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« on: February 12, 2013, 12:19:26 AM »

I'm an aspiring author, and in light of the fact that carpet bombing my resume around is not getting me a job I've decided to write a story. I want the story to help spread the ideas of anarchy voluntaryism agorism etc...

In any case I was wondering what ya'll think would be essential to such a story.

I want to highlight the diversity of the philosophy and emphasize it's individualistic nature.

Anywho any assistance that ya'll are willing to provide will be appreciated. I would like to take in all the points of view about AnCap from Rothbardian's extreme right wingedness to mutalist influences.

Of course the project as it stands now in my mind and on here may have to be scaled back but who knows? I'll just take it a day at a time.

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« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2013, 02:07:38 AM »

I'm an aspiring author, and in light of the fact that carpet bombing my resume around is not getting me a job I've decided to write a story. I want the story to help spread the ideas of anarchy voluntaryism agorism etc...

In any case I was wondering what ya'll think would be essential to such a story.

I want to highlight the diversity of the philosophy and emphasize it's individualistic nature.

Anywho any assistance that ya'll are willing to provide will be appreciated. I would like to take in all the points of view about AnCap from Rothbardian's extreme right wingedness to mutalist influences.

Of course the project as it stands now in my mind and on here may have to be scaled back but who knows? I'll just take it a day at a time.

Peace be with you.

Well, you haven't provided much to work with.  My first concern would be finding a basic plot that would allow you to highlight the differences between the status quo and an anarchist society.  A science fiction story would be the easiest way to do that, but the sf elements could easily overwhelm or just turn off mainstream readers.  I'm thinking of taking someone from our status quo and thrusting them into a more or less fully realized anarchist society to discover the differences.  Like L. Neil Smith did in The Probability Broach. 

Say something like Buck Rogers where a person from our time finds themselves in a future anarchistic world.

Or mix it up a bit with Logan's Run and have a thoroughly-indoctrinated law and order guy chasing after the protagonist from their (our?) society into an anarchist society. 

Either way, the hard part might be making the anarchist society realistic.  Just because an anarchist society exists doesn't mean that people don't still have problems--but they don't have the additional problems created by the state. 

Or perhaps you would rather show more about how an anarchist society might start and develop.  Like how an underground, agorist group might spread and undermine existing governments.  But then you have to decide which characters you would use to show such far-reaching developments. 

Or maybe a post-holocaust world where the remaining survivors are picking up the pieces, and they've decided to try to avoid recreating a government (or at least most of them have decided that) and to develop an anarchist society.

Or...I don't know, maybe you have something else in mind.

I'm also a big mystery fan, and have thought about having a mystery story in an ancap society, to illustrate how different an anarchist legal system might be.  That would take some work in a different direction, creating a possible legal system and how it works, and coming up with a mystery big enough and interesting enough to not be quickly or easily solved.

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« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2013, 02:37:03 AM »

I'm an aspiring author, and in light of the fact that carpet bombing my resume around is not getting me a job I've decided to write a story. I want the story to help spread the ideas of anarchy voluntaryism agorism etc...

In any case I was wondering what ya'll think would be essential to such a story.

I want to highlight the diversity of the philosophy and emphasize it's individualistic nature.

Anywho any assistance that ya'll are willing to provide will be appreciated. I would like to take in all the points of view about AnCap from Rothbardian's extreme right wingedness to mutalist influences.

Of course the project as it stands now in my mind and on here may have to be scaled back but who knows? I'll just take it a day at a time.

Peace be with you.

Well, you haven't provided much to work with.  My first concern would be finding a basic plot that would allow you to highlight the differences between the status quo and an anarchist society.  A science fiction story would be the easiest way to do that, but the sf elements could easily overwhelm or just turn off mainstream readers.  I'm thinking of taking someone from our status quo and thrusting them into a more or less fully realized anarchist society to discover the differences.  Like L. Neil Smith did in The Probability Broach. 

Say something like Buck Rogers where a person from our time finds themselves in a future anarchistic world.

Or mix it up a bit with Logan's Run and have a thoroughly-indoctrinated law and order guy chasing after the protagonist from their (our?) society into an anarchist society. 

Either way, the hard part might be making the anarchist society realistic.  Just because an anarchist society exists doesn't mean that people don't still have problems--but they don't have the additional problems created by the state. 

Or perhaps you would rather show more about how an anarchist society might start and develop.  Like how an underground, agorist group might spread and undermine existing governments.  But then you have to decide which characters you would use to show such far-reaching developments. 

Or maybe a post-holocaust world where the remaining survivors are picking up the pieces, and they've decided to try to avoid recreating a government (or at least most of them have decided that) and to develop an anarchist society.

Or...I don't know, maybe you have something else in mind.

I'm also a big mystery fan, and have thought about having a mystery story in an ancap society, to illustrate how different an anarchist legal system might be.  That would take some work in a different direction, creating a possible legal system and how it works, and coming up with a mystery big enough and interesting enough to not be quickly or easily solved.



Well I was thinking of setting this particular story slightly in the future and  to follow a select group as they live their lives, avoiding the state, making money agoristicly etc... Perhaps setting up Ex Pat communities etc... The idea I have set in my mind is that the protagonist is an Ex Pat who comes back to the US to visit some family and something happens I haven't quite figured that part out yet, but I wanted to show that just because someone is an anarchist and a little more independent and used to taking care of business on their own, it doesn't make them a socio-path or evil you know?

I also wanted to use the opportunity to highlight some differences in between cultures, I imagine that anarchists are probably a little more independent than Statists. I know I for one would much rather take care of business without involving the "authorities"...

I also have in mind a sci fi epic where I would show case some aspects of the philosophy but the sci fi elements in it are going to be pretty heavy as I've been thinking about this universe for over a year and been writing out some preliminary stuff for about 6 months. The problem with the sci fi is that I fear that the scope of events is going to drown out the more subtle anarchistic influence and while I may still have a great story ( I hope) the anarchy in it is probably going to be lost on people.

I've also been thinking about some post apocalyptic settings for this kind of think tank. A problem I'm running into is that there are so many ways to approach the subject that it's hard to choose which exactly to go down. I suppose in the end there's nothing to keep me from working some stories from all angels is there?

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« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2013, 03:52:11 AM »

I would be happy to edit for you (Considering I've been spending quite a considerable amount of time editing essays and Fan-Fiction).
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« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2013, 07:43:30 AM »

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Same here.

I've also been working on a pro-freedom story...it's not easy lemme tell ya. The biggest problem is trying to avoid pulling a Rand; as much as I liked her works, when reading I couldn't help thinking she was being a bit blunt with the message, and turned off alot of people to her ideas.
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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2013, 08:02:44 AM »

I think I am an odd one out when it comes to what society will be like.  I suspect in some ways it will be more restrictive than what we are use to, at least if you don't have a boatload of money. 

I wouldn't mind involving authorities if the authorities were not criminals.  Heck, if I were willingly paying them, why not make them do their job?


I hear the statist crime shows like NCIS are some of the most popular things going right now.   Maybe show in detail how a murder would be solved in ancap. 
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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2013, 08:22:00 PM »

Have you read "On the Steppes of Central Asia" (http://anarchism.net/steppes.htm) or anything at http://anarchism.net/books.htm?  Is that what you are after?
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« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2013, 09:23:57 PM »

Have you read "On the Steppes of Central Asia" (http://anarchism.net/steppes.htm) or anything at http://anarchism.net/books.htm?  Is that what you are after?

Haven't read anything there I'll look into em and get back to ya. Thanks for the links.
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