Vancouver Police: Stanley Cup ‘Riot Pre-Planned by Anarchists’

Posted: June 19, 2011 in Anarchists & Communists
 Sevastian Winters Sevastian Winters Fri Jun 17, 2:56 pm ET
CNN reports that Vancouver, British Columbia, police, are blaming the recent riot on anarchists who traveled to the city specifically to disrupt the city for their cause. More than 100 people were arrested after multiple injuries were reported. Property damage is estimated to be in the millions.

 The hooligans who started the riot clearly misunderstand anarchy. They are just trouble makers operating without a moral compass. Anarchy is not synonymous with unruly chaos. Anarchy is self-rule, and it is the way that most of us live, most of the time.

George Bernard Shaw once famously said, “The ordinary man is an anarchist. He wants to do as he likes. He may want his neighbor to be governed, but he himself doesn’t want to be governed. He is mortally afraid of government officials and policemen.”

Most of us live according to a code of morals of our own. We give very little thought to the rule of law, but rather to the moral compasses under which we operate. Indeed, when we protest or champion the actions of government it is nearly always on the basis of the values we hold above the values of government. We are in favor of self rule.

Henry David Thoreau said, to open his diatribe Civil Disobedience, “‘That government is best which governs least;” and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe, “That government is best which governs not at all’; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.”

Anarchy is not a philosophy that absolves us from law. Rather, it is, in itself, a law to govern us from within. Some people call it “personal accountability.” The hooligans in Vancouver who shamed that peaceful city, claimed a radical notion that says the rules aren’t for them, and that chaos is indicative of anarchy, but I would bet you money they likely honor, that they stopped at a few stoplights on the way to their atrocity.

I would bet you money that some of them wore seatbelts, drove on roads and kept themselves at least marginally close to the posted speed limit, and I would further bet that had they seen a police officer, their foot would have instinctively tapped for the brakes, while giving the speedometer a quick glance. They aren’t anarchists. They’re criminals.


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