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the Philosophy of Liberation

By Punkerslut

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Start Date: November 5, 2009
Finish Date: November 5, 2009

"...slavery of any kind, compulsion under any form, must break down, and from which freedom, full and unlimited freedom, for all and from all must come."
          --Emma Goldman and Johann Most, 1896
          "Anarchy Defended By Anarchists"

     The revolutionary has before them one leading initiative in their life. It is to change the world, to reorganize society, and to redefine social relationships in a way that maximizes happiness and liberty. In examining why there is suffering, we have found that the single person is a victim and a product of their system. It does not solve the problem to be charitable or liberal. We must reorganize society so that each individual has the fullest potential and opportunity before them -- so that they have all that they need to develop their education, to satisfy their social desires and give them some luxury.

     Every individual has an equal right to the earth, to associate with anyone of their choice, to make their a fair living by their labor, and to receive and contribute to society justly. The Feminist movement advanced this ideal for women -- whether it was first expressed in early Greek plays, or whether it blossomed in Europe in the past century. The Civil Rights philosophy advanced this ideal for minorities -- whether it was in the African-American movement for equality, or in the Indian Independence from British rule. Anti-war struggles to protect the people of other nations, and strikes and boycotts to resist capitalist tyranny against the workers.

"For he that thinks absolute power purifies men's blood, and corrects the baseness of human nature, need read but the history of this, or any other age, to be convinced to the contrary. He that would have been insolent and injurious in the woods of America would not probably be much better on a throne, where perhaps learning and religion shall be found out to justify all that he shall do to his subjects, and the sword presently silence all those that dare question it."
          --John Locke, 1690
          "Second Treatise on Government," Chapter 7

     All of these organized fights pushed the world forward, made things better for future generations. They gave us the liberty we have today, and if there is any way for our ancestors to live through us, it is by continuing the fight for freedom. The Socialist revolutionaries gave rights to workers and the Feminist radicals gave rights to women. While these past revolutions aimed to give liberty and equality to one group or another, the Anarchist Revolution aims at freedom for all.

     Anarchist ideals and philosophy match up with those in the past who created the freedoms we have today. There are these specifically defined parts of genuinely revolutionary organizations. We do not simply ask that the evil is reformed, that it is curbed, or that it is held back. We ask that it is stomped out completely. Naturally, do not mask the social ill. We analyze and examine it, study and theorize about it, push it out into the public and get people involved with it. And, just as important, we all try to achieve a revolution by organizing the oppressed to overthrow the oppressor.

     The Indian Independence did not come until massive protests and demonstrations made British rule impossible. So, too, was the method of those who deposed of the Tzar in Russia, and of the American Civil Rights struggle. The peaceful, union organizing of laborers in Spain successfully freed imprisoned unionists in 1919, as well as winning an eight-hour workday.

"The more a man becomes aware, through reflection, of his servile condition, the more indignant he becomes, the more the anarchist spirit of freedom, determination and action waxes inside him. That is true of every individual, man or woman, even though they may never have heard the word 'anarchism' before."
          --Nestor Makhno, 1932
          "The ABC of the Revolutionary Anarchist," Probuzdeniye No. 18

     In all these social movements, the people reorganized society's order to the benefit of all. Their success is driven by the people finally rising up, and demanding rights for themselves. The revolution cannot be handed to the slaves, or it will be taken back the moment the slaver sees it fit. No -- the revolution has most powerfully succeeded by the oppressed rising up and replacing the social order with a humane one; by demanding an equality of life, opportunity, and society for all people.

     Anarchism is the ultimate, liberation philosophy. It does cease at the moment that masters become "tamed" by the people's insurrection. It does not cease when one minority is liberated while another is still exploited. It makes no distinction between nations, religions, or races. Anarchism does not see the borders placed by governments, the laws made by states, or the deeds cherished by landlords. It only sees a world where each individual has an equal right to living a full life in society, with complete potential for happiness, with every piece of liberty the heart loves.

"Before creating, or rather aiding the people to create, this new organization, it is necessary to achieve a victory. It is necessary to overthrow that which is, in order to be able to establish that which should be..."
          --Mikhail Bakunin, ~1800's
          "Stateless Socialism: Anarchism"


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