Posts Tagged ‘ anarchism ’

After bin Laden, a greater enemy remains

May 4, 2011
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by David D'Amato  

"The 'trustworthy' opinions of the mainstream conversation in politics and international affairs universally recognized bin Laden as an absolute moral evil. As it would be in the case of any serial murderer, voices in support of bin Laden and his inhuman crusade were few and far between, confined to what most consider the fringe, outside 'respectable discourse.' The state, on the other hand, enjoys a sempiternal assumption of legitimacy, one that endures regardless of its crimes or their magnitude, that flies in the face of the moral judgment we apply to 'the terrorists.'" (05/03/11)

http://c4ss.org/content/6989  

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The no-state solution

May 3, 2011
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by David D'Amato  

"The longstanding consensus among most of the 'reasonable' voices on the world stage is that peoples are entitled to political self-determination, that they ought to enjoy the ability to craft their own institutions fit to their unique needs and wants. And while that assumption has informed discussion as to the futures of Israel and Palestine, it has very seldom been suggested that the principle of self-determination could extend even further than a mere 'two-state solution.'” (05/01/11)

http://c4ss.org/content/6967  

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Revolution: The road to freedom?

April 25, 2011
posted by

WendyMcElroy.com
by Ken Knudsen  

"There's an old story about a motorist who stopped a policeman in downtown Manhattan and asked him how he could get to the Brooklyn Bridge. The officer looked around, thought a minute, scratched his head, and finally replied, 'I'm sorry, but you can't get there from here.' Some anarchists are now wondering if you can get to the free society from where we stand today. I must confess that I, too, harbor some doubts. But if there is a way, it is incumbent upon all who wish to find that way to carefully examine the important end-means problem." (04/25/11)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.3928  

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State nullification versus individual nullification

April 12, 2011
posted by

Daily Anarchist Daily Anarchist
by Seth King  

"[A]t first glance it seems reasonable for the anarchist to back state nullification, at least indirectly if not in a participatory manner. But this course of action may, too, lead to unintended consequences. I would like to submit that state nullification is no panacea and that market-anarchists would be better served by focusing one’s attention instead on the practice of individual nullification." (04/12/11)

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Trust in the state is flawed

April 7, 2011
posted by

DFW Alliance of the Libertarian Left
by Punk Johnny Cash  

"The government does not hate you. The government does not like you. It is indifferent. The government is not an entity with feelings, remorse, ethics or conscious. It is a collective of individuals working according to rigid flawed guidelines." (04/06/11)

http://tinyurl.com/3fmq5p2  

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Self-determination and Ivory Coast

April 5, 2011
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by David D'Amato  

"With infrastructure and an economy that were the envy of its neighbors for years, the conventional wisdom tells us that civil war shouldn’t be happening in Ivory Coast. For free market anarchists, though, the country’s internal dissension is the predictable result of its statist economic program." (04/04/11)

http://c4ss.org/content/6676  

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You say anarchy like it’s a bad thing

March 31, 2011
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"Hobbes’s 'war of all against all,' if ever that war truly raged, didn’t end with Leviathan’s appearance on the scene. The modern state merely armed the political class at the expense of the productive class, then proceeded to systematize the slaughter and — with spectacular exceptions like Hitler’s Holocaust, Stalin’s reign of terror, Mao’s Great Leap Forward and Pol Pot’s 'Killing Fields' — regulate its domestic intensity to a more bearable and sustainable level than that of all-out war between states." (03/30/11)

http://c4ss.org/content/6621  

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The distraction of anarcho-libertarianism

March 31, 2011
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Tibor R. Machan Rebirth of Reason
by Tibor R. Machan  

"Governments, of course, can have many forms and most have been corrupt versions in most of human history, there is no disputing this among libertarians. But anarcho-libertarian have the penchant for elevating their Rothbardian version of libertarianism as holier than though — as if they were pure, while all the rest, such as Nozickians, Randians, and those who follow the likes of von Mises and von Hayek, were all corrupt and compromised on libertarianism. Not so fast." (03/30/11)

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The return of the return of anarchism

March 29, 2011
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Thomas L. Knapp  

"Like those rumors of Mark Twain’s death, recurring claims of anarchism’s demise and resurrection are greatly exaggerated. Greenwald misinterprets his own observations. It is not resurrection he sees, it’s resurgence: A cyclical phenomenon driven primarily by the reliably recurring failure of the modern state to deliver on its most basic promises of peace, prosperity and respect for human rights." (03/28/11)

http://c4ss.org/content/6582  

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Can a Christian be an anarchist?

March 29, 2011
posted by

Free Advice
by Robert P. Murphy  

"First and foremost, I am a Christian. I have accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. Now, does someone rule over me? Yes, His name is Jesus Christ. That’s what I just said. So, does that mean I’m a free man or not? Well, that’s a complicated question." (03/27/11)

http://tinyurl.com/4mhd4r5  

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It’s a voluntary reaction

March 24, 2011
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Debbie Harbeson Jeffersonville Evening News
by  

"I realized during our e-mail conversation that [Floyd County Republican Party chairman Dave Matthews] is also confused because he thinks my ultimate goal is smaller government (whatever that means). It’s not. My goal is a society completely absent of the aggressive institution we call government. My goal is a society of voluntary interactions. Yes, that means I advocate a form of anarchism." (03/24/11)

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Revolution not replication

March 24, 2011
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by David D'Amato  

"The readiness of Yemenis, both within the country’s conscripted military and without, to regard as aligned the interests of productive, working class people and those of military or government elites could prove perilous. Indeed, Egypt’s military seems likely to shepherd the people into a new framework of draconian rule to match the one that just ended — or perhaps the old one continued with new personnel. A market anarchist revolution, evolving through commercial interchange and voluntary synergy rather than violence, would not subject society to a new ruling class. It would desert forever the idea that there need be or ought to be a ruling class at all." (03/23/11)

http://c4ss.org/content/6509  

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More on minarchism as evil

March 3, 2011
posted by

Strike The Root Strike the Root
by Per Bylund  

"Those who truly believe in a society with no masters and no slaves cannot provide a blueprint for how that society will work. If people are truly free to collaborate with whoever they wish and do so on whatever terms they voluntarily agree, then any blueprint for society is a completely worthless and possibly treacherous mind game. It but creates an illusion of anarchism being able to provide guarantees that are always impossible -- government or no government." (03/03/11)

http://strike-the-root.com/more-on-minarchism-as-evil  

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Socialism: The Qaddafi version

February 28, 2011
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by David D'Amato  

"[T]he Qaddafi permutation of socialism has been, by all accounts, more practical than philosophical, a variable and temperamental medley of views informed more by his personal idiosyncrasies than by ideological inclination. Impassioned disagreement would have been — if there could be one at all — among the invariable marks of socialistic thought, and the pages of Benjamin Tucker’s Liberty were at all times brimming with the fever of debate over everything from banking, to interest, to land." (02/24/11)

http://c4ss.org/content/6267  

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Underground couriers needed

February 28, 2011
posted by

Daily Anarchist Daily Anarchist
by Seth King  

"There are many enterprises desperately needed in order to smoothen the transition to a stateless society. Among the most important of them are agorist banking, insurance, arbitration, and defense. Yet, there are countless others that are often ignored." (02/28/11)

http://dailyanarchist.com/2011/02/28/underground-couriers-needed/  

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The system needs us, we don’t need the system

February 21, 2011
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Darian Worden  

"The power-hungry will always claim they will exploit less than the other guy, and make the unstated assumption that exploitation is a necessity. But exploitation and rulership are not needed to maintain a peaceful and prosperous society of freedom." (02/20/11)

http://c4ss.org/content/6226  

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The agorist revolutionary alternative

February 20, 2011
posted by

J. Neil Schulman J. Neil Schulman @ Rational Review
by J. Neil Schulman  

"Back in the early 1970’s Samuel Edward Konkin III, a libertarian activist, editor, and writer — began looking for alternatives to traditional political activism, both electoral and revolutionary — to bring about a free society. Sam’s premise was that electoral participation was a game that paid off not in liberty but in power; and that because the state’s tentacles held society hostage traditional revolutionary tactics resulted in unacceptable collateral damage to innocent bystanders." (02/16/11)

http://tinyurl.com/46mhohu  

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A message to reformists

February 20, 2011
posted by

DFW Alliance of the Libertarian Left
by Julia Riber Pitt  

"The ideas of the reformists -- that strengthening the central government will somehow make it easier to abolish the institution in later times -- is a laughable one that has no basis in history or reality. They, however, continue to propagate this without giving much thought as to how it will eventually 'set the conditions' (a phrase reformists love to repeat) for a future stateless, classless society. We need to be doing what anarchists were originally doing: putting faith in the people around us instead of the people above us." (02/18/11)

http://dallas.libertarianleft.org/blog/2011/a-message-to-reformists  

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Romans 13: Ordained by sin, ordered by love

February 20, 2011
posted by

Libertarian Alliance Libertarian Alliance
by Ricardo Rodriguez and Brennan Lester  

"There it began -- the Roman Emperor Theodosius I signed the decree, and all of Rome was coerced into Christianity. Ever since then, as economist Ludwig von Mises notes very well, Christianity has never been able to put down the sword on a large scale. For politics eats away at a man -- the politicization of something profoundly changes a man and his ideologies." (02/18/11)

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“Pro-government anarchists”

February 20, 2011
posted by

WendyMcElroy.com
by Carl Watner  

"If history teaches us anything, it is that war, like no other activity of the State, decimates anarchist movements. Not only does war create a breach in libertarian ranks (between those who endorse governmental involvement in war and those who don't), the State inevitably uses the patriotic fervor stimulated by war to crack down on dissent during times of military conflict. The purpose of this essay is to demonstrate the fundamental anti-war position of anarchism and to shew how the war issue divided and depleted anarchist ranks during World War I." (02/17/11)

http://www.wendymcelroy.com/news.php?extend.3782  

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In Egypt, as everywhere, anarchy is order

February 17, 2011
posted by

C4SS Center for Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"The people of Egypt have managed to throw out one tyrant. Now they find themselves under a military dictatorship which may or may not wind up reducing the level of tyranny. But if the Egyptian people find the new boss as oppressive as the old one, says Molinari Institute President Roderick Long, they know how to get rid of him. If there is any real hope for the future, in the long run, it is in the anarchy that the people have built for themselves on the streets." (02/15/11)

http://c4ss.org/content/6147  

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A quick response to Per Bylund

February 17, 2011
posted by

Strike the Root
by John deLaubenfels  

"Per Bylund's most recent column on STR is titled Why Minarchists Are the Enemy. That's a pretty strong statement, especially as it identifies minarchists not as AN enemy, but THE enemy, and the text of his column reinforces rather than softens the message." (02/17/11)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/quick-response-to-per-bylund  

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A letter to Grover Cleveland

February 17, 2011
posted by

DFW Alliance of the Libertarian Left
by Lysander Spooner  

"My proposition, then, is, that there is not a single natural, human right, that the government of the United States recognizes as inviolable; that there is not a single natural, human right, that it hesitates to trample under foot, whenever it thinks it can promote its own interests by doing so. The proofs of this proposition are so numerous, that only a few of the most important can here be enumerated." (written 1886; posted 02/15/11)

http://tinyurl.com/4prk9r8  

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Why minarchists are the enemy

February 16, 2011
posted by

Strike The Root Strike the Root
by Per Bylund  

"But there is a problem with joining forces with minarchists; there is a fundamental difference that makes a minarchist-anarchist union utterly impossible. This difference is the principle of force and power -- the principle of government. It is our very core belief as anarchists that force and power is wrong; that any involuntary subjection is always comparable to the end of the world. We have a true passion for justice, while minarchists do not." (02/16/11)

http://www.strike-the-root.com/why-minarchists-are-enemy  

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All of statism is imperialism

February 15, 2011
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by David D'Amato  

"Anarchism doesn’t contemplate a Utopia, society without crime or unjustified force, but it does urge that we do away with the grant of authority that we now give the state to carry out criminal acts in the name of 'the People.' As dissatisfied Algerians and Yemenis are violently disbanded, sent back to their homes to endure the villainy of their countries’ elites, anarchism offers the promise of justice." (02/14/11)

http://c4ss.org/content/6131  

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