Given the State's far-reaching involvement in various aspects of our lives today, it's clear that the absence thereof would at least to some degree have led to an alteration of the social and economic arrangements presently characterizing our societies. Anarchists all agree that a stateless society would, generally speaking, turn out better than a Statist … Continue reading Entrepreneurship in a Stateless Society
The common perception of Anarchy today appears to be one of chaos and destruction. Without the State, it is proclaimed, violence would immediately ensue; without law, there'd be no deterrent disincentivizing this, and we'd return, in the words of Thomas Hobbes (1660), to an age where "every man is Enemy to every man", and "the … Continue reading Is Anarchy a Faustian Bargain?
During the millennia governments have existed, the core of their nature appears to hardly ever have been properly investigated or their legitimacy questioned. It's no rare phenomenon to see objections that the institution holds too much power at a given moment, or that it should not take on additional functions, but that's usually where the … Continue reading The State as a Business and Incentive Structure
Except for the belief that the State ought not to exist, not much agreement can be settled across different factions of Anarchism. Self-proclaimed Anarchists often cannot even concur about what the foundational principles behind Anarchism really are. While "Anarcho-Capitalists" or "free market Anarchists" claim that one only needs to believe the State shouldn't exist (or … Continue reading On Natural and Artificial Hierarchies
I wrote an article last month entitled "What the History of Somalia Can Actually Tell Us About the Practicability of an Anarchist Society" to address the common argument of people pointing to Somalia as "proof" that a stateless society doesn't work, and that those who favor a stateless society should move there to see how … Continue reading Life Expectancy Grew Almost Twice as Fast in Somalia’s Stateless Period as Its Historical Record With One
As a Minarchist commonly engaging with Anarcho-Capitalist people and ideas online, a common theme they appear often to get challenged on is people pointing to Somalia as an illustration of how an Anarchist society looks in practice. The objection tends to come in a variety of “If you like Anarchism so much, why don’t you … Continue reading What the History of Somalia Can Actually Tell Us About the Practicability of an Anarchist Society