I've heard some people saying that Debian is a good example of anarchy in action. If it is, how does that fit in with the statement mimeographed below? Maybe we aren't anarchist after all... What should I tell people who ask if Debian is anarchic? Jonathan -=<O>=- ~~~ An Anarchist's Creed ~~~ -=<O>=- We hold these truths to be self evident: that all humans have the inalienable right to life, liberty, and the full product of their own labor. That this right to life presupposes that everyone has an equal right to benefit from and make use of humanities common inheritance, to wit, the land, air, and water of this earth, and all that they contain. That the right to liberty presupposes that coercion of one man by another is an indescribable evil. But liberty does not include one man taking what rightly belongs to all of humanity for his exclusive use, misuse, and non-use. That all humans have an equal and legitimate right to defend their lives and their share of the human inheritance. No person or body of persons shall maintain a monopoly on such right to legitimate use of force. Bodies maintaining such monopolies today are called "governments". That governments are the cause, not the solution to the malaise, disorder, crime and poverty that plague society. That Theft is Murder and Property is Robbery, and governments perpetuate both as their main function. That by abolishing government and private property we can better work toward a peaceful society where people live, play and work together free from fear of theft, murder, oppression, starvation, and homelessness. And by abolishing government and private property, we can all enjoy the unlimited wealth that this physical universe and our fertile human imaginations provide as an inheritance. Humans being mortal, we hold that a persons rights cease at the same time their life does. Their possessions, whether of social capital or the product of their labor, revert to the ownership of society. A person may designate other individuals to have right of first refusal on their possessions. Should any of these individuals choose to exercise such right of first refusal, they must recompense society in an equal amount to the benefit society would have otherwise received from the deceased's possessions. The immediate and extended family are next given the same rights of refusal.Vive liberte! Vive la revolution!
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