This week’s post comes on the heels of something a fellow contributor mentioned in the comments of a previous post, which you can find here.
The words in question? These: “I also think this has something to do with why religion is so huge in the States but thats a topic for another post…”.
Fear of no central authority (C.A.R. — hence the title) seems to be prevalent among humans, which can explain why a system like anarchy is seen so negatively now and in the past. From the monarchies of the past, we have only relatively recently started on the path towards less centralized rule. Yet this path is still just a recently started one because, even with so-called democracies, there still is centralized power, only, this time, in the hands of the relatively few organized into central “organizations” where this power is put to use.
And where there’s centralized power, there is bound to be some form of corruption. Or abuse of power, or even abuse of a system (if we’re talking about God being the central authority, with the priests being corrupt).
So why do we still hang on to such systems? We went from monarchies to democracies because of abuses of power. Yet we now experience problems with these so-called better systems because of — what else — abuses of power. It seems that, eventually, another change is going to be in order.
Some people have seemingly found a solution with religion, especially a monotheistic one (one with a “God” of some sort). This non-human power-holder certainly would be better, right? At least, that is their thinking. But philosophically I don’t see how that is a good alternative. All that one does is turn from one centralized system to another, with the only difference being that the powerful one in question (assuming it’s even cogent to suppose a God exists) is not even empirically sensible.
So not only is there no one you can practically blame, there’s no way to account for what this central authority figure does because . . . . . . well . . . . . . we cannot even come to an agreement as to who or what God is! As the Russian saying goes, it’s like trying to find a black cat in a dark room where the cat isn’t even there.
But that doesn’t perplex me as much as the lack of questioning on the need for a central authority. Why don’t we question the need for a centralized form of government (or authority) given how it’s failed us in one form or another? Why are we so tied to this idea that there must be such a C.A.R. out there that supposedly rules over us? (Especially if we’re not that keen on the whole “slavery” thing.)
Could it be a question of comfort and relief? Or possibly of our fear of being “alone” relative to the other wildlife in nature? I don’t really know. What I can say is that common sense would seem to suggest that if something is broken, then it needs to be fixed. Our government system, and many others, is broken. Why don’t we fix it?
Maybe anarchy per se is not the solution. It might actually be flawed just like any other system. But, heck, it might just be worth a try. Or, at least, a form of less centralized government may be worth a try.
And if it fails, I’ll be quiet and not support it anymore. At least we’ll then have something to show for our effort, even if it’s a negative result.
For the time being, I think our C.A.R. is due for major repairs — possibly even a trip to the scrap-heap — especially if it continues to break down, part by part, like it is now.
George (“The Meager Weakling”)
P.S. — Just like in my last post, I’d like to mention that I am not officially a proponent of Anarchy. I’m just trying to convey some thoughts I have that deal with this political system in relation to what is currently in place now.