There is scarcely a day that goes by where I don’t see someone
on this campus wearing an anarchy sign. I suppose that this is some
sort of fashion statement or something, or maybe these kids are
just angry with some issue. Perhaps they believe that anarchy will
solve their problems, and no one will ever tell them to do anything
they don’t want to do again.
But I do not understand this at all. How is it possible for
someone to be so stupid? Do these people know what anarchy means?
Let’s take a step back here.
Anarchy is a political theory that is opposed to all forms of
government. These people believe that they are only able to fully
express themselves when they are under no control from any outside
influences. While there is a value in this theory that tells people
in their anarchist utopia to be nice to each other, many anarchists
have used violence through assassination and terrorism to promote
their cause. These assassinations include the president of France,
the king of Italy, the king of Greece and even President William
McKinley of the United States. There is also the issue of injury
and damage caused by anarchists during demonstrations around the
United States and Europe over the past decade. Yet, there are still
children walking around sporting this symbol of destruction at our
institution of higher learning.
If I had my way I’d probably punch everyone who looked at me
wrong. I do not do this because we live in a peaceful society of
rules and law. If I were to follow my instincts I would most likely
end up in jail. This is how society works, and we are able to live
in cities without walls and a country where there are not roving
bands of thieves and killers terrorizing the countryside.
Do you really want anarchy? I think not. Let me describe anarchy
for all of you who are still unsure of the word’s meaning. BAM! I
just killed you and took your wallet. BAM! Now I just killed your
friend and took his wallet. What are you going to do about this?
Nothing, you’re dead. In fact, no one is going to do anything about
the death of you and your friend. There is no police
The police annoy everyone when they get a speeding ticket, but a
look at life without them is a far cry from better. I would bet
that the police have been called on many occasions by kids with
anarchy signs on their jackets.
What I’m getting at here is that if you’re wearing an anarchy
sign around, stop for a minute and think about it. What are you
trying to say with this symbol? If you really believe in it, then I
guess you’re entitled to your opinion. But for the majority of you,
Kenneth Zetye is a junior English major. His column runs every
Friday in the Collegian.