Opinion | The rise of Anarcho-Tyranny in Modern Society

Senator Paul Wellstone once said: “Politics is about the improvement of people’s lives. It’s about advancing the cause of peace and justice in our country and the world.” That statement has been true for ages, but not so much today.

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By : AVANTI GIRIDHARAN

In today’s day and age, societies are becoming increasingly polarized as the political climate gets more and more vitriolic. We hear news of violence, rioting and crimes daily. However, a more sinister phenomenon (one that threatens to take over our lives), is being ignored is the rise of Anarcho-Tyranny. Most of us may not be familiar with the term, but it is important that we learn about it.

What is Anarcho-Tyranny?

The first definition of the term comes from Samuel Francis. He describes anarcho-tyranny as ‘’A concept where the state is more interested in controlling citizens so that they don’t oppose managerial class, rather than tending to real criminals. Laws are argued to be enforced selectively depending on what is beneficial to the ruling elite.’’

The very presence of anarcho-tyranny seems far-fetched. But it’s actually all around us! Governments, politics, administrative institutions and the mainstream media are full of it. The fact that we don’t recognize it shows how habituated we have become to it. There are many ways in which anarcho-tyranny is enforced on citizens. These are:

  1. Certain violent groups are allowed to protest without masks during the lockdown. But poor, small business owners weren’t allowed to open up to feed their family.
  2. People with particular political affiliations are allowed to destroy public property, but others are imprisoned even for speaking against the establishment.
  3. Elected officials and senators get to throw parties, but common people can’t even attend funerals or religious places during COVID-19.
  4. Petty crimes of some people are punished disproportionately, but actual criminals are allowed to roam free.
  5. Invasion of personal rights through excess control or regulation.
  6. Censorship of free speech and press freedoms. Not to mention the media itself lying to people for biased propaganda.
  7. Public slander in the form of defamation, bullying, harassment or cancel culture for having a different opinion.
  8. Use of digital or tech devices to spy on people in order to collect their personal data.

I’m sure that you can think of many more examples in your daily lives. These are a few ways how we are being controlled.

Why is this happening?

The main reason for the rise in anarcho-tyranny is that governments of most countries have grown bigger and continue to do so. The bigger the government, the more the violation of individual liberties. We’ve become so dependent on authoritarian institutions to fix our lives, that we never realized when they snatched the reins from us. The media houses prefer profits over truth and personal gains over actual knowledge, hence they just play into it. We could be a little to blame too since we never paid any attention and just let it happen.

Monopolies that have taken over markets are pushing small businesses out and controlling our choices. Most opinion makers are also acting in a concerted manner to influence our thoughts. Even average people with money and status are counting on the existing misinformation and ignorance to fool the masses. The few people who tried to raise awareness were shut down and threatened. All of this has slowly seeped into our lives without eliciting our immediate attention.

Should we be worried?

Yes, we should be. The more anarcho-tyranny rises, the integrity of society declines. People are oppressed in a state of fear. Criminals are not controlled, hence the innocent are hurt. Personal freedoms will be censored. Violence, lawlessness and eradication of justice run rampant. Do we really want to live in such a world?

This isn’t a left, centre or right-wing issue. Neither is this about ethnicity, culture, race or religion. This is about us: We the people. We need to put our differences aside and unite for our own good. The point is not about hypocrisy or double standards. Anarcho-Tyranny has no standards. Neither of law nor of morality. Every individual deserves fair treatment, equality of opportunity and free will over personal choices. Anarcho-Tyranny prevents that.

A few solutions:

Just like the problems, the solutions are not short or simple. Awareness and education is the first step to combating misinformation and ignorance. Forget big tech or mainstream media; books, social and independent media are already doing their bit. The laws are not the problem, their selective enforcement is.

For this, a parallel rotating institution made of citizen representatives (All ages and professions) and a voter system of checks and balances might help. Most importantly, we need to strengthen the bonds of family and community as a support system. It’s not easy, but it’s necessary to be aware of our rights and speak out about them.

Closing thoughts

Anarcho-Tyranny is a major cause for concern today. However, it’s not all doom and gloom. The world is full of brave and caring people. You and your loved ones are one of them. There is an endless amount of potential for a heroic life. Every little effort goes a long way. It’s time for the silent majority to stop letting the vocal minority get away with this. Let’s bring back democracy to what it used to be, “For the people, by the people and of the people” for a better and brighter future.

Avanti is a freelance writer who enjoys travelling. She loves reading and music. She seeks to empower people through compassion and logic.  

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