State-ing a fact

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April 26, 2011
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by Rad Geek  
Posted in Commentary

"'Statist' as 'non-anarchist' mean[s] something that the person being so described would probably accept as a self-description; it is analytically useful because it turns out that sometimes we argue about whether or not any government can be legitimate, and this gives a handy descriptive term for each side of the debate — anarchists on the one hand and statists on the other. Admittedly, this is an appropriation of the term and a redefinition of it. But, well, so? 'Planet' used to include Pluto and 'New York City' used to refer only to Manhattan." (04/25/11)  

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