I read this in another group and it’s PERFECT:
Regarding government control: We don’t need them to survive and they know it. And because we don’t need them, they can’t control us. Because they can’t control us. they fear us. Because they fear us, they try to make us out to be ignorant and backwards. Because they make us out to be ignorant and backwards, they underestimate us. Because they underestimate us, that gives us more power!
J R Fibonacci HunnThe comments from Kelly and Sara are very remarkable to me. On December 29, 1890, the US government (the army) slaughtered about 300 civilians at a place called “wounded knee” (apparently as part of a gun control initiative).
Did the US government “need” the ongoing tax revenues and labor of the targeted population? No, after the massacre, the US government continued to operate much as it had before. The government did not immediately collapse as a result of killing a few hundred people.
J R Fibonacci HunnDifferent? Of course! Totally different? I will refrain from requesting a discussion of details. I have no special interest in examining “extremist” assertions.
If I were to die in 10 minutes, that would have virtually no effect on the operations of governments in my vicinity. In contrast, if the court system and overall operation of government in my midst were to suddenly cease, my life would radically change. I respect the power of certain groups.
J R Fibonacci HunnTo some people, anarchism may mean contempt for any form of social institution, as in a contempt for modern humanity in general. To me, anarchism means the absence of a preference for any particular form of social institution.
I have a very casual and scientific or intellectual interpretation of anarchy. I’m not insulted by the existence of social institutions, such as the institution of marriage or the existence of court systems.
But none of that is really the issue that you raised in the original post. If you were attempting to shame others for the experience of fear in relation to the coercive power of a certain government operation, then I would consider that attempt to be a lack of respect for other people as well as a lack of respect for fear. Not only are there dangers that would spark fear in an intelligent person, but could spark people to explore caution and collaboration and courage.