The following is a brief description of my new philosophical endeavor, which I’ve dubbed Toward Autarchy. Though the website is not yet active (thus far I’ve just acquired the URL towardautarchy.com), I have launched a Facebook page (Toward Autarchy) dedicated to further development of the concept, so please visit the page and “like” it, to keep abreast of my ongoing work on this subject matter.
Here’s the brief description from the page:
Autarchism is a political philosophy that promotes the principles of individualism, the moral ideology of individual liberty and self-reliance. It rejects compulsory government and supports the elimination of government in favor of ruling oneself to the exclusion of ruling, or being ruled by, others.
I believe that autarchy is a better term than anarchy, for the simple reason that anarchy is defined as “no rulers”, which can easily be perceived as people not even ruling themselves—i.e., total lawlessness, violence, chaos and riots in the streets, an unfortunate misperception that we are all familiar with—whereas autarchy literally means “self-rule”, and thus is not so easily misperceived.
In addition, I’ve taken the liberty to expand upon the notion of self-rule to include self-liberation, self-discipline, self-actualization, self-mastery, etc.
I also believe that autarchy can address both of the requisite components of a free society—the rights/liberty/sovereignty component, or agency (which most everyone claims), as well as the responsibility/duty/virtue component, or ethics (which is often ignored)—whereas mere anarchy cannot.
In this light, autarchy might well be described as ethical anarchy…
Further, I use the term Toward Autarchy in reference to the correlation between our individual progress along the continuum of personal development—away from ignorance/dependency and toward enlightenment/self-mastery—and the advancement of broader society along the continuum of freedom—away from tyranny/slavery and toward liberty/self-governance.
And I submit that our individual progress (or lack thereof) along the one, greatly influences that of broader society along the other.
That being the case, then it stands to reason that each individual working to develop themselves to their fullest potential (self-liberation, self-actualization, self-discipline, self-mastery, self-efficacy, self-reliance, etc), and then living and leading by example, would be a very effective way to influence others, compel them to join us in our efforts, thereby effecting the change in collective consciousness required for broader society to advance toward greater freedom, peace, and prosperity.
And this process would of course be incremental in nature; thus, just as we would support any incremental progress “Toward Autarchy” (self-mastery) that each individual manages to achieve, we should also support any incremental progress “Toward Autarchy” (self-governance) that broader society manages to achieve.
Thank you for taking the time to review the Toward Autarchy Facebook page, and I hope you like & share it with all your friends…more content is forthcoming as I develop the page, the website, the dedicated category on this blog, and most importantly, the ideology itself.
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