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61  Questions And Challenges / Questions About Anarcho-Capitalism / Anarcho-capitalism and how to be dressed in private places on: November 21, 2011, 10:39:25 AM
I would like to know what the position of Anacap is about clothing Ö More precisely, I was wondering if one as the right to decide how we have to be dressed when in a private place. For example, is it right for a school to say Ďif you donít wear the uniform, you canít come to this school?

62  Questions And Challenges / Questions About Anarcho-Capitalism / Paleolibertarianism and libertarianism on: November 21, 2011, 10:09:26 AM
I would like to know what are the differences between paleolibertarianism and libertarianism.

63  Questions And Challenges / Questions About Anarcho-Capitalism / Re: monopole in free market on: November 19, 2011, 10:40:05 PM
Well, I started changing my political position some time ago when I came to realize that people (including me) believe in X Y Z because they are conservative, communist, anarchist etc, rather than being conservative, communist, anarchist etc, because they believe in X Y Z. In consequence, a lot of people decides what they are and then try to catch facts that show that one is right, and are blind to elements that contradict their believes (I like to call this a top-down reasoning), rather then take the facts and make an idea of it (a position a lot more harder that I like to call a bottom-up reasoning.)
When I try the bottom-up reasoning I understood that Marxism wasnít for me because of the dictatorship of the proletariat. In fact, Marx told us that after capitalism, we have to get trough the dictatorship and than the abolition of the state. However, historically, this never happened. Where Marxist blame capitalism for this, I blame the human Ö I mean that every human who have the power will try to protect it. So, I tried to find a philosophy that doesnít want the dictatorship of the proletariat but that was collectivism. I discovered Anarcho-communism.  However, I quickly found several critics of that philosophy

1-   Like EddyK told it :
that forcing people to share their wealth and assist others was immoral. That solidarity and community was something that has to come about voluntarily. With Ancomm I could never both get the liberty and the solidarity. To this day I do not know how Ancomms would force their ideals on others, as they claim to oppose coercion and respect the individual.

In fact, a communistic society can work if and only if all the community is OK with that system.

I think they claim this would happen naturally, that as soon as people are free of government they would suddenly become these super altruistic beings that share and care with everyone (exagerating a bit here). I've always found that point naive and impractical.

Exactly !!!! Marx believed that his theory was scientist. Like Popper (a science philosopher Ė among other thing) point it, Marxism isnít scientist since it is irrefutable. So, the claim that this would happen naturally is based on nothing Ö

3-   I realized that I was more individualist that I thought !!

So, I switched to Anarcho-individualism. Itís not clear for me why I stated reading about anarcho-capitalism. It was more to know the theory behind it. By the same time, I observed some examples where capitalism wasnít bad at all. Furthermore, I stated to question myself about why economic shouldnít receive the same liberty than other domains (homosexuality, prostitution, drugs uses and so one Ė domains that I believed should be legal) and I did not find any reasons Ö So, I tried to immerse myself in the libertarian world (speaking with people) and the first thing that captured my attention was the fact that libertarian doesnít want to exploited others!! It can seems strange for you, but when you are born in a milieu where capitalism is evil and capitalist are just worst that capitalism, itís a big change in your conception of the world.

You will eventually change how you think of what private and public means. Private means people internalize the costs and benefits of their decisions. If something can be privatized, it will be used in a more effective way. You choosing to come to this site is privatization of your use of free time. The private sector is awesome. Imagine if we took majority vote to decide how you used your free time. Eventually you'll let go of the "evil greedy top-hat wearing capitalist exploiters" mentality, and recognize privatization just means freedom. I converted someone from the far left who was very skeptical of the private institutions and was too worried that people would starve...and all the other propaganda the state had been preaching.

I already see some advantage of capitalism, but it's hard to integrate in my conception of the world.
64  Questions And Challenges / Questions About Anarcho-Capitalism / Re: monopole in free market on: November 19, 2011, 12:54:04 PM
Ya. In fact, I came from a very leftish family (and left in Canada itís far more left that in USA!!). In truth I was Marxist. Slowly, I became an Anarcho-communist and than more Anarcho-individualism. In consequence, I always have this cognitive schemes of :
Private = Evil
Public = Good
Of course, if Iím writing here itís because I started to realise that this isnít right. But still, a part of Ďmeí still believes it Ö or, at least, fears the private sector Ö 
65  Questions And Challenges / Questions About Anarcho-Capitalism / Re: monopole in free market on: November 18, 2011, 02:44:39 PM
It's great in theory as well as in practice.

Hope you are right since I start to really enjoy lot of libertarian theories and ideas.
I think itís my unconscious leftish part of me that is sceptical. Grin Grin Grin 
66  Questions And Challenges / Questions About Anarcho-Capitalism / Re: monopole in free market on: November 18, 2011, 12:35:53 PM
Whereas in the free-market, if some regulatory agency isn't to your liking, then you find another one that is. It has to do with accountability.

Well, this is great in THEORY. Though, I doubt that this will be the case (again, Iím not saying that I think this will ou won't be the case, just that I doubt about it).
67  Questions And Challenges / Questions About Anarcho-Capitalism / Re: monopole in free market on: November 18, 2011, 11:22:54 AM
Well, I won't say that I completely agree with what you say. However, my topic was to know the theories to explain why they will not have monopolies in free market and I have my anwser.

This is not to say, howerver, that I desagree with you ; I'm just septical.

The one thing I'm sure, however, is that regulations, like the one we see now isn't the right anwser the resolve the economic problems ...
68  Questions And Challenges / Questions About Anarcho-Capitalism / Re: monopole in free market on: November 17, 2011, 01:29:54 PM
You have a monopolist (assume he came to exist somehow). Price is well above marginal cost, and others are looking to get in on the action. They have to decide whether to enter or not to enter. If they don't enter, they get nothing. If they enter, then there payoffs depend on the action of the monopolist. The monopolist can accept the competition, in which case his profits are lower than they were before, while the newcomer ends up better off. Or the monopolist can choose to "fight" the competitor, temporarily lowering prices and trying to use size to drive him out. But the truth is that this is very costly for the monopolist (and unlikely to work, as was shown with the history of some chemical companies in "Capitalism and the Historians"). So the newcomer would only want to enter if the monopolist was going to accept him. HOWEVER, the key point is that the threat of starting this battle is not very credible, since it would require the monopolist to make a decision that would hurt himself. It's a simple game theory tree, and any reasonable payoff parameters give us a subgame perfect equilibria says that competition will happen.

Well, if states succeeded in creating monopolies, I donít see why a business will not Ö
and in your example, you assume that the cost of keeping the monopole will be higher than the lost of letting go it. But this isnít clear for me. Just look the collusion in some sector (well where I live, there is collusion in construction and the consumers are the big looser ; itís maybe why I am sceptical)
69  Questions And Challenges / Questions About Anarcho-Capitalism / Re: monopole in free market on: November 16, 2011, 06:43:02 PM
You are probably right!

Of course, I prefere a free market monopole  than one of the state. Nevertheless, I doubt that a free market will be free of monople, even monopole which was not decided by consumers ...
70  Questions And Challenges / Questions About Anarcho-Capitalism / Re: monopole in free market on: November 16, 2011, 12:25:00 PM

Now, if this monopoly is treating people well and providing good value.. then it's not necessarily a problem.

Of course, but what if this monopoly is not treating people well. Imagine if, for example, a business bought all the animals that can produce milk. If the business sells a good product and at a low cost, I have no problem per see (even if I do not like the situation since it doesn't mean that it will always stay the same). However, if the business sells bad product at a high cost, what can we do ... the business has all the anmials ....
71  Questions And Challenges / Questions About Anarcho-Capitalism / Re: monopole in free market on: November 16, 2011, 12:15:14 AM
Welcome to the forum!  Smiley

I know this sounds picky, but just to be sure, corporations are creations of the state and are not the result of free-markets. But that is an entirely different issue.

It's picky, but I like to know this type of distinction!!

 Are you asking us what would prevent monopolies from happening in the free-market?

Yes, it's exactly what I want to know.

Thank for the anwser !
72  Questions And Challenges / Questions About Anarcho-Capitalism / monopole in free market on: November 15, 2011, 11:10:52 PM
Hi there,
Before I ask my question, I just want to introduce a little bit myself. First of all, I want to say that Iím not English, so it can be somehow difficult to express myself clearly. Secondly, I have to admit that I am not, per see, an anarcho-capitalist, since I judge that I do not have all the knowledge of that philosophy. However, I do have some acquaintance with anarchy (individualism). Recently, I started reading about anarcho-capitalism because I like to know the more I can about economic and political philosophy. Surprisingly (for me!), I must say that some aspects of the theory are appealing. So, I decide to learn more and more about it. In consequence, I have a question about this theory and I hope you can help me!!!
Here we go. Itís all about a possible risk of the free market. If for example a corporation succeeds at a point that it is the only corporation to sell something (for example security). This will lead to a monopole not far of the state. So, I was wondering if there are some theoretical reasons to explain why this will not happen. Or, can we think that if it happens, this will be the result of the free market and, therefore, the choices of the consumers.
Thank for the answers.
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