any authority at all? My answer is yes. Each man only has authority (absolute authority) over his own actions and this personal autonomy is challenged every day by the actions of the law. Utopian descriptions of democracy and communism are just as welcome in the land of fairy-tales as the utopian flavors of anarchism. My point is that nature rules all. Find your authority in nature and let the collective stupidity of men do what it does: rise and fall, ebb and flow. But protect your personal autonomy at all costs. It is all nature has bestowed you to live in this hostile world. No one can truly tell you what you can and cannot do. The consequences are yours alone to face.
Topical agents of anarcho-individualism: the Conspiracy of the Cells of Fire, self-proclaimed terrorist organization operating currently in Greece.
Historical agent of anarcho-individualism: Benjamin Tucker, publisher and contributor for Liberty, an anarchist publication in the late 1800's America.
Literary agent of anarcho-individualism: Edward Abbey, author of The Brave Cowboy and The Monkey Wrench Gang.
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