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16 August 2002 @ 08:37 am
Thought for today  
This book is for anarchists -- those who feel able to discipline themselves -- on all the subjects (from drugs to weapons to explosives) that are currently illegal and surpressed in this country. It is my firm belief that the only laws an individual can truly respect and obey are those he instills in himself. This is not a revolutionary book in any traditional sense, but its premise is the sanctity of human dignity.
-William Powell, The Anarchist Cookbook

Law must come from within. You are welcome to make whatever laws you wish. If I find them tolerable, I will tolerate them. Otherwise, I will break them. My legal status depends largely on how well the socially-imposed laws line up with my internal laws. Regardless, I am free because I take sole responsibility for my decisions. For me, "look what you made me do" is one of the most pathetic phrases a human can utter.
Stupendous Manfarmalloc on August 16th, 2002 11:31 am (UTC)
I agree with you along these lines however I will not dilbertly break the laws just because I do not agree with them. By this I mean...when I enter a situation where I am faced with this particular law I will not hesitate to do what I normally would have done regardless if a law was in place or not. Like say for example they created a law that said when walking backwards you had to whistle. I don't agree with that law therfore I won't abide by it but it dosn't mean that from now on I will dilbertly walk around backwards whistling just to show my disgust of that law. But if I did encounter a situation where I had to walk backwards I would certianly not whistle.
St. Sean the Amusedseanb on August 16th, 2002 11:41 am (UTC)
Of course. Your example of a law requiring whistling while walking backwards isn't necessarily intolerable, just fucking stupid (like so many laws). It would be silly and juvenile to go out of your way yo break it (except as an effort to change said law).

I would only find such a law intolerable when it got in my way.
Stupendous Manfarmalloc on August 16th, 2002 12:00 pm (UTC)
Right the example was just that...an example. Not a great one at that but still. If it were a less trival law I would still abide by the same philosophy.
Jim: karandraswarpdragon on August 16th, 2002 12:43 pm (UTC)
When is "look what you made me do" actually used as a reason or complaint in American domestic politics? (I specify domestic because it seems to be the driving force in our foreign policy.)