Money, Politics, and Anarchy

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Money

How often do you think about money? Were you lucky enough to inherit a privileged life with only a few obstacles, or do you, like most people, usually find yourself tending to tasks you were forced to do just to live?

From the age of 5 to 22, and sometimes beyond that, the so-called education system methodically crafts us into gears for the employment machine. After enduring nearly two decades of partisan indoctrination, we have to fight each other in the crowded confines of a “free market” for the next 40 to 50 years for status as employees.

With an estimated 7 billion people on the planet, many of us won’t be able to get work despite our qualifications. Life is made even more laborious for the marginalized when employers — consciously or subconsciously — add superficial attributes like culture, gender, and “attractiveness” to their hiring criteria.

Politics

The top priority of social conservatives is conserving Christian culture. The top priority of left and right-wing libertarians is maximizing liberty.

Social liberals acknowledge social and economic inequality and believe more government and fewer liberties is the solution. For social conservatives and right-wing libertarians, business regulations is a greater problem than inequality, and they believe we could be more productive without them.

Social conservatives, social liberals, and right-wing libertarians all advocate an unfettered master-slave relationship — corporation as master over the worker, or government as master over the citizen.

Of the political philosophies mentioned, left-wing libertarianism is the only one that prioritizes the worker and citizen over the corporation and politician. In its individualist and collectivist variants, left-libertarianism advocates freedom from government and wage slavery through unionization and/or mutual aid.

Anarchy

The words Anarchism and communism, like liberalism and conservatism, shouldn’t be feared or rejected at their mere mention. Anarchy is derived from the Greek anarchos meaning “one without rulers.” It does not mean “one without rules.” And communism, like communion and comradery, is derived from the Latin communis meaning “common” or “universal.”

Anarcho-communism, anarcho-syndicalism, mutualism, Christian anarchism, and individualist anarchism are five common branches of left-libertarianism. Each of these branches calls for the suppression of oppressive corporate and political intermediaries that stand between us and our liberation.

We’re prisoners on the capitalist hamster wheel — overworked, underpaid, and neglected. While we fight each other for survival, they live comfortably with more than they’ll ever need. With much of the land “bought up” and guarded by them, we’re left with few habitable places to escape to. Is this the life you want, or do you want your life to be about something more?

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