The Faces of “Freedom.”

As a caveat, I feel it is necessary it address the the metaphysics of freedom and the subsequent embodiment of ideas. Anarchists are first and foremost concerned with the concrete (funny considering how many write off anarchist movements as “idealistic”). As people of all stripes who value freedom (in an abstract sense) and seek to abolish centralized institutions which infringe on it, we concern ourselves with the not only the material but the metaphysical (see Junger) foundations of freedom and its impact (how metaphysical anarchic concepts are embodied by institutions and ideologies). I find the following outline to be helpful for a frame of reference

Self-Organizing/Anarchic systems of organization/archetypes;

National Anarchism – Freedom of Mobility
Anarcho Capitalism – Economic Freedom
Anarcho Communism/Syndicalism – Social Freedom

Institutional systems of organization/archetypes;

Neo-liberalism/Centrism/Humanism – “Rights”
Right-Wing Nationalism/Populism – “Culture”

It’s easy enough to deconstruct the “spooks” embodied by Institutional systems of organization but we often forsake critiquing our own positions. By not doing this, we risk slipping into “institutional” territory (legislated moralism and the problems which that entails). If we’re being honest, all of the above anarchic systems fail to a certain degree because they place too much of an emphasis on one type of freedom. Instead of evaluating ideas from a meta-systemic point of view in an effort to maximize all three types of freedoms, many anarchists unconsciously promote institutional rhetoric by concerning themselves with “causes” as opposed to will and action (we’ve certainly seen this with the left in recent years).

Now, it’s time to elaborate on the different types of freedoms embodied in varying anarchic systems.

Social Freedom
The ability to organize along ideological lines (either individually or collectively) that the individual or community sees as desirable. In a broader sense, this requires decentralizing power structures and abolishing external authority imposed by the state apparatus (institutions, “culture,” Morality ext) which limits people’s capacity to act directly in their self-interest (largely pertaining to varying forms of self organization and self-expression) and ensure a certain metric of security/solidarity within these forms of organization.

Economic Freedom
Very much related to social freedom but different, in that it relates to specific economic modes and how they impact self-organization. I’ve come to believe that in order to have this we must first work to decentralize wealth and abolish the artificial scarcity produced by the state by establishing a meta-archist (mutualist/distributist) system in which voluntary groups maintain a Commons where neutral exchanges can take place between ideologically diverse sub-sets.

Freedom of Mobility
Pretty simple really. This come s down to recognizing that the the global hegemony/Deep State has an agenda of either mono (homogeneous) or multiculturalism/assimilation which they want to be enforced upon others. Abolishing state held borders (borders could still be voluntarily negotiated between groups after dong so) and allowing people to associate/dissociate along ideological lines (including but certainly not limited to racial/cultural lines). Again this ties into both 1& 2 as it would only be possible through economic decentralization, abolishing intellectual property, globalism and encouraging the free movement and ideas of all people.

By bringing all of these ideas into our critique of authoritarian/institutional systems and seeing how all of these concepts connect with one another, we can form a more comprehensive and well rounded view of what freedom (and by proxy anarchism) actually looks like.

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