I am one of those "lawyer-priests" who happens to believe in anarchism, as you express it here. This may seem a contradiction, but it is these contradictions which drive us forward. My strategy was once called the "boring from within." I may be full of it, and I question my strategy every day.

Ultimately, I agree with you, Tolstoy and Jesus, that what we need is a religious (not Religion) awakening to move towards my grandparents' ideal of a society embodying the ideal of: "From each according to their ability; To each according to their need."

Capitalism is a religion build on worship of money, faith in the "Market" and the morality of greed. Anarchism is based on the recognition of solidarity - that everything we do affects everyone and everything else. As another anarchist - Ricardo Flores Magon - put it: "Solidarity is the consciousness of the common interest, and the actions which follow from that consciousness."

In other words, to achieve true freedom, we must accept the responsibility for our actions ourselves, instead of waiting for a government to enforce it. That is the challenge. We have developed more and more powerful ways to hurt each other and the Earth, yet we still act like apes beating our chests (over the internet) and throwing sticks (rockets) at each other. It is time for us to grow up. And time is running out . . .

Representing the Working Class as a lawyer since 1982. Questioning everything, especially myself.

Representing the Working Class as a lawyer since 1982. Questioning everything, especially myself.