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1  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Anarcho-Monarchism: Your thoughts and theories on: May 13, 2012, 03:05:31 PM
Anarchy simply means "no rulers". A monarch is a ruler or he/she is not a monarch. Hence "Anarcho-monarchism" is a contradiction in terms.



It really isn't. I'll quote myself from my intro thread:
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anarcho-monarchism is the idealism of a sovereign individual. It does not necessarily identify one by his economic perspective, as the common man does not identify himself as an economic perspective. A man is who he is b/c of his culture, his personal sociological beliefs, and his economic perspective, but not just his economic perspective.

The purpose, I think, of the hyphenated anarchist descriptor is to identify the individual within the greater anarchist ideal - in that way, I am a monarchist, a voluntary monarchist. I do not subscribe to the morally repugnant belief that all, or even some, men have an equal share of political authority over myself or my property over myself. Property rights are the only axiomatic expression of existence - all other rights extend from them, and they are individually exclusive. If I believe, and I do, that I own myself -that I am sovereign, then no other may own me or hold any sway over me or my person. Therefore, since I premise my entire ethical perspective on axiomatic property rights, democracy is morally repugnant to me.

I adhere first and foremost to liberty - that most sacred of principles - which is most clear expressed and ensured by the existence of property rights.

I am a libertarian anarchist who draws a distinction between equality in political freedoms and liberty in political freedoms. From my perspective, political equality is as total a dictatorial form of gov't under an autocrat as it is under a democrat. Political liberty, however, is never more sweet than under a monarch - of course, ideally that monarch would be the individual himself but, where property over the self was denied in a certain extent, and a State demanded, a monarch suffices. Those who favor libertyshould admit the truth that they cannot favor a single form of political organization at the expense of others; they should not be pledged to any single constitution or form of gov't. The desire to see the maximum amount of liberty for oneself and fellow citizens within reason - regardless of character of gov't - is the mark of libertarianism and the antithesis of totalitarianism

For me, I see political equality as synonymous with political uniformity of opinion - a totality.
2  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Anarcho-Monarchism: Your thoughts and theories on: May 12, 2012, 08:16:02 PM
If its a voluntary arrangement, it isn't a State. If the voluntarily submitted to authority is not the judicial monpolist, it isn't a State. Ergo, the totem monarch is in complete compliance with AnCap ethical precepts.

Therefore submission to a totem monarch instead of a Republic would merely be a matter of personal preference as though one were choosing between Pepsi and Coke since neither forms of govt would be the supreme judicial monopolist. Remember, AnCap is not "no" legal authorities - it is many legal authorities. The left anarchists are delusional to desire a world in which man is abstractly viewed separated from all external influence. We view man in the practical light of being made unique and supremely sovereign BECAUSE of those external influences and his freedom to choose which to emphasize and when.
3  Questions And Challenges / Questions About Anarcho-Capitalism / Re: Is the State legitimate? on: May 12, 2012, 03:43:54 AM
I apologize for the rather mundane topic, but it's just a rather minor thing that jumps around my head from time to time.

I tend to float between a Friedman and Rothbardian conception of a ancap society with reference to law provision. I think I hover around the former more often as it feels more natural to me although I would say that the latter is more desirable.

Anyway, assuming Friedman's model for law provision, would the State be illegitimate? What would distinguish it from a corporation horizontally integrated with legal and protection agencies that I just happen to not want to support (while others enjoy their business practices)? It would seem that in this situation, ignoring certainly relevant issues of degree, that no special vitriol should be spewed at the State as opposed to any other business like Subway.



Why don't you explain Friedman's model; what your definition of the State, legitimacy, and corporation is; and how a corporation differs from a firm?
4  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Anarcho-Monarchism: Your thoughts and theories on: May 12, 2012, 03:40:06 AM
Could someone give me a quick and dirty like 2 paragraph explanation of why this arrangement would be desirable over a ancap society lacking a monarch?

Sorry for the long pause between responses, I work a lot!

Anarcho-capitalism is de facto a form of social organization that is voluntarily segregative rather than coercively integrative. The Anarcho-monarchist is an Ancap, but prefers a voluntary community with an anti-egalitarian, anti-democratic, anti-statist, and anti-corporatist, conservative-libertarian bent that stresses tradition, responsibility, liberty, virtue, localism, market anarchy, voluntary segregation and personalism, along with familial, religious, and regional identity rooted in private property and personified by a totem monarch.

If you can get down with that, then you're in. If not, then *shrug*. Monarchy aint for everyone.
5  General Category / General Discussion / Re: England Bans Pirate Bay on: May 06, 2012, 12:29:49 AM
If you want to open yourself up to all of the wonders of the internet, which I highly suggest, you'll want to switch to Linux.

Check out these articles to introduce yourself to Linux:

http://dailyanarchist.com/2010/11/22/open-source-software-is-for-activists/

http://dailyanarchist.com/2010/11/24/linux-and-anarchy/

I'll consider it. The only hesitation I have is that I do not use my computer for anything but surfing the web. I am barely literate at computer anything. When I say this, I mean that I am as literate as an 80 year old. I've never been inclined to peak into the IT realm. So I have no idea what value the perks of changing OS's would bring to me, nor would I know how those perks would work.

A friend of mine swears by Ubuntu and has mentioned it before to me. He, like you, mentions the ethical perspective, which I absolutely agree with. On that matter alone, I seriously consider the switch. Aside from that, I'm lost. I've only ever rarely used MSWord and rarely use MSPaint. I use no other programs beyond an occasional (and I do mean occasional) computer game that loses my interest quite quickly.

I see no reason NOT to switch. I'm just afraid I won't know what to do after the switch. You know? What little knowledge I have of Windows I do posses is far from enough to keep me from feeling awed by a person who can retrieve files when I don't know where they saved to.

And yes, I do see the very ironic metaphor between my caution about Linux and the statist dismissal of anarchism. ;p
6  Questions And Challenges / Questions About Anarcho-Capitalism / Re: Vigilanteism on: May 05, 2012, 04:17:18 PM
I favor the form of defense visualized in season one of Deadwood.
7  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Anarcho-Monarchism: Your thoughts and theories on: May 05, 2012, 02:03:30 PM
Sounds like there's more to it than I thought.
But all I really need to know is this: 

Can I say "No" to whatever the "monarch" wants without getting my stuff taken or being thrown into a cage?

Sounds like the answer is "yes", so I'm mostly fine with it.   I won't be identifying myself as an anarcho-monarchist because I don't fully understand the term.

I originally had a paragraph here about how I'm wary of leaders (even voluntarily followed ones), but I think I'd be preaching to the choir.   



Well, the issue with leaders isn't whether they tell you to do things that you don't want tohear, its
Whether what they say is ethical and part of the covenant you have made with them. The State does NOT act ethically as each decision comes with the threat of violence and no one anywhere has ever made a covenant with a State unless they have applied for citizenship. A totem monarch, however, could not violate these two requirements easily.
8  General Category / General Discussion / Re: England Bans Pirate Bay on: May 05, 2012, 01:56:54 PM
Yeah, the Pirate Bay, and other bittorrent indexing sites, is where you go to upload and download all of the music and movies, and other files that you want.

The internet is full of wonderful and empowering goodies out there. We can help make your internet experience much better if you'd like.

Let me start by asking you which operating system you're using, Windows or Mac?

Windows
9  General Category / General Discussion / Re: England Bans Pirate Bay on: May 05, 2012, 07:40:58 AM
Forgive me for sounding like a twit but I only know how to spend money on the web and enjoy discussion boards. The rest of the net is as wondrous and magical to me as cooking is... which is to say that my culinary expertiseis exhausted at boiling toast.

10  General Category / General Discussion / Re: England Bans Pirate Bay on: May 05, 2012, 07:37:20 AM

While I appreciate the link, Seth, I still don't know what it is. It looks like a competitor to Google but I doubt a search engine would be banned...
It's a listing site for torrents, pretty much a search engine.  As a lot of people post copyrighted materials in torrents... they decide to 'ban' it.  However pretty much anyone that uses the pirate bay knows how easy it is to work around the 'block'.  It's a political move with very little real effect.

Ah... and a torrent is something like file sharing? Is it the format the file is shared in?
11  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Anarcho-Monarchism: Your thoughts and theories on: May 05, 2012, 07:28:23 AM
I that case, I don't see how this is fundamentally different from anarcho-capitalism.    This is just AnCap with an odd (to me) cultural quirk, there's no reason to come up with another name for it.   In fact, if England converted to anarcho-capitalism this is probably what you'd get, since they'd likely keep the royal family just for nostalgia/cultural reasons.     Since the "king" is a figurehead, you can have the same thing with any of the other flavors of anarcho-, given that the real economy and government (or lack thereof) adheres to whatever kind of anarchy is described by the name.   Coming up with a separate name for it might confuse the issue.

Read this.
12  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Anarcho-Monarchism: Your thoughts and theories on: May 05, 2012, 07:26:01 AM
I've never heard of Anarcho-Monarchism.   Would such a "king" even be necessary in a free society?   From your description, this "king" would be a powerless figurehead who represents the culture of the society, but has no purpose otherwise.   Would people obey or pay fealty to this king, even in a token manner?     

 Not only is AnMon anthropologically proven, it exists in the real world as expressed by the theocratic Papacy and the former caesaropapist Byzantine Empire. Also, the Spanish State can be interpreted, as defined by their constitution, as a statist attempt to build a psuedo-AnMon community. The Catholic Church (separate from the papal states) is a worldwide AnMonism as is the Eastern Orthodox Church.
13  General Category / General Discussion / Re: England Bans Pirate Bay on: May 05, 2012, 07:16:44 AM

While I appreciate the link, Seth, I still don't know what it is. It looks like a competitor to Google but I doubt a search engine would be banned...
14  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Anarcho-Monarchism: Your thoughts and theories on: May 05, 2012, 07:13:20 AM
I'm an AnMon.
15  General Category / General Discussion / Re: England Bans Pirate Bay on: May 04, 2012, 11:06:11 PM
What's pirate bay?
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