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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 3. 14th March 1973

Anarchism vs Commie Crap

Anarchism vs Commie Crap


I am interested to note the comments from your court reporter at the bottom of the article which he wrote for the last Salient. If this is his commie crap I'll have none of it. The idea of equality before the law, even with a new set of laws, a new court structure, and a wholesale reconstruction of society is nothing but Marxist-Leninist piffle.

Perhaps, however, Don Franks thinks that it is possible for all men to be made the same. Because, until all men are the same in their mental, physical, and social makeup, the suggestion that equal justice can be obtained from law is farcical. In the meantime, for as long as people are different from one another, and therefore have different responses to stimuli, and different skills, tastes, and intelligence, we must struggle against all laws and justice, which are only means for the perpetration of injustice.

What is the answer, then? Do we try to make all men the same, or do we encourage the survival of individuality? Do we express our social relationships and responsibilities in laws or in what we feel to be right? For it seems that Don Franks needs reminding that laws require someone to make them, and therefore we are inevitably faced with the situation of the self-satisfied authoritarian who thinks that he knows what is best for everybody.

The answer to injustice in our courts is not new and better courts and laws. That is a bit like saying that the best solution to suburban neurosis is in better mental hospitals. The answer to injustice is the destruction of the means of injustice: let us have no laws or courts at all!

David Tripe