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1  General Category / General Discussion / A review of Gabriel Kolko's book The Triumph of Conservatism on: May 26, 2017, 07:54:18 PM
I wrote a book review of a work I really enjoyed, and one which influenced libertarians like David D. Friedman and Roy Childs, and I was hoping to hear what my fellow anarchists thought of my review.

Anyone else a fan of this book? Anyone else read it?

I think Seth would like it, given his view of corporations as essentially a part of the State.
2  General Category / General Discussion / Anyone here from the Ozarks, or Northwest Arkansas? on: March 06, 2017, 07:25:18 PM
I'm still a bit sad that the Daily Anarchist blog and forum have declined in use, or, perhaps more accurately, ceased being used altogether. I'm curious if those who used to post here can be found in other online communities?

Either way, we had a great time here, and I'm grateful for that. Smiley

I wanted to post a link to a site I'm building, geared towards libertarian and anarchist minded folks who live or often visit Northwest Arkansas. I've been part of a facebook group geared towards just that sort of people for a while, but for various reasons I wanted to build an actual website for the group. I thought I would post about it here in case anyone wanted to check it out.

In particular, some people from our group participated in a live forum on Anarchism, with a talk given by anarcho-capitalist Hogeye Bill, whom some here may have heard of before. You can watch the video of the event here, and if you want to join us in our fancy new online forum I would love to see you all again! (In a virtual sense.)

I'm curious what you all think of the video of Bill's talk and the discussion afterwards. I got to be a panelist at the event myself, and answer questions from the audience along with Bill and two others. (My meatspace name is Jacob, in case anyone couldn't guess which one was me.) I thought it went well, overall.

Also, even if you don't live in the Ozarks, don't let that discourage you from joining our site! Anyone interested in joining in with our discussions is welcome, even if you can't make it to see us in person.

Thanks! Hope everyone is well.
3  General Category / Lounge / Re: Been a minute, how's life? on: February 21, 2016, 07:55:43 PM
I have gravitated pretty close to a moral nihilist position too. I find it interesting to hear that we've both ended up there.

I have moved, gotten a stable job, and I'm working through reading my now enormous collection of nonfiction books. I still deal with depression, (who doesn't these days?,) but I have finally gotten around to doing something about it, seeing a doctor and such.

I kinda miss this site and the people here. I notice the blog hasn't been updated in a really long time, anyone know what happened to that? Do any of the people who used to frequent this forum still stop by to check in at all? I haven't been here in a while because I had my password hidden away behind two layers of encryption on a computer I stopped using, and I started using Internet mostly through my phone, and had some trouble getting tor working on my phone til recently. But I'd like to at least see the blog start receiving new updates again.

Are you still around Seth? I heard the free state project got its required number of signatures to trigger the move. Are you excited about that, if you're still here?
4  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Assassination market coming to life on: January 31, 2015, 01:50:33 PM
While I haven't investigated the following story to fact-check,

I don't know about your particular story but in Guerrero Community Police (militias under civillian control) have resisted both the State and the Drug cartels. Also autodefense groups have sprung up to combat the cartels.

The difference between the Policia Comunitaria and grupos de las autodefensas is about accountability and the chain of command. Community Police have civilians in the chain of command whilst a self defense group's chain is autonomous.

EDIT: They've even held people on trail, and executed them including a corrupt federale. I might be able to do some digging and find some stories about it if you're interested in it.

Yes, I would find those stories very interesting!

Edit: Just realized your reply was a year old. I'd still find those stories interesting if you have links though.
5  Videos / Other Videos / Crash Course World History series on: January 30, 2015, 11:32:15 PM
Crash Course World History. This whole series is really awesome. Also, they aren't above discussing anarchist literature on occasion, which is cool. (And why I'm posting it here, apart from it's awesomeness.)
6  Questions And Challenges / Questions About Anarcho-Capitalism / Re: Health Care and long-term disability on: November 17, 2014, 12:50:01 AM
I think I would answer just about the same way Seth does, they'd probably have to rely on charity. I'd like to elaborate a little bit more though.

To begin with, what do you want to compare an ancap society to? Any group of people, with any social structure, will have problems with providing health insurance to those who can't provide for themselves.

If you want to compare an ancap system to the current system, then I would bring up the question of what effect the government currently has on the availability of healthcare. Having coercively funded, government provision of healthcare does not necessarily lead to greater accessibility. I would suggest reading the work of Roderick Long and Kevin Carson on the effects of government involvement in healthcare, both historically and today, and on the possible alternatives available through mutual aid. Based on their work I would expect a more anarchistic healthcare system to provide more affordable access to more people than the current system; I think government involvement has decreased, rather than increased, availability over all.

For those who are disabled from birth, to the point where they can't work to provide for themselves, I would expect:

a) that enough people would be willing to help them through charity so that most of them could still live at least basically decent lives, (I realize "basically decent" is subjective, but you actually just ask how they could live at all, which is a pretty low bar,)

b) that the greater availability of healthcare that an anarchist system, (probably based largely on mutual aid,) would start off with, compared to a system with government provision or involvement, would mean an anarchist society could do at least as good a job of taking care of those who couldn't provide for themselves as a society with government involvement in healthcare,

and c) that new technologies will continue to improve both the standard of living for people with the sorts of extreme disabilities you bring up, and the ability of these individuals to overcome their disabilities and gain the ability to provide for themselves. (Think of the father that 3d-printed his son a simple hand, or of any similar technologies that may one day allow people born with almost any extreme disability to overcome their disability and act just as ably as the average person.)

I hope that helps. Smiley
7  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Even better than meshnets? on: November 15, 2014, 12:34:56 AM
That's true. But with a meshnet, you have to get others in your area to help out, right? And someone in the group has to have a normal internet connection. Whereas with this, you can be anywhere in the world and have access to news and information.

Right now there's no way to send content using the device, but maybe the technology could be adapted for that later on?
8  General Category / General Discussion / Even better than meshnets? on: November 15, 2014, 12:19:04 AM
This looks pretty awesome.

It's expensive to get one, but if this can really get internet access to pretty much anyone, anywhere in the world, regardless of where they live or what government they live under, then that could be, dare I say, revolutionary?

What does everyone think? Reason to be optimistic about the future?
9  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Opinions on Ayn Rand on: November 12, 2014, 03:27:32 PM
I really liked a lot of Ayn Rand's philosophy when I first read through it. I don't think her metaethics ever satisfied me though.

I still like some of her ideas, but I've found more problems with her philosophy as time has gone on. Stuff I like: the optimism or "benevolent universe" sense of life, (the idea that people can achieve their values and be happy, even in horrible circumstances, and that happiness rather than misery is in some sense the state of being human beings are meant to experience,) and in some ways the individualistic parts of her philosophy. Stuff I don't like: the strange denouncement of stuff like quantum physics, the idea that the U.S. military was heroic, and her whole philosophy of sex, sexuality, and gender.

To elaborate on the last part, 1) she was inexplicably homophobic, and Piekoff is apparently transphobic even while trying to backpedal Ayn Rand's homophobia. (Listen to his podcasts for evidence.) 2) The sexual episodes between her fictional characters either had the men dominating the women, or, in one case, explicitly raping them, though in the case involving rape apparently the woman wanted the man to rape them, so maybe it borders, barely, on bdsm. 3) To top it off she thought sex was the physical expression of love, which seemed innocent enough an idea when I first read it, but which I've since come to disagree with. I don't disagree that sex can be used to express love, I just take issue with her idea that if you're not sexually attracted to those whom you're romantically attracted to, or vice versa, then there's something wrong with you. Sexual, romantic, and physical attraction are distinct.
10  General Category / General Discussion / favorite propaganda? on: November 12, 2014, 03:00:32 PM
I guess this goes under general discussion?

I'm looking for news stories, interviews, speeches, etc., (audio and video works,) that express a sort of straightforward pro-government, pro-democracy/republic bent. The sort of videos you'd see in high school as a documentary. I'm looking for stuff that's optimistic sounding or sort of celebratory or patriotic, rather than stuff that's vitriolic or angry or part of a heated debate.

I'm also looking for audio and video clips from libertarian, anarchist, (both left and right,) perspectives, and clips of statists being more vitriolic or participating in debate, but I've already found some things like that, so that's less of a priority. Strangely, it's the straight-forward, taking-the-goodness-of-government-for-granted stuff I'm having more trouble finding.

I'd prefer for the clips to be in the public domain, (which probably means a lot of them will have been produced by government agencies,) but if they aren't that's ok, I'll still appreciate anyone posting them.

Or if you have suggestions for other forums or websites to go to to look for such material, I'll appreciate that too. I imagine I'll probably be doing some looking through reddit, I've already done some looking through youtube, but I'll probably do some more.

11  Questions And Challenges / Questions About Anarcho-Capitalism / Re: How Popular is Anarcho Capitalism? on: October 31, 2014, 01:20:58 AM
Not trying to be rude, but...

I don't think your questions seem rude at all. Just for the record.

Is it true that;

1. Right wing libertarianism is only popular in the US while left-wing libertarianism is dominant everywhere else

I remember reading Jonas Kyratzes's blog once, and seeing a commenter say that they were a libertarian socialist "in the European tradition". Kyratzes, who is a Marxist who lives in Europe, basically asked what in the world they were talking about, because as far as he knew socialism in Europe had always mainly been associated with Marxism.

I'm paraphrasing, and this is just anecdote anyway, but the incident gave me the impression that the meme of right-wing libertarianism being popular only in the U.S. with libertarianism being left-wing popular elsewhere might be less than accurate.

There are versions of the Mises Institute operating all over the world, also. The Atlas Network has a list of thinktanks in different countries that mostly advocate some variety of "right-wing libertarianism". I don't think any form of libertarianism is really "popular" anywhere, but most forms exist in many places.

2. Anarcho-capitalists only number in the thousands

Seth King posted a topic before asking folks here to guestimate "[h]ow many market-anarchist, anarcho-capitalist, voluntaryists, whatever, you think there are in the world right now", and most people guessed somewhere around a million. I've never seen any statistics on how many anarchists there are of any anarchist school of though, so I don't know how many there really are. I'm not sure of a good way of going about finding out. (Anyone know how many people attend Porcfest every year? I know they're not all anarchists, but many are, and the percentage of them that are might be estimable.) If someone is claiming that ancaps only number in the thousands, I would suggest you ask them to provide you with the evidence from which they draw that conclusion; I'm sure folks here would find the evidence they provide interesting to examine. (At least I know I would personally.)

3. Most Ancaps are just upper-class white men.

Thanks for any answers!

My personal impression is that most ancaps are men, and I would guess that most of them are white, but thinking through the friends I know personally who are fans of anarcho-capitalism or similar strains of thought, not all of them are white. So, my guess, and it is only a guess, is that the majority are white men, but that a sizable minority are other races and a smaller minority are women.

As for upper-class, I doubt it honestly. I'm guessing there's a fairly even spread income wise, or maybe even a bias towards lower income folks within ancap circles. (Lower income for the first world, as I do think most ancaps live in the first world.)

But again, this is all really mostly speculation. Without accurate, reliable statistics we really just can't say.
12  Videos / Other Videos / Re: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Civil Forfeiture on: October 16, 2014, 01:33:43 PM
Yeah, that one was really good. I liked his videos on Prisons and drone strikes a lot too. Actually his whole show is pretty funny.
13  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Difficulty of Hierarchy? on: October 08, 2014, 11:10:12 PM
I guess we'd use the same revolutionary strategies that we'd use against any other government. (It seems like if they're forcing it on you then it's really a government, even if they call it anarchy, but that's just me.)

So, trade and make a living below their noses, (on the black market,) and try to spread ideas. Beyond that, what kind of society are you imagining being forced into, beyond just a communistic one? Do they have commons that everyone is allowed to draw from? Because then you could just take more than everyone else right? Or are they trying to plan out what is distributed to everyone? Seems like that would be difficult for them to maintain, and might collapse on its own.

Also, there's a question of how open to new ideas others are in the society you're involved in. If you get arrested and thrown in prison, can you leverage that to gain sympathy and get people to change what's happening, or does everyone around you just not care?
14  General Category / General Discussion / Re: Why is there so many different flavors of 'Anarchy'? on: September 11, 2014, 12:50:56 PM
Victor i just want you to know i tried replying to you. I spent over an hour typing my reply, only to have the forum time out on me because my preferences were set to only be logged in for 1hr. LOL CRAP!

I will try and reply again, just busy.

That's fine. Smiley It happens. And I did write a pretty long post.

If you're using firefox, you might install the lazarus form recovery plugin. It should help if your browser crashes or if a forum times out on you or anything like that, it will save whatever you wrote so you'll be able to recover it later. If you're using torbrowser, (what I normally use,) I wouldn't recommend it though, since the TOR designers warn against using plugins with the torbrowser, for security reasons. But if you can remember to do it, if you're writing a long post you can always compose it in a text file, then copy it over, or you can compose it on the forum but then copy it over to a text file in case the forum times out on you, so you don't loose everything you wrote.
15  Videos / Anarcho-Capitalist Videos / Re: The Truth About Capitalism on: September 09, 2014, 01:43:50 PM
I wouldn't call myself an expert on socialism, but I think what they complain about is more that there's a division between the people who own capital and the people who use it? So that those who own it but allow others to use it get to extract rent or usury from those who actually use capital to produce?

Could be wrong. *shrug*

I agree. But the problem is this 'division' can only come from 1 place: 'Government'. And when socialist advocate for 'Government' to solve this problem, they are not only contradicting themselves, they are actually advocating for the problem to get worse.
Then why not show them how the problem they say they want to solve will get worse?

Have you ever heard the phrase: "socialist ends, market means"?

I agree that the videos have a problem with pauses and such. I'm not sure who your target audience is for the content...

My 'target audience' is anyone who care enough to watch. LOL
Makes sense. Well, I certainly encourage you to keep making them!

I don't think socialists would agree with your use of the word "capitalism" to mean a society that has capital of any sort, so it seems like they'll reject the basic premise of your videos.

If they dont agree, does this make my position wrong? Or does it mean they have already made up their minds, regardless of any information presented?
It's just a definition. Can the definition one uses for a word be right or wrong? What makes your definition correct and any other definition others might use or have used historically wrong?

If it's directed more at fence-sitters of some sort, then I'm not sure you've made a convincing case that individual ownership of capital is preferable, or even that letting people keep all of what they earn is preferable.

Would you call it 'preferable' for me to come steal your money (for no reason other than Im allowed to) under threat of violence? Or would you call it 'preferable' for me to leave you alone and allow you to choose how to spend your money?

Do you actually think people need to be convinced that being robbed is a bad thing? LOL
I would prefer to keep my money, but plenty of people exist who are perfectly fine paying taxes. They don't consider it their money, they believe it belongs to the government. How are you going to change their minds?

In other words, it seems socialist/communist think its okay to be robbed by a socialist/communist 'Government', but think it would be bad to be robbed by a 'capitalist' 'Government'. Holy contradictions batman.
Well, I don't think most people in the U.S. identify as socialist. I think most of them actually argue for what they consider a form of capitalism.

But most people also don't think that taxes constitute robbery. (Or even that more direct things like civil forfeiture qualify as robbery.) Your videos here do little to attempt to show that governments, by their nature, engage in robbery or extortion.

I think many people would simply tell you that people were only able to earn what they did because the government helped them out, and so they have an obligation to pay the government back.

Do you think there were slaves who told other slaves that if they leave the plantation, they wont be as safe, so they have a moral obligation to pay back the slave master for his food and shelter?
I don't really know, but I would find it a bit surprising, to be honest. I think the psychology of those living under government is quite a bit different from the psychology of the slaves that people had in the U.S. But it isn't something I've looked up, so I don't really know.

Maybe you should talk more about the moral philosophy you use as a starting point?

I agree, and i need to do that. Like i said i made this videos years ago.
Cool! I look forward to seeing any new videos you make. Smiley
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