The Case for Anarchism, Pt. 2: Necessity and Strategy | WSB #15

November 21, 2017

In part 1, I defined the state as a pattern of behaviors coupled with a collective interpretation of that pattern. In this second part, I move on to the case for anarchism proper. I begin by showing that the case for the state is inherently one from necessary evil. If I'm right, and it turns out that the state is not necessary after all, it follows that it is undesirable. This is what I argue in the first half of the episode. I conclude with an extended discussion of strategy. If the state is undesirable, then how should we go about getting rid of it? By analyzing what the state is, we see that both revolution and activism are unlikely to succeed. The only path forward with a real chance of success is agorism.

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Special thanks to Jackie Blum for the podcast art, and The Tin Box for the theme music.

Sources:

Pressing the Button - database of alternatives to government-provided services
"Market Anarchism as Constitutionalism" by Roderick Long
"Hayekian Anarchism" by Edward Stringham and Todd Zywicki
The Evolution of Cooperation by Robert Axelrod
The Enterprise of Law: Justice without the State by Bruce Benson

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