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1  General Category / General Discussion / Re: WANTED: I need a Commie/Socialist style anarchist to debate Stefan Molyneux on: September 18, 2012, 01:56:34 PM
David Graeber and Kevin Carson are good sources on anarcho-communism and mutualism respectively, but I don't know if they would have any interest in debating Molyneux.
2  Questions And Challenges / Questions About Anarcho-Capitalism / Why Mises? on: September 14, 2012, 01:44:37 PM
I'm unclear on why Ancaps hold Mises in such regard. He certainly didn't advocate statelessness, so why venerate someone who largely disagrees with your school of thought? I know he advanced Austrian economics, but surely he wasn't the only one. To me, it would make more sense to venerate someone like Rothbard who supported Austrian economics and statelessness.

Could anyone explain this to me?
3  General Category / General Discussion / Re: An article which claims Rothbard stated he wasn't an anarchist on: August 19, 2012, 03:18:15 PM
Anarchism merely means without a state.

Incorrect. I'm sure we're all aware that the actual definition of the word when derived from the Greek means "no ruler." Classical anarchism identified the philosophy with opposition to numerous forms of rulership, including political rule (statism), economic rule (capitalism, classical definition), and social rule (patriarchy, racism, etc). You're thinking of just the anti-statism concept, which is incomplete.

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It's the left-anarchists who are trying to redefine the term to mean anti-hierarchy.  They're just trying to nitpick with us, instead of bothering with substantive debate.

Actually, those on the right have done more to redefine anarchism and capitalism and the like. But the point of this isn't to point fingers, but to clarify so that we can more easily cooperate. If some people have said anarchism is simply anti-hierarchy, then they would be mistaken as well. Anarchism covers several concepts, with anti-statism and anti-hierarchy as important aspects.
4  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Anarcho-Communism/Marxism/? on: August 19, 2012, 03:08:37 PM
So, why don't we just call Anarcho-Communist what they really are, Marxist?

Because Anarcho-Communists aren't Marxists. Many an-com theories are derived from Kropotkin rather than Marx, who in no way had a monopoly on socialist thought. Plus, I've seen fierce an-com criticism of Marxism, perhaps most notably on Marx's support of vanguardism, which they reject entirely.
5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Help and advice on: July 25, 2012, 10:59:36 PM
You will probably end up with a lot of anarchists that are not ancap.  They will try to claim your school as their own, and not pay for training that they are entitled to have for free.

Now you're just being silly. Anarchists have always supported compensation for labor. Anarcho-capitalists didn't just make that up.
6  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Violation of Contract on: July 14, 2012, 10:07:47 AM
If a government breaks its constitution the people are no longer bound by it true or false
If a boss breaks his contract with his workers the workers no longer need to follow that boss true or false

Your boss isn't threatening you with a gun.  The government is.  Simple as that. 

The boss is if he's telling you to get out of his workplace even though you've done nothing to provoke expulsion as defined by a contract.
7  General Category / General Discussion / Re: anarcho-syndicalism on: July 14, 2012, 10:05:36 AM
I am afraid your conflating capitalism and crony-capitalism and other forms of false capitalism.  

With such conflation the anti-capitalistic viewpoint makes a lot of sense, however it is still a mistake to combine them and base statements and beliefs on that.  

Most An-Caps conflate free markets with capitalism, even though capitalism has never meant free markets in practice. "Crony-capitalism" is capitalism. But that's a discussion for another day.

As for the OP, I don't know the names of any specific books, but Rudolf Rocker seems to have written extensively about it.
8  General Category / Lounge / Re: Videogamers of DA on: June 27, 2012, 06:44:24 AM
I recently picked up Donkey Kong 64 after 11 years. I'm almost half way through it. Tongue
9  Videos / Anarcho-Capitalist Videos / Re: Adam Kokesh: "Anarcho-Capitalists are the real anarchists" on: June 26, 2012, 04:45:06 PM
They go around breaking things and starting conflicts...because the government got reduced in size! Yes, protesting because their access to pillaged wealth is being reduced. Anarchists shouldn't riot when the government gets reduced or crippled due to a loss of credit channels...they should rejoice.

I'm not an an-com, nor am I a rioter. However, you've brought something up that I'd like to address. Not every reduction in statism is something that should be celebrated, because it may not actually be a reduction in statism. Let me explain. Take, for example, welfare for the poor. I think we can all agree that the bloated welfare state is terrible. However, that welfare, as crippling as it is, makes life livable for those most suffering under this current system of corporate capitalism. A large degree of statism was introduced when the corporations and politically favored industries were originally given their privileges. Logically, those with less wealth got screwed over. The welfare serves to counteract the negative effects of that privilege (even if not very effectively). To take away just the welfare before taking away the corporate privilege would be to allow the original statism to run uninhibited, and that shouldn't be celebrated.

Maybe you already know this and I'm just running on, but this is a concept that I think too few market anarchists understand.
10  General Category / Lounge / Re: What are you currently reading? on: June 26, 2012, 04:23:39 PM
I'm reading Instead of a Book by Benjamin Tucker. It's a compilation of dozens of his articles from Liberty, organized into several sections that give the low down on his interpretation of Anarchism. I highly recommend it, especially if you're interested in Spooner or any of the other 19th/early 20th century Anarchists.

After that, I'll head into Studies in Mutualist Political Economy by Kevin Carson, which seems like a fascinating read from what I've sampled so far.
11  Videos / Other Videos / Anarchist flag flown above the bank of Scotland on: June 24, 2012, 06:00:24 PM
Posted a few weeks ago. Some people replaced the Union Jack with the good ol' red-and-black. (Yay for rhymes! xD) The song is "Farewell to the Crown" by anarcho-punk band Chumbawamba.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhWq6h968AM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhWq6h968AM</a>
12  Questions And Challenges / Questions About Anarcho-Capitalism / Re: What about acts that predict/cause violence on: June 24, 2012, 03:37:59 PM
I would say that a possibility of violence isn't enough to call for preemptive violence. If the person has expressed intent to do violence, that may be a different story. (Plus, lots of intoxicated people are nonviolent anyway.) As for a person acting irrationally, I'd say take measures to calm them down or at least get them to leave without just going ahead and beating them up.

As for assholes, punching them would feel lovely, but I think the most you could ethically do is be an asshole back to them to discourage rude behavior. Yay for social ostracism?
13  General Category / General Discussion / Re: The time is now: I am now a voluntaryist on: June 23, 2012, 07:08:12 PM
Welcome! This side is more fun.  Grin
14  General Category / General Discussion / Re: is religion coercion on: June 23, 2012, 09:57:15 AM
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You voluntarily join a religion knowing (if you don't know, you're an idiot) you'll be barred from doing certain things in fear of going to hell. Since you volunteered for it, I'd say no, it's not.

Except in certain religions, such as Christianity, conversion isn't voluntary. Either you convert or you burn.
15  General Category / General Discussion / Re: is religion coercion on: June 22, 2012, 12:28:22 PM
If threatening someone with eternal torture if they don't believe/follow XYZ isn't coercion, I have no idea what is.
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