Thursday, July 20, 2006

Merits of Market Anarchism...

I've recently read, or rather, had dictated to me via a podcast, an article by Stefan Molyneux on Market Anarchism. There is certainly a fine line that the state must walk in order to rightly embody the constitution that has established it. Molyneux shows some startling figures of state violence and raises some intriguing ideas about the merits of a completely anarchist society. In response to violence being a necessary capacity of government, Molyneux says "...But either violence is right or it is wrong. If it is right, how can we quibble about the degree of violence used by the state. If it is wrong, how can we even approve of a small state."

The article you can find at, or by clicking today's entry title above.

I have yet to find the perfect world view, yet in the context of the American Republic, I admire what it is, especially considering what it is amongst. I realize much of its potential has been unrealized, but I, perhaps clinging to nationalism, still believe reason can allow us to reach that potential. It is that tinge of realism that keeps the inevitable injustices of the state palatable. The state is a broad sword, which cannot cut like a knife, so we must accept that unintended force will be applied to unintended targets, and that some of those, even if only a few, will be completely benign.

For now, in this half of the century, I believe the state to be a necessary entity, and one with great potential. Of course, I realize how wrong I could be, as well as the dangers of acting on such a vague identification between a Madison-ian state and divine potential. Doing so will always bring you to accept an idea as concrete and true in your rationale, which walls you off from rational conversation, as you no longer have the capacity to examine the basis of your argument.

This is much of the difficulty in dealing with groups established around one idea, religion in particular. While the majority of the individual actions of various superstitious groups are not irrational, they are entirely based on an irrational idea; the vagueness of which leads to their irrational behavior.

I apologize for my rant, I'll be posting some of my articles on religion shortly, but for now, read Molyneux's work. For those of you attempting to form some sort of opinion on government, he poses some questions that deserve examination, it'd be great to hear what you think.



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