Politics is about the pursuit of your self-interest getting others to give you what you want when you want it; getting others to incur the negative externalities that result from the pursuit of your self-interests. Politics takes precedent over the State or government. The State is merely an instrumentality used by individual anarchists to keep potential tyranny by the masses in check. The rules of the State should only apply to the masses. It is the desire of the collective to intrude on the proprietary of the individual. The collective is always ready to use force to get the individual to do things against his or her self-interests.
The collective pursues this behavior from a place of fear with powerlessness being its fuel source. Its members bind themselves into groups to create a sense of security, but this security is short-lived because the individual or small groups of individuals entrusted by the collective to create protections instead establishes a monopoly on force and applies this force on the collective. Most members are willing to accept a position of submission out of fear of being ostracized. The few pushes back against this tyranny calling themselves anarchist.
The problem the anarchist fails to address is the resurgence of a strong man, no matter what form the strong man takes. The strong man will always exist because it is human nature that someone step up to assume control of the collective with personal power their main goal.
The best the anarchist can do is conduct his or her life as an individualist; living by their own personal rules, avoiding the strong man as much as they can, and keeping the collective sheep at bay. He will not destroy the State. The State always regenerates itself.
The anarchist should at a minimum avoid attachments to the State. These attachments include participation in elections, which validates the State’s monopoly on force; and ownership of property, which provides the State with an excuse to extract property taxes from households.
The anarchist should avoid the use of the State’s fiat currency. Fiat currency holds no value other than the artificial value created by the State’s treasury and central bank. Since this value is backed by nothing but the State’s “full faith and credit”, fiat currency should be abandoned.
The anarchist should produce his own food, and produce his own energy. Food and energy are currently provided by corporate entities licensed by the State to exploit financial, human, and natural capital for the purpose of enriching the treasury and bond holders via taxation. By being self-sufficient, the anarchist destroys the platform upon which the State maintains control over the masses: a platform based on promises of justice and comfort, factors that the State has shown time and time again that it is incapable of delivering on.
The anarchist should then treat the State the way a fisherman or ocean scientist treats a shark. He should acknowledge the shark’s existence, acknowledge that he can’t rid the world of it, but can “swim” around it, or cause, ever so slightly, its misdirection. The anarchist can use the State’s rules against it, the way a martial artist uses an opponent’s weight against him.
This approach will take critical and strategic thinking versus the reactionary approach. I believe anarchists are prepared to do this.