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The Case Against Authority

"Authority allows two roles: the torturer and the tortured. Twists people into joyless mannequins that fear and hate, while culture plunges into the abyss" - Alan Moore

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Society, as it exists today, is steeped in authoritarianism; it permeates your communities, your schools, your places of employment, and even your homes. Authority is a carcinogenic concept–a cancer that spreads through the whole of society, preying on the free will and autonomous nature of unsuspecting masses, leaving suffering and chaos in its wake.

So what is authoritarianism and why is it bad? In the simplest terms, it is the tendency for individuals to centralize power to coerce others to bend to the will of their percieved authority by using the threat of force to enact their desires. It is the knife of the robber, the whip of the driver, the rod of the headmaster. It manifests in the government that uses militarism to rob other nations of resources; the corporation that lobbies that government to legislate its competitors out of business; the city council that, through gentrification, prices you out of your own home.
Its premise is a world of order, but its reality is social disorder. Entering with promises of peace, it lingers, growing persistently malignant over time.
Enough is enough. Humanity must not continue to succumb to these infectious systems of domination. The time has come to chart a new course–one which offers new opportunities and better choices, facilitating self-determination for all.

At the Vermin Supreme Institute, we strive to plant anti-authoritarian seeds in the soils of oppressive hiererchies, to nurture creative solutions, and to empower individuals and collectives to assert their autonomy through direct action and mutual aid. Further, we train new activists, highlight the efforts of seasoned activists, and promote political candidates who embrace audacious tactics.

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