Except for the belief that the State ought not to exist, not much agreement can be settled across different factions of Anarchism. Self-proclaimed Anarchists often cannot even concur about what the foundational principles behind Anarchism really are. While "Anarcho-Capitalists" or "free market Anarchists" claim that one only needs to believe the State shouldn't exist (or … Continue reading On Natural and Artificial Hierarchies
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. - H. L. Mencken The fundamental task the State proclaims to serve is that of protecting citizens from violence perpetrated amongst one another. For … Continue reading Why the State Revels in Crises
An important reason for why possibly a majority today justify or at least put up with having a monopoly of force with the power to tax them and restrict their freedoms is the perception that "the State is us", so to speak. We all have the possibility to try to convince a majority of the … Continue reading Hoppe on the Problems with Democracy and the Monopoly of Force
Why are Libertarians so obsessed with liberty? Many foreign to the philosophical basis for Libertarianism may wonder what exactly makes them think of liberty as so special and unique in comparison to all the other standards one can use as the fundamental basis for one's ethics, such as fairness, justice or equality. Why should liberty be … Continue reading Why is Liberty the Noblest of All Values?
One of the most controversial topics in today's polarized political climate is that of abortion. While the general attitude in contemporary America appear to lean more towards favoring its full legalization or for it to be allowed in most cases, the two major parties of Republicans and Democrats tend to differ drastically on the matter, while … Continue reading The Paradox of Judging Abortion Based on the Non-Aggression Principle
While contemplating issues academically and analytically, one can easily get lost in the abstractions of statistical numbers and jargon and end up with a misleading or incomplete understanding of the subject. In the field of economics, for instance, one can get a different perception when abstract terms like "the economy" or "the market" are used … Continue reading The Real Differences Between the Private and Public Sector
I wrote an article last month entitled "What the History of Somalia Can Actually Tell Us About the Practicability of an Anarchist Society" to address the common argument of people pointing to Somalia as "proof" that a stateless society doesn't work, and that those who favor a stateless society should move there to see how … Continue reading Life Expectancy Grew Almost Twice as Fast in Somalia’s Stateless Period as Its Historical Record With One