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
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
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
[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
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?
(Excerpted from my post Musing On Rights at Millard’s Blog) I don’t regard rights. By that I in no way mean that intend to or in fact violate rights, but rather that I think talking about human affairs in terms of rights is an inferior way to deal with human relations. First, rights presume that… Continue reading Musing On Rights
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