Applied Theory

“A rational anarchist believes that concepts such as ‘state’ and ‘society’ and ‘government’ have no existence save as physically exemplified in the acts of self-responsible individuals. He believes that it is impossible to shift blame, share blame, distribute blame… as blame, guilt, responsibility are matters taking place inside human beings singly and nowhere else But being rational, he knows that not all individuals hold his evaluations, so he tries to live perfectly in an imperfect world… aware that his effort will be less than perfect yet undismayed by self-knowledge of self-failure.”

“Professor, your words sound good but there is something slippery about them. Too much power in the hands of individuals-surely you would not want…well, H-missles for example-to be controlled by one irresponsible person?”

“My point is that one person is responsible. Always. If H-bombs exist -and they do- some man controls them. In terms of morals there is no such thing as ‘state’. Just men. Individuals. Each responsible for his own acts.”

Professor Bernardo de la Paz to Wyoming Knott, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress


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