A Defense of Egoism

I do not care for your morals, for your spooked ethics, for your hogwash of moral this, immoral that. I only care about what pleases my ego, there is no such thing as morality. Morality itself is a spook. To define a “spook,” well, a spook essentially is any idea or social construct that you beholden yourself to, such as morals, the economy, or the nation.

Stirner tells us to take command of spooks for our own benefit, to use or dispel them as we see fit. The universe does not operate on human sensibilities, and to be quite frank, what even are “human sensibilities” anyways? Human nature, in other words. What is “human nature?”

If you were to tell me it’s the “human condition,” you’ll have yourself a tautology, you’ve just provided me a synonym for “human nature,” not an actual definition. “Communism/anarchism/insert boogeyman ideology here is antithetical to human nature,” says the idiot liberal. Ask them what human nature is, and suddenly they go silent.

Human nature, just like morality, is, in other words, a spook. Now, I’ve been told that egoism is selfishness, or that you have to have morals to be a good person, to which I respond, what do morals have to do with being a good person? Be a good person because or if it pleases your ego, not because you are obliged to a social construct, an unreal entity, a spook.

Capitalism, communism, morality, the state, the nation, patriotism, family, all of these things are spooks, it’s up to you to decide whether you want to beholden yourself to them or not. As for me, I will not slave away to some higher ideal that is not my own. I will either make it my own, or banish it, for it is of no use to me.

Maddening Misanthropy

You wanna know how long it takes for one to become a billionaire through actual work alone? 4.51 million years. That’s how long it takes for one to make a billion dollars through hard work alone. There is no way for one to make a billion dollars ethically, you have to have been either born into privilege or you had to steal the value of the labor of the work your laborers put out.

I’d say eat the rich, but that’s honestly an understatement. Slowly roast them alive over an open fire more like. This right here is why I`m a socialist. This reminds me of the line Benny made in the opening intro scene to Fallout: New Vegas:

“Sorry you got twisted up in this scene. From where you’re kneeling, it must seem like an 18-carat run of bad luck. Truth is… the game was rigged from the start.”

This system is inherently unequal, it’s a rigged game, where a minority own the means of production and everyone else has to submit to them in order to survive. These elites, this ruling class, the bourgeoisie, are protected by the power of the state and its goons, and god forbid you resist, try to make things fair, because you get labeled a socialist, a dissident, a radical, an extremist, a terrorist….

This whole thing’s a joke, it really is. One you understand that nothing of what you were taught in childhood is true, it will make a lot more sense. Take the breadpill, comrades, educate yourselves.

Resist to the end.

I have come to understand that resistance is futile, but I will continue to resist anyways. That is all I, you, and everyone else can do. Resist to the end. Always be defiant of authority, at least you could say you died with your honor intact.

Don’t go out with a whimper, go out with a bang. When the Jews following Simon bar Khokba during his infamous revolt, they knew that the end was coming, but rather surrender and live in slavery, they died free, killing themselves down to a man. When the Romans finally breached the walls, they only found a terrified woman and child hiding amongst the bodies.

They were so shocked they pardoned the woman and child on the spot. Hannibal’s final words were thusly:

Let us ease the Roman people of their continual care, who think it long to await the death of an old man.

Livy’s Ab Urbe Condita, Book XXXIX, 51

He committed suicide shortly thereafter.

How many revolutions ended in failure? How many were successful? How can we even define “success” and “failure?” How can we define what “works” and what “doesn’t work?” The only thing that stays the same is the fact that entropy increases, change and impermanence are facts of life.

The French Revolution ended with a tyrant taking the throne, the Russian Revolution ended with the rise of the party bureaucracy, and the victory of the Bolsheviks, who were anything but liberatory. The American Revolution, much vaunted here in the States, only resulted in one’s oppressors being closer to home, rather than far away across “the Pond.”The only successful revolution I can think of is the Haitian Revolution, and you only have to look at how Haiti has been kicked around by international powers for so long to see how that went.

Resistance is futile, resist anyway. Circumspice.

Rejecting the Political Compass

Attempting to map something as unendingly complex as human ideology unto such a reductionist plane as the political compass is folly, for it leaves out and misrepresents ideologies such as post-leftism, anarcho-primitivism, and egoism. The political compass just isn’t suited for the job of mapping and describing human ideology.

Tell me, dear reader, what is the definition of “leftist” and “rightist?” Of the left and right wings? Of libertarianism and authoritarianism? You wouldn’t get these answers from a reading of the polcomp, nor even from browsing shit such as Wikipedia, at least not well enough.

The answers to these questions are a lot more complex than they may at first seem, and to the post-leftist and anarcho-nihilist such as myself they are even the wrong questions to be asking. What is leftism and what is rightism?

Leftists claim to be in favor of labor, and rightists are at least nominally in favor of capital, but does that mean that groups such as Marxists-Leninists, or Dengists, who claim to favor labor over capital but end up becoming just as bad as or even transferring over to capital, are the leftists in the same vein as libertarian socialists and anarchists? I believe that the terms “left” and “right” wing are so vague that they ought to be rendered obsolete, they’re holdovers of the era of the French Revolution. Well, guess what, Sherlock, this ain’t the French Revolution.

The revolutionaries of the Russian Revolution were, at least nominally, leftist, but the stark differences between the Bolsheviks and the Makhnovists should show you just how meaningless the term “leftist” becomes in this context. Lenin and Makhno could not be further apart from each other, and yet they both get lumped in together as “leftists.”

This is why I reject the political compass: it’s obsolete, reductionist, and quite frankly a hindrance to an accurate understanding of the human political spectrum.

Ultimate Authority

I was told by my neurologist if I “had thoughts or feelings of hurting oneself or others to go to the emergency room immediately,” that was during a period of time I was considering ending my life. Life just wasn’t worth living. Only now do I realize the meaning of his words. I don’t think even he understood the full implication of what he said.

The state has the power to effectively imprison you for wanting out, it is the ultimate coercive power, the state decides when you die, you don’t even have control over your own life or death, the state does. It can decide when, and if, to put you down, but Christ forbid that someone try to appropriate that power from the state, to achieve the ultimate bodily autonomy.

Throwing you inside a psychiatric ward just for wanting out, it is the ultimate coercive power, the ultimate example of the unjust authority the state wields. It can decide when you die, how you die, but you can’t. It is illegal for you to take your own life, but not for the state, for whom nothing is illegal, since it makes and enforces the law.

Call it authoritarian, call it justified, whatever, don’t try to convince me of your moralistic hogwash, with your fallacious appeals to emotion. I am not swayed, I am only swayed by cold, hard fact, and the fact of the matter is is that the state’s ability to decide whether you live or die is the ultimate example of authoritarianism there is to be found.

I can be involuntarily committed to a psych ward for wanting out, the difference between being “lawfully” held captive and being “unlawfully” held captive is arbitrary, “unlawfully” holding someone captive deprives the state of the ability to “lawfully” hold someone captive. What is the difference? I am still in chains, it doesn’t matter to me whether my captors are acting within the purview of the law or not, they are my oppressors.

Tell me something, muse, why does the state get an exemption from criminality, but the people do not? Is the state above the law? “Nobody is above the law,” the liberal says. I say bollocks, someone has to enforce the law, and in order to enforce the law you have to be above it.

Liberalism is intellectually dishonest, inconsistent. Statist libertarianism is intellectually dishonest, inconsistent. Fascism of all things is more honest than liberalism, for at least the fascist will be plain with you what he wants, he doesn’t hold any pretenses to the contrary.

The liberal does, however, for they believe it to be “for your own good,” but does my “own good” entail being held captive, imprisoned, for wanting to take control over my own life? Foucault was right.

Statism and Ableism

As an autistic transwoman, I believe that the best bet for both queer and disabled liberation is by abolishing the state and overthrowing hierarchy whereever sees fit. Disabled people under a statist society will always be at a disadvantage, since statist societies prioritize able-bodied people over disabled people.

The only reason people like me are seen as disabled and not merely “eccentric” is because we cannot produce, we cannot contribute to capital’s stranglehold on production. This is literally the only reason I am disabled. Under a non-statist society, one based off of true libertarian principles such as mutual aid and free association, disabled people would not be valued or devalued solely based off of their ability to contribute to capital, off of their ability to produce.

I propose a synthesis of disabled and anarchist tendencies called divergent anarchism, to encompass both physiodivergent and neurodivergent people. It will serve the same function as queer anarchism, or anarcha-feminism, or black anarchism etc does, providing a means of analysis that will provide a true path to liberation for disabled people.

Disabled people can produce items of value comparable to that produced by able-bodied people, but society as it currently stands does not, and can not, value the products made by us in the same way it values the products made by able-bodied people. Nor will it value us as it values able-bodied people.

Statism is inherently ableist, the systemic issues that come with statism cannot be solved by mere reforms. All reforms merely serve as stopgap solutions, to kick the can further down the road for future generations to deal with, to placate the masses as to not seriously disrupt the flow of capital. Disability is stigmatized just as race/ethnicity is, or gender is, or lack thereof, or biological sex is, etc etc etc.

The Fabians and their social democrat/democratic socialist descendants are stool pigeons for the state and hierarchy by virtue of being reformist in the first place. “We’re not like those radicals, see? We want to reform the system, not abolish it,” cries the socdem/demsoc, but in the end when hierarchy deems it appropriate they too will be sent to the camps as we are/will. The Quisling always gets his comeuppance at the end.

Appeasement does not work, reformism does not work. To truly liberate disabled and other marginalized people, we must abolish the very system that oppresses us, not make peace with and submit to it as vassals. Assimilation politics serve the benefit of the oppressor, not the oppressed. Barack Obama is a keen example of this, being a biracial man, the son of a Luo Kenyan man and an Irish-American woman, as well as being the first African-American president of the United States.

Throughout his presidency he was jeered and subjected to hostile opposition solely based off of the color of his skin, derided as being a “communist, Muslim, atheist, gay man” etc, having his native born citizenship questioned, as well as having all of his actions opposed at every single turn, even when his policies were not too different from his white, Republican predecessor. Why, you ask? Because he was deemed black, and therefore “not a True American” by American society, despite being the personification of assimilation politics.

Take Obama’s example as a lesson for all people insistent on assimilating into mainstream society, if you are a marginalized person, you will continue to be stigmatized no matter what actions you take. Now I am not black, so I will not comment on what is best for African-Americans, I will only comment on what I see is best for disabled folk.

Having outlined why statism is inherently ableist, and why reformism doesn’t work, let’s now take a look at authoritarian socialist takes on disabled liberation. The same thing applies here, in all of the so-called “socialist countries” of the world, people have been valued solely by their ability to produce, even in so-called “worker’s states.”

If you could not work, or you wanted meaningful control over the products of your own labor etc, you were deemed an outcast, a criminal, and marginalized as such. From 1928 onward, striking was a capital offense in the USSR (Cliff, 1954), and if striking, the most basic of methods of labor resistance, was outlawed, and labor was oppressed despite supposedly having control of the means of production, what does that mean for disabled people, who arguably got/get it even worse than laborers under such so-called “worker’s states?” All statism is ableist, end of story.

America

America has fallen from grace.

Anarchy will take her place.

The collapse of the imperial state.

America is buckling under her own weight.

They say this is the greatest country on this Earth.

But it is built on the blood of a hundred million hearths.

Built on the blood and the tears of the poor, the slave, and the native.

The bourgeoisie shall be plative.

As their end is drawn near.

It is the end of this grand sneer.

I believe Tara Reade

That’s all there is to it. Biden is a rapist. What happened to “believing all women?” It’s as if it doesn’t apply to politicians who are blue. I get accused of being a Trump enabler for not being willing to vote for a rapist, but Biden isn’t much better than Trump anyways. Being “better than Trump” is a really low bar, and shouldn’t be the standard we apply politicians to.

Biden has a lot of problems, including having voted multiple times to cut Social Security and Medicaid, numerous problems with race, such as sponsoring the 1994 Crime Bill that severely impacted African American people, having said he’d veto Medicare 4 All  if it went to his desk, and more.

#VoteBlueNoMatterWho is a sham. Vote the way your conscience dictates, not they way some hyper-liberal fucks tell you to.

Fight for it

Congress just put a price stamp on our lives, $500 billion for large corporations, only $100 billion for us. We don’t matter. Our government has proven incapable of doing its job, that is, protecting its citizenry, but that was always a lie anyways, wasn’t it?

Governments exist to govern, to control, not to protect. Otherwise it’d be called a “protectorate” (ignoring the definition of that word more often used in the common parlance). The state serves to protect class interests, that class being the ruling class. Their stock options matter more than one million Americans, they’ve told us that.

Meanwhile a 17 year old kid died recently because he lacked healthcare, they (and their parents) were too poor to afford treatment for COVID-19, and they had to pay the ultimate price for being born poor, at 17 years old. Meanwhile Joe Biden is laughing onstage, saying “no healthcare for you, no, I don’t care if you die because you lack healthcare, I`m a capitalist shill and proud of it, no shut up and get in your place you damn pleb.”

The world is falling all around us, and those of us who want to do something about it, who see the urgency of the situation, are ridiculed and called “extremists,” “alarmists,” “radicals,” so on and so forth. May I put out there that the real extremists are the people wanting one million Americans to die for their stock options, the people who value profit over people, the people who fight tooth and nail against Medicare 4 All but then demand early access to vaccines?

This system needs to change, I`m not dying for some fucking billionaire, if anything, he should die for me. It’s time for a general strike, and by Jove it’s time for even more than that, it’s time for revolution, a complete societal overhaul. The planet dies but the people in power don’t care, they only care about what the next fiscal quarter looks like. Time is running out, and those who are responsible for this crime against humanity will get away with it if we don’t demand justice.

Freedom is taken, not given, now show some class solidarity and get out there and fight for it!

(excerpt from a book I just started writing)

Abolish government

The time has come to abolish the state, which has proven itself wholly incapable of protecting and serving all of its citizens and only serves to protect the interests of the ruling class. No reforms will be able to undo this fact, for as long capital exists there will be someone willing to subvert the gains made on behalf of the common people. The only way to right this wrong is by revolution, not reformism.

The time for action is now, the working class will overthrow the bourgeois state and replace it with communism. Get out there and organize folks, prepare yourselves, or else we will all suffer due to the hubris of our “betters.” This is evidenced by the Australian government’s reluctance to adequately fight climate change, the very thing causing those wildfires in Australia in the first place, and its refusal to tax the billionaires, only taking money from the National Disabled Fund, from people who actually NEED that money,

Trump is cutting food stamps and social security, leaving many more people without access to life-saving safety nets, charity doesn’t cut it, we need bread! The police are actively crushing squatting movements, which are occupying vacant homes and claiming them for themselves, there are more empty houses than there are homeless people, we can afford to spare a few of them.

Sending riot squads out against defenseless mothers and children in Oakland, they have declared war on the people. The time has come to fight back! Reclaim our streets! Reclaim our dignity! Act now!