None dare call it anarchy
Although I don’t always agree with the writing Robert Reich, I do always appreciate his ability to clearly articulate that which is only a vague formulation in my own mind. Reich’s The Rise of the Wrecking-Ball Right hit the nail on the head for me, as I slowly come to realize the fringe political movements of decades past have gone mainstream. The anarchists have managed to get themselves elected to high Federal office.
Anarchism is a political philosophy which considers the state undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, and instead promotes a stateless society, or anarchy. Anarchists seek to diminish or even abolish all government authority in the conduct of human relations. According to Reich, “Congressional Republicans, now led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, hate government so much they’re ready to sacrifice the full faith and credit of the United States in order to shrink it. . . Their ultimate goal, in the words of their guru Grover Norquist, is to take government down to ‘the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.'”
The incongruity of modern American anarchists is that many tend to sincerely believe they are, and they call themselves, patriots. In normal English usage, a patriot is one who feels a strong support for their country. In point of fact and by all appearances, modern right-wing anarchists hate this country and wish to destroy it, supported by an odd combination of Marx’s idea of historical inevitability mixed with an extreme apocalyptic version of Christianity.
This helps me understand why I am not a Republican anymore.