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  • Originally posted by Rojo View Post
    "Anarchy" means "no state". Yes "the state" is something that grew over time. But anarchists were largely collectivists who wanted to dismantle the state. That didn't mean they wanted no government, they saw a distinction that I think you're missing.
    Why does it matter what "other people" define anarchy as? What matters is the concepts that are being discussed.

    The fact that some people can twist a word that literally means "no rulers" into meaning "no rulers per se" only proves that somewhere in our dna is a gene that can make some people very thick headed.

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    • Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
      You, you, you...


      Games the government idiots play... I don't think Uncephalized has any control over.
      Do you think he should go stop them, all by himself?

      Perhaps YOU should...
      Voting for government idiots certainly doesn't help matters.

      I think we should stop contributing to the problem. The mentality of "little ole me doesn't matter" is what those government idiots rely on.

      People were singing your tune six months before the Berlin Wall came down.

      You never see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's pitch black until you stumble upon something that works, then its like somebody turned the light switch without warning you. If you're not stumbling though, you'll never find the switch.

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      • Originally posted by DamienMaddox View Post
        Voting for government idiots certainly doesn't help matters.

        I think we should stop contributing to the problem. The mentality of "little ole me doesn't matter" is what those government idiots rely on.

        People were singing your tune six months before the Berlin Wall came down.

        You never see the light at the end of the tunnel. It's pitch black until you stumble upon something that works, then its like somebody turned the light switch without warning you. If you're not stumbling though, you'll never find the switch.
        What is your point...
        Don't vote for idiots?
        You are talking about politicians... another choice please?

        Don't vote at all?

        Hmm... how did the wall come down?
        What made that happen?
        Did it have anything at all to do with some people who were voted for at some point?
        “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
        ~Friedrich Nietzsche
        And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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        • Originally posted by Uncephalized View Post
          Or maybe I have thought about it, quite a bit, and would prefer to work on not committing international acts of violence, or oppressing our own citizens at home, while still maintaining the general structure of law and democracy? The fact (and I do believe it's a fact) that we can have an advanced, wealthy and non-violent society at home, without waging offensive war abroad, is what gives me hope for further improvement in future.

          There are a hell of a lot of things I would change about the way our system works if someone gave me access to the levers of power, don't get me wrong. Waging any kind of offensive or preemptive warfare is probably the biggest one, followed closely by our horrible local practice of prosecuting people for "crimes" that are non-violent and/or victimless. Throwing away the whole idea of government and law, however, is not one of the changes I would make--I think that would end up being a trade most people would regret.

          I would also whole-heartedly support experimentation in radical changes, though. I'd love to carve several big, geographically-diverse chunks of North America off and let volunteers go try and build a purely voluntarist society there (the current inhabitants might not appreciate it, though). If it turned out to work well I'd even more there in a heartbeat. But I'm not willing to risk the whole enchilada to find out, KWIM? If the experiment went badly we would lose so much ground it might take millennia to recover socially.
          The biggest problem with that, is the whole thing relies on coercion and intimidation. A law is nothing more than a threat (If you do this, we will fine, cage, or hurt you).

          It's a case of ends justifying means. It's not possible to justify means, no matter how good the intentions are.

          If government shut down for a day, or even a week, without announcing it, most people wouldn't even notice. I don't think its a stretch to believe that society is not hinged on the threat that if you do something wrong, government is going to punish you.

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          • Originally posted by Uncephalized View Post
            I guess you should go let all those New Guinea highlander hunter-gatherers know that they're totally not paleo because they subjugate their women into doing all the manual labor and live in a perpetual state of warfare with neighboring tribes, each of whom will murder any member of the other on sight if caught outside their territory. Oh yeah, and they can't leave and go "pick another tribe" or "start their own tribe", because all of the usable territory is already occupied by people who will murder them if they try to leave, and the only way to be part of a different in-group is to be born into it. Or possibly to be traded into it as a wife (probably not by choice!) during highly ritualized inter-tribe meetings. What an awesome, totally voluntarist society, amirite?
            When did Paleo become synonymous with anarchism or even tribalism for that matter? You reference one group of hunter-gathers who simply evolved to the point of controlling and terrorizing and enslaving their fellow man and you believe they are the epitome of early human beings? So what. They learned, just like the millions before them, how to abuse other people. Humans learned to work and live in tribes, and then they learned how to do it wrongly. That was not how it always was. This behavior developed over generations. The natural state of human existence is what we now refer to as anarchism.

            Most contemporary anthropologists, as well as anarcho-primitivists agree that, for the longest period before recorded history, human society was without established authority or formal political institutions.[18] According to Harold Barclay, long before anarchism emerged as a distinct perspective, human beings lived for thousands of years in societies without government.[19] It was only after the rise of hierarchical societies that anarchist ideas were formulated as a critical response to and rejection of coercive political institutions and hierarchical social relationships. (source)
            This notion that hunter-gatherer societies don't "naturally" have rules and laws, enforced (sometimes violently) by authorities, or that they are ruggedly individualistic rather than communalist, etc. is made up.
            Anarchy means no ruler, not no rules. Even families have rules, but most parents don't throw their children in a cage for 25 years for selling a plant. Of course there must be rules if we want to maintain a functioning society. That doesn't go without saying?!

            But having been brought up in a modern nation-state with very little worry about being shot in the back with an arrow while out hunting for birds' eggs for breakfast, I think I'll keep my place in this horrible, oppressively violent modern democracy where my actual risk of dying violently or at a young age due to disease or injury is orders of magnitude lower than it would be living in the primitive state.
            How positively disconnected from reality you sound! Yes, it's true that Americans and other first world countries live lives of relative ease and luxury compared to others around the world, but it doesn't come without a price. You see, while you are relishing in the fact that you can buy your breakfast at the nearest super mart with little risk of being killed, you and millions of others, myself included, are forced to support a system that slaughters and starves millions of other human beings around the world. That sends thousands of soldiers to their death. That cages millions of people in prisons for victimless crimes. That gives billions of dollars to corporations, many of which are making people in this country chronically ill or killing them--big pharma and agri-business. That allows a corporation like the Federal Reserve to devalue our currency, creating inflation. That takes and takes and takes taxes and Social Security against peoples' will in a giant Ponzi scheme until the day comes when the elderly are sick and impoverished and the low-income people are given cell phones. And while the government gets credit for so much of our relatively sweet lifestyles, the truth is that the free markets are what enables all of the luxuries and privileges that you are so fond of. Without the taxpayer who generates income in the private sector, what would finance all of the government agencies and departments and branches that allegedly provide all of these luxuries? The free markets in a voluntary society could and would provide all of the same necessities, only more efficiently and without the use of force and violence.


            And I'll keep modeling my life on my ideals of non-violence, freedom, rational discourse and application of scientific principles, and hope that's enough to shift the world a little closer to what I'd like it to be in my lifetime, rather than advocating throwing away all the progress we've made over grueling centuries of incremental improvements--along with our fair share of setbacks and blunders--in favor of any kind of utopia, socialist, anarchist, or otherwise.
            I don't think you really know what freedom is. And why would you assume that without the state all of the progress we have made would vanish? That's preposterous and superstitious. If anything, the state suppresses advancements. How long does it take for the FDA to approve of a life-saving drug? 6 years? How much do you have to pay to get taxi medallion license in NYC? Upwards of $1 million? But you are pleased with how the world is becoming molded to your preference, what if others do not want what you want? Why should they have to follow your desire? Why can't individuals be individuals? Why must you force others to comply--violently--to your ideals?
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            • Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
              Don't vote at all?
              Correct. If voting changed anything, it would be illegal. All voting really does, is give legitimacy to the bad things our politicians do.

              Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
              Hmm... how did the wall come down?
              What made that happen?
              Did it have anything at all to do with some people who were voted for at some point?
              No, it had everything to do with the protests against it. It also didn't hurt when the protesters overwhelmed the soldiers guarding the border. Lethal force was still authorized, but they couldn't justify slaughtering thousands and thousands of people. No vote needed.

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              • Interesting...

                I'll leave you all to your flights of fancy now.

                This whole conversation will change about as much as voting will in your assessment, or not voting. Whichever.

                Actually probably less.
                There are fewer people who believe in this than believe in the system that is already in place.
                You have your work cut out for you...
                I suggest you all chatter louder.
                “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
                ~Friedrich Nietzsche
                And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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                • Yes, people are astonishingly superstitious, but I am hopeful. I believe they are catching on. Statism is archaic. Voluntary peaceful societies are the intelligent choice of the future.
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                    • Originally posted by j3nn View Post
                      Yes, people are astonishingly superstitious, but I am hopeful. I believe they are catching on. Statism is archaic. Voluntary peaceful societies are the intelligent choice of the future.

                      Agreed.

                      Not sure how the violent world we live in will get there...
                      Human nature, as I've studied it, seems much to prone towards a good deal of nastiness unfortunately.
                      But hopefully we will.
                      “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
                      ~Friedrich Nietzsche
                      And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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                      • Originally posted by DamienMaddox View Post
                        The biggest problem with that, is the whole thing relies on coercion and intimidation. A law is nothing more than a threat (If you do this, we will fine, cage, or hurt you).

                        It's a case of ends justifying means. It's not possible to justify means, no matter how good the intentions are.

                        If government shut down for a day, or even a week, without announcing it, most people wouldn't even notice. I don't think its a stretch to believe that society is not hinged on the threat that if you do something wrong, government is going to punish you.
                        You seem to be under the impression that I have not heard the arguments for anarchism and voluntarism before. I have. I've read several books by Stefan (Stephan? can't remember...) Molyneux, for instance, who delves into these topics at (often boringly repetitive) length. David Graeber, whose work and ideas I generally respect, also has strongly anarchist leanings. I agree with the non-aggression principle and think it's an ideal rule to govern oneself by. I don't necessarily agree with the concept of prisons (I'm still working out whether I believe it's ever acceptable to cage a human being--I think there may be some circumstances that permit it, but they are clearly much fewer in number that what our current law allows), and I'm certainly against the death penalty, point blank. I do agree that many laws are based simply on threats. However, what else is there, if a person is willing to aggress? The NAP allows violence in response to violence; any violence inherent to the application of a just law must therefore take the NAP into consideration; any law that permits violence for any reason other than the type of violence-in-response-to-violence permitted by the NAP is an unjust law and should be opposed. But that doesn't mean that all legal violence is unjust--only that we have a moral responsibility to make sure our law codes conform to moral principles, and to oppose such laws as do not, and are therefore unjust or immoral.

                        Where I don't generally disagree with the general position is in the absolute nature of individual property rights. I don't think that placing restrictions or limits on what people can do with property is necessarily a violation of the NAP, in part because many things that people do with their property are themselves violations of the NAP. I also think that a world in which there was no such thing as public property would be a very unpleasant and possibly dangerous place to live. But that's another discussion and we've been 'round that bend already.
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                        • Originally posted by cori93437 View Post
                          Agreed.

                          Not sure how the violent world we live in will get there...
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                          • Originally posted by DamienMaddox View Post
                            Why does it matter what "other people" define anarchy as? What matters is the concepts that are being discussed.

                            The fact that some people can twist a word that literally means "no rulers" into meaning "no rulers per se" only proves that somewhere in our dna is a gene that can make some people very thick headed.
                            Nobody's twisting anything. Anarchism as an ideology existed long before Peter Shiff youtubes. You really ought to get out more.

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                            • Originally posted by j3nn View Post
                              When did Paleo become synonymous with anarchism or even tribalism for that matter? You reference one group of hunter-gathers who simply evolved to the point of controlling and terrorizing and enslaving their fellow man and you believe they are the epitome of early human beings? So what. They learned, just like the millions before them, how to abuse other people. Humans learned to work and live in tribes, and then they learned how to do it wrongly. That was not how it always was. This behavior developed over generations. The natural state of human existence is what we now refer to as anarchism.
                              I am stating my disbelief that there has ever been a human society that has conformed to your anarchic ideal, and giving an example of what I think is highly typical of tribal human societies. I think violence, oppression and manipulation has been part of the "human package" since before we were even human--along with our kinder, gentler instincts, which are just as inherent--and that whenever humans have found themselves in a situation where using violence would give them an advantage, at least some of them have chosen it. Violence simply works too well, and is too common across pretty much every species (and certainly near-universal in the primates) for it to be a mere cultural artifact. No; I think it is bred into us very deeply, and the vast machine we have built around ourselves is the current iteration of our ongoing attempts to create an environment in which violence becomes less and less necessary for our survival as individuals and as groups. The experiment continues apace, sometimes mis-stepping and sometimes skipping forward, but I don't think we are wise enough yet to know which way to leap, or how far, to land on that breathtaking pinnacle that would be a universally, voluntarily non-violent society. There are just too many crevasses we could fall into, and so we have to keep making our tentative way up the nearest slopes, testing each step along the way to decide whether we are best off forging ahead or turning around and blazing a different trail.

                              I think you underestimate, in your zeal--whose intentions I find entirely admirable, by the way, though I think it's not well-founded--how much work, and how many safeguards, it takes to hold us all together in a time when a few madmen given access to the wrong buttons could literally blow up the planet and everyone on it.

                              Originally posted by j3nn View Post
                              Anarchy means no ruler, not no rules. Even families have rules, but most parents don't throw their children in a cage for 25 years for selling a plant. Of course there must be rules if we want to maintain a functioning society. That doesn't go without saying?!
                              No, it doesn't. I get the impression from some advocates of anarchism that they chafe under any sort of restrictions, no matter how reasonable, or how necessary, or how little they are materially affected. It often strikes me as a very childish sort of desire never to be opposed or prevented from anything one's heart might desire. From what you say this is not true of you, and so I say good. I don't think everyone is as mature.

                              Originally posted by j3nn View Post
                              How positively disconnected from reality you sound! Yes, it's true that Americans and other first world countries live lives of relative ease and luxury compared to others around the world, but it doesn't come without a price. You see, while you are relishing in the fact that you can buy your breakfast at the nearest super mart with little risk of being killed, you and millions of others, myself included, are forced to support a system that slaughters and starves millions of other human beings around the world. That sends thousands of soldiers to their death. That cages millions of people in prisons for victimless crimes. That gives billions of dollars to corporations, many of which are making people in this country chronically ill or killing them--big pharma and agri-business. That allows a corporation like the Federal Reserve to devalue our currency, creating inflation. That takes and takes and takes taxes and Social Security against peoples' will in a giant Ponzi scheme until the day comes when the elderly are sick and impoverished and the low-income people are given cell phones. And while the government gets credit for so much of our relatively sweet lifestyles, the truth is that the free markets are what enables all of the luxuries and privileges that you are so fond of. Without the taxpayer who generates income in the private sector, what would finance all of the government agencies and departments and branches that allegedly provide all of these luxuries? The free markets in a voluntary society could and would provide all of the same necessities, only more efficiently and without the use of force and violence.
                              I have already expressed a) my agreement that these sort of problems are real, and significant and b) that I disagree with your suggested approach for fixing them, because it is my belief it would likely do more harm than good. Feel free to provide evidence (not ideology or slogans) that disagrees with me, because I would happily change my mind. Believe me, I want to agree with you. But the facts as I see them currently don't warrant agreement, they suggest caution and incremental change.

                              Originally posted by j3nn View Post
                              I don't think you really know what freedom is. And why would you assume that without the state all of the progress we have made would vanish? That's preposterous and superstitious. If anything, the state suppresses advancements. How long does it take for the FDA to approve of a life-saving drug? 6 years? How much do you have to pay to get taxi medallion license in NYC? Upwards of $1 million? But you are pleased with how the world is becoming molded to your preference, what if others do not want what you want? Why should they have to follow your desire? Why can't individuals be individuals? Why must you force others to comply--violently--to your ideals?
                              I don't assume it would vanish--I have what I believe is a reasonable fear that it might, to the detriment of billions of people.

                              I have already stated my disagreement with laws and rules that are put in place for reasons other than the minimization or elimination of violence and protection of our natural rights. The problem (or rather one of the problems) as I see it is that people's interests and rights will naturally tend to conflict. I believe that we can improve the system to the point where those laws that are arbitrary, unjust and restrictive of natural human behavior and ingenuity can be changed or eliminated to make them better. I don't think this is any more idealistic than your belief that simply eliminating the government will solve everything. I do think it's more likely to actually happen, though.

                              Perhaps you and I don't have the same concept of freedom. Words like that can be very difficult to rigorously and defensibly define. Would you do me the favor of summarizing it in your words so that I can better understand where you're coming from? I'd appreciate it, if you don't mind.

                              Originally posted by j3nn View Post
                              “The pioneers of a warless world are the young men (and women) who refuse military service.” -- Albert Einstein

                              It all starts with the individual!
                              Here is one place we don't disagree in the slightest.

                              EDIT: A couple of edits/additions for clarity. Also, I think it was unfair to characterize "many" anarchists as childish, so I changed it to read "some".
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                              • NM, my cursor did a silly and hit the wrong one. of course this one became a statist argument. LOL
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