Revolution, Power, Entrepreneurship
“Lest we forget at least an over-the-shoulder acknowledgment to the very first radical: from all our legends, mythology, and history (and who is to know where mythology leaves off and history begins — or which is which), the first radical known to man who rebelled against the establishment and did it so effectively that he at least won his own kingdom — Lucifer.”
Anarchism: the rejection of Non-Consensual Hierarchy, The State and Capitalism (as it is understood in the marxist critique). Anarchism is usually championed as the anti-system, the complete end of all power, etc. However, all Political Ideologies are still an attempt at controlling people and Revolutionary Anarchism is no exception.
“No,” one might protest, “Anarchism is liberation from the clutches of power, it is the exact opposite of a power play!” Yes, Anarchism may give individuals increased personal autonomy, but how this autonomy is used and how society saturates itself is still a system and something that is dictated and forced onto the population by the revolutionaries. Ideas of property norms, racial relations, gender roles and so on, are things that the revolutionary wants to influence and have align with their preference. To say “The world ought to be free” is to say “I want the world to be shaped in the way that I desire it” Even non-violent means of education and debate are still just another tactic for getting people to act as the revolutionary wants, it is a decentralized attempt at control.
It’s important to note not all attempts at power are equally bad. It’s clear to most that maximization of personal autonomy is a desirable end. However, it’s impossible to escape the fact that having an idea of how the world should be, and making an effort to change the world in that direction is still an effort to get the world to conform to the standards of the revolutionary.
But what does this level of introspection do to benefit the revolutionary and help them achieve their goals? Or what tactics are best and most ethical for promoting attempting to control the way society functions?
It’s understood that the political official is most obviously an attempt at power. The Revolutionary ought to be aware of their limits and avoid such tactic, as economists have been saying for a very long time, human action can be directly planned in an efficient and effect way because of the spontaneousness of economic order. Even the most intelligent world leader still lacks the local knowledge of the individual and their preferences, their passions and their limitations. It’s easy to say “This country needs more bakers due to a bread shortage!” It’s impossible to know if those bakers could be better working as farmers or if the shortage isn’t due to a lack of bakers but instead, to a lack of stone workers to make ovens. The Intelligent Revolutionary knows that any sort of direct control of social norms and economic systems is not only unethical but is more importantly a disaster that never leads to desired results.
If direct control is not a feasible choice, what tactic then can be used by the Revolutionary for building a society structured in their preferred way?
The Entrepreneur provides an answer. It’s proven time and time again that business has a very powerful influence on social preference and therefore social order. In the times Uber has gone to a city without permission from the direct controllers, the population of that city learns to love the ride sharing concept as an alternative to the Taxi Cartel. Once the city officials suggest enforcing their anti-uber ban, the population is outraged! As all political ideals are an attempt to shape the world as the advocator of that ideal sees fit, that must be taken into consideration
Naturally any intelligent political official, in their desire to be re-elected and maintain control, knows there is too much of a risk in acting against the Entrepreneur and learns to back off.
Here we have the Entrepreneur, wanting to see a world free from unjust taxi-cartels, using the most effect non-violent tactic for shaping their universe. Knowing the preferences of their opponents, the Entrepreneur works not as an utopian, sitting around hoping for things to change, but as an indirect (yet very powerful) influencer of public preference, and therefore having power of their external world.