While I was offline for a month, I kept a note of any links and news stories worth commenting on. Now that I’m back, I’m aiming to post two short items a day here, about stuff that happened during my online absence, until I’ve cleared the backlog. This is one of those.
I tend to find myself sympathising a great deal with anarchists on almost all points, and agreeing with just about everything except the ultimate conclusion.
A post I read recently on the ideological similarities between atheism and anarchism got me thinking about this again. If I were to base an estimate on my own limited experience rather than actual data, I’d guess that atheists are over-represented among anarchists. And it’s clear that some political philosophies are much more prevalent than others among the atheist and/or skeptical community.
One thing I notice about the arguments on the side of anarchism is that they all tend to be profoundly humanistic. They give a tremendous amount of credit to the potential for people to do good. If you can’t share that idea to some extent, you’re not going to be a very happy atheist.
I wonder if, in ten years’ time, I’ll have shaken off the last vestiges of authority and gone full-on crazy anarcho-liberal, or whether I’ll have swerved way back in the other direction.