Your life, your pace, your rules: The Friendly Anarchist is a blog about interestingness, (un)productivity and personal sovereignty.

Paradoxical Reality - Artwork by Mandy Steward, http://mandysteward.com/ Hi there, I’m Fabian and I’m a writer, test manager, coffee roaster and photographer with a background in political sciences. Welcome!

The Friendly Anarchist is my old (and now mostly dormant) blow about taking work beyond the 9 to 5 grind, living a full and fulfilling life, and doing things (un)productively. By embracing the liberal arts, deliberate dilettantism and my signature combination of idleness and activity, I hope to provoke thoughts and discussions about our workaholic and consumerist lifestyle – and explore the alternatives to it.

David Foster Wallace said that “the really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day.” The Friendly Anarchist is about the rewards and the wonders (and the paradoxical beauty!) of these petty, unsexy ways.

Your Life: Interestingness

In order to be interesting, you need to be interested. As I believe that you can learn something from everyone, lessons and thoughts shared around here will be quite eclectic. Following this belief, The Friendly Anarchist doesn’t just aim to be interesting (in the sense of entertaining), but also to get you interested.

Just as the meaning of life itself only can be understood by staying flexible and open-minded, interestingness is a topic that’s best explored by looking at it from several different angles. This means that this blog won’t ever be reduced to one single topic. Instead, I’m operating happily in the in-between of several styles, niches, and themes – which seems like a good fit considering the human condition.

Your Pace: (Un)Productivity

A Yiddish proverb has it that “the hardest work is to go idle”. But as far as I can tell, idlers may be underrepresentated in the public sphere, but certainly not in the populace. The reason for this underrepresentaton is that idlers generally don’t care too much about fame and money. For most of them, seeking any of these two would simply mean too much work for too little reward. Idlers strive for their own definitions of success.

The Friendly Anarchist is about the advantages of doing nothing, but it is also about the rewards and inner workings of mindful productivity.

Your Rules: Personal Sovereignty

In a cheerful manner, I have been calling myself a “friendly anarchist” ever since starting this blog in 2009, rejecting the unfriendly coercion many of us are experiencing in our jobs and daily life.

While my personal style of anarchism doesn’t have anything to do with bombs and inducing chaos (other than ice cream bombs and the chaos on my desk, of course), I believe it’s time to remember we’re sovereign people and stop giving away all our power to governments and our employers.

In this sense, The Friendly Anarchist aims to help you understand the concept of personal sovereignty and learn how to create a sovereign life – while being well aware of the necessity and the beauty of cooperating with others.

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Get in touch

If you’re interested in the friendly anarchistic lifestyle, need a writer, or just want to share a good glass of rum, don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d love to hear from you!

A big thank you to Mandy Steward for creating the artwork Paradoxical Reality that you can see on top of this page.