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Majrelende wrote

Optimism and faith are a wonderful excuse for doing effectively nothing.

The problem with faith is that it makes you believe you and everyone around you are birds, newly fledged, being carried off by a great gust of wind to a faraway mountain peak, but when you look at yourself, you start to feel more that you hopping alone down a vast hillside, overgrown with tangles of trees and woody vines, and towards a deep stream far below, the air still— all with no idea how you are going to cross the river, let alone reach the peak on the other side.

Now, the answer is simple: flight. But how does one fly when there is no wind? By flapping their wings. It takes effort, and it is a new experience, but it is possible— we just need to try rather than wait for an outside force to do it for us.

Think about it— how many anarchists are there in your region? How many people will be willing to risk all of what they have to make a world that ensures that they and their family are safe and comfortable rather than just trying to keep themself and their family safe? Unless you live in an area on the brink of revolution, in which case your area is a glaring exception, I am guessing that there are very few.

This is a problem. There is no wind. Of course, you could fly across by yourself, but due to a copious amount of propaganda, few would pay attention to your efforts and follow you across to the other side. What we must do is to spread ideas and solidarity, subtly at first, and as we do so, put them to action— we must actively untangle people’s minds from the propaganda with which they grew up and let them recognise their own power as well as that of others.

(I myself am guilty of inertia. I know this makes me a hypocrite, but at least I know so that I can try to change.)

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Kaito OP wrote

Think about it— how many anarchists are there in your region? How many people will be willing to risk all of what they have to make a world that ensures that they and their family are safe and comfortable rather than just trying to keep themself and their family safe?

There is no risk in anarchism, If done the proper way.

I can't know how many anarchists they are in my region, in the same way that I can't count the number of muslims/christian. Anarchism is in the heart. Anarchism is dodging taxes, living in communes and I can't monitor what is happening inside people communes. I don't know If they are buying scrap at stores are not...etc

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Majrelende wrote (edited )

There is no risk in anarchism, If done the proper way.

This would be true in an ideal scenario, where everyone is waiting for just the right moment, and even the police and military are in agreement.

I can't know how many anarchists they are in my region, in the same way that I can't count the number of muslims/christian.

I was not asking you to count, just to think, in general, about whether people are willing to oppose oppressive violence.

Anarchism is in the heart.

I cannot imagine where else it would be.

Anarchism is dodging taxes,

sometimes

living in communes and I can't monitor what is happening inside people communes. I don't know If they are buying scrap at stores are not...etc

For the most part, this makes sense as well.

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Kaito OP wrote

This would be true in an ideal scenario, where everyone is waiting for just the right moment, and even the police and military are in agreement.

No, It's even true right now. All my money comes either from my natural resources or crypto, how can they tax me, explain me?

whether people are willing to oppose oppressive violence.

I don't know, how many but I know that more and more people are willing to defend themselves, yes. (Illegal) Gun ownership is skyrocketing in my town.

Anarchism is dodging taxes

sometimes

Always : taxation is theft, especially when It comes from an asshole authority

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Majrelende wrote

No, It's even true right now. All my money comes either from my natural resources or crypto, how can they tax me, explain me?

This makes sense — I just thought we were talking about open revolution.

I don't know, how many but I know that more and more people are willing to defend themselves, yes. (Illegal) Gun ownership is skyrocketing in my town.

Against whom?

Always : taxation is theft, especially when It comes from an asshole authority

This is true— what I meant is that authority is often the means by which taxes are evaded.

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Kaito OP wrote

I just thought we were talking about open revolution.

Why do we need an "open revolution"?

Against whom?

Thugs, probably :)

what I meant is that authority is often the means by which taxes are evaded.

Even, then I don't find any problem with this. If people send a letter to the govt and ask them to stop taxing them, I don't see any problem.

Lobbying is the problem (people trying to pass stupid laws), not tax evasion.

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Kaito OP wrote

Yes, It already started, but I don't understand why Majrelende was talking about an "open revolution"?

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Kaito OP wrote (edited )

Who will seize them?

I own them

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Kaito OP wrote

Yeah, but come and take It, I wait you with my guns. And If you (attempt to) kick me out of my house, I will call armed security guards...

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Kaito OP wrote

It isn't against anarchism to call armed people. You won't ever be able to achieve your revolution alone.

And armed people can be anyone, whether they are friends, neighbors, strangers who want to help me...

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Kaito OP wrote

If you can afford it! And If you're sure that they won't kill you too.

Check.

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