Why should I support someone who takes pride in calling himself an anarchist?
The term "anarchy" refers to a society without a publicly enforced government. Used in this sense, anarchy may or may not be intended to imply political disorder or lawlessness within a society. What has escaped media attention is that there are forms of anarchy that attempt to avoid the use of coercion, violence, force and authority, while still producing a productive and desirable
society. Gandhi’s concept of Swaraj is essentially an example of anarchy without
coercion, violence, force and authority. The politician-police-criminal nexus Arwind Kejriwal was protesting against is in fact the anti-people manifestation of the state Gandhi had in mind. During a recent episode of Satyamev Jayate a senior police officer exposed the
ugly truth when he said “pol
iticians use the Police as a hungry dogs to maul their
The idea of anarchy refers to the need to protect citizens from the excesses of the state.
German philosopher Immanuel Kant’s description of four types of governance
explains anarchy in relation to other forms of government. 1. Law and freedom without force (anarchy), 2. Law and force without freedom (despotism), 3. Force without freedom and law (barbarism), and 4. Force with freedom and law (republic).
AAP’s vision of Swaraj, contrary to the media projection
, DOES NOT subscribe to either despotism or barbarism. It aims at replacing the republic of India with Swaraj, where self-rule could be established without requiring the force of the government. The younger generation in India is behind the AAP because they have a different worldview. They are not indoctrinated by old ideologies, nor with top down models of governance. They have access to the Internet and have got accustomed to the Open Source model of contributing their own ideas for a larger good. Crowd sourcing has become a reliable method of finding patterns in
people’s needs and aspirations, more reliable than any expert opinion. In this
background the younger voters are less loyal to centralized control and delivery mechanisms and more tuned into the fuzzy space of collaboration and co-creation. Eric Schmidt, Founder of Google describes this phenomenon as
“The Internet is the first thin
g that humanity has built that humanity doesn't
understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had”.
The idea of Swaraj- a non-violent form of anarchy will challenge and disrupt the power centers but will turn India into a participatory democracy.
Why is the Aam Aadmi Party only criticizing Narendra Modi and not Rahul and Sonia? Is AAP a B-team of the Congress party?