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thewolfstar

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My parents and teachers turned me into an anarchist
« on: October 10, 2017, 03:23:14 pm »
Okay, here's my story, or what I remember of it.


First I need to tell you I had the misfotune (but ultimately the fortune) of being born into a liberal family. Two liberal parents who had joined the Communist Party at one time, but at least to their credit, had left it when they heard what Stalin was actually doing. Their hypocrisy is what drove me to anarchist thought.

When I was eight my mother, to my shock and horror, informed me that when a black kid and a white kid fight, the black kid is always right.   I was so stunned that I walked away and came back a couple of hours later and asked her if that was what she really said. (Kids have a strong sense of injustice and I was no different in this regard.) She told me that it was. That was the last time I trusted an authority figure. I didn't care for what my rightie family members, neighbors and teachers had to say much, either.

When I was nine I remember thinking, how does one person have the right or authority to tell another person what they can and can't do? I also remember thinking that people would be better off without a government. Any other thoughts I had at this age are lost to me now.

Still I had no clue that I was not alone. When I was 12 I read a book about Sacco and Vanzetti and how they had been set up on false murder  charges. But more importantly, the book described them as anarchists, an exciting new word I had never heard before. In reading that book I had an epiphany. It was an overwhelming feeling of joy and it penetrated deep. There was a name for people like me -- anarchist! And I was not alone there were others who thought like I did.

Still, I was totally clueless. I had no idea that anarchists had differences of opinion. That these were communist anarchists. Or that market anarchists of varying types even existed. However, all I took out of that book was what I needed at the time. Anarchism! Freedom from authority. Freedom from state.

I fought bullies in the school yard with words and with my fists. Most were plain bullies, one was a nasty racist. I embarrassed bully teachers and  confronted their errors when I found them. They didn't like that much. I'll tell you what happened when I was 16 in a post  I made on facebook, cause I'm lazy.

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When I was 16 we were all standing getting ready to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Mother Fucking Flag. So I just quietly dropped down in my seat. Again the next day and the next day after that another kid dropped down in his seat. By the fourth day another kid dropped down in his seat. Now there were three. By day five the principal called me into his office.

He asked me why I did it and I told him I wouldn't pledge allegiance to a country who was bombing innocent people in Viet Nam and pledging my allegiance to flags really wasn't my thing. He gave me some crock of bullshit about how I understood what I was doing but the other kids didn't. I knew it was just a pile but I stopped because I wasn't dedicated enough to my cause.

I've always regretted not continuing that. But I learned a lesson from it. When you start fighting for something worthwhile don't quit. Keep on fighting til the end.
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As I grew older I met very few others who identified as anarchists and this was still at a time when I figured you didn't talk about it because people would think you were violent... although I knew I was not. I didn't study anarchism when young. I did no research, and so remained ignorant. As time went on I opposed violent revolution but didn't know what the  alternatives were. I always leaned toward the market and property ownership and was always anti-war. (Well mostly, they did manage to buffalo me with WWII, though.)

I voted once when I got old enough to and then said, "What did I do that for?"

When I was 25 I began hanging out with a 27-year-old woman who told me she was an anarchist. She was a communist-anarchist. She would say stuff to me that made no sense.  Like she told me I was selfish for wanting to own my own paintbrushes. Everyone should be able to share them. I only argued with her breifly about it, I had no educated way of doing so, but what she said stuck in my craw. She did seem to be legitimately anti-war, though, and I was as well, and so we agreed on that. I read a book that she lent me, written by an exceptionally obnoxious commie anarchist, Alexander Berkman. I hated it and detested him. (I still can't see what Emma Goldman saw in him, but digressing.)

I kind of just gave up on anarchism but I didn't vote, stayed away from politics, didn't even read the news. The LA riots came and went and I had no idea. I worked; cut & split my own firewood; grew my own veggies, canned, froze, dried and root cellared em; baked my own bread; knitted; sewed rag dolls, and (like many people) often lived an agorist life-style in other ways as well, via trade and working off the books. (Not all of the time, though, I eventually got a job in an aluminum mill.)

In '99 I heard GW Bush was running for office and for some reason, went off the deep end and got political. Like some jackass I joined the Green Party where I met some pretty cool people but after like 6 months I left on account of the socialism was hurting my brain. A Green Party person told me I was libertarian -- another word I knew not the meaning of. Turns out he was right. I ran my  news and editorial website and then in 2007 heard that Ron Paul was running for president. After Ron told us he was quitting, finally that was it. Eight years of my life wasted in politcs. I did learn a lot from Ron, though. He taught me some libertarian stuff and polished off my rough edges. Also studied some post-American War of Secession in 2005. In 2006 I edited Wikipedia for 3 months. Thewolfstar is now perma-banned from editing in commie land and proud of it. Ask Hogeye (http://www.ozarkia.net/) about it. He was there, too.

So when did I become an anarchist? When I was nine, I suppose. Being ignorant brought me into politics but reading Noch and Hess and RAW and Rothbard and SEK and Lao Tzu and some others and meeting other voluntarists on social media helped me round it all out and gave me hope. There were so many of us. I don't really regret my journey, though. Mostly it was fine and righter than rain.
Give me liberty or eat lead.

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Re: My parents and teachers turned me into an anarchist
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2017, 03:08:18 am »
Welcome! Dig in here and you'll read a lot of different ideas and approaches to both anarchy and politics. And a lot of other stuff. :)
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Re: My parents and teachers turned me into an anarchist
« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2017, 07:14:26 am »
Love the story, Maggie. One of my favorite aspects of the forum.
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"And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling in terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? [...] The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!" - Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago (Chapter 1, "Arrest")

" Of every One-Hundred men, Ten shouldn't even be there,
Eighty are nothing but targets,
Nine are real fighters...
We are lucky to have them...They make the battle,
Ah, but the One, One of them is a Warrior...
and He will bring the others back."

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Re: My parents and teachers turned me into an anarchist
« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2017, 09:01:58 am »
Hey, thanks! It's good to be here.  :) It's awesome to be with so many like-minded people and also to not be ridiculed for my story. I told my story (much more briefly) on facebook a few times and people laughed, thinking you can't be an anarchist when you're a child. This is sweet and wonderful and so.. rewarding. (Mama of Soule believed me, though.)

Thanks for everything, Bill.
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❝The State is about coercion, the key element of terrorism❞ ~ me

❝Reminds me of something my third-grade teacher said to us. She said, “You show me a tropical fruit and I’ll show you a cocksucker from Guatemala."❞ ~ George Carlin

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Re: My parents and teachers turned me into an anarchist
« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2017, 05:16:01 pm »
All children (most?) learn that hitting and stealing is wrong at a tender age. We're just having to have more sophisticated reasons for being free as adults.
Gun control is mind control.

"So no more running, I aim to misbehave.? - Captain Malcolm Reynolds, Serenity, 2005

"And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling in terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? [...] The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin's thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt!" - Alexander Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago (Chapter 1, "Arrest")

" Of every One-Hundred men, Ten shouldn't even be there,
Eighty are nothing but targets,
Nine are real fighters...
We are lucky to have them...They make the battle,
Ah, but the One, One of them is a Warrior...
and He will bring the others back."

- Heraclitus

Ragnaroks!

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Re: My parents and teachers turned me into an anarchist
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2017, 10:00:02 am »
> All children (most?) learn that hitting and stealing is wrong at a tender age.

Very tender.  And then the rest of their lives--from school to being citizens--they learn, "Aw, we were just kidding; conquer and steal away."  Gee, can't imagine why cognitive dissonance is the hallmark of our time.

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Re: My parents and teachers turned me into an anarchist
« Reply #6 on: October 13, 2017, 09:48:22 am »
> All children (most?) learn that hitting and stealing is wrong at a tender age.

Very tender.  And then the rest of their lives--from school to being citizens--they learn, "Aw, we were just kidding; conquer and steal away."  Gee, can't imagine why cognitive dissonance is the hallmark of our time.

hahahaha   Needed a laugh. Thankya, Pellet Farmer
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❝The state calls its own violence, law; but that of the individual, crime.❞ ~ Max Stirner

❝The State is about coercion, the key element of terrorism❞ ~ me

❝Reminds me of something my third-grade teacher said to us. She said, “You show me a tropical fruit and I’ll show you a cocksucker from Guatemala."❞ ~ George Carlin