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(en) Freedom 6401 Jan, 2003 - What anarchism means to me

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Tue, 21 Jan 2003 09:04:10 -0500 (EST)


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From time to time, republicans are heard whinging
about us being subjects not citizens. As an anarchist, I
contend that government is the problem, not the
monarchy or any particular form of government.
I would be as unhappy with a republic run by the
Green Party or the Socialist Alliance Ğ possibly more
so, considering the experience of Germany (where the
Greens are now the most militaristic party) or the
Soviet Union. I don't wish to be, nor am I, a citizen of
the UK or anywhere else.
With republicanism goes the pernicious notion of
'citizenship education': an obnoxious and utterly
totalitarian expansion of compulsory education, the
purpose of which, I believe, is to produce compliant
'citizens' while employing the language of 'rights'.
Liberal secular humanists, who oppose compulsory
religious education, tend to be in favour of compulsory
citizenship education - as well as compulsory general
education - because they believe it can (and should)
be used to indoctrinate children with liberal secular
values.
Citizenship education goes hand in hand with the oath
of allegiance the government now wants to impose on
people wanting to settle here. I suspect that the final
legislation will be expanded to apply to the indigenous
population. Citizenship education and oaths of
allegiance should be rejected and refused by all who
value their liberty.
Human freedom does not depend upon what the law
says we can or cannot do, or upon 'rights' granted to us
by the ruling class, but upon our willingness
individually and collectively to assert the principle of
self-ownership and act accordingly.
The anarchist way is not mere opposition, but
resistance. We do not accept that the government has
the right to rule, but should do so humanly and by
'consent'. We can and should rule ourselves
individually and, if we choose, collectively in
voluntary associations of sovereign individuals.
Anything else is slavery.
Ed McArthur


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