Thursday, December 21, 2006

Anarchy for the Common Person

I got off the bus and hitchhiked from Yelm out to the Bald Hills the other day to pick up the car I had left at my parents’ house (I usually drive a '71 Ford Country Squire that I inherited from my grandmother and donated to Bread & Roses). It had been far too long since I’ve hitchhiked anywhere, or really since I’ve done anything to remind myself of my utter dependence on my community.

I only waited for about two minutes before a fellow driving a big pickup truck stopped to offer a ride. He was only going about four miles up the road, but he went out of his way to drive me the whole fifteen miles to the Bald Hills.

We talked a bit on the way about the big windstorm that had come through and knocked out the power across western Washington, about how the developers had really done Yelm in, and about Bread & Roses. The driver worked for Intercity Transit as a bus driver, and knew a lot of the folks we serve. He said, “It’s a good thing that you people are doing, helping all the homeless folks rather than waiting for the government to do it.”

It is good to hear people like him talk like anarchists.

1 comment:

Robert Whitlock said...

Anarchism is suffering from a public image problem. It's not that the ideas of anarchy are so contrary to the ideas of the American People, it's that the word anarchy sends up symbols that repel the common man.

Sort of like when I saw a Grateful Dead album cover that had a human skull on it - I immediately assumed that it was some sort of satanic death metal - not for me.

Maybe Anarchism can figure out a new P.R. scheme to counter the bad press.

"Anarchy - try it, you might like it."

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