Notes on Anarchism: Lawlessness

Money is the law of the land–not justice or liberty for all, but liberty for the rich.  We live in a plutocracy, not a democracy.  Thus, our current social structure is truly lawless, for enough money (and power, for money equals power and vice versa) can effectively get one out of any legal skirmish.  The law, therefore, only applies to the poor, and is used as a means of protecting the interests of the political and economic elite.  The “lawless society” advocated by anarchists is one predicated on mutual aid, solidarity, and egalitarianism.  Under capitalism, there is no law but money/power.  Ergo, those who would denounce anarchy as impossible because a “lawless society” could not exist are actually denouncing our current political and economic system which is, in a very real sense, lawless.

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One thought on “Notes on Anarchism: Lawlessness

  1. Very well said. This is a fine example of what Marx calls the ideological superstructure. The rule of law is said to protect the everyone’s interests equally; in reality, laws exist to maintain and promote the interests of the ruling class.

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