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« on: June 05, 2014, 10:22:29 PM »

www.ancapfaq.com

Please refer any statists you know to my site, especially ones who are hanging onto statism by a thread (say they've been persuaded that statism is immoral, but they think that anarcho-capitalism is impractical).  Readers are free to submit any question, which I will add and answer.
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2014, 10:38:58 PM »

Also feel free to like the associated Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/ancapfaq.
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2014, 07:27:01 PM »

I like your site, I think it's really well put together and looks pretty professional, and I like what you're trying to do, but I do think I'd do it a little differently, if it were me.

You seem to be tailoring your website more for minarchists or people who wish anarchism could work, but don't think it's practical, than for people who love the government to death. I think, for your target audience, it may often take more than the simple, economic and/or theoretical answers you currently provide to convince them or convert them.

What I think I would try to do, if I were working on a similar project, is to provide links to case studies demonstrating specific claims. In my opinion, we can't empirically demonstrate the viability of a full-fledged, modernized, large-scale anarcho-capitalist society, at least using any evidence of which I'm aware. But we can treat the statist ideology as a scientific theory, and subject it to a process of falsification. We can go through a list of claims that could be made favoring the existence of a state and of various government programs, and show specific examples disproving the hypothesis of state solipotency and/or superiority in many different areas.

Basically, I think you should try to provide more empirical examples where possible. They don't have to be perfect, if you have an example of a corporate police force that gains its income voluntarily but still gains benefits, like monopoly, (or duopoly if they compete with a public police force,) status from the local government, then you can still probably use that to help convince people that purely private policing might work. You can state reservations in regard to the evidence you provide, and say that you're still relying mainly on theoretical ideas about human behavior, but I do think if you're expecting or aiming to convert more fence-sitters to anarchy then you'll need to offer a more empirically well-grounded set of arguments. If nothing else, merely providing links to scientific studies in your answers to particular questions could help lend an air of credibility to your site as a whole, and help counter any attempts to dismiss your arguments out of hand.
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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2014, 03:00:25 AM »

Thank you for your advice.  Smiley  I will ponder it.  

P.S.  You're correct that I have tailored the site for minarchists.  I think that we ancaps have a huge reservoir consisting of "small government" people, and that in order to become ubiquitous, we need to tap this reservoir before we try to convert the government-loving masses.  Thoughts?
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2014, 05:25:17 AM »

Thoughts?

There are many paths, but oddly they all seem to take a year.
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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2014, 01:46:50 PM »

I think it would probably be easier to convert minarchists to ancap than others, yes. But I think we need to do more than just spread information. I think we need to start creating ways to opt out of the mainstream society, using anarchist ideas to solve problems we face and to show that we can solve them. I like the agorist idea of revolution, create a counter society while still living in the mainstream society, and then wherever and whenever possible move more of your life over to the countersocieties that you're participating in. Enclaves, Temporary Autonomous Zones, direct action in places that still have government, until the state is dissolved or the culture has radically changed.

For me, the main things that brought me to anarchism were, a) how I was raised and/or life experience, b) meeting and having anarchist friends, and c) learning about real world examples of people who succeeded, to some small degree, in living according to anarchist philosophy. Community makes me feel, evidence makes me hope.

It occurs to me, now that I think about that, that you could possibly benefit from having a link on your site to the Daily Anarchist forum, or to some other community with ancapish philosophy that you like. Maybe have some videos on your site from PorcFest or some such. Show people that this is a movement, that there are others who'll sympathize with them who are building communities and social relationships, show them the "flock" that you want them to join. Show them that your ideas have objective merit, sure, but make them feel like in accepting your ideas, they can not only be right, they can be part of something, too. They can get in on the ground floor of building a better, more peaceful, more humane social system. They can be a part of history.

I mean, I wouldn't like using groupthink to cover up errors in thought or, worse, lies, but I do think people who have the right ideas benefit from interacting with others of like-mind as well. Ancaps need to do some serious community building. Show the world that our form of grassroots "unorganization" works. Don't just tell them that they're wrong and we're right, even if you have the evidence to show that you're correct you'll shut out people who've thought differently all of their lives, who can't accept that they're wrong about the things we think they're wrong about without completely uprooting their souls. Invite them to join us, instead, and show them what you're inviting them to join. If they feel at home, they'll do the research and learn about the ideas. If not, the merit of your ideas won't matter.
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« Reply #6 on: July 25, 2014, 07:01:01 PM »

It occurs to me, now that I think about that, that you could possibly benefit from having a link on your site to the Daily Anarchist forum, or to some other community with ancapish philosophy that you like.

If they feel at home, they'll do the research and learn about the ideas.

I think our community would have to work on being more welcoming.  I know we have alienated quite a few people over the years.
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« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2014, 11:09:50 PM »

It occurs to me, now that I think about that, that you could possibly benefit from having a link on your site to the Daily Anarchist forum, or to some other community with ancapish philosophy that you like.

If they feel at home, they'll do the research and learn about the ideas.

I think our community would have to work on being more welcoming.  I know we have alienated quite a few people over the years.

Sad Yeah, I guess that's on us.

On that note, another thought I had in looking over state hater's site was that the tendency to dismiss other schools of anarchist thought might alienate a fraction of those who visit it. I mean, obviously the site is about one particular school of anarchist thought, the whole point is to present the views of anarcho-capitalists, but it doesn't just present that point of view, it presents it as "the only system of true freedom" and "the only system that wholly entails voluntary interactions." While I think I would personally prefer living and interacting within a Rothbardian, rather than mutualist or communist, property order, I do think some socialists would be willing to tolerate anarcho-capitalist enclaves in much the same way ancaps would be willing to tolerate communes.

Also, speaking of community building, my impression has been that the Left Market Anarchists of C4SS and the like do a better job at reaching out to demographics not normally as supportive of mainstream libertarianism as others, and of building and facilitating the growth of a community, than, say, the columnists of LewRockwell.com. That may just be because I like the atmosphere of the C4SS community better than that of LRC most of the time, but I think it may also be because the C4SS style anarchists seem more open-minded. (Or maybe that they are more open-minded.)

But that failing may not be inherent to the ancap philosophy. I think the Daily Anarchist website itself does a decent job of promoting anarcho-capitalism while still remaining open-minded, at least in what is published on the front page.
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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2014, 04:12:12 AM »

www.ancapfaq.com

Please refer any statists you know to my site, especially ones who are hanging onto statism by a thread (say they've been persuaded that statism is immoral, but they think that anarcho-capitalism is impractical).  Readers are free to submit any question, which I will add and answer.
Ancapistan?

Egggg...

Why don't just ancapia?
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« Reply #9 on: August 18, 2014, 05:48:48 AM »

Ancapistan?

Egggg...

Why don't just ancapia?

Hah, I always wondered that too.  It is a common phrase it seems. 
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