Anarchy Isn't The Answer

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Tue, 08 Dec 2009 14:02:09 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

Dale Everett at Anarchy in Your Head - excellent reminder that anarchy isn't a system of government. It is a bold recognition of the fact that coercive government doesn't work.

When someone asks me something like how anarchy will prevent crime, the question sounds absurd. The question has it's origins in an incorrect presumption that our governments are preventing crime. Instead, police spend most of their time creating and enforcing false crimes like making plant possession illegal, and writing tickets to predominantly innocent people to pay their own salaries. Meanwhile, the false sense of security they provide to true believers prevents them from taking measures that would actually make them safer like fortifying their homes, getting sufficient insurance, and arming themselves for self protection. Anarchy won't prevent crime, but preventing the crimes perpetrated by governments would certainly be a good start in the right direction.


There are many paths and many solutions to the difficult problems. There are many ways for us to work together without enslaving all of humanity under tyrannical mob bosses. There are many ways to fight crime without becoming criminals ourselves. There are many ways to help the poor without becoming thieves. In fact, there would be a lot less poor if governments stopped pillaging the economy. If someone doesn't amputate your legs, you won't need them to provide a wheelchair. Problems are solved by many people with expertise in different areas all focusing on what they're good at. The ultimate checks and balances are the result of a truly free market of individuals working together. I'm skilled in many areas, but there are far more areas where I lack expertise. I have no idea how to make shoes and yet I am wearing nice shoes which government didn't provide.

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Submitted by heuristic on Tue, 08 Dec 2009 17:41:32 GMT

That is total nonsense. Allegory, metaphor, whatever. Nope. Crap.

I take "anarchy" literally: Anarchy on Earth, nothing less, and I know how.

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It's a bold recognition that

Submitted by Anonymous0 on Tue, 08 Dec 2009 18:52:02 GMT

It's a bold recognition that even if the trains ran on time coercive government is still wrong.

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