I accidentally posted my introduction to my privite journal, and I hate to repeat myself on purpose, but here goes...
I'm Bob, age 75, retired university instructor, married, a caretaker. I live in Boise, Idaho.
I understand what Anarchy is, but some of the variations on the theme are new to me. I probably fit the definition of an anarcho-primitivist; but I like to think of myself as a "Christian anarchist' because I try to use the sermon on the mount (as well as the eightfold path and the virtue of the Way) as my guides to thought and behavior. I also scored 85% "anarcho-communist" on an online test I recently took.
I have probably been an anarchist all my life, though it only a few years ago that I started applying the label to myself. Through childhood and middle age I described myself as a "democratic socialist." I usually vote socialist or Green, or democratic; but I always fell that I have betrayed my principles when I do so.
Though I not a Christian, nor even a believer in God in the usual sense, I do consider life to be primarily a spiritual journey. My strong identification with first peoples and their ways of life which we are dismissing and destroying is probably the main thing that identifies me as anarcho-primitive. I am totally opposed to violence of any kind, and believe that attempts to overthrow states would only lead to stronger, meaner states. I believe that people are essentially good and that all institutions (but especially political and economic institutions) have a corrupting effect on human behavior and attidudes. I try as much as possible to avoid politics and economics and to live in the cracks between the social structures many people see as important. The likelihood that I am autistic, makes outsider statuses and perspectives easier than it might be for others. If that is true, then I'm glad I'm autistic, because I don't like how the human part of the world is or where it seems to be going--dragging a protesting natural world behind it to our mutual doom.
The only way I know how to do anything about is to live my simple, quiet life and mention my concerns to whoever will listen. I try to not be part of the problem while I wait for acceptable suggestions about solution.