Systems just aren\'t made of bricks

While I can still get song lyrics off the internet (previously discussed here), feast your brains on some Crass:

But no one ever changed the church by pulling down the steeple
You'll never beat the system by bombing Number 10
Systems just aren't made of bricks they're mostly made of people
You may send them into hiding, but they'll be back again

We could call this stanza "Prolegomenon to Any Future Social Change Discussion." The institutions to which people have grown accustomed—even when the missions (or existences) of these institutions are antagonistic to our basic moral sense (exemplified by the Golden Rule)—don't die off easily.

One of the prongs of the libertarian movement, as discussed here on the blog is the "the anarchist project: The development of social institutions and mental models that could make some point north of big-government democracy a stable point." We have so much on our side in the way of economics and history, but a society's attitude determines so much more, and unfortunately ours is one in which the last presidential election saw 99% of voters voting for the Patriot Act and the Drug War.

Let's dream of the highest goal possible: the truly voluntary society. It will be prosperous and beautiful, if we can reach it. But let's recognize that the biggest obstacle is not an enemy with a name and a face. It's not an omnipotent movement. It's our failure to provide better means.

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