Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013   Submitted by
Diax’s Rake is a phrase coined in Neal Stephenson’s novel, Anathem:
“Diax’s Rake: A pithy phrase. Uttered by Diax on the steps of the Temple of Orithena when he was driving out the fortune-tellers with a gardener’s rake. Its general import is that one should never believe a thing because one wishes that it were true.”- (Anathem p. 895)
While this idea already exists in our world, to my knowledge there is no other succinct phrase to express it.
Thursday, May 9th, 2013   Submitted by
One of the most common cries of the Statist is “Who would provide defense without the State?” The idea that the State somehow provides protection is observably false. If one examines military campaigns throughout history they will find that armies always defend the capital of the State as its top priority. It defends government facilities and officials first, and civilians are low on the priority list.
Let’s examine the Russian defense of Stalingrad, and the Chinese defense of Manchuria during World War II, and just so you know it can happen here too, the battle known as “First Bull Run” to the Union and “First Manassas” to the Confederates, and the Battle of Gettysburg, both during the American Civil War.
Naturally, as a market anarchist my initial thoughts were along the line that private detectives would have done a better job, and that police waste countless resources going after victimless criminals instead of real criminals. But that’s not really outside of the box thinking, at least not for somebody well steeped in libertarian philosophy. No, it wasn’t until I started thinking about children’s rights that I discovered a nuance in the statist reaction towards missing children.
Thursday, April 25th, 2013   Submitted by
This article is not meant to insult any one’s kink. It may come off as disparaging some one’s kink, which is not my intent, but only to look at the State. I think it’s great that adults can find out what their needs and desires are and meet them in a safe, sane, and consensual way, and I think there is a big, bright red line between the State and kink: consent. Also, I’m rather vanilla, so if I misused any terminology or concepts please forgive me, and let me know so it can be corrected.
I’ve seen rumblings about this on anarchist sites for about a year, but I haven’t seen anyone state it outright and I think it should be: The State is a non-consensual group “BDSM” scene. That’s not an analogy, but an exact description.
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013   Submitted by
David Graeber is an anarchist author who teaches anthropology at Goldsmiths College, University of London. His book, “DEBT: The First 5,000 Years” takes an anthropological approach to the history of debt, not just who owed what to who, but how debt was used and what it meant in various cultures. David gave this talk as part of the Authors@Google program. It’s a long view, but utterly fascinating. I was especially astounded to hear him claim that there is no historical basis for barter economies, and in fact recording debt was the common means of transacting without currency. This video is chalked full of startling information, that was at least new to me. Enjoy!
Now that Bitcoin seems to be on the way toward monetization, or at least the long process is noticeably underway, there are a number of issues that are troubling people. I will deal with a few here. Note this crucial distinction which is somehow lost on many commentators on the Bitcoin issue. The flaws are not with the technological unit itself but with its mode of delivery in real market conditions. (more…)
Skepticism of Bitcoin usually begins, quite reasonably, by citing its lack of intrinsic value. In this regard, it compares unfavorably to gold, as discussed recently by Patrik Korda on Mises.org.
The second reason for recent Bitcoin skepticism is its meteoric (some would say bubble-like rise), which indeed experienced a sharp correction the day after Parik’s article. Time will surely tell, but for the impatient, the philosophers and the gamblers, I offer these reasons for measured optimism in everything but the very-long term.
Directly ending the Federal Reserve System through legislation is the wrong goal, both morally and practically, for those who oppose the Fed. Rather, we should be concerned with abolishing the legal tender laws that largely force us to use Federal Reserve notes. If this is achieved, the Fed will collapse under its own weight, for the Fed note could not hope to stand up to competition with sounder currencies in the free market.