Q. Why did you become an Australian citizen?
A. I recently bought one of those Australian hats with a wide brim, and I feel like a tourist when I wear it. As a citizen, I will feel more confident about wearing that hat since, legally, I won’t be a tourist.
Q. Where did you buy the hat?
A. Sea World gift shop on the Gold Coast.
Q. One of Australia’s key tourist destinations.
A. Yes. You can only get real, authentic Australiana stuff at hokey tourist traps.
Q. Where do real Australians get their hats?
A. I haven’t seen many Australians wearing hats like that. Probably because they don’t want to look like tourists.
“If we live in a democracy and you don’t use your power to vote…
Shame on us… So what the fuss!
Shame shame shamity shame.“
Stevie Wonder, “So What the Fuss” (feat. Prince and En Vogue)
Power, in the broadest sense, is the ability to act according to your will by exerting control over your environment.
The more power you have, the more needs and desires you can fulfill. You use this power every day to claw your way a little higher up Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. You usually get stuck at “eat Cheetos now and for the foreseeable future” on your journey towards self-actualization.
But things get complicated as soon as your environment becomes polluted with other people. Resources are scarce, and this leads to conflicts.
Power over nature can extend to power over people. Your power to eat the last Cheeto disempowers me from eating it.
And I was saving that one, you jerk. It had a funny nub.
Power begets power. The more power you have, the more you can gain.
This concern shapes events from union strikes and Marxist revolutions to interventionist foreign policy and pre-emptive war. We often hear about the need to counterbalance the economic power of a large corporation or the military power of a foreign state. At best, these “balance of power” strategies yield a stalemate of mutual distrust and hair-trigger brinkmanship.
Democracy is intended to circumvent such conflicts by distributing power among the masses. “Empowerment” is regarded as synonymous with voting. The vote is the means by which marginalized groups could break their shackles, have their say, and win back the freedoms that they have lost to the power of others.
But how much power does a vote really bestow?
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HILLARY: Donald, I need you to do something for me.
DONALD: Yes, Mrs. Clinton?
Tim left his job as an architect to travel the world for a year with his young family.
How free are we to travel across the imaginary boundary lines that governments have arbitrarily defined?
If you don’t love it, can you leave it? Where would you go?
Part 1 of the Citizen of Nowhere Series.
“I had been on Gallipoli only six days short of four months and I want to say now that they were the worst four months of my whole life. I had seen many men die horribly, and had killed many myself, and lived in fear most of the time. And it is terrible to think that it was all for nothing.
…People do terrible things in wars, in the name of their country and beliefs. It is something that I find very sad and frightening.”
A.B. Facey, A Fortunate Life
ANZAC day, which commemorates the 1915 battle of Gallipoli in Turkey, has become a quasi-religious sacrament for Australians. As a recent immigrant to Australia, I have not been brought up in this particular religion, although it echoes the “military worship” that is so prevalent in the US.
If I was a religious person, I might consider the whole thing to be a form of blasphemy. People gather around a statue or secular altar such as a town hall, listen to secular sermons, and bow their heads in contemplation – while praising martyrs who died for our salvation.
And to top it all off, they take communion in the form of ANZAC biscuits and tea.
Now, the above critique is superficial at best, and I’m not quite that cynical. That’s not what this post is about.
Could our society ever evolve to the point where the power structures of government become so needless that the best use of The Mall in Washington DC would be grazing land for cattle?
Welcome to the official launch of Anarchitecture!
Anarchitecture considers issues related to the built environment from the perspective of anarchism, a political philosophy derived from the principal that the initiation of force by individuals and governments is morally wrong and counterproductive in practice.
Tim and Joe are identical twin brothers who have a combined three decades of experience delivering local and international construction projects.
Episode ana000: Breaking Ground – A brief welcome and introduction.
The obligatory anarchist manifesto, explained through the lens of the built environment. Audio essay introductions followed by overview discussions of a broad range of topics.
Episode ana001: Planning the Ruins | The Built Environment – Introduction to Anarchitecture and the built environment.
Episode ana002: The Grid | Problems with Government – Tim and Joe define the concept of the State, and illustrate how the State initiates force at each scale of the built environment.
Episode ana003: Antarchitecture | Anarchic Alternatives – Introduction to the philosophy of anarchism, and an exploration of anarchic approaches to developing the built environment.
More conversational discussions as Tim and Joe each tell a relevant story from our own lives.
Episode ana004: Tim’s Solar Scam – Tim took advantage of government subsidies to install solar panels on his roof. Is he a hypocrite?
Episode ana005: Joe’s House of Doom – Joe tells the harrowing tale of the house that tried to kill him. How do we know if buildings are safe?
Thanks for visiting Anarchitecture – the built environment of a stateless society. We hope you enjoy the show!
Tim and Joe