Much if not most (I’m tempted to say all) of our thinking about authority has been perverted by indelible imprints of authoritarian upbringing, education, and incessant social reinforcement. We’re all brainwashed, literally, and it started before we could even talk, when our parents first negated and violated our wills, and sometimes our rights and bodies,… Continue reading Thought You’d Never Ask
[Updated August 26, 2022] The entire argument that “chaos will ensue” from lack or absence of authority – and I mean lock, stock, barrels and, of course, plenty of smoke – rests on nothing more than blind faith. Look as hard and as far as you like. Blind faith is all you’ll find under all… Continue reading Anarchy Means Chaos — In Figments of the Blind
Note: This is a rough excerpt from one of the chapters of my upcoming book. Authority is used to excuse power exercised for no good reason or for bad reasons, which is worlds apart from authority implied by knowing what should be done and the competence to achieve it. Yet we call both by the… Continue reading Authority as Excuse for Violence and Domination: The Insanity of Authority
Me, the authority on anything? Naw. I only maybe feel like I am, sometimes — and the feeling itself, I’m pretty sure, is just a waning vestige from decades of authoritarian brainwashing. I’m authoraholic in recovery. I think it all depends on your starting point. Note: Second only to our right to remain living safely,… Continue reading Authority? Think Again
After six decades of life, I still can’t believe how eagerly people bend over backward to deny the obvious and swallow whale-sized lies just so they can cling to myths of the need and merit of following “leaders”. For all the supposed sophistication of “developed” societies, when it comes to running a society, we think… Continue reading Power: Lust Or Addiction?
You matter. You already know this, but it’s been beaten down, trampled, and shat on. Even after all that, down in the secret, locked place of your soul where only you can go, you still know it. That knowledge isn’t damaged — it’s just buried under filth, and it suffers constant attack from the outside,… Continue reading You Matter
Revolutions typically respond with conflict to conflict, violence, and injustice. ReLOVEution responds to them differently. To illustrate just one aspect of this, let me walk you through an experiment you can do in just a few minutes now or whenever you choose. First, look around you — in your room or your car or standing… Continue reading A Safe, Easy Experiment in Conflict