Atheism has probably existed for as long as the concept of god. But in the modern era* in particular, most atheists have kept on their velvet gloves in expressing their atheism, remaining what Max Stirner called "pious atheists." While rejecting any universal basis for such ideas, they've continued to uphold the concept of moral order and its corollary, the rule of the general--usually called “the greater good"--over the particular, of the universal over the individual. Sadly, anarchist atheists are rarely any better. This becomes evident in the frequency with which far too many call upon a supposed inherent goodness in human beings to justify their rejection of both god and state. And herein lies the problem – the need that even rebels and revolutionaries feel to justify themselves and their rejection of the ruling order.

      Fortunately though, there have been atheists who felt no need to sugarcoat the full significance of what the absence of god means. They have expressed a fierce, bare-fisted atheism that made no attempt to salvage the idea of a moral order or a general “greater good”. Thus, in my opinion, their atheistic ideas have far more to offer anarchists than do those of atheists who promoted a “moral atheism”.--even when the latter are anarchists. How so? Well, the idea of a moral order brings with it the idea of universal rules of conduct that should apply to all, and thus the idea of the need of some permanent, established framework to arbitrate these rules as they work out in daily life. To put it more bluntly, from the idea of moral order,  laws and state institutions follow.

     But once we reject the idea of a moral order, of the rule of the general over the particular, there is no longer any justification for anything; each of us becomes completely responsible for her or himself, and that is frightening to almost anyone, but particularly to those who are out to win others over to their cause. Here is where we can spot the failure of so many atheists and anarchists. They continue to be believers with a faith to promote, rather than being truly faithless. And this loss of justifications scares the shit out of them – and so they back away from the conclusions that the bare-fisted atheists embrace.

    As a bare-fisted atheist, I reject all gods and oppose all theists of any sort. But I also oppose all of the pious atheists, who with the velvet gloves of their moral order sneak god back in through the back door. The writings attached to this page will analyze bare-fisted atheists of the past and expose and mock religiosity both in its openly theistic forms and in its piously "atheistic" forms... It will include writings from various sources, all of which share a fierce, bare-fisted atheistic attitude.



SADE: the Logic of the Passions


DROWNING: Some Thoughts on Religion


*               When I refer to the :modern era, I mean the period from the Renaissance  to the present.