Author: fizixgeek

Ungovernable: Build the replacement

This is part 3 in my series on being ungovernable. Check out parts 1 and 2. Building the replacement Anarchy will not be the end of institutions. We will always need ways to coordinate our efforts and markets will be inadequate for some needs. And, naive reassurances notwithstanding, there is real danger in the kinds of institutions that arise to take the place of the state. The United Workers of the World (the “wobblies”) believed in  “forming the new structure within the shell of the old,” both to hasten the demise of the old system and to soften the landing...

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Private property vs. Intellectual property

It’s healthy for right anarchists to talk to mutualists now and then. It reminds them what it’s like for statists. One fine example is in conversations about intellectual property. Mutualists feel about private property the same way anarcho-capitalists feel about intellectual property–an outdated thought habit of dubious origin that enriches the rich at the expense of the poor. But capitalist ideas about property are deeply entrenched just like intellectual property ideas for statists. Let’s listen in on a typical conversation between an anarchist and a statist. Andy Anarchist: It’s unjust for a person to limit the use of intellectual...

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Ungovernable: Increase the cost of enforcement

This is the second in a series on how to make ourselves and our communities ungovernable. This time, we’ll focus on increasing the cost of enforcement of laws. We often tell ourselves that, once the state is smashed, it will be too expensive to re-establish it. But that’s only true if we make it so. Humanity began without governments. Will things be different this time? That depends on us. And we can start today making laws difficult to enforce. Smash the Panopticon. The abstruse French philosopher Michel Foucault had many insightful observations about the ways we enforce cultural norms....

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Be ungovernable

“Why don’t you just move to Somalia?” he said. And I sighed. But this time, the accidental wisdom of this hackneyed question struck me. What, after all, am I doing to ensure that, state or no state, I and my community remain free? Or would we, at last stateless, begin listing toward a violent Somalia-esque chaos? And what kind of transition to anarchy do I want anyway? The “smash the state” crowd seems a little sophomoric to me. And dangerous. Not all anarchy is created equal, in my view. I prefer the war of attrition against statism. The slow...

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