Aking to follow – Part Two, Anarcho-Monarchy

Who is the one person to dictate to others that everyone must be their own leaders of their lives at all times, and that they shouldn’t be a follower? Not an anarchist—and I don’t know that I have encountered a leftist who has taken that radical a position, but I write this in anticipation of—and against—such a polarizing point that is arguably quite anti-anarchist. So to recap and put the question into a statement: there should be no person telling other people what they should and shouldn’t do.

With such a situation allowed for, an anarchist society allows for both leaders and followers. Anyone who holds the anarchist ideals should deeply consider that many of us at times are, and may feel the need to be, followers (think especially of the infant/childhood condition of existence). There is nothing wrong with leaders and followers, just so long as the followers aren’t being coerced into being such, and there is no time commitment that keeps them bound to follow past the present moment in which they are choosing to follow. There is no contract, no obligation, that a student should have to a teacher to continue being a student; nor does the teacher have to remain a teacher if there is a sudden urge to stop being a teacher and become a student, or leave the dynamic completely. Options are always open to all persons, and the moment that a follower wants to lead themselves, or follow a different lead, is the moment they can.

There are some historical/futurical cautions to be aware of with the leader, follower dynamic. Coercion has often existed and put contracts/shackles unfairly on participants (not just the peasants, but the heirs to the throne who would rather relinquish their power). Landlords in medieval times abused the leader/follower tendencies among humans to create the shitstorm of perpetual servitude, whereby over many generations the famous quote of Steve Biko is rendered true: “The most potent weapon of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed”

It’s as if servitude morphs from being the symptom of a structure to an organic and perfectly natural occurrence. We can allow for monarchs, just so long as the true meaning of “mon” is kept with a single person, temporary to the situation (I’m thinking of an even more temporary form than Roman/Greek executive dictators), and the monarchy is not passed on arbitrarily to an heir, but that the followers choose their new leaders—the best case being them maturing to choose themselves!

Aking to Follow Part 1

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The Feudal Refusal!

(this is a sequel to the post State-City)

“Thank you for your offer, dear knight, but we are not peasants and can take care of ourselves”

It might be the castles, horseback, riding and merry men that many people liken to medieval times. However, these will probably not be found in a future feudal system that will only have dragons that are tattooed on gang serfs in common with lore. To avoid this dystopian, anti-fantastical future, we must be leaders, and:

The best way to be a leader is to start early.

To ensure we aren’t lorded over in the future, and can be (or become) our own lords, we must already have some physical and mental infrastructure in place to withstand being sacked. Ask yourself these questions:

– Are you friendly enough with your neighbors that they can trust you to do joint ventures with? If not already so by the time things become dire, they are not going to let new people (you) into their vital interactions, when they will have a high dose of suspicion that you might just be an opportunist. You have to prove yourself while there is still the forum for it. Make local friends now, before the war brings in the defensive alienation, and life is “cold, brutish, and short.”

– Can you accurately walk anywhere within a quarter mile radius of your home with blindfolds on? With your new friends, you should start gaining a familiarity with the routes into and out of your neighborhood, how you might block or destroy these roads to thwart the efforts of usurpers, and how you might be able to best use them for a more agriculturally intensive future we will certainly find ourselves in. Are there any jackhammers or concrete picks that would be available in a time of need in the future? Are there trailer carts you could grow crops on top of, and cart around to market if you so choose?

– Can you grow your own food in your yard? You must make friends with expert gardeners, start downloading the hundreds of “how to” videos from youtube that will no longer be available once the Internet is not maintained (and under no circumstances depend upon a cloud to store data… we know how quickly clouds come and go).

– Do you live in a city? You won’t in the future, so its best to get out before your place has no value and the value of less inhabited places skyrockets.

– Have you been to the doctors lately? Make sure you have the most immunizations possible because when the healthcare network falls apart these offers will no longer be available. Purchase bullet proof vests aplenty… just look at the statistics for gun ownership in the United States! Once a bullet enters your body, you can’t depend on anyone being able to do a half-decent job of correctly removing it, or even attempting it. As a super important aside, guns will become the new gold.

(Note: As things occur in my mind, they will occur on this post as well)