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May 24th, 2009

An anarchist

My name is Bob, I am 75, a retired university teacher, married, caregiver.

I live in Boise, Idaho

I try, usually with indifferent results, to follow the sermon on the mount, the eightfold path, and the works of mercy.  Though not a Christian, nor a believer in God in the usual way, I believe that life is first of all a spiritual journey and I consider myself a "Christian" anarchist, although I probably fit the anarcho-primitivist definition a little bit better.  As a " practical" matter, I usually vote Socialist, or Green, or Democratic, but I always feel I have betrayed my principals when I do.

I probably was an anarchist long before I was willing to apply that label to myself, using the term "democratic socialist"  during childhood and through middle age.  I believe in equality, the absence of government, non-violence, the eightfold path, the sermon on the mount, the works of Mercy. community, the fewest possible number of rules none of which are backed up by force, the essential goodness of people, the corrupting power of institutions (especially economic and political ones), and the optimization of personal freedom and community responsibility.  The worst offense is treating another human being or another life form as of less value than oneself.  The second worst offense is regarding another human being as having more value than oneself.

I try to avoid politics, and, as much as possible, economics.  I try as much as possible to live in the cracks between the institutions others regard as important.  Having Asperger's Syndrome probably makes this outsider status and perspective more possible.

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