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Did any of the founding fathers anticipate Lysander Spooner's criticism of the constitution?

Benjamin Franklin seems to have anticipated Spooner's argument. When asked what he and his associates had created, Franklin replied, A republic, madam, if you can keep it. The point being that in ...
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Has there been a non-trivial, stable, and functional anarchy?

No. While it is hard to prove a negative, wherever two people come into conflict, either the stronger will come to dominate the weaker, or both will defer to an even stronger power, ie a government. ...
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Has there been a non-trivial, stable, and functional anarchy?

Iceland during the Icelandic Commonwealth period is itself one of the closest examples. For a lengthy period of time in the Middle Ages, it had an island-wide legislative/judicial body but not an ...
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Can society (under state rule) function without police?

The Minneapolis police department was founded in 1867 (and is still the second-oldest department in Minnesota). More generally, police in its modern form was only invented in the early 1800s and mid-...
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Has there been a non-trivial, stable, and functional anarchy?

Short Answer - no Slightly longer answer It is really dependent on your definition of anarchy. For most of human history, societies have been organised without the existence of a centralised ...
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Why are communism and anarcho-communism not seen as extreme-reactionary?

The definition of "reactionary" in political context is "opposing political change or reform". People perceiving themselves as "reactionary" usually see the previosly-...
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Why are communism and anarcho-communism not seen as extreme-reactionary?

In the 90s of post-Soviet Russia, the liberal reformer strata did see the remaining communist sympathizers as reactionary. The same was likely true of the views on "traditional" Maoists in ...
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Why are communism and anarcho-communism not seen as extreme-reactionary?

No apart from maybe primitivsts and anarcho-primitivsts these groups do NOT want to go back to living as hunter gatherers. And in general viewing "primitive" societies as an ideal to strive ...
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What laws would an anarchical country have?

As I understand it, there are two different components of anarchical thought which should be stressed:1 No central government No restrictions on individual freedoms There are some things that these ...
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Who does the most unpleasant dirty work in full communism?

Who shovels shit around here? Just to use what I think is a pretty apt comparison, the SE network is pretty communal if not anarchistic. Community rules are more or less​ agreed upon by the community ...
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What is the difference between libertarianism and anarchism?

Libertarian with a big L is an official political party in the United States that seeks to get candidates elected similar to Democrats and Republicans. Libertarians with a small l are people with an ...
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How did the FBI decide antifa were anarchists?

If you read the Politico article that you link, FBI, Homeland Security warn of more ‘antifa’ attacks, it says: Previously unreported documents disclose that by April 2016, authorities believed ...
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Why do Anarcho-Primitivists believe a primitive society will persist?

Because the memory of civilisation will persist. Anarcho-primitivists believe a culture based on hunter-gatherer societies is better. Once everyone realises this there would be no reversion to ...
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Given the presence of internet, encryption, and digital cash, why hasn't "assasination politics" taken off?

Getting paid for killing someone might have gotten easier. But getting away after killing someone insofar didn't. Especially high-value targets like POTUS etc. (They even have anti-drone defense etc., ...
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Given the presence of internet, encryption, and digital cash, why hasn't "assasination politics" taken off?

First, let's be clear that we're talking about non-state-sponsored assassination politics. State-sponsored assignation politics is alive and well, both within many countries and across national ...
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Why don't black people embrace anarcho-capitalism when it would encourage groups like the Black Panthers?

Anarcho-Capitalism is not ideologically representative of the Black Panters. Like. At all. We Want An End To The Robbery By The Capitalists Of Our Black Community. That's point number three of the ...
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Has there been a non-trivial, stable, and functional anarchy?

There is a body of work in anthropology that describes anarchist societies. One of the most famous works in this tradition is "Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropologist". Although the author is ...
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Can society (under state rule) function without police?

Of course, it can (because it did before police was a thing) but much less efficiently A dedicated police force is basically division of labor. Enforcing order and investigating crimes is a skill, and ...
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Has there been a non-trivial, stable, and functional anarchy?

Kowloon Walled City (KWC) aka the "City of Darkness" was a Chinese territory surrounded by British land. An article entitled Kowloon Walled City: A place of anarchy from the South China Morning Post ...
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Did any of the founding fathers anticipate Lysander Spooner's criticism of the constitution?

To answer this question, you have to understand the global political climate at the time the Constitution was created and ratified: Tyrants were the norm. The Patriots had just fought a bloody war to ...
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Can society (under state rule) function without police?

The real question is: Can 2020 society function without police? A good way to look for an answer is to observe situations where the police have been withdrawn from regular appearances. Specifically ...
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Given the presence of internet, encryption, and digital cash, why hasn't "assasination politics" taken off?

The problem is that cryptocurrency isn't as untraceable as it pretends to be. Within the system, blockchain-based cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are actually the exact opposite of untraceable. Every ...
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What is the difference between Communism and Anarchism?

Both anarchism and communism are political philosophies which reject the linkages of capitalism and government. However, they are significantly different in what they reject. History Anarchism and ...
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Is Collectivist Anarchist inconsistent?

TL;DR: Anarchism is collectivist, but not in the way you described collectivism Advocation of a "labor-note" based economy is rather rare among Anarchists. There is at least some (if not ...
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What is the difference between Anarcho-syndicalism and Collectivist anarchism?

The two epithets are essentially orthogonal: The "-syndicalism" suffix regards the tactical or strategic choice of labor-based, workplace-based, organizational forms as the main vehicle for ...
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What is the difference between Anarcho-syndicalism and Collectivist anarchism?

Both of those definitions have been somewhat fluid throughout time due to the change in context. I would argue that Collectivist Anarchism is a school of though with a well known origin and supporters....
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How do radical ecologists and anarchist communists tackle the issue of other countries military imperialism?

The importance of these worldviews doesn't lie in their pragmatism or realism; the importance lies in the expression of a high-minded ideal. I mean — and please pardon the cynicism — it's an ...
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Given the presence of internet, encryption, and digital cash, why hasn't "assasination politics" taken off?

Given the presence of internet, good encryption, and digital cash, why hasn't "assasination politics" taken off? The main reason that this doesn't happen is that participants in the ...
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