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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 the final analysis, a constitution (or any law) is just a piece of paper, entirely dependent on the government's willingness to obey its own laws, and the ...


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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. Consider the usual examples of anarchist societies such as The Paris Commune, Nestor Makhno's "free territory" all had systems of government. These might be "...


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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 executive branch. The legislative/judicial body would decree when laws were violated by someone to maintain basic honoring of contract, property and personal ...


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Firstly, much work perceived as necessary is a result of social choice. Shit shovelling, as a quintessential example has been widely replaced by sewering or compost-toileting or mechanised sewage removal. Many "necessary" roles may in fact not be. Secondly, work isn't "necessarily" unpleasant. In the Australian context, sanimen who carried the can in ...


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This isn't going to be a complete answer, but it's too long for a comment so I'll put it here. There are some things to beware of when you are thinking about the differences between Europe and US here. The US has had plenty of riots. Rioters threw stones at Police in Anaheim in 2012. The Rodney King riots shut down whole neighborhoods in 1992. Occupy Wall ...


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No, because there are different dimensions. There is authoritarianism/anti-authoritarianism, versus liberal/conservative. Here are several charts which shows the possible outlays expanding on the limited left/right paradigm. This is a Nolan Chart. It uses the axis of personal freedom vs. economic freedom. Left anarchists don't believe in economic freedom. ...


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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 bureaucracy. To quote Robert L. Carneiro from "Political Expansion as an Expression of the Principle of Competitive Exclusion" (1978) For 99.8 percent of human ...


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The roads might be built and maintained by different persons: private capital investment, community ownership (an especially good option for a transition between our mixed economy and a free market economy), public-private arrangement, monopolies, or possibly, no one. The roads could be paid for without a centralized tax system by using a toll road system. ...


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Only speculative answers can be given, based on various visions of communism or anarchism, since the actual 'pure' communism/anarchism was not implemented. The modern examples of communism, like kibbutz or open source, are based on volunteers. Volunteers are a special group of people, and they are free to leave in any moment. We have no idea how would, for ...


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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 do not imply: A person should only act selfishly. Chaos is encouraged, and should be the normal mode of life. Any attempt at local, temporary order should be ...


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In a direct democracy, there is a social consensus between all citizens that following majority decisions is mandatory, even for those people who voted against them. It's the duty of the whole society to enforce the will of the majority on the minority. In an anarchy, however, taking part in community institution is voluntary. People don't have to follow ...


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When having discussions on Anarchist/Anarcho-capitalist forums, I've come across this issue a couple times. The most common theory, is that the people with a dispute will go to a third party(an arbitrator), who will resolve the dispute for them. If one party decides not to follow the Arbitrator's decision, than the community would consider that person to ...


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Both Anarchism and Libertarianism oppose compulsion and formal hierarchies in human society. Anarchism says that the state is always bad, in every time, place and situation. It will always be used to control and harm others and so should never be permitted. “[n]o one should be entrusted with power, inasmuch as anyone invested with authority must ... ...


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Firstly, it is usually argued by libertarians/anarcho-capitalists that laissez faire economics is the most/only effective way to increase capital accumulation, which consequentially increases efficiency and lowers costs, improving living standards for everyone. So, in an anarchist's mind, poverty is at most a problem that will solve itself in time. The ...


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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 and mostly enforced by the community. But who handles the less desirable work around here? Who deals with the worst of our rubbish? The moderators. Why do ...


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A few options: 1) Move to Alaska and get a homestead. Laws do apply in Alaska, but if you move out far enough, you will be lucky to see people, much less the police. On a subsistence agriculture homestead, you will not likely owe taxes and can work the land for free in a commune. There are a few people who have homesteads that do gold mining, as well. 2) ...


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I think the premise of your question is broken You are working under an assumption that 'black people' want a Black Panther movement when the body of evidence doesn't support that there is a national desire among 'black people' to have a Black Panther movement. Currently young African Americans seem to be gravitating towards a message that is being ...


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You can renounce your citizenship, and leave the country. The details can be found on the State Department's website and the law that governs it, (Section 349(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1481) but in brief: (5) making a formal renunciation of nationality before a diplomatic or consular officer of the United States in a foreign ...


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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 that “anarchist extremists” were the primary instigators of violence at public rallies against a range of targets. They were blamed by authorities for attacks on ...


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In an Anarchy, quarreling parties would be unrestricted to come to a lawful agreement. If examples where no strong central government are taken into account (Libya, central Africa, Afghanistan) what would most likely happen is that gangs (basically warlords) would form, and they would use force to get what they want. Individual citizens would ask the gang ...


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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 ideology of libertarianism that believes in small monopoly governments. They tend to believe that some government is necessary to protect life, liberty, property,...


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Communist's and Anarchist's motives are quite similar, however their politics are informed by different assumptions. Communists who agree with what Lenin wrote in "The State and Revolution" and what Marx and Engels wrote, believe that the state will "wither away" when what Lenin calls "class antagonisms" vanish. The state emerged as a tool for class control,...


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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 Ten-Points Program, a manifesto written by Black Panther founders Huey Newton and Bobby Seale. I don't know how much more direct you can make it. The Black ...


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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 free themselves from what they saw as the arbitrary Tyranny of the British government. The British parliament at that time was subject to a King's veto (not ...


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From the historical-materialist perspective, states are tools of class rule. What will prevent the emergence of states is the dissolution of class in full communism. Without a differential form of productive relationship, classes necessarily cannot form, and any hierarchical relationship amongst people in full communism would necessarily not be a state. ...


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Since March 2004, when a massive police raid took place in Christiania, the community has been under constant police surveillance, with regular patrols. The raid, and the blurry status of Christiania in general lead to an amendment in the Christiania Law of 1989 in 2004, Act No. 431: This was adopted on 1 June 2004 and came into force on 15 June 2004. The ...


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First of all, left and right are arbitrary definitions. You have to remember that it originated in the physical position within a parliament. Nevertheless in each country at any moment, a left-to-right scale is established to separate liberal-oriented from conservative-oriented. Whatever that means in the given country. But politics isn't one-dimensional ...


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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 principally interested in a theoretical argument, he uses some case studies of the Tsimhety culture in Madagascar. Based on their population alone (about 700,000 - 1 ...


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The history shows that enemies of the revolution are the ones who do the dirty work. Read Aleksandr Solzhenitszn's "The Gulag Archipelago", any reports on the Khmer Rouge government of Cambodia, or "The Bamboo Gulag" by Nghia M. Vo.


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The ancap answer from Robert Murphy. Summarized, the argument is that anarchy can't guarantee that society won't devolve into civil war between warlords. A society of warlike people will behave as warlike people with or without government. Likewise for peaceful people. The argument is that government never helps. Government only centralizes and empowers the ...


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