Not Remotely Good Enough

I’m very encouraged to see articles like Authoritarianism is making a comeback getting around. And this one is over a year old now. As far as I’m concerned, every step in the right direction is a good one. And yet I read it with a pit in my stomach, although a little more hopeful than… Continue reading Not Remotely Good Enough

Thought You’d Never Ask

Much if not most (I’m tempted to say all) of our thinking about authority has been perverted by indelible imprints of our 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… Continue reading Thought You’d Never Ask

Getting Free From Authority

Authority is a story we tell each other. That’s all it is, no more. Telling a story does not make it true. Telling it again and again does not make a story more true with the telling. Repetition automatically creates credibility, but this effect is a cognitive foible that we need to be aware of… Continue reading Getting Free From Authority

Real Wisdom

I see spirits. But don’t worry, I’m not alone. So do you. Of course I don’t mean mythological, paranormal, metaphysical, ethereal spirits, (although I don’t rule them out, either.) I mean something much more real and pragmatic. I’m talking about the spirits which all those other kinds of woo-woo “spirit” are more or less just… Continue reading Real Wisdom

Anarchy Means Chaos — In Figments of the Blind

The entire argument that chaos will erupt from a lack or absence of authority rests on blind faith. No one yet has conducted intelligent, controlled, well-performed studies to find out what happens when people manage their affairs under non-authoritarian conditions — so what actual, non-speculative, reliable data does the argument rest on? None. Further, people… Continue reading Anarchy Means Chaos — In Figments of the Blind