@billyzelsnack No, I self identify as libertarian socialist (a more formal term for the often misunderstood term “Anarchist”). I think people should be free to live without coercion including the implicit coercion of a class based society. At least, that strikes me as a better way to live than the status quo for a lot of people, but it also seems to me almost impossible to actually achieve. I feel as though Noam Chomsky described Anarchism well by saying it is a never ending process by which you examine structures of power, challenge them, and dismantle any that can’t be justified. When talking about this, he acknowledges that some structures of power are justified - a parent grabbing hold of their child who was trying to run in to the street - but that our current societies have far more structures of power than he believes are necessary.
@davissallen Hey friend! I think any group that cannot survive without forcing people to be members should reevaluate the value of their organization. If you have to force people to be part of your group, it probably sucks and you should try harder to make the group actually something people want to join. If you know that what you are doing has value to some people, seek out those people. Let people try it, and if some people don’t like it that’s fine - just don’t force them to follow your ways. There are limits to this - if the neighboring town has enslaved half of the people and is killing anyone who doesn’t submit to the will of the controlling class, you may decide it is worth using force to stop them. Of course if someone else doesn’t like your culture and doesn’t want to assimilate, but the people inside the society seem okay, you should probably leave them be or consider voluntary ways of introducing the parts of your culture you think people would like. But no culture should be forced on people that don’t want it, unless again those people are oppressing others in a coercive manner. In general, I see it as critical that people should be free to make their own choices about what works best for them. Yes, people can make mistakes, but I think it’s better that people make mistakes for themselves, rather than an outsider forcing something on someone that turns out to be a mistake.
And to be clear, I’m not saying any of these things are easy to determine. It’s really hard to figure out the most just way to operate and I think that’s the challenge we have. But I believe we should try even though there is no clear answer. If we don’t defend individual freedom, others will be more than happy to use their power to interfere with your life and the lives of others, and they will try to solidify the power structures that benefit themselves at the expense of the masses.