A rational anarchist doesn’t seek to create anarchy, but to demystify authority. He is not attempting to replace one constructed philosophical environment with another. He is not an absolutist: his rationality knows that some order will exist, and he chooses to live in a freedom continually juxtaposed with that order, but he doesn’t need to convert others to his side, except as it is useful to secure his own freedom. Ideologues are slavers, regardless of the content of their ideas. An ideologue cannot accept secrecy (which is just privacy) as freedom, because he must convince the world in order to exist, but an anarchist is free from the need for other people to confer existential freedom. Therefore, he often goes in disguise, breaks the rules he can’t tolerate without a need to announce it (which is usually regarded as more devious), and the very nature of his worldview requires a science of conspiracy. He is always choosing for himself, personally, what degree of negotiation and compromise with false authority he can accept, but not always explaining this to the other side.

— Asher's Maxim 592

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