Hays Ave NW, Olympia WA
When I first saw this sign from a distance, I thought it was saying "Anarchy does not equal" with an upward pointing arrow, as in: Anarchy does not equal this house going up. But alas, I was mistaken upon initial analysis.
Anarchy does not equal peace. That's probably true. But why the sign? Does it help the Anarchist's cause?
I believe there is hope for peace in Anarchy. The current system, hierarchical as it is, has proven itself a failure in terms of achieving the supposed goals of peace and prosperity. Yes. There is prosperity for those at the top of the ladder - and the illusion of peace. But it is only an illusion. The world is suffering. Environmental degradation, resource and labor exploitation, poverty and disease, these are some of the major problems that we face as a species today.
Humanity is behaving like a parasite.
Anarchy does not equal peace. What does equal peace? Peace equals peace. Peace has no equal. But it is the opinion of this epistemologer that Anarchy, as it might be pursued in an altruistic, respectful, cooperative and community oriented way, holds great promise for peace.
I also believe that an altruistic Anarchical society can be attained via purely nonviolent means. After all, it is the means that create the ends.
Violent means equal violent ends.
Nonviolent means equal nonviolent ends.
But what of it anyway, the joy is in the journey not the destination. Right?