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Extracted from a Facebook conversation:
In the sociopolitical sphere, what I find myself drawn to the most is the idea that we ought to reject any sort of institutionalized privilege: king over subject, collective over individual, priest over congregation, man over woman, master over slave, capital over labor, state over citizen (or non-citizen!). Alongside that, of course, I have my own preferences that I advocate as well, but an opposition to privilege, at least, ought to be universal.
Power and privilege are two different things. Privilege is that which says “okay for me, banned for thee”.
I have no issue at all with consensual organization, employment, business per se. The “authority“, the power, which arises by virtue of reputation, of achievement, of value given to others, by appreciation from others is not the authority I oppose: it is the type of non-consensual authority which gives some people a presumption of greater social worth and an expectation of deference to them, usually codified in oppressive institutions, the most visible and omnipresent of which is the state.