Why not Anarchy? (Related Discussion - Addressing Institutional Corruption)

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Why not Anarchy?
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This question arises from the unfortunate advocacy of anarchy by our sponsor, Canonizer, LLC. We do not share our sponsor's enthusiasm for anarchy, to say the least.

At the time of this writing, Bing defined anarchy as "a state of disorder due to absence or non-recognition of authority".

Anarchy has been long associated with social collapse and failed governments notwithstanding the fact that as early as 1840 Pierre-Joseph Proudhon advocated it as a preferable social order in his book, What is Property?, wherein he asserted that "Property is theft".

Advocates of this notion base their attitudes in the presumption that all ownership originated with theft at some point in its historical chain of "ownership". While, in many cases that well may be true, this oversimplification of the subject matter of ownership serves the reckless and irresponsible unwillingness to acknowledge any legitimacy in the chain of title or ownership that may have followed a consensual resolution of conflict or a justified forfeiture of property by a less than enthusiastic party for the fair and just satisfaction of another social or business obligation, or the independent creation of personal property by artists, designers, engineers, or others, and respect for patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

The relevance of a discussion of property and ownership to a discussion of anarchy or hierarchy can be seen in Jean-Jacque Rosseau's treatise entitled The Origin of Inequality in which he asserted that the ownership of property is precisely what gave rise to the need for the emergence of a social hierarchy through which responsibility for the care and safekeeping of community property was delegated to select individuals within a group, by the group at large, for the sake of expediency and management.

Agents of the group, so appointed, acquired authority to perform their duties on the group's behalf, from the group. This delegation of authority was viewed as an expedient approach to efficiency, freeing the others up to focus their time and talents on other matters more productively. The associated increase in productivity more than offset the cost of the collective contributions to provide for the care and sustenance of the delegated authorities, freeing their time up to attend to their duties.

This consensual delegation of authority becomes, by its very nature, a form of hierarchy, itself, by dividing authority and management responsibility amongst the collective.

The advocacy of anarchy, by its very nature, is rooted in the ignorance and oblivion of the realities of the efficiencies so realized and the enhanced prosperity of the collective, therefrom. It is often a misplaced and misguided over-reaction to the unfortunate usurpation of authority that arises when publicly appointed agents of the collective exceed both their mandates and their authority, which generally follows as a result of the inattentiveness of the collective to the realities of the potential corruptibility of their agents, when not watched and monitored carefully.

Winston Churchill is often credited (perhaps incorrectly) with the quote: “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is equal sharing of misery”. We subscribe to that view and, by extension, attribute the same failed philosophical weakness to anarchy, which has been well proven over centuries, by practical experience, to yield the very chaos, discord, finger pointing, blame shifting, and general lack of productivity and efficiency that any reasonable human being with the knowledge and intelligence typical of the average adolescent should expect.

Since we credit our sponsor with much higher intelligence, we are left to assume sabotaging the current corrupt system is their goal.

Inappropriate and excessive abuses of power, by those who have been delegated the fiduciary trust of authority of their community, can and should be addressed appropriately with rational and effective solutions born of a proper understanding of the problem. Anarchy is hardly one such solution.





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