The strategies that are applied as a means toward an idea can say a lot about the idea.
For example, Socialism vs. Anarchism:
Socialist/Communist philosophy and strategies used as a means to their ideal of a peaceful, cooperative society:
Increasing and empowering big government, forcing ideas/morals/tolls on others involuntarily (for the ‘better good’), voting, more laws, ‘free’ stuff, collectivism, petitioning, protesting, college kids whining violently (maybe that’s not inherent of socialism, but I honestly can’t tell anymore), distributing all of the power to ONE group with the idea it will distribute the wealth equally among individuals, thinking distributing wealth equally is the solution (even if it involves stealing from others) to oppression, sacrificing the rights of the individual for the good of society
Anarchist/Libertarian philosophy and strategies used as a means to their ideal of a peaceful, cooperative society:
Voluntary exchanges, using alternative currencies, agorism, self-sustainability, empowering the individual, education, free markets, the non-aggression principle, the decentralization of power, counter-economics, entrepreneurship, individualism, making irrelevant the largest, needless source of legitimized violence (the State) while creating new alternatives, against all actions of violence and coercion
Am I too biased, or does it seem EVERYTHING that is a means to socialism (which is really a means to communism) depends on violence and force (and passively ineffective strategies)? Doesn’t that say something interesting about this system of government?
How in the world could such a violent system be used for peaceful cooperation among individuals? Because it gives us “free” stuff?
Yet… as a free-market loving anarchist, I am the destructive one?! While the Anarchist Movement has it’s fair share of flaws (mainly infighting), at least the intended strategies are effectively nonviolent and productive… and much more creative.
The strategies that are applied as a means toward an idea can say a lot about the idea. We must be mindful of what we put our energy into.. perpetuating violence for what you think is the best interest for everyone vs. building a new system where individuals are free to discover their own interests… just so long as it doesn’t violate the non-aggression principle 😉
Some food for thought, folks. Feedback is much appreciated 🙂