Educating for anarchism #2

14 August 2008 by Mike Gogulski
Posted in diary, philosophy | 7 Comments »

Got a call from a potential new client today, looking for a translator to work with on a regular basis. However, they do quite a bit of government work and sent me a job to quote on for a state-owned company. Here’s my reply:

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"The Deal" by woodsy @

Dear ____,

Thank you for making contact today.

I might have been clearer on the phone regarding my refusal of government work. The document you sent is a response from ____ to the EU about some scandal involving ____. From the document you sent:

The shareholders of _____ are: The Ministry of _____ (__%) and the ___ of the Slovak Republic (__%).”

So, ____ is a government agency.

My objection is not about terminology or difficulty of the work. Rather, I believe that governments are evil, immoral organizations that exist only by stealing through taxation. I don’t want to support such evil and immorality in any way, and I don’t want to take stolen money in payment. Therefore, I will do no work at all for governments.

So, I would not be willing to handle this one for you. If you do have something for ____, ____, etc, I would certainly be willing to have a look at that for you in the future.

Best regards,

  1. 7 Responses to “Educating for anarchism #2”

  2. By on 15 August 2008

    Wow! I hope there is still enough legitimate work to keep you comfortable over there… Knowing you, there’s probably more than enough otherwise you wouldn’t be there.

  3. By danielo on 15 August 2008

    I love your letter! I know it’s not the first time you’ve had to “educate” a potential client about such matters. Have you ever received any response to such a letter?

  4. By Mike Gogulski on 15 August 2008

    Thanks to both. I think there’s enough work.

    Yes, I’ve received replies. To this one, today:

    Dear Mike,

    Thank you for your answer, I understand your reasoning and accept it. In this case we can just hope ____ will be sold to a private company soon…:-)

    Best regards,

  5. By Darian on 16 August 2008

    I applaud you for standing for your principles and sounding good while doing it. Pretend to hear applause now.

  6. By Francois Tremblay on 16 August 2008

    I also applaud you, however do you also do the same for corporations? It seems to me that if you refused ALL statist jobs you would be on the street, unless small businesses and coops are much more numerous over there.

  7. By Mike Gogulski on 17 August 2008

    Fine question, Francois, and I have replied in a new post on the topic.

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