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Wed Jul 12 12:47:11 PDT 2017
On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 12:08:00PM -0700, Kurt Buff wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 7:13 AM, Kevin Gallagher
> <kevin.gallagher at nyu.edu> wrote:
> > Thanks to everyone for your replies!
> > On Jul 11, 2017 9:16 PM, "Kurt Buff" <kurt.buff at gmail.com> wrote:
> > On Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 1:22 AM, Kevin Gallagher
> > <kevin.gallagher at nyu.edu> wrote:
> >> Here is where I start to have questions. To my understanding, anarchy is
> >> the
> >> rejection of heirarchies. Isn't anarcho-capitalism therefore an oxymoron?
> > No, anarcho-capitalism is grounded in the understanding that free
> > trade among free people is a the only road to peace and prosperity.
> > People arrange themselves in hierarchies all the time, and it's no
> > crime if they do so freely.
> > For the life of me I can't think of any heirarchies that aren't, at least in
> > part, founded on deceit or force (or both). Can you please give an example
> > of one?
> Go into almost any small business with a few employees. By small, I
> mean under 500 employees. If the employees are happy, you have your
Just because someone is happy at their work, doesn't mean they
aren't a wage slave.
"Anarcho-capitalism" has more in common with fascism and post-industrial
feudalism than any real ideal of freedom and life without coercion.
For a fair idea of how it might play out, just look back 150 years
to the gilded age - the government was a fuck of a lot smaller, the
masses were dirt fucking poor, and they were kept that way by private
squads of pinkertoon goons hired by the bosses. This is
> > It's often a benefit. This is as opposed
> > to anarcho-syndicalism or various other flavors of anarchism, which
> > are grounded in the belief that money and trade are evil and that love
> > and unicorn farts are sufficient to sustain life.
> > I do not know these schools of anarchism, but that doesn't seem like a fair
> > assessment.
> It is fair.
> >> The existence of currency inherently creates a heirarchy based on the
> >> amount
> >> of currency one owns, does it not?
> > No, it does not. There are lots of things to unpack in that
> > statemen/questiont, but I'll just mention two:
> > - Currency isn't money, as such
> > - Fiat currency creation is used by anti-capitalist forces to
> > enrich the few at the expense of the rest of us, destroying capital in
> > the process.
> > Reading some Murray Rothbard or Ludwig von Mises for starters, would
> > be an eye opener for you.
> > Fair enough. I will give some of this a read. If I have any questions, can I
> > reach out to you after I have read some?
> Sure. If you're really going to read, I'd start with
> https://www.mises.org. In particular, if you're looking for a quick
> start, you could do worse than these, which are all free, and
> available in several formats:
> The Anatomy of the State:
> Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature and Other Essays
> For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto:
> What Has Government Done to Our Money?
> If you want the master works, then these are the place to dive in - again, free:
> Human Action:
> Man, Economy and State, with Power and Market
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