Anarcho-capitalists have a tendency to fancy themselves as too far outside the normal sphere of anarchy when we are actually just anarchists who understand both economics and human nature.
You hear the argument every election cycle. It's espoused at the federal, state, and local level. Democrats use it. Republicans use it. Surprisingly, even some Libertarians and anarchists can be heard appealing to it. It's the 'lesser of two evils argument,' but despite its wide adoption, it's a fallacy. … Read this article
Contrary to the claims of many progressives and socialists, wealth is not created primarily through labor; rather it is created through taking risks and having a willingness to delay gratification. Yes, labor can create some wealth by converting and combining lesser valued goods into more valued goods, but most labor is simply traded—it doesn't actually create much wealth. … Read this article
2016 was largely a year of confusion around the globe. It was a year in which the deadly horrors of statism were on full display, yet most people misidentified them and instead blamed immigrants, refugees, and anarchists for these statist evils. … Read this article
As a libertarian of the anarchist persuasion (one who advocates the complete and total abolition of the state), I often find myself in discussions of how a truly "free" world might look. The truth, though, is that a free world would allow for the development of many diverse and dissimilar communities that bear little resemblance to each other. … Read this article
There's a bit of a trend right now to share unpopular, non-political opinions on Facebook. Here are some of mine.
- I don't smoke and never have, but I don't mind cigarette smoke. I do mind those who complain about it.
Goods and services aren't free because they involve scarce resources. If you want heat, food, shelter, clothing, transportation, internet, and all the other things that make life comfortable and fun, you either have to make them yourself—chop wood and build a fire, dig a well, forage for food, etc.—or you have to trade for them using the goods and services you prefer to produce and/or you are better at producing. … Read this article
I recently had an interesting (and short, because he quickly blocked me) conversation on Facebook with a self-styled "anarcho-primitivist" named Justin Stout. He claimed that "economics is a form of brain damage" and went on to make his case thusly: … Read this article
The employer-employee relationship doesn't involve authority because it is an ongoing, voluntary trade of labor for goods (typically money) or occasionally services. There is often confusion on this issue because it might appear that when a "boss" tells his employee what to do, he is exercising authority over that employee. … Read this article
Spending time on Amazon or taking a trip to Costco or Best Buy may leave you convinced that you really need a larger TV, but you may be able to achieve a similar effect simply by sitting closer to the TV you already have. … Read this article