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Are people who are disproportionately weaker or smaller than other people still responsible for their own safety?

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In an anarchistic society, my understanding is that individuals are primarily responsible for their own safety and sustenance. But what about individuals who are naturally weaker in both physical strength and sometimes also stamina which includes people of both genders and especially the elderly.

These people cannot possibly be expected to defend themselves from personal attack so in what ways would an anarchistic society reconcile this issue, if at all?
asked Nov 10, 2016 by anonymous
every individual, at various points in their life, have disproportionately weaker  bodies (or less stamina) than "other" people. so "these people" really means all people. i can't make a clear and tidy distinction between "the strong" and "the weak".

and as things stand today, i don't see or feel the state "taking responsibility" for my safety or sustenance anyway. my safety still comes down to my own abilities and (as lawrence points out) those who care about me.

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It's called friends. Also, why do you assume that attacks would be acceptable in an anarchistic society?
answered Nov 10, 2016 by lawrence (610 points)
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safety is another one of those words. lots of baggage, not necessarily a lot of clarity.

ultimately, we are all responsible for our own safety all the time. that can mean things like eating good food, having strong social ties, having a place to sleep, fighting against things that hurt us, understanding what we want from relationships and learning how to get it, etc.

but since you seem to be positing an anarchist scenario as a war of all against all, i'd (again) point you to some of the previous questions about anarchist situations qua disagreements/punishment, etc.

answered Nov 20, 2016 by dot (52,800 points)
strongly agree with particularly the second paragraph.

i also think the first sentence of lawrence's answer is spot on.

i get a kick out of the term "safe space". as if such a thing is possible. but it is the criteria folks use that i find so amusing. i have been around many women who claim that a safe space is one where there are no men. i doubt they've ever been to a women's prison. or for that matter to the douglass projects where i grew up.