"Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. When the people give way, their deceivers, betrayers, and destroyers press upon them so fast, that there is no resisting afterwards. The nature of the encroachment upon the American constitution is such, as to grow every day more and more encroaching. Like a cancer, it eats faster and faster every hour. The revenue creates pensioners, and the pensioners urge for more revenue. The people grow less steady, spirited, and virtuous, the seekers more numerous and more corrupt, and every day increases the circles of their dependents and expectants, until virtue, integrity, public spirit, simplicity, and frugality, become the objects of ridicule and scorn, and vanity, luxury, foppery, selfishness, meanness, and downright venality swallow up the whole society." ~ John Adams
Not Enough Enemies? Let’s Create More!
Column by Paul Bonneau
Exclusive to STR
I was just reading how anarcho-syndicalists are so bad, that they are even worse than the state.
Wow, that is something else. We have no idea what things are going to come about at this end of empire, what our true enemies will be; but we are already searching for other dragons to slay. The more obscure, the better!
The article, by Daniel Sanchez, completely misses the point, seems to me. If syndicalism is such an impossible deal, why spend time and effort worrying about it and arguing against it? A much more reasonable idea would be to let syndicalists, if any can be found, do their own thing. Sanchez is not going to argue them out of belief in syndicalism, no matter how lengthy or convoluted or clever his points; but reality might.
I should add a personal point here. In my former existence as a confused, inconsistent mix of pro-freedom and pro-state leftist, I decided at one point to join a co-op. That one event was the thing that quickly turned me into a stark, raving libertarian capitalist (although still minarchist back then). A run-in with reality is a bit like a high-speed 2x4 across the bridge of the nose.
I had to laugh at his last point: “As for anarcho-capitalists and classic liberals who consider such left-libertarians to be ideological allies simply because they are antistate, consider whether an anarcho-syndicalist society would live peaceably next to a capitalist society if everyone in the former thought all the capitalists in the latter were exploitative, authoritarian tyrants lording it over their neighboring working comrades.”
And might not the anarcho-capitalists think the syndicalists were a bunch of commie tyrants, lording it over their own neighboring comrades? Which society would be at risk of being attacked, after all? Anyway how is one going to war against the other, if neither has any sort of functioning government? Even if that barrier to attack were surmounted, I assume there will still be rifles in the world. Communities and societies and individuals will still need to have some deterrent to attack, no matter what.
Sanchez obviously cannot accept the future reality, which is that there will be a diversity of governing systems in different communities. I guess it’s all or nothing for him. The entire world must be anarcho-capitalist! And any who disagree must be taken out and shot, I suppose. I can’t see any alternative outcome for his position.
No, syndicalists are not automatically our enemies, and certainly not worse than the torturing, thieving, murderous state. All we need to know from an individual syndicalist, is the same thing we need to know from conservatives, liberals, communists, fascists, minarchists, and anyone else out there who are not anarcho-capitalists. That is, whether they will leave us alone. If they will, they are allies. If they won’t, they are enemies.
I suppose the real reason for this article is to take a whack at left-anarchists after they had booted anarcho-capitalists off the Facebook anarchism page. Why, that certainly calls for a counter-attack!
Humans sure are funny animals...